Too damn beautiful.
(via, of course, Colossal)
(And while we’re in the neighborhood: Einstein on the Beach, musicalized.)
Snake Mimicry - Hawk Moth Caterpillar (Eupanacra mydon, Sphingidae)
Many animals have conspicuous eye-like spots on their body. In most animals these ‘eyespots’ are thought to intimidate predators from attacking or deflect the predator strikes away from vulnerable body parts. That ‘eyespots’ could help prey by resembling the eyes of a predator’s own enemies is thought to be particularly true for butterfly and moth caterpillars. Eyespot caterpillars are often cited to be snake mimics that startle attacking birds which mistake them for dangerous snakes. Despite widespread acceptance, this phenomena is surprisingly understudied.
See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE
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Obit of the Day: Overseer of the World’s Longest Running Science Experiment
Professor Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland (Australia) wanted proof that pitch, a material that appeared solid at room temperature, was, in fact, a liquid. In 1927 he filled a sealed glass funnel with liquified pitch and then allowed it to settle at room temperature - for three years. In 1930 he cut off the tip of the funnel to allow the pitch to ever so slowly drip out.
How slowly? The first drop of pitch fell from the funnel in December 1938, eight years after Professor Parnell began the experiment. The next drop fell in February 1947. Professor Parnell would die on September 1, 1948.
In 1961 supervision of the experiment was given to Professor John Mainstone. During his time, the experiment has dripped an additional five times. (There was one drip in 1952 that was overseen by someone who neither Professor Parnell nor Professor Mainstone.) The most recent drip fell in November 2000, nearly 12 1/2 years after the previous drip.
No one, including Professors Parnell or Mainstone, has ever seen a drop of pitch fall. The experiment, which Professor Mainstone found in a closet and had to fight to have displayed, now has three live webcams watching it at all times. Professor Mainstone predicted the next drop would fall near the end of 2013, another 13 years after the last.
The pitch drop experiment, which is on its 83rd year, recognized as the “Longest-Running Laboratory Experiment” by Guinness World Records, has enough material left to continue for another 100 years.
Professor John Mainstone, who was awarded an “Ig Nobel” prize for the experiment in 2005, died of a stroke on August 23, 2013. He was 78.
Sources: Daily Mail, the University of Queensland Department of Science and Physics Vimeo account, and Wikipedia
(The video is a time-lapse of the pitch drop experiment taken from April 2012 until April 2013. About 350 days of observation condensed into ten seconds. You will see how slow the pitch is as you can barely detect any movement. It is courtesy of the University of Queensland. The actual experiment can be found in the lobby of the Parnell Building on the campus.)
I had the pleasure of interviewing Professor Mainstone for our story on this experiment. He was lovely, and I have no doubt he’ll be deeply missed.
RIP, Professor. We’ll all be keeping an eye on that pitch for you.
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