woo-wave:

buttsbutts:

drawingwerewolves:

ragingnewborn:

venusian-eyes:

buttsbutts:

Get it because it’s a CELL WALL

oh my god

NOT BREATHING

SCIENCE NERDS

can we just get this to 100k so i can post the picture i’ve been saving for a while

woo-wave:

buttsbutts:

drawingwerewolves:

ragingnewborn:

venusian-eyes:

buttsbutts:

Get it because it’s a CELL WALL

oh my god

NOT BREATHING

SCIENCE NERDS

can we just get this to 100k so i can post the picture i’ve been saving for a while

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did-you-kno:

The piglet squid has curly tentacles at the top of its head, and its spotted coloring can make it look like it’s smiling at you.  Source

did-you-kno:

The piglet squid has curly tentacles at the top of its head, and its spotted coloring can make it look like it’s smiling at you. Source


snoopycomet:

thecutestofthecute:

chronicarus:

Spiders with water droplet hats are something I really needed to know about.

I have a bad phobia of spiders but this is freaking adorable alright

Did this photoset just make spiders look cute to me?

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nubbsgalore:

september 22 is world rhino day, meant to raise awareness about the struggle faced by all five species of rhino, help curtail the supply of rhino horns, and highlight efforts to ensure the animal’s continued survival.  

one such effort involves a four man anti poaching team tasked with guarding the ol pejeta conservancy’s four remaining northern white rhinos. with only eight left, it is the world’s most endangered species. located in the laikipia district of kenya, ol pejeta conservancy is also the largest sanctuary for the black rhino.

the rise in asia’s middle class has meant that demand for rhino horn has soared, with prices on the black market exceeding that of gold and cocaine. with an increase in poaching in ol pejeta, the anti poaching team now provides twenty four hour armed protection for the rhinos, and has developed a close relationship with the animals.

poachers will track rhinos from helicopters, darting them from above and then hacking off the horn and part of the face with a chainsaw. the animals are often left to suffer and die. the rhinos seen here were found wandering in unimaginable pain, but remarkably survived thanks to timely veterinary supervision.

to protect the rhinos and deter poachers, veterinarians will remove much of the animal’s horn (as seen in the second last photo). the rhinos are anesthetized, and suffer no trauma. the horn is not like an elephant’s tusk, and will grow back in a few years.  

photos by brent stirton’s. see also: posts on the efforts of the lewa wildlife conservancy and the black rhino range expansion project 

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martyrdom-or-suicide:

hardestcopy:

iamtonysexual:

scIENCE

….DID HOMIE JUST MAKE A MOTHERFUCKIN BUBBLE TESSERACT?

…did you just call Stephen Fry “homie”?

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thefrogman:

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lovekira:

Terry in Lord Batman’s synthetic Kryptonite-powered suit from the Justice Lords Beyond arc of Batman Beyond 2.0 <3

lovekira:

Terry in Lord Batman’s synthetic Kryptonite-powered suit from the Justice Lords Beyond arc of Batman Beyond 2.0 <3

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politicsprose:

How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?

Going by the average reading rate of most adults (300 words per minute), Personal Creations mocked up this infographic to put some of literature’s most popular works into perspective.

Via Electric Lit.

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kedreeva:

8bitrevolver:

This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.

A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!

Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.

All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.

Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!

Let me tell to you a thing.

This is Lenore. I first saw her in a little cage at the Petco I frequent (I used to take my parents’ dog in for puppy play time), and she looked like the grouchiest, old, crotchety cat in the world, and I fell instantly in love. She was cranky, she was anti-social, hanging out at the back of her cage. Her fur was matted because she wouldn’t let the groomers near her.

She was perfect.

But I didn’t have a place for her. I wasn’t living in my own space yet, and where I was, I wasn’t allowed cats. So I pressed my face to the bars of her cage and I promised that if no one had adopted her by the time I’d bought a house, I would come back for her.

I visited her every week for over six months while I looked for a house. At one point, they had to just shave her entire rear-end because the mats of fur were so bad. They told me she clawed the heck outta the groomer that did it, screamed the entire time, and spent the next two days growling at anyone that came near the cage.

A couple of weeks later, I closed on my house. I went back and I got an employee, and I said: “That one. I need that cat.”

They got the paperwork and the lady who ran the rescue that was bringing the cats in told me that Lenore (at the time, Lila) was 8 years old, had been owned by an elderly lady who had died, and brought in to a different rescue, who’d had her for six months on top of the time I’d been seeing her at Petco.

This kitty had been living in a 3x3’ cube for over a YEAR because she was older and “less adoptable.”

