Palestinians enjoy a ride at an amusement park outside Gaza City, 2006.
Huipil Triqui, trabajo de 1 año / Triqui Huipil, took over a year to finish it.
Vrindavan, India | March 14, 2014
Breaking centuries-old tradition, around 1,000 widows living in the holy city of Vrindavan celebrated the spring colour festival of Holi at Meera Sahabhagini Sadan in Vrindavan. In a symbolic gesture, the widows celebrated Holi with colours and gulal (coloured powder) unlike the previous year where they only sprinkled flower petals over each other. As per Indian tradition, widows are considered social outcasts and refrain from celebrating Holi.
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]