What happens when an astronaut brings candy corn into space?
The astronaut makes a really amazing spheroid that teaches us how soap works.
Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur : Art Forms of Nature (Lithographic and Autotype prints), Published in sets of ten between 1899 and 1904.
You know what’s really cool? Victorian Diatom art. When microscopes were first invented, wealthy people used to arrange diatoms (which are microscopic algae) artfully on slides and give them as gifts.
I’m getting a sewing machine for my birthday/Christmas from my mom, and I think my new hobby is going to be making diatom quilts. Because I think that sounds really cool. And because I need something to occupy myself now that my grad school applications are in. And because I’m a huge nerd.
Met Richard Blanco at a small luncheon last week! He’s incredibly down-to-earth, hilarious, humble, & generally wonderful.
Last year, Richard Blanco made history as the youngest, first openly gay, first immigrant and first Latino person to read a poem at a presidential inauguration. Now, in honor of the 10th anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts, he’s written a poem about how far the marriage movement has come. Commissioned by Freedom to Marry, “Until We Could” is an evocative, emotional tribute to the loves that came before us and those that will come after. I don’t even have to tell you I’m crying. I know you know. (via the Daily Beast)
Is he like the opposite of Bob Ross?
Did you know that lichen can be a sign of good air quality? Small areas with many types of lichen have especially good quality air. (Jim McCulloch/Creative Commons) #lichen #nature
I won’t even start my PhD until next August but I’m already terrified of qualification exams
"It is as beautiful as it is rare. A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance."
These snowflake-like crystals grow from tiny imperfections in floating sea ice, the super-frigid air causing water vapor to crystallize right out of the air into the stunning ordered shapes you see.
These “frost flowers” have been found to harbor microbial life, far more than the sea around them, creating tiny ecosystems like forzen coral. Life does find a way, huh?
Adorable Sugar Glider Trevor eats orange and falls asleep
EATS FALLS ASLEEP
Time Lord party in Atlanta last night was completely fantastic.