|—||Maurice Sendak would have been 85 today.|
Paper and wire sculptures by Polly Verity.
CICADAS! You may have heard that they are loud. Alert Radiolab listeners Joe, Caroline, Annie and Buddy sent us this adorable video demonstrating exactly how loud.
Joe and his family are in the Hudson Valley. Have cicadas hit your neighborhood yet? Report your sightings here.
A buoyant plume of smoke rises from a stick of incense. At first the plume is smooth and laminar, but even in quiescent air, tiny perturbations can sneak into the flow, causing the periodic vortical whorls seen near the top of the photo. Were the frame even taller, we would see this transitional flow become completely chaotic and turbulent. Despite having known the governing equations for such flow for over 150 years, it remains almost impossible to predict the point where flow will transition for any practical problem, largely because the equations are so sensitive to initial conditions. In fact, some of the fundamental mathematical properties of those equations remain unproven. (Photo credit: M. Rosic)
Make yourself useful! Help decode fragments from an ancient trash heap.
This photo — taken by Bug Squad’s Kathy Keatley Garvey — captures the moment after a bee sting when the honeybee attempts to fly away (with the barbed stinger still lodged in the victim). See that trail of goo? It’s actually the bee’s abdominal tissue.
Today In History
‘Dr.Mae Carol Jemison became the first black woman astronaut on this date June 5, 1987.’
OK, so now it’s “Two Days Ago In History,” but this is still awesome.
(This is actually a pretty interesting article though, guys: “Study reveals how birds lost their penises.”)
I knew it!
Library Of Colorful Decay- Canisters Filled With Unclaimed Insane Asylum Human Remains
Well this is rather extraordinary.
brandonfrias: BEHOLD THE MANUL!!!
Pallas’s cat (Otocolobus manul), also called the manul, is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia. The species is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2002.
Pallas’s cat was named after the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776 under the binomial Felis manul.