YES. YES. OKAY. THIS. I MISS YOU NINE. YOU WERE THE BESTEST.
NINE YOU WERE FANTASTIC
Thranduil is going to be proud of his son…
Quite possibly the best video I’ve watched so far in 2013…
My con, everybody!
LEGOLAS GREENLEAF, PRINCE OF MIRKWOOD, FINALLY GROWS INTO HIS BIRTHRIGHT
NASA’s Spot the Station service sends you an email or text message a few hours before the International Space Station passes over your house. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, though one with people living and working aboard it more than 200 miles above the ground. It is best viewed on clear nights. For more information on the International Space Station and its mission, visit the space station mission pages.
Frogfish: The Ocean’s Disguise Artists
Biomimicry is one of evolution’s most mind-blowing avenues of adaptation. It’s one thing to adapt thanks to maxing out the biological limits of speed, or selecting for the ever-longer, better-feeding necks of giraffes or the ability to use a new, untapped food source at the bottom of the ocean. But to become another life form? It shows us that natural selection is not only a powerful force, but also a delicate one, fine-tuning things like colors and patterns like only the finest human artists can.
Above are three examples of frogfish biomimicry, a family of fish that separately mimics algae, sponges and even sea urchins. They evolved these costumes as a way to avoid predators and become better predators themselves. Check out an in-depth post about frogfish biomimicry at Why Evolution is True (wait until you see them eat!), and if you want more here’s a whole website (Comic Sans warning!) dedicated to frogfish camo.