Actinomycete colony on an agar slant
Group of ants killing an intruder. Olympia, WA
Yellow Cobweb, Phlebiella sulphurea, and Bleeding Porecrust, Physiosporinus sanguinolentus.
Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae) - San Mateo County, CA
The rubber boa’s scientific name Charina is derived from the Greek word for “graceful”.
Greek: charieis - “graceful, delightful”.
Some of the fascinating images from the Kuriositas gallery Under the Electron Microscope.
Dark Chocolate May Prevent Obesity, Diabetes
Improved thinking. Decreased appetite. Lowered blood pressure. The potential health benefits of dark chocolate keep piling up, and scientists are now homing in on what ingredients in chocolate might help prevent obesity, as well as type 2 diabetes. They found that one particular type of antioxidant in cocoa prevented laboratory mice from gaining excess weight and lowered their blood sugar levels. The report appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/dark-chocolate-may-prevent-obesity-diabetes
Food, famine and fungi
Ustilago maydis is a fungus that infects maize crops and causes the disease corn smut. In these images you can see the corn smut fungus (green) infecting a maize leaf (red). This infection will cause large plant ‘tumors’ and can eventually result in plant death.
Diseases like this pose a major threat to modern agriculture and therefore understanding fungal plant pathogens is of huge importance.
BBSRC-funded scientists from The University of Exeter hope to understand the complex interplay between this fungal pathogen and its plant host. This knowledge will then help in the development of novel fungicides that can stop crop infection and keep food on our forks.
Images and research from Professor Gero Steinberg at the University of Exeter.
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gUYS VOYAGER 1 IS CONFIRMED OUT OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM WE’VE BROKEN OUT OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM THIS IS REALLY COOL
OH MY GOSH REALLY THIS IS SO COOL AUGH HUMANITY
Plus, there’s this incredibly scary but really fucking cool clip of what interstellar space sounds like.
WHY AREN’T MORE PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT THIS????
Go home evolution, you are drunk
I haven’t seen this picture in AGES. Fucking Dinosaurs, man.
Today’s magnificent creature: the Golden Jewel Beetle :)