subtilitas:

Ambrosi Etchegary - Querétaro spa, Mexico City 2013. Via, photos (C) Luis Gordoa.


lorilynn15:

"First Date", Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez

lorilynn15:

"First Date", Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez

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skeptv:

Earth Juice - Episode 40 - What Causes Sinkholes?

After seeing the incredible footage of a sinkhole swallowing trees in a matter of seconds in Louisiana, we wanted to find out more.. Sam reveals the science behind one of nature’s scariest phenomena and looks at cases from around the world.

via Earth Unplugged.
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Very good 

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supersonicelectronic:

Andy Denzler.

The distorted, glitched image paintings of Andy Denzler seem to pursue ideas of loss but what if they’re not lost at all?  They’re reformations of what once was there, reformed best we could?  A station faintly outside our antenna’s reach that we know is obtainable if only we were a bit closer:

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spaceexp:

The solar system to scale; including Sol, corona, all 8 planets, and 5 dwarf planets.

spaceexp:

The solar system to scale; including Sol, corona, all 8 planets, and 5 dwarf planets.


ontheborderland:

We spent all weekend exploring tiny pockets of forests and parks.  I expressed mock surprise at not seeing Shinto shrines in any of them.  There were a lot of dogs; I had forgotten how everyone in America has a giant dog, which makes me not want to sit on the grass.  I also forgot how everyone in America assumes you love their giant dog, and even when you might be reading quietly at a picnic table in the shade, you might not be a huge fan of said giant dog running leashless up to you, slobbering and nosing at one’s book.  If you look mildly irritated, the owner always looks at you just like you punched a baby.
Today I had a doctor’s appointment, being the human equivalent of a car that hasn’t gotten an oil change for…years.  Bad analogy.  Anyway, I ended up flummoxed by a surprise EKG, a surprise tetanus booster and a flu shot.  The bloodwork was not a surprise, but standing shaky, nauseated at the checkout counter at the end, it was all I could do not to keel over.  I also have weird moles, joy of joys, that now I need to have evaluated.  I’ve always had weird moles; it is part of my hideousness; they are all over my face since forever and not at all charming.
So I am mortal after all and not a disembodied mind.  Not yet, anyway.
I am also fighting a loosing battle against hipsterism.  I am not sure what the word means anymore, but I don’t do anything insincerely.  And yet I find myself frowning outside a bar I used to go to that is now popular among a certain crowd, and wondering how I used to go there.  I swear I wore TOMS before they were popular.  I just don’t know any more.

ontheborderland:

We spent all weekend exploring tiny pockets of forests and parks.  I expressed mock surprise at not seeing Shinto shrines in any of them.  There were a lot of dogs; I had forgotten how everyone in America has a giant dog, which makes me not want to sit on the grass.  I also forgot how everyone in America assumes you love their giant dog, and even when you might be reading quietly at a picnic table in the shade, you might not be a huge fan of said giant dog running leashless up to you, slobbering and nosing at one’s book.  If you look mildly irritated, the owner always looks at you just like you punched a baby.

Today I had a doctor’s appointment, being the human equivalent of a car that hasn’t gotten an oil change for…years.  Bad analogy.  Anyway, I ended up flummoxed by a surprise EKG, a surprise tetanus booster and a flu shot.  The bloodwork was not a surprise, but standing shaky, nauseated at the checkout counter at the end, it was all I could do not to keel over.  I also have weird moles, joy of joys, that now I need to have evaluated.  I’ve always had weird moles; it is part of my hideousness; they are all over my face since forever and not at all charming.

So I am mortal after all and not a disembodied mind.  Not yet, anyway.

I am also fighting a loosing battle against hipsterism.  I am not sure what the word means anymore, but I don’t do anything insincerely.  And yet I find myself frowning outside a bar I used to go to that is now popular among a certain crowd, and wondering how I used to go there.  I swear I wore TOMS before they were popular.  I just don’t know any more.

(via ontheborderland-deactivated2014)



logikblok-science:

Why Plants Keeping Time Matters - Circadian Rhythms In Plants

Plants have evolved mechanisms to anticipate and adjust to day and night cycles. These mechanisms are known as circadian rhythms and exist in the majority of life forms. Broadly these internal clocks allow for organisms to cope with the changes in environment, time keeping however is particularly important for plants because:

1 – Plants can’t move away. Therefore being able to keep up with the changes in the cycle where it’s growing allows for the plant to perform better. Research has shown that a plant with a clock better synchronised to the 24 hour cycle have enhanced photosynthetic carbon fixation and have increased survival.  Additionally research has shown that plants actually prepare to protect themselves from herbivores by accumulating chemicals all under the control of circadian rhythms. The gifs above show plant sleep movements regulated by the circadian clock. Ultimately these strategies mean they perform better.

2 – Plants can’t “see” the seasons. Therefore they have to utilise the cycles of light known as photo periods to time the changing seasons allowing for a plant to flower at the right time or germinate at the right time. The bottom right photo shows a mutant plant flowering weeks early. This literally means successfully passing on genes or not, ultimately a critical process for future offspring.

So evolutionarily speaking these two factors combined, in having a selective advantage and an advantage for reproduction means that circadian rhythms are very very important. As the plants which perform better, by being synced with the day and night cycle will have increased progeny, increased survival and increased growth.

The research into these circadian rhythms has vast applications into agriculture, food security and space travel! The genes and proteins involved in circadian rhythms are often in complex sets of pathways, the processes of which are being discovered so this field remains one to watch out for.

Sources - Plants in Motion, Dodd 2005, Mclung 2006, Goodspeed 2012.



ucresearch:

Keeping olives local
Researchers are trying to help the olive industry stay local in California (and stay better regulated).  Watch how the machines they’re building help make this happen.

ucresearch:

Keeping olives local

Researchers are trying to help the olive industry stay local in California (and stay better regulated).  Watch how the machines they’re building help make this happen.