Photo 23 Feb 8,265 notes naturalose:

Species in the Rhinochimaera family are known as long-nosed chimaeras. Their unusually long snouts (compared to other chimaeras) have sensory nerves that allow the fish to find food. Also, their first dorsal fin contains a mildly venomous spine that is used defensively. They are found in deep, temperate and tropical waters between 200 to 2,000 m in depth, and can grow to be up to 140 cm (4.5 ft) in length.
Chimaeras (also known as ghost sharks and ratfish) are an order of cartilaginous fish most closely related to sharks, but they have been evolutionarily isolated from them for over 400 million years.
(Info from WP and .gif from video by NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer—this is not an animation!)

naturalose:

Species in the Rhinochimaera family are known as long-nosed chimaeras. Their unusually long snouts (compared to other chimaeras) have sensory nerves that allow the fish to find food. Also, their first dorsal fin contains a mildly venomous spine that is used defensively. They are found in deep, temperate and tropical waters between 200 to 2,000 m in depth, and can grow to be up to 140 cm (4.5 ft) in length.

Chimaeras (also known as ghost sharks and ratfish) are an order of cartilaginous fish most closely related to sharks, but they have been evolutionarily isolated from them for over 400 million years.

(Info from WP and .gif from video by NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer—this is not an animation!)

Video 21 Feb 2,012 notes

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What’s the strongest creature in the world?

According to a study by Ozgur Sahin, it’s bacteria.  When they dry out, some bacteria shrivel up into hard, wrinkly spores and wait around for moisture to return. When the water comes back, they expand with incredible force. They’re hundreds of times stronger than human muscle.  If you could harness this energy, it would only take a pound of spores to lift a car a meter off the ground.

So Sahin and his colleagues set out to build a spore-based generator. They placed a layer of spores on a strip of rubber. In the video up top, a strip of this material is bending in response to moisture changes from a human breath. Sahin envisions a future when this material could be used to generate enormous amounts of energy from natural moisture fluctuations in the environment.  He’s also identified mutations that could make the spores even stronger.

Exciting stuff!

Photo 15 Feb 75,330 notes benjamin-strider:

When people ask me what rape culture is, or try and tell me that it doesn’t exist, I’m going to show them this article. 

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When people ask me what rape culture is, or try and tell me that it doesn’t exist, I’m going to show them this article. 

Video 10 Feb 1,445 notes

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'Be different or die' does not drive evolution

A new study has found that species living together are not forced to evolve differently to avoid competing with each other, challenging a theory that has held since Darwin’s Origin of Species.

By focusing on ovenbirds, one of the most diverse bird families in the world, the Oxford University-led team conducted the most in-depth analysis yet of the processes causing species differences to evolve.

They found that although bird species occurring together were consistently more different than species living apart, this was simply an artefact of species being old by the time they meet. In fact, once variation in the age of species was accounted for, coexisting species were actually more similar than species evolving separately, opposite to Darwin’s view which remains widely-held today.

'It's not so much a case of Darwin being wrong, as there is no shortage of evidence for competition driving divergent evolution in some very young lineages,' said Dr Joe Tobias of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, who led the study. 'But we found no evidence that this process explains differences across a much larger sample of species.

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When You Accidentally Drop Your Cookie In The Milk

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When people constantly tell me “old movies are boring.”

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"There aren’t any cute guys."

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