Science and Stories.
 

unexplained-events:

Strange Marine Creature

This strange creature was filmed underwater by drillers in the deep ocean. It is called Deepstaria enigmatica. It looks like an underwater dementor.

VIDEO


bestestballister:

this fish is called a Sarcastic Fringehead enjoy your day


adapto:

Body comparative #47 (1,2)


the-social-recluse:

universe—cosmos:

Imagine how it would look if the Orion nebula is only four light years away - the distance the nearest star is to us, instead of 1,300 light years. It would be so bright that we wouldn’t be aware of the dark sky. We wouldn’t see other stars. The whole world would be the Orion nebula and the sun.

-The Universe 2x14: Nebulas


bisexualnatasharomanoff:

astrodidact:

via ScienceAlert

Titanium dioxide breaks down smog particles in the air, and students in the US have shown that in one year, one roof coated in it can break down the smog from a car that’s driven 17,000 km(10,500 miles). And every day, 21 tonnes of smog could be eliminated by one million treated roofs.

http://txchnologist.com/post/88500055810/students-show-common-compound-breaks-down-air-pollution

Kawai Tam, Chun-Yu “Jimmy” Liang, Jessica Moncayo, Edwin Rodriguez, Carlos Espinoza, Kelly McCoy, David Cocker and Louis Lancaster. From UC Riverside. Not just “Engineering students”.


sciencealert:

The single-celled organisms found 800 metres below the surface of the ice live without sunlight in sub-zero temperatures: http://bit.ly/1q65dTF



becausebirds:

One penguin falls down, watch how the rest react.


Laser Devices to Replace Pin Pricks For Diabetics?

Princeton University has developed a laser device to be used to measure blood sugar levels. 

Currently, engineers are working to shrink the machine down to a more portable size; hopefully allowing it to become an easily attainable device for people suffering diabetes. For many, this option is much preferred to actually drawing blood. 

How this device works is that this specialized laser is directed onto a person’s palm, passes through skin cells, and apparently, partially absorbed into sugar molecules; allowing researchers to calculate blood sugar levels. 

But this may not be the end-! Claire Gmachl, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and the project’s senior researcher, states that this technology may go much further than just blood sugar.

"Because the quantum cascade laser can be designed to emit light across a very wide wavelength range, its usability is not just for glucose detection, but could conceivably be used for other medical sensing and monitoring applications," 

Source


Living Sea Plankton Found Outside ISS

Yes, you read correctly. Outside the ISS. In space. On a window, specifically. 

Russian cosmonauts had been taking samples from said windows, apparently looking for “residues that can build up on the visually sensitive elements”. A clean-up job, basically. Except when they brought in the samples, they found life. 

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Many scientists say that the plankton are a contaminant that hitched a ride with the ISS into the final frontier. 

Other extremophilic microorganisms have been proved to be able to survive in the vacuum of space; tardigrades (also called water bears or moss piglets), were released into space as part of a controlled experiment for about 10 days. Now, when they’re exposed to this environment, tardigrades have the ability to completely dehydrate and go into hibernation until their environment becomes more favorable. When these tardigrades were retrieved, they just perked right up and returned to normal. They even had healthy, happy lil tardigrade babies up there in space! 

Although NASA has not confirmed the reports of the sea plankton, the Russians are insisting that they have indeed found life on their windows. This is the first time that life has been (almost) sustained in space non-intentionally. 

here is a great article on this event

and here is a video on tardigrades because they’re pretty great


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