Monday, December 30, 2013

she's so busy being free

its embarrassing how much i like this movie

i wish i had talent like that

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Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.
Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got "butterflies in your stomach" or you're heart raced with excitement.
When a team of scientists in Finland asked people to map out where they felt different emotions on their bodies, it found that the results were surprisingly consistent, even across cultures.

People reported that happiness and love sparked activity across nearly the entire body, while depression had the opposite effect: It dampened feelings in the arms, legs and head. Danger and fear triggered strong sensations in the chest area, the volunteers said. And anger was one of the few emotions that activated the arms.

The scientists hope that these body emoticons may one day help psychologists diagnose or treat mood disorders.
"Our emotional system in the brain sends signals to the body so we can deal with our situation," says Lauri Nummenmaa, a psychologist at Aalto University who lead the study.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

scientists tell their favorite jokes

What is a physicist's favourite food? Fission chips.

What do scientists say when they go to the bar? Climate change scientists say: "Where's the ice?" Seismologists might ask for their drinks to be "shaken and not stirred". Microbiologists request just a small one. Neuroscientists ask for their drinks "to be spiked". Scientists studying the defective gubernaculum say: "Put mine in a highball", and finally, social scientists say: "I'd like something soft." When paying at the bar, geneticists say: "I think I have some change in my jeans." And at the end of the evening a shy benzene biochemist might say to his companion: "Please give me a ring."


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Mimetite on a matrix of limonite (iron ore) from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua. Mexico.

mola mola

the ocean sunfish is one of my very favorite animals :)

The bizarre ocean sunfish is the world’s biggest bony fish. The Germans call it “the swimming head,” the Chinese “the toppled car fish,” and taxonomists Mola mola — which, ironically enough for something that floats, is Latin for “millstone.” 
Over the millennia the sunfish lost its tail and grew absolutely immense; today it can reach more than 10 feet in length and 5,000 pounds, thus putting itself beyond threat of all but the mightiest predators.

christmas field guide

sheared sheep

DIY - Pit Greenhouses

Depending on latitude, but despite above ground air temperatures (and wind chill), 6 to 8 feet down into the earth, temperatures remain fairly constant, between 50 and 60°F.  Meaning your pit greenhouse will be much warmer than an above ground greenhouse in winter and that cool earth will keep temps bearable in the summer…
(read more: Inspiration Green)

Friday, December 27, 2013

o brother where art thou

2013 highest degree earned by state governors

US same sex marriage laws as of 12/21/2013

prostitution legality in europe

Graveyard of trees, Menindee Lakes, NSW

Graveyard of trees, Menindee Lakes, NSW.  The milky green water is a natural phenomenon caused by electromagnetic activity from the lightning hitting the water’s surface surrounding dead trees

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georgina verbaan: the modern anatomical venus

The Modern Anatomical Venus at Leiden’s Museum Boerhaave - Image Fotocredits: Koen Hauser, photography Hair and Make up, Luise van Huisstede, Model Georgina Verbaan
Is it fashion, is it a glamor, or is it anatomy? In fact it’s all three. This modern day anatomical Venus , in style of the famous anatomical models from the Viennese Josephinum museum is a portrait of Dutch actress Georgina Verbaan.
She was photographed by Koen Hauser who has a large interest in anatomy, and is well known for this anatomy series. He combined an image of an original wax model from the Museum Boerhave collections with a glamorous photo of the model, thus reconstructing an image of the time when female anatomical models where not only about the anatomy of the body. Skilled hands of Florentine waxmodellers delivered beautiful, sensual and elegant models of the female body.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

food stamps and unemployment cuts

pope francis and goliath

best gay pride parade ever

The Supreme Court struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as well as ended challenges to marriage equality in California this year.

the dali museum in st. pete is wonderful

dali and van gogh dissected insides

To advertise Brazil's Museu de Arte de São Paulo Art School, the advertising firm ofDDB Brazil pinned the famous painters down like classroom dissection frogs. Dalí's innards aren't all that different from his dinner parties.

Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs

Cetaceous treasures from Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs; see the last post for more.
First up is “Monodon Narhval" — a Narwhal — which is… colored correctly! It’s also a huge tadpole-like creature with what appears to be a lateral line, spiracle above its eyes, and one mysterious ventral fin.

Next is “Balaena ro
ſtrata" — a Northern Bottlenose Whale. I guess the shape of the beak is roughly correct. For some reason the dorsal fin appears to be backwards and a few streaks of white have been applied at random. And what’s going on with that fully-body cellulite?

Finally is “Delphinus Orca"… apparently an Orca. The shape looks suspiciously similar to a Rondelet illustration from two centuries before, although the coloration looks a bit modern-ish. There also appears to be an anal fin and second dorsal fin.

