Psychedelic Portuguese Man-of-War Photos Prove God Is a Stoner
The sting from a Portuguese man-of-war hurts like hell, so most people avoid the jellyfish-like creatures. Not Aaron Ansarov — he and his wife don rubber gloves and collect them when they wash up on the beach near their home in Delray Beach, Florida.
They take the creatures back to their house and Ansarov photographs them on a makeshift light table and then mirrors the image in Photoshop. He shot dozens of them this past winter and the result is a unique, psychedelic portfolio.
“It’s kind of like nature’s Rorschach test,” he says.
Portugese man-of-wars are not jellyfish, they’re siphonophores, which mean’s they’re actually a group of organisms, called zooids, that depend on each other to live. The creature gets its name from the upper-most organism which people say looks like the man-of-war warships that were first built by England in the 16th century. A different organism forms the tentacles, which usually hang 30 feet below the surface and have venom-filled nematocysts that are used to kill small fish. Man-of-wars are most commonly found in warm water and sting thousands of humans each year. (via Psychedelic Portuguese Man-of-War Photos Prove God Is a Stoner | Raw File | Wired.com)
best anthropomorphization of the Impala I’ve seen yet.
Stop re-blogging One Direction and re-blog this shit.
The First Trial
An important reminder that the universe has three spatial dimensions and is best appreciated with all three engaged*.
*engage fourth as needed for EXTREME MODE
In this image, fluorescent dyes track the presence of the RNA molecules and the genes they affect in the developing mouse brain. Image courtesy of Alexander Ramos.
Brain Development Is Guided by Junk DNA that Isn’t Really Junk
Specific DNA once dismissed as junk plays an important role in brain development and might be involved in several devastating neurological diseases, UC San Francisco scientists have found…
While researchers have been busy exploring the roles of proteins encoded by the genes identified in various genome projects, most DNA is not in genes. This so-called junk DNA has largely been pushed aside and neglected in the wake of genomic gene discoveries, the UCSF scientists said. In their own research, the UCSF team studies molecules called long noncoding RNA (lncRNA), which are made from DNA templates in the same way as RNA from genes…
Unlike messenger RNA, which is transcribed from the DNA in genes and guides the production of proteins, lncRNA molecules do not carry the blueprints for proteins. Because of this fact, they were long thought to not influence a cell’s fate or actions. Nonetheless, lncRNAs also are transcribed from DNA in the same way as messenger RNA, and they, too, consist of unique sequences of nucleic acid building blocks.
Evidence indicates that lncRNAs can tether structural proteins to the DNA-containing chromosomes, and in so doing indirectly affect gene activation and cellular physiology without altering the genetic code. In other words, within the cell, lncRNA molecules act “epigenetically” — beyond genes — not through changes in DNA.
The brain cells that the scientists focused on the most give rise to various cell types of the central nervous system. They are found in a region of the brain called the subventricular zone, which directly overlies the striatum. This is the part of the brain where neurons are destroyed in Huntington’s disease, a condition triggered by a single genetic defect…
Opals? more like the depths of fucking space smushed into a stone
Opals? more like hydrous silica aka quartz
Opals? more like why the fuck wasn’t I born in october
Jean: My telekinetic powers will screen out the harmful radiation—I’ll be alright!
Scott: For how long?! Even your power-
Lorna: Will you two shut up?! I can bring this shuttle down to Earth without the computer—without piloting skill—without even having to leave the shielded life cells! I have magnetic powers, remember? Sheesh!
Lorna is so underrated, it’s a crime.
It’s so true.
Lmfao I love this what if <333