Generations before 3D printing was available to museums and institutions of higher learning, father and son glass-makers Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka were working tirelessly to produce thousands of glass models of invertebrate … Continue Reading Guido Mocafico’s Blaschka glass biological model photographs
Chip Clark joined the team at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (SI NMNH) in 1973 as a staff photographer. In addition to capturing high speed images of flying … Continue Reading Chip Clark’s Iconic National Museum of Natural History Photos Resurface
On October 2nd, NASA/JPL released this ‘postcard‘ from the Curiosity rover showing the higher regions of Mount Sharp as viewed from the rover’s work-site in the Gale Crater. The scene seems jarringly familiar … Continue Reading What are the True Colors of the Martian Landscape?
Pulsars are one of my favorite astronomical phenomena. They are an amazing consequence of some fascinating physics and one possible end-result of the largest known explosions in the universe. So…what is … Continue Reading Space Phenomena: Pulsars
This week we are highlighting the distinctive nudibranch Peltodoris atromaculata. A southern European species, this spotted Discodorid sea slug can be found throughout the Mediterranean and select locations off the western coast … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #16 – Peltodoris atromaculata
Termites engineer their environments in ways that allow the area around their mounds to be buffered from climatic changes. That is the intriguing conclusion of a recent study published in the … Continue Reading The Presence of Termites May Help Grasslands Resist Desertification.
This morning, I stumbled across this fantastic photograph from Thomas Shahan (@ThomasShahan) that was produced for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. It shows the same Chrysina sp. beetle illuminated under different lighting conditions. … Continue Reading What Gives Chrysina Beetles their Metallic Appearance?
I have a fondness for icebergs. There’s something about these quiet monoliths coursing across the polar seas that instantly commands my attention. It’s just water, but these great white juggernauts have become … Continue Reading Noteworthy: Alex Cornell’s Deep Blue Iceberg
Long-tailed tits are adorable…they just are… They are so adorable that they will easily distract from anything I attempt to write so let’s all take-in their fluffy cuteness before proceeding, shall … Continue Reading Long-tailed Tit Birds – More than Adorable
The stars of the show this week are the wonderfully weird Gorgonocephalus basket stars. Members of the Class Ophiurodea, these bizarre deep sea echinoderms are members of the same evolutionary group that brought us all … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #15 – Gorgonocephalus Basket Stars
Maybe you haven’t heard of Thomas Paulsom. Back in 2012, his fantastic LEGO representations of British birds popped up on Lustik and Flickr. Since then, his creations have garnered enough praise … Continue Reading PopNature: Thomas Paulsom’s LEGO Birds Go Live as an Official Set
Infographics are a fantastic visualization tool, particularly for communicating scientific information to the public. For decades, they have made otherwise difficult to digest data much more palatable and have emerged … Continue Reading Eleanor Lutz Breathes Life into the Science Infographic
NASA has taken a delightfully unusual approach to bringing awareness to some of the potentially habitable exoplanets out there among the stars. Under the moniker Exoplanet Travel Bureau, the renowned … Continue Reading NASA Reveals Superb Travel Posters for Exoplanets
Natural History is a broad field of study that includes not just the study of the physical and biological aspects of Earth, but also of Space. So, in recognition of … Continue Reading Hubble Space Telescope Team Revisits the ‘Pillars of Creation’ + Images Andromeda at 100 Megapixels
Water can be considered special for any number of reasons. Water provides a foundation (in more ways than one) for all life on this planet. Water has a solid state … Continue Reading Just Add Space Dust: How Solar Winds and Interplanetary Dust Combine to Form Water
Invertebrate of the Week returns with this emerald-colored stunner. Meet Elysia chlorotica, often hailed as a “solar-powered marine sea slug” and affectionately named the “Eastern Emerald Elysia.” E. chlorotica inhabits the waters … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #14 – Elysia chlorotica: a (possibly) “solar-powered” marine sea slug