The Vampire’s Surprising Secret

by RR Helm, DSN
Vampire squid–with cloudy blue eyes, a blood red body, and barbed arms– may be the deep sea’s most frightening creature, but according to a new study, it may also be the gentlest. It turns out, this vampire is actually a vegetarian.
The decisive clue to the vampire’s kinder nature came in the form of long, stringy tentacles. For decades scientists puzzled over the mystery of these strange appendages. Are they for mating? Defense? No one knew, until scientists observed the squid doing something altogether surprising. It turns out, vampire squid use these tentacles like fishing lines, but they’re not catching living prey, they’re catching ‘snow’. Vampire squid scoop up sinking ocean gunk, known as marine snow, with their thin yellow tentacles, and then suck it off these appendages (like licking your fingers). This gunk includes bits of algae, dead animals, poo and bacteria from the ocean above.
And while the ‘vegetarian vampire’ story may be distressingly familiar–I can guarantee the vampire squid came up with it first. The lineage that includes the vampire squid has been around since the Jurassic (as in dinosaurs), and while it’s called a squid, its family tree is so old that it’s neither a squid, nor an octopus, but something altogether different. A unique creature living gently in its dark, cold, inhospitable home. Twilight may have made millions in media sales, but it’s got nothing on this real life gentle ocean vampire…
(read more: Deep Sea News)

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) deep sea creatures

MBARI’s Research Division Chair Dr. Bruce Robison describes his work on the biodiversity of the deep sea:”The largest living space on Earth is the vast volume of water between the sea surface and the deep seafloor. Not surprisingly, this enormous global habitat is home to the largest ecosystems on our planet.”
Read more about the deep and enjoy the images captured by MBARI’s ROVs here:
Photos (© MBARI):
T - The mystery mollusc has no name yet and is in the process of being described by MBARI scientists. It is a new species, a new genus, and a new family of molluscs that lives 2,000 m deep in the Monterey Canyon. 
2L - Colobonema is a pretty little medusa that drops its tentacles, like a lizard dropping its tail, when threatened by a predator. 
2R - Physophora is a small siphonophore, about 6 cm long, that feeds on small crustaceans that it traps with stinging cells in its tentacles. 
3 - Apolemia is a siphonophore, a long chain of specialized individuals, and a paradox because it behaves like a single organism. Some siphonophores reach lengths of 40 m, this one is about 3 m long.
4L - Crossota is a medusa that feeds in sediments on the seafloor, then it swims up into the water column to digest its meal and to relocate by riding currents.
4M - Anoplogaster is the scientific name of this fangtooth fish. Some of its teeth are so long that they don’t fit within its mouth.
4R - Aulococtena is a ctenophore or comb jelly. This is an undescribed species from deep in the Monterey Canyon.
B - Macropinna is also known as a barreleye. The green spheres within its transparent head are the lenses of its tubular eyes. The upward looking eyes silhouette the prey against dim down-welling surface light.

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Bathymodiolus thermophilus

Bathymodiolus thermophilus is a large (up to 20 cm/8 in), deep water mussel. It lives on the sea bed, often in great numbers, close to hydrothermal vents where hot, sulphur-rich water wells up through the floor of the Pacific Ocean.

The gills contain sulphur-oxidizing chemoautotrophic bacteria. The mussel absorbs nutrients synthesized by these bacteria and is not reliant on photosynthetically produced organic matter. However it also feeds by extracting suspended food particles from the surrounding water through its gills. Mostly these are the bacteria that live around the vent, often forming a dense mat.

More about this species: Encyclopedia of Life

porpita porpita (blue button)

P. porpita, also called the Blue Button, actually consists of a colony of hydroids, though it is often mistaken to be a jellyfish.
This species consists of two main parts: the float and the hydroid. The float is a yellowish brown, and is shaped like a hard, slightly convex disc, approximately an inch across. It is actually filled with gas which is essential to keeping the organism afloat.
The hydroids can range in color from turquoise to yellow and resemble the tentacles of a jellyfish. Each hydroid branches out in multiple strands that end in knobs of nematocysts. Fortunately, the sting is not lethal, though they will irritate the skin upon contact.
It is dependent on prevailing sea currents and the wind for movement. They are often seen in large aggregations, and it is not uncommon for them to be washed up on the beach in large numbers.

Chinese Water Deer

The water deer (Hydropotes inermis) is a small deer superficially more similar to a musk deer than a true deer. Native to China and Korea.

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The Viper Dogfish

This shark’s teeth resemble those of Goblin SharksFrilled Sharks and Viperfish, but it’s actually a squaloid. This is remarkable because no other dogfish sharks have teeth that are so large, slender, and widely-spaced; they would appear to be more suited for grasping rather than cutting prey. This species was first discovered off Japan in 1986, described as Trigonognathus kabeyai in 1990, and given the common name “Viper Dogfish” in 2000.

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casey cripe

Casey Cripe born 1984,  is a designer & builder & collector & explorer & observer & human. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Cripe creates multi-layered scientifically oriented visualizations that capture data in a way that is truly stunning. Working in analog mixed media and in digital collage, Cripe explores human anatomy, ecosystems, cosmology, phylum trees, current maps and the solar system in his work.