sciencesoup:

Water Bears In Space

These magnificent and slightly terrifying creatures are tardigrades—stocky organisms less than 1mm long, also known as “water bears”. They’re found all over the world, from deserts to the Arctic, but they always need water to perform necessary biological processes. However, if their habitats dry up or they’re exposed to physical or chemical extremes, they can enter a state of total metabolic shutdown called anhydrobiosis, and survive in this state for years—then, when conditions are right again, they can just spring back to life. Anhydrobiosis involves processes at molecular and physiological levels, but basically, when cells become stressed through dehydration, ‘bioprotectors’ are formed to protect the cell’s important molecules and minimise cell damage. Tardigrades are nicknamed the hardiest creatures on Earth, and they appear to be just as hardy above it, too. In 2007, an experiment launched them into a 10-day orbit, and proved that they can survive exposure to the sub-zero temperatures, intense radiation, and oxygen-deprived vacuum of space. Now they’re part of Project Biokis, a program sponsored by the Italian Space Agency that aims to study creatures like tardigrades and develop techniques to protect other organisms—humans especially—from the extreme conditions of space.

(Image Credit: 1, 2)

neaq:

Inside story: Learn about the rehabilitation and release of an endangered leatherback sea turtle—straight from the Aquarium’s Rescue Team. An historic event

neaq:

Inside story: Learn about the rehabilitation and release of an endangered leatherback sea turtle—straight from the Aquarium’s Rescue Team. An historic event

jestcomedy:

8 Gangnam Style GIFs From People You Wouldn’t Expect
Until you’ve seen baseball all-stars do the horsey dance in skirts, you haven’t seen all the good Gangnam Style GIFs.

jestcomedy:

8 Gangnam Style GIFs From People You Wouldn’t Expect

Until you’ve seen baseball all-stars do the horsey dance in skirts, you haven’t seen all the good Gangnam Style GIFs.

lensblr-network:

by stompin.tumblr.com
"A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature."

— Nikola Tesla

(Source: infinity-imagined, via jfs1)

ronulicny:

“Family Group - Earth Red And Yellow”, 1953
 By: (DAME) BARBARA HEPWORTH….

ronulicny:

Family Group - Earth Red And Yellow”, 1953

 By: (DAME) BARBARA HEPWORTH….

jtotheizzoe:

pedroam-bang:

Monday, 8th of October, 2012 ~ 6:00am MDT

Felix Baumgartner - The first human jump from the edge of Space will attempt to break the speed of sound in freefall (2012)

Now why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good space balloon? I guess maybe his balls are so big that they were weighing it down.

jtotheizzoe:

pedroam-bang:

Monday, 8th of October, 2012 ~ 6:00am MDT

Felix Baumgartner - The first human jump from the edge of Space will attempt to break the speed of sound in freefall (2012)

Now why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good space balloon? I guess maybe his balls are so big that they were weighing it down.

ceramicsnow:

Ellen Schön: Lotus Pod, 2009, Smoke-fired Clay, 9” x 15” x 15”