Nature’s Masters Of Disguise

Mossy leaf-tailed gecko

Can you spot the mossy leaf-tailed gecko in the image above? If you can do it within a few seconds, you have a very keen eye. Over at The Guardian, they have a great collection of photographs of nature’s masters of disguise. These animals range across all classes, from mammals to birds to fish to insects. I spotted all of them within a couple of seconds, apart from the sneaky gecko pictured above. I still can’t see the entire outline, it’s that well camouflaged.

As well as showing the beauty of these creatures, it also shows evolution at work. These animals have evolved camouflage to avoid predators, or to act as predators themselves to sneak up on prey. I think this concept is even more beautiful than the animals themselves.

Which is your favourite master of disguise? Onwards!

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The Chance Events That Led To Human Existence

Brian CoxHow have we ended up as the most advanced species on a small blue-green planet, orbiting a seemingly insignificant star, in one of the hundred billion galaxies in the Universe?

Science has found some extraordinary answers to this question. Looking back through time, it appears that our existence depends on an apparently unlikely sequence of cosmic moments.” (BBC)

So begins a fascinating journey through time, detailing the chance events that led to human existence. It’s all part of Brian Cox‘s Human Universe show, which is currently airing on TV. The trip takes us from today all the way back to the beginning of the universe, 13.8 billion years ago. During that time, changes in the Earth’s orbit, chance asteroid strikes, the evolution of cyanobacteria, “The Fateful Encounter”, the combination of complex molecules, the arrival of water, the formation of the moon and our Sun, and the Big Bang all occurred, leading to us.

It’s rather amazing we’re here at all. Onwards!

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Famous Film Scenes In LEGO

This is a really cool piece of stop motion animation using LEGO minifigs. They’ve recreated a wide range of famous film scenes using just LEGO, and it is awesome.

Even if the sticking-out-at-the-side-arms are a little odd. Onwards!

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AWOLNATION – All I Need

AWOLNATIONAll I Need.

All I need is you smiling. Onwards!

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Your Life On Earth

Da Vinci HumanBBC Earth have an excellent interactive, personalised just for you.

Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space.

Investigate how the world around you has changed since you’ve been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted.

Grasp the impact we’ve had on the planet in your lifetime; from how much fuel and food we’ve used to the species we’ve discovered and endangered.

And see how the BBC was there with you, capturing some of the most amazing wonders of the natural world.” (BBC)

Some of my facts: my heart has beaten 1 billion times during my life; I’m 124 years old on Mercury; I’ve travelled 28,831,948,000 km and counting around the sun; there have been 147 major volcanic eruptions, 376 major earthquakes, and 66 solar eclipses during my lifetime; and the world’s population has increased by nearly 2.5 billion people.

During my lifetime, humans have had a severely detrimental impact on the world: the sea level has risen dramatically; many more species are endangered or critical now compared to 15 years ago; CO2 emissions have drastically increased; global temperature is on the rise; forests are shrinking; and the Antarctic ozone hole has increased.

And people still claim global warming and climate change isn’t happening? Madness.

As well as all these facts, there’s a wealth of extra information on different species that you can access, including fantastic video clips. I really recommend checking it out. Onwards!

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Rosetta’s Selfie

ESA_Rosetta

This Rosetta spacecraft selfie was snapped on October 7th. At the time the spacecraft was about 472 million kilometers from planet Earth, but only 16 kilometers from the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Looming beyond the spacecraft near the top of the frame, dust and gas stream away from the comet’s curious double-lobed nucleus and bright sunlight glints off one of Rosetta’s 14 meter long solar arrays. In fact, two exposures, one short and one long, were combined to record the dramatic high contrast scene using the CIVA camera system on Rosetta’s still-attached Philae lander. Its chosen primary landing site is visible on the smaller lobe of the nucleus. This is the last image anticipated from Philae’s cameras before the lander separates from Rosetta on November 12. Shortly after separation Philae will take another image looking back toward the orbiter, and begin its descent to the nucleus of the comet.” (APOD)

This picture is incredible. It’s a selfie taken by the Rosetta spacecraft, showing one of the solar arrays, as well as comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the background. It’s mindblowing to think that this was taken on a spacecraft 472 million kilometres from Earth, chasing a comet moving up to 135,000 kilometres per hour.

Beautiful. Onwards!

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Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Unibrow

Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Unibrow.

A bit of bright, sunny, and silly dance pop to brighten your day.

Holy cow, that girl’s got a unibrow. That guy’s got one too! Onwards!

Website, Wiki.

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