"Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."

-Darwin

skunkbear:

Close-ups of butterfly wing scales! You should definitely click on these images to get the full detail.

I’ve paired each amazing close-up (by macro photographer Linden Gledhill) with an image of the corresponding butterfly or moth.  The featured lepidoptera* are (in order of appearance):

*Lepidoptera (the scientific order that includes moths and butterflies) means “scaly wing.” The scales get their color not from pigment - but from microscopic structures that manipulate light.

The great science youtube channel “Smarter Every Day” has two videos on this very subject that I highly recommend:

(via asapscience)

(via carlsagan)

Cell Wall

Cell Wall

shortfilmmasterpieces:

No Comment by Gioacchino Petronicce

space-pics:

A travel poster for Mt. Sharp (hooray for clay!) [xpost from r/mars]http://space-pics.tumblr.com/

space-pics:

A travel poster for Mt. Sharp (hooray for clay!) [xpost from r/mars]
http://space-pics.tumblr.com/

space-pics:

Dione against Saturn and its rings. This isn’t CGI, it’s real.http://space-pics.tumblr.com/

space-pics:

Dione against Saturn and its rings. This isn’t CGI, it’s real.
http://space-pics.tumblr.com/

The applications seem endless… a method for magnifying and revealing subtle changes in colour and motion of videos.

More here

The ability of Canadian scientists to dream and make the kind of truly innovative discoveries that lead to awards is increasingly compromised by the declining levels of funding based primarily on excellence and vision…. [T]his strategy compromises innovation of the sort that will change the world. — Dr. Tony Pawson

-The Globe and Mail, Feb. 27, 2013