This is a little critter known as Carchesium polypinum, less formally a “stalked ciliate,” an organism that forms colonies that look like teensy tinesy trees, or maybe ferns, but found in little drops of water. This particular one was found in Grundzüge der vergleichenden Anatomie, published in Leipzig and preserved in the Heidelberg […]
Performing delicate procedures in space: a zero-G haircut for New Year’s.
From Italian astronaut @AstroSamantha’s Twitter feed.
The process starts here, if you want to follow along.
This might seem a little trivial and flippant (and there’s plenty of laughing in the photos), but if people are going to live in space for long […]
From Marvels of Insect Life: A Popular Account of Structure and Habit, edited by Edward Step, found in the BioDiversity Library.
This is probably not exactly the book Dylan Thomas was thinking of (but it might have been) when he wrote about receiving gifts for Christmas including “books that told […]
Making the invisible visible – the air over the South Pole, Australia, Tierra del Fuego, Cape Town and beyond.
From General Meteorology (Published Formerly Under The Title Synoptic and Aeronautical Meteorology), 1944, by Horace Robert Byers, Sc.D. The first printing seems to have been in 1937, and the maps have a marvelous […]
My son and I just spent the afternoon watching the charming Your Inner Fish series (his idea, not mine), and learned all kinds of fascinating things about the importance of jaws. They’re where our ears come from. Well, our sensitive, mammalian ears.
And that transformation started with critters like these – […]
It looks like a wrought-iron finial for a curtain rod. It’s actually a demonstration of how electrons can be used as a lens – how an electron microscope make such small things visible.