Microphotograph of the embryonic zebrafish brain showing neuron connections — Michael Hendricks
Pre-historic beetle preserves its color
An amazingly well preserved beetle fossil still retains its color - 47 millions years after it came to be.
Despite being tens of millions of years old, some beetle fossils appear almost as they did in life. Not only are their shape and structure preserved, but so are the actual colors of their shells, which have changed only slightly in the intervening eons.
Though relatively little-known, these fossils represent the purest of biological colors retrieved from deep time, far richer than much-celebrated pigment traces of dinosaur plumage and more varied than the hues of a few ancient plants.
Here, the iris is malformed by a rare genetic condition. Normally, the eye develops from two optic vesicles, which pop out of either side of the forebrain. As the optic vesicles grow they reach the face, eventually forming the lens of the eye. Problems can arise at any time in this process, mainly through rare and unidentified genetic defects.
Image: Chris Barry
Astronauts on the International Space Station captured these views of the aurora australis (“southern lights”) and wildfires in Australia in mid-September 2011.
Holy SHIT, this is unreal. I’ve watched it multiple times and I am still having a hard time believing it’s real. Wow.
If there was life on Mars, scientists may have found its final resting spot.
Speed of light may have been broken
Okay guys, this one is hot off the press. I’ve only found two sources for this (here and here) that have been posted in the last hour. I have to say that I immediately doubt the validity of this, but I feel I should bring it to your attention anyway.
Reports from our good friends at CERN say that they’ve observed particles traveling at faster than light speeds. For those of you who know a bit about relativity, this ain’t all that cool. The speed of light is basically meant to be the fastest speed there is, and if this wasn’t the case then we may have a major breakdown of Einstein’s theory of relativity.
The scientists at CERN have concluded this based off results in which a beam of neutrinos fired from a particle accelerator in Geneva traveled 434 miles 60 nanoseconds faster than it should have. This may not sound like much, but the error was calculated at 10 nanoseconds and the scientists themselves seem fairly adamant in their results.
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa
Hold the fuck up.
(This is the second thing I’ve heard about the theory of relativity being questionable in the past few months, though. ffffffff-)
BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SIGNAL.
Oh bitchin. Also how beautiful is that picture?
i don’t know what this means
but it probably means time travel will happen next week or something yeah? yeah gud
What in the… O_O WOW!
(They were actually firing a kind of “guide star” that is used to target and correct ground-based telescopes when this shot happened. Nature is still not impressed)
(via Short Sharp Science)
for escute — you can get an idea of how small the flakes are from the knitted wool, and you can see that yes, the patterns are sometimes visible.