this is a bee that the universe made!
Springfield? Photos & Gif By David Hanjani
Color Jag. Photo By David Hanjani
Bread in decomposition for almost a month. Various fungus growing. Ph: Mine, NATALIA ROCA (flavors.me/nroca)
Stars, like bees, swarm around the center of bright globular cluster M15. This ball of over 100,000 stars is a relic from the early years of our Galaxy, and continues to orbit the Milky Way’s center. M15, one of about 170 globular clusters remaining, is noted for being easily visible with only binoculars, having at its center one of the densest concentrations of stars known, and containing a high abundance of variable stars and pulsars. Released only recently, this sharp image taken by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope spans about 120 light years. It shows the dramatic increase in density of stars toward the cluster’s center. M15 lies about 35,000 light years away toward the constellation of the Winged Horse (Pegasus). (via Astronomy Picture of the Day)
There’s an official Guinness World Record for “World’s Most Dangerous Tree,” and it’s held by the manchineel tree from the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The manchineel’s bark is covered in sap that causes skin to blister and can blind a person if it gets in their eyes. Even standing under the tree in the rain can cause blisters because the sap will drip onto skin.The tree’s fruit, known as the “beach apple” or “death apple,” is slightly sweet but very painful to eat. Ulceration of the mouth and esophagus will occur from just a small bite and consumption can be lethal. Smoke from burning manchineel wood can cause blindness, and the sap has historically been used to coat arrows for hunting. Today it’s an endangered species in Florida. (via Listverse)
The flat, transparent larvae of the Superorder Elopomorpha, containing 801 species of eels, are called Leptocephali.
The genitals of female baboons and some macaques swell during ovulation, serving as a visual cue to males looking for a mate. (also, aren’t baby baboons ADORABLE?)
(photo via Wildlife Extra News - Leucistic baboons of the Luangwa Valley, fact from Jurmain, Robert, Lynn Kilgore, and Wenda Trevathan. Introduction to Physical Anthropology. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2008.)
Lorises leave their babies alone while they gather food, so to keep them safe, they bathe them in saliva, which causes an allergic reaction in predators. One of the cooler defense mechanisms EVER
(Jurmain, Robert, Lynn Kilgore, and Wenda Trevathan. Introduction to Physical Anthropology. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2008.)
“Humans and songbirds like the zebra finch (shown) share genetic changes in brain structures related to speaking and singing, new research shows.”
“A cross section of a lab-grown approximation of a human brain reveals several features, including neurons (green) and neuron-producing stem cells (red).”
A species of small puffer fish create these designs on the ocean floor to attract mates and to act as protection for the eggs the pair may eventually lay.
(see a video of the tiny artist at work at thisiscolossal, a FABULOUS art blog)