Black, Iron Sulphide secreting Scaly-footed Gastropod from the Kairei Vent Field (top), and pale, non-Iron Sulphide secreting Scaly-footed Gastropod from the Solitaire Field (bottom). Scale bar is 10 mm. Nakamura et al. (2012).
The Scaly Foot Gastopod is the only animal we know of that can plate itself with metal. Badass!
BUT they’ve found genetically identical scaly foot gastopods WITHOUT the metal. They both live in thermal vents deep in the ocean, which spew weird - and variable - chemicals. The metal shell is actually structurally weaker, so the metal shell may exist as a side effect of needing to excrete heavy metals out of the snail’s body that accrue when it lives near vents that spew heavy metals.
A man brushes snow off the top of a monument at Mansudae in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo on December 10, 2012.
[Credit : Kyodo/Reuters]
new cups and tumblers
House on the outskirts of Brussels with plant-covered wall by French botanical artist Patrick Blanc
Cranes, cycads, and wisteria (detail), Japan, circa 1905.
(Source : 1109-83)
(Source : anormaux)
Two childhood friends unexpectedly reunite on opposite sides of a demonstration in 1972
Images like this were too controversial for an Oakland gallery.
Images that were part of an exhibit of art by Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip. The images were supposed to be shown at the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, but the show, entitled A Child’s View from Gaza, was cancelled on September 8.
The Berkeley-based Middle East Children’s Alliance stated in a news release that “there was a concerted effort by pro-Israel organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to pressure the museum to reverse its decision to display Palestinian children’s art.”
China, Jiangyin, Jiangsu. Rows of identical houses with a playground seen in the middle in the city of Jiangyin.
Photo credit: © Kacper Kowalski, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
The Perigee is the point in the moon’s orbit at which it’s closest to Earth
Photographed at midnight in Tuktoyaktuk, Canada by Francis Anderson (May 5th, 2012)