Tea Cats by Francesca Buchko

So, we’re all doomed. We had a good run.
A group of researchers in Harvard have created 1000+ robots called Kilobots.
The Kilobots are able to assemble themselves into shapes given to them as images by the researchers. Give 1000 people and tell them to get into a certain shape, you’d be there for weeks.
They do it by starting with a seed of 4 robots that say where the shape is going to go. The robots have an infra-red diode and can measure how far away the others are by the reflected light. The others then move around the the shape hugging the edges, and then they stop when they bump into another robot or find they’re about to pointlessly leave the shape. And then they make stuff.
Imaging if we could do it with teeny tiny robots. We’d have shape changing robots, and then we’d have the evil Terminator in Terminator 2. Or more likely this could have massive effects in engineering and working in dangerous places

Blueberry Lemon Bread w/ Lemon Glaze

Erongo, Namibia


Leaf bug (Phyllium giganteum)

Blue Fluorite crystals | ©Webshop for mineral collectors
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, US. 


Rana granosa - Hypsiboas cinerascens

This South American frog belonging to the species Hypsiboas cinerascens (Hylidae) is recognizable by its solid green color, rough skin, evenly-spaced little yellow dots, