For the first time, researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water that is left to dry, bacteria manipulate the sodium chloride crystallization to create biomineralogical biosaline 3-D morphologically complex formations, where they hibernate. Afterwards, simply by rehydrating the material, bacteria are revived. The discovery was made by chance with a home microscope.
Shiva God of death is masquerading as a girl wearing a bump-it and approx. 3 liters of perfume at the gym. You are literally killing me with your noxious adolescence. Stop.
Geologists have discovered the secret that gives dramatic natural sandstone monuments their shape: gravity. By studying cubes of sand in the lab, they showed that areas squeezed by vertical stress are protected from erosion, while others wash away.
The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up
A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.
“I analyzed two sources of Twitter data, since it’s readily available and pretty geeky/nerdy to boot. This includes a background corpus of 2.6 million tweets via the streaming API from between December 6, 2012, and January 3, 2013. I also sampled tweets via the search API matching the query terms “geek” and “nerd” during the same time period (38.8k and 30.6k total, respectively).
In broad strokes, it seems to me that geeky words are more about stuff (e.g., “#stuff”), while nerdy words are more about ideas (e.g., “hypothesis”). Geeks are fans, and fans collect stuff; nerds are practitioners, and practitioners play with ideas. Of course, geeks can collect ideas and nerds play with stuff, too. Plus, they aren’t two distinct personalities as much as different aspects of personality. Generally, the data seem to affirm my thinking.”
Earthquake Maps Reveal Higher Risk for Much of U.S.
On Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced updated U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps, which reflect the most current scientific views on where future earthquakes will occur, how often they will occur, and how hard the ground will shake.
(Source: National Geographic)
Ancient reptile birth preserved in fossil: Ichthyosaur fossil may show oldest live reptilian birth.
Scientists report a new fossil specimen that belongs to Chaohusaurus (Reptilia, Ichthyopterygia), the oldest of Mesozoic marine reptiles that lived approximately 248 million years ago. The partial skeleton was recovered in China and may show a live birth. The maternal skeleton was associated with three embryos and neonates: one inside the mother, another exiting the pelvis-with half the body still inside the mother-and the third outside of the mother.
SN 1006 Supernova Remnant
A new star, likely the brightest supernova in recorded human history, lit up planet Earth’s sky in the year 1006 AD. Now known as the SN 1006 supernova remnant, the debris cloud appears to be about 60 light-years across and is understood to represent the remains of a white dwarf star.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, Zolt Levay
A two week old cloud rat (Phloeomys pallidus) at the Bronx zoo
it’s either an herbivorous sauropod eating the leg an ankylosaur or a toothless grandpa gnawing on the neighbor boy’s arm while a three-legged chocolate-dipped rooster tries out its new red tennis racket prosthetic.
saw this piece de resistance in the Dinosaur National Monument visitor center over the weekend.
damage to the Curiosity Rover’s wheel