I signed the paperwork, put her in a cat carrier, and drove her to my new home. I had pretty much nothing; a bed, an old couch, a couple of bookcases, and a tank of mice I called “Cat TV”. I let her out of the carrier and onto my bed, and I told her “I told you I would come back for you when I had a place. It’s not much, but it’s yours too now.”

Lenore spent the next three days straight purring non-stop. She followed me around the house purring. Sat next to me purring. Slept next to me purring. Leaning into every touch, purring, purring, always purring. She still purrs if you so much as think about petting her. She’s amazing, and I love her.

So, you know, if you’re thinking about adopting, and you see a beast that others consider “less adoptable,” think about Lenore.

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panthxra:

I seriously hate pictures like this where some famous person has a pet tiger because that just means more people will buy them. And, seriously, tigers (all exotic cats really) make terrible “pets.” Cute, yes, but admiring from afar is substantially better for both humans and tigers everywhere.
Tigers are dangerous, wild animals, not pets or “big kitty cats”. They don’t belong in a home or in a backyard. They are not domesticated, and they have thousands upon thousands of years of instincts in them. It’s extremely irresponsible to keep them as if they ever were to attack someone from acting upon its instincts, guess who would be punished? THE TIGER. Even in play, a tiger can injure or even kill you. Fun fact: a tiger can kill you with just a swipe of its paw. 
Even if someone were to keep their “pet” tiger in the best enclosure possible and give it the best care (lmao like that would ever happen), it would still be irresponsible. "Pet" tigers come from the exotic animal trade where tigers are trafficked and farmed, resulting in poor breeding practises like breeding different subspecies. Genetically impure tigers (“mutts” or tigers of multiple subspecies, most commonly amur and bengal mixes) serve no conservation purpose. Neither do color mutated tigers (white, golden tabby, snow white, etc.), which our friend, Mike Tyson, here conveniently bought. All color mutated tigers are severely inbred, extremely unhealthy, and serve no conservation purpose because of it. There are only about 3000 tigers left in the wild, so they need all the conservation efforts they can get. There are at least double the amount of tigers being kept in people’s backyard in America than there are wild tigers in Asia, so tigers really can’t afford all this exploitation and cruelty right now.

panthxra:

I seriously hate pictures like this where some famous person has a pet tiger because that just means more people will buy them. And, seriously, tigers (all exotic cats really) make terrible “pets.” Cute, yes, but admiring from afar is substantially better for both humans and tigers everywhere.

Tigers are dangerous, wild animals, not pets or “big kitty cats”. They don’t belong in a home or in a backyard. They are not domesticated, and they have thousands upon thousands of years of instincts in them. It’s extremely irresponsible to keep them as if they ever were to attack someone from acting upon its instincts, guess who would be punished? THE TIGER. Even in play, a tiger can injure or even kill you. Fun fact: a tiger can kill you with just a swipe of its paw. 

Even if someone were to keep their “pet” tiger in the best enclosure possible and give it the best care (lmao like that would ever happen), it would still be irresponsible. "Pet" tigers come from the exotic animal trade where tigers are trafficked and farmed, resulting in poor breeding practises like breeding different subspecies. Genetically impure tigers (“mutts” or tigers of multiple subspecies, most commonly amur and bengal mixes) serve no conservation purpose. Neither do color mutated tigers (white, golden tabby, snow white, etc.), which our friend, Mike Tyson, here conveniently bought. All color mutated tigers are severely inbred, extremely unhealthy, and serve no conservation purpose because of it. There are only about 3000 tigers left in the wild, so they need all the conservation efforts they can get. There are at least double the amount of tigers being kept in people’s backyard in America than there are wild tigers in Asia, so tigers really can’t afford all this exploitation and cruelty right now.

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Biologists call a small male fish who darts in to fertilize eggs a “sneaker,”, a medium male who resembles a female a “female mimic,”, and a large aggressive territorial male a “parental,” to place a positive spin of his egg guarding. Both the sneaker and the female mimic are “sexual parasites” of the parental male’s “investment” in nest construction and territorial defense. The sneaker and the female mimic are said to express a gene for “cuckoldry,” as though the parental male were married to a female in his territory and victimized by her unfaithfulness. In fact, a territorial male and the female who is temporarily in his territory are not pair-bonded. Scientists sneak gender stereotypes into the primary literature and corrupt its objectivity. Are these descriptions only harmless words? No. The words affect the view of nature that emerges from biology.
Joan Roughgarden (2004) Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People, University of California Press, Berkley
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