Butterfly eggs on a raspberry plant
A micro-crack in steel
Needle and thread
E.coli bacteria on lettuce
Beard hairs under a scanning electron microscope: cut with razor (left) and electric shaver (right)
A moth wing
Leaf of a Virginia spiderwort
3D Printing Cancerous Cells Can be Used to Further Cancer Research
"This is a microscopic photo of a butterfly egg. Most butterflies deposit a cluster of tiny eggs, sometimes hundreds of them, on the underside of a leaf, fastening them there with a glue-like substance. The leaves provide protection—and later, food—for the young caterpillars. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg reveals spectacular natural beauty imperceptible to the human eye."
Kepler Telescope Discovers Most Earth-Like Planet Yet: A nearly Earth-size planet orbits in a star’s habitable zone, detected by NASA astronomers.
Red sunshine, seas, and maybe aliens? Scientists analyzing data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope today report the closest thing yet to another Earth, a world in a habitable orbit around a red dwarf star some 493 light-years away.
The ornate mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyallarus is one of the most colorful crustaceans. It is a predator that hunts other crustacaeans as well as mollusks, worms, and even fish. (Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea) by David Hall
Sections of the different stomach compartments of a ruminant
Across from top left: Rumen, Reticulum, Omasum, Abomasum
Ruminants are a class of animal that digest their food through fermentative digestion. This allows them to digest feeds which are indigestible to monogastrics - like us.
Microbes including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and even viruses work together to break down the structural components of ingested plant material. These microbes live in the rumen and reticulum of the animal. These compartments are known collectively as the ruminoreticulum and are the first compartment into which food enters.
The major by-products of microbial digestion are Volatile Fatty Acids (VFAs) which are free fatty acids which pass through the wall of the rumen and are used for energy by the animal.
Protein in the feed is used by the microbes for their own reproduction and growth. The animal gets protein from its feed when the microbes pass through the next section of the stomach, the omasum (where water is absorbed), and on into the abomasum. The abomasum secretes acid to kill and digest the microbes which have passed from the ruminoreticulum.
brazil’s yacare caiman was once hunted to near extinction for its valuable skin, but thanks to a global ban on the trade, its home in the pantanal — the world’s largest wetland, situated along along the paraguay river — now supports the world’s largest population of crocodiles. the caiman, however, face new threats: deforestation, dams, tourism, mining and seaport development.
photos by luciano candisani, who notes that the caiman are neither aggressive nor fearful but, for the most part, approachable - especially when busy with the shoal fish seen here in the pantanal’s shallow, murky waters.
LARVA of the LIMACODID MOTH
Macro photography by Paul Bertner on Flickr
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Found during a hike in Cuc Phuong national park, Vietnam
Posted January 16, 2014
Limacodidae: a family of moths often called slug moths because their caterpillars look like slugs; also called cup moths because of the shape of their cocoons. The larvae are often liberally covered in protective stinging hairs.