An etching with engraving from Frederik Ruysch’s Alle de ontleed- genees- en heelkindige werken, Vol. 3 (Amsterdam: 1744). Ruysch was famous for his depictions of festooned infant skeletons.
Nature is Awesome.
A bizarre new bug resembling the major 90s toy craze Troll Dolls has baffled scientists. Teams from the University of Harvard and museums around the world trekked for three weeks to explore the untouched rainforest of southeast Suriname. They managed to catalogue 60 new animal species - but one little critter has proved too tricky to record. The 7mm wide, six-legged bug has been whittled down to possibly fitting into four nymph families: Dictyopharidae, Nogodinidae, Lophopidae, and Tropiduchidae.
Picture: Caters (via Pictures of the day: 18 November 2013 - Telegraph)
Johnny, the kitchen sink has been clogged for days, some utensil probably fell down there.
And the Drano won’t work but smells dangerous, and the crusty dishes have piled up
waiting for the plumber I still haven’t called. This is the everyday we spoke of.
It’s winter again: the sky’s a deep, headstrong blue, and the sunlight pours through
the open living-room windows because the heat’s on too high in here and I can’t turn it off.
For weeks now, driving, or dropping a bag of groceries in the street, the bag breaking,
I’ve been thinking: This is what the living do. And yesterday, hurrying along those
wobbly bricks in the Cambridge sidewalk, spilling my coffee down my wrist and sleeve,
I thought it again, and again later, when buying a hairbrush: This is it.
Parking. Slamming the car door shut in the cold. What you called that yearning.
What you finally gave up. We want the spring to come and the winter to pass. We want
whoever to call or not call, a letter, a kiss — we want more and more and then more of it.
But there are moments, walking, when I catch a glimpse of myself in the window glass,
say, the window of the corner video store, and I’m gripped by a cherishing so deep
for my own blowing hair, chapped face, and unbuttoned coat that I’m speechless:
I am living. I remember you.
Lichtenberg Figures, first recorded in 1777 by German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, are the remnants of electric discharges. Their “discovery” was the foundation for modern xerography.
These are two examples from lightning strikes, one on a golf course and the other on the back, chest, and arm of an individual.
Besides lightning strikes, Lichtenberg forms can be seen in river-branching patterns, brain nerve activity, and even in the ways trees branch.
Images via urbanshakedowns.files.wordpress.com