The scrutiny of James Comey
Larger Pacific striped octopuses hunt by tapping their prey, startling it into its arms!
Female hawker dragonflies (Aeshna juncea) pretend to be dead in order to avoid sexual advances from males they are not interested in.
Only 4 cats have the ability to roar: lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars. They belong to Sub-Family Pantherinae. Their smaller cousins of Sub-Family Felinae can purr and meow.
Frogs have the ability to see color even when it is so dark that humans are not able to see anything at all.
Hippos spend up to 16 hours per day in the water! They keep cool during the day in the water and then do most of their feeding during the evening.
Gorilla impress crowd with his moves
To attract mates Male Palm Cockatoos use modified sticks or seedpods to strike a hollow tree limb and create a loud noise that can be heard up to 100 m away.
Sentinels of a Northern Sky by Pierre Destribats [3000 x 2002]
On January 31, a waxing crescent Moon, brilliant Venus, and fainter Mars gathered in the fading twilight, hanging above the western horizon just after sunset. [1920 x 2877]
Seven worlds orbit the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, a mere 40 light-years away. [1200 x 1500]
HIFW I found out Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will headline a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. Calling Planned Parenthood an “exceptional organization.”
[Homemade] Farmer's cheese pierogies with sauteed onions in butter
Give her what she really wants for Valentine's Day.
Dragonflies are able to target, pursue and capture tiny flying prey in mid-air at speeds of up to 60 km/h—even if that target attempts to disappear within a seething swarm—with an incredible hit-rate of over 95%.
Goose is so happy to see his friend
Meerkats produce a pungent paste in a pouch beneath their tails, created by odor-producing bacteria, that they smear on plants, rocks and even other meerkats to mark their turf. With one whiff they can tell if a scent belongs to a relative, a rival or a potential mate.
Certain species of fish near Australia actually sing together, in a chorus, each day at dawn and dusk.
The leatherback sea turtle is the deepest diver of all turtles! It occasionally dives to depths of over 100 m.
Space Station Vista: Planet and Galaxy [4928 x 3280]
Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) by John Gleason [1920 x 1927]
Ninety Limosa harlequin frogs (Atelopus limosus) bred in human care are braving the elements of the wild after Smithsonian scientists sent them out into the Panamanian rainforest as part of their first-ever release trial in May.
Sharpless 249 and the Jellyfish Nebula by Eric Coles [3000 x 2400]
A grid of small polygons on the Martian rock surface near the right edge of this view may have originated as cracks in drying mud more than 3 billion years ago. [4377 x 2163]
Beavers build dams to slow down currents in river, lakes and ponds. This allows them to build a home that won't wash away and gives them space to swim. The largest beaver dam in the world is in Alberta, Canada and measures 2,790 ft (850 m) in length. It is so large it can be seen from space!
Budgerigars can identify spoken sounds without prior exposure to human speech. Like people, the birds 'trade' vocal cues to distinguish 'd' from 't'.
Opossums have 13 nipples, arranged in a circle of 12 with one in the middle.
IC 4406: A Seemingly Square Nebula by C. R. O'Dell Hubble Heritage Team [2859 x 1866]
Green sea turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world! Weighing in at 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) they weigh twice as much as a Panda.
Well-preserved unnamed elliptical crater in Terra Sabaea, Mars [2880 x 1800]
A new dwarf lemur species, Sheth’s dwarf lemur, has been discovered in the dry and transitional forests of northern Madagascar!
Young Stars and Nebula Cederblad 30 in Taurus [3225 x 2375]
When you wake up May 4th morning and pop in Phantom Menace to begin your Star Wars marathon
One of my favorite signs at the New York City March for Science
Comet Hale-Bopp Over Val Parola Pass [852 x 562]
The low angle of sunlight along the slim crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
When everyone is excited and happy Hayden Christensen is attending Celebration this year.
When my husband makes a high ground joke after years of telling me to stop quoting Star Wars so often.
Carl Sagan reminding us of a tough lesson
The Tongue-eating Louse (Cymothoa exigua) is an aquatic isopod which lives inside fish's mouths. They eat and then take the place of the host's tongue.
Today is World Turtle Day! Take a minute to read up on our wonderful friends and please remember that plastic bags look like delicious jellyfish to our sea turtle friends. so dispose of them properly or don't use them at all!
When you've had a long day and your partner is ready with a cold beer, ready to listen.
Luna in her warmest winter bed.
I could tase you, but I'm lacking a charge
The Black-billed Magpie makes a very large nest that can take up to 40 days to construct. It's a lot of work, but a study found that it only used about 1% of the daily energy expenditure of the pair. Laying eggs, on the other hand, takes 23% of the female's daily energy budget.
Forty-four fertile eggs for one of the most critically endangered turtles have just been discovered, Burmese roofed turtle (Batagur trivittata), and are now in a protected incubation site with 24/7 monitoring.
A veterinarian used fiberglass to repair a box turtle's broken shell after it was hit by a car. She then released it into the woods near her home. Several years later the box turtle returned to the area is was released and is doing well!
The spiny softshell turtle is a sit-and-wait predator. They bury themselves under a layer of mud at the bottom of a lake, with only their head sticking out, and catch prey as they swim or float by.
The Palawan forest turtle, also known as the Philippine pond turtle, is one of the rarest turtle species in the world. It is only found in five municipalities in Northern Palawan, Philippines.
When I put the air conditioning on too high.
When you're just trying to get some lunch, but the boss calls you back to the office.
When as an anniversary gift my husband updates my computer and now I can play Battlefront!
Painted Bat (Kerivoula picta) filmed in slow motion for the first time
For years, it was believed that American alligators continued growing in length until they died, what is called “indeterminate growth.” A new study of alligators has found that male and female alligators exhibit “determinate growth”; they stop growing at some point after they reach sexual maturity.
The scales on a turtle's shell are called scutes. Scutes are made of keratin (like our fingernails) and protect the bony plates of the shell from infection and injury.
Mr. Darcy in his Sunday best
🔥 The Pacific striped octopus hunts by tapping their prey, startling it into its arms 🔥
The big-headed turtle's head is so large it cannot pull it back into its shell. Instead, the top and sides of the turtle’s head are covered with a large bony ‘roof’ that acts as armor and, unlike most turtles, the skull is solid bone.
Mr. Darcy is all business.
MRW a scammy doctor I stopped going to calls my husband to try to reason with me to come back. My husband laughed.
[Homemade] Pepperoni and Cheese Stuffed Pizza Ring
The beautiful Radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is native to Madagascar. They are considered critically endangered due to habitat loss, poaching, and collection for the pet trade.
Hubble Captures Brilliant Star Death in “Rotten Egg” Nebula
The Shoebill Stork is a threatened species whose chicks are often at risk of being stolen for sale in the black market. When a chick is rescued, human contact must be limited to prevent imprinting. A simple grey sheet and sock puppet will be worn during feeding in order to hide the human form.
The Magnificent Horsehead Nebula by Osservatorio MTM [1600 x 1600]