A male leopard in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve is dazzling the gawking tourists with his strawberry locks. But watch out gazelles, this fair-furred feline has still got the spots to keep him camouflaged and make him a killer when he’s out on the prowl.
They say a leopard can’t change his spots, but when you look as good as this pink panther, who would want to?
IMAGE: Fair-furred Leopard, Courtesy of Deon De Villiers of SafaGraphics
‘Getting naked’ helps water fleas ditch pesky parasites
Since the molting process can remove parasites, they’re under intense pressure to infect their host before the process begins.
‘Animal Inside Out’ shows the inner workings of real creatures frozen in time forever
The exhibition features approximately 100 plastinate and capillary specimens displaying the anatomical structure of many spectacular creatures. The animals were preserved using the technique of plastination by the same team behind Gunther von Hagens’ “Body Worlds” exhibition. (Photos: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Chocolate eaters are slimmer, says study
Too good to be true? New findings suggest something in chocolate may make the calories you eat less likely to be deposited as fat.
Bat disease hits two more national parks
White-nose syndrome has been found in Acadia and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, just days after it was first confirmed in Alabama.
Celeste Nelson (faculty). Princeton University
Department of Chemical Engineering
Winner of the 2009 Art of Science Exhibition
X-Rays of Fish Reveal Diversity
1. X-Ray Image of a Winghead Shark:
Scientist Mohamed Babu from Mysore, India captured beautiful photos of these translucent ants eating a specially colored liquid sugar. Some of the ants would even move between the food resulting in new color combinations in their stomachs. Read more over on the Daily Mail. (via Colossal) You like? Follow me! XD
1. One of the best models of a sunspot ever made. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research produced this simulation by plugging the newest sunspot data into a 76-teraflop supercomputer. The image required nearly 2 billion data points to simulate the magnetism, temperature, and other features of a sunspot; it models the phenomenon down to a depth of nearly 4,000 miles.
2. This rainbow image of concentric circles is a quartz crystal as seen through a microscope that images its “birefringence“—the crystal’s unusual ability to bend light to varying degrees depending upon its orientation. Since differently oriented light rays are refracted differently, they diverge as they go through the quartz crystal, creating doubled images and, more psychedelically, these crazy colors. The image is taken from research by Mike Glazer of Oxford University.
3. Fractals form a major section of psychedelic art, and the king of fractals was Benoit Mandelbrot, who just died in October 2010. In his famous Mandelbrot set, each small part is the same as the whole, and the image boundary becomes continually more detailed as you zoom in.
4. This may look like a child’s Spirograph drawing, but it’s actually what scientists at CERN hope to see when the Large Hadron Collider in Europe reaches full smashing power: The decay of that elusive subatomic particle, the Higgs boson.
5. NASA’s false-color treatment of satellite images turns ordinary shots of our planet into pictures of another world worthy of science fiction, replete with purple oceans and orange outcroppings. This inverted treatment of the Himalaya Mountains was made with the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), which combined near-infrared, red, and green wavelengths.
6. The heart of this image is a spherical colony of Volvox algae, about 100 micrometers across, with a flurry of nutrients fluttering by. Volvox have been forming these multicellular colonies for more than 200 million years.
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Reason why saturated fats are unhealthy finally discovered
Saturated fats push an enzyme deeper into cells and in doing so, ultimately activate insulin resistance and circulatory disease.