October 19, 2014
floralfloralfloral:

Love Nature’s symmetry - Camellia japonica (the Japanese camellia) is one of the best known species of the genus Camellia. Sometimes called the Rose of winter

floralfloralfloral:

Love Nature’s symmetry - Camellia japonica (the Japanese camellia) is one of the best known species of the genus Camellia. Sometimes called the Rose of winter

(via mori-majo)

October 18, 2014

Cyanobacteria produce oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis, which is thought to have converted earth’s atmosphere from a reducing environment to an oxidizing one (a long, long, long time ago). (x, x)

October 17, 2014
Acer griseum, or the paper bark maple tree, is native to central China.

Acer griseum, or the paper bark maple tree, is native to central China.

October 16, 2014
Spiral galaxy Messier 101 is almost twice the size of the Milky Way.

Spiral galaxy Messier 101 is almost twice the size of the Milky Way.

October 15, 2014
insect wrapped in a spider web (85x)

insect wrapped in a spider web (85x)

October 14, 2014

more mammatus clouds!

(xx)

October 13, 2014
Phenyl threonine, an amino acid (20x)

Phenyl threonine, an amino acid (20x)

October 12, 2014

The superb bird of paradise is famous for its mating “dance.” After using leaves to scrub clean the spot where it will perform its dance, the bird will call over a potential mate and use its back and breast plumes to transform while tapping its tail and dancing. The female superb birds of paradise are picky—they’ll reject 15-20 male birds before choosing one to mate with. 

(x, x)

October 11, 2014
These long crevasses called “tiger stripes” on Saturn’s moon Enceladus emit ice particles and water vapor, which flow into orbit around Saturn and create its largest ring, the E-ring.

These long crevasses called “tiger stripes” on Saturn’s moon Enceladus emit ice particles and water vapor, which flow into orbit around Saturn and create its largest ring, the E-ring.

October 10, 2014
Homopolymer blend dewetting on patterned surfaces (200x)

Homopolymer blend dewetting on patterned surfaces (200x)

October 10, 2014

Clouds are formed when warm air rises and water vapor condenses into clusters of water droplets. This condensation occurs at a specific temperature, so when conditions are stable, clouds are formed at a specific height, creating a flat layer. Near a thunderstorm, however, turbulent air causes pockets of water and ice to develop, resulting in these bumpy mammatus clouds (think “mammary clouds”).
(x, x)

August 28, 2014
libutron:

Coyamito Agate Pseudomorph | ©Uwe Reier
Rancho Coyamito Norte, Mexico (2013).
Pseudomorphs in agate are quite rare but do occur in nodular agates from various locations, usually as a calcite or aragonite replacement. 

libutron:

Coyamito Agate Pseudomorph©Uwe Reier

Rancho Coyamito Norte, Mexico (2013).

Pseudomorphs in agate are quite rare but do occur in nodular agates from various locations, usually as a calcite or aragonite replacement. 

(via diosaodiosa)

August 27, 2014
I’m an artist with a molecular biology degree from the University of Washington, and I’ve been working on making science infographics for several months now. 
This week I made an animated identification chart of North American butterflies. You can check out the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here :)
(edit: this was submitted by tabletopwhale!)

I’m an artist with a molecular biology degree from the University of Washington, and I’ve been working on making science infographics for several months now. 

This week I made an animated identification chart of North American butterflies. You can check out the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here :)

(edit: this was submitted by tabletopwhale!)

August 13, 2014

squidscientistas said: Hi there, I'm a squid scientist at the University of Connecticut and our lab is in a total funding crisis. Last week we started a crowdfunding campaign and we're trying to increase awareness about our effort. If you donate $20 to our research you can name a squid! I hate soliciting like this, I'm a scientist not a marketer, but we're really in a pinch. If you would be willing to reblog one of our posts or post about us yourself, we would be sincerely grateful. Thank you, Sarah McAnulty

If you like scientists and/or squids and you have a couple bucks, throw it to these guys! Check out the post I just reblogged.

August 13, 2014
squidscientistas:

The Nyholm lab needs your support!  We’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to support our research on the Hawaiian Bobtail squid/Vibrio fischeri symbiosis!  If you love cephalopods please share!
https://experiment.com/projects/how-do-bobtail-squid-choose-their-glowing-bacterial-partner

squidscientistas:

The Nyholm lab needs your support!  We’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to support our research on the Hawaiian Bobtail squid/Vibrio fischeri symbiosis!  If you love cephalopods please share!

https://experiment.com/projects/how-do-bobtail-squid-choose-their-glowing-bacterial-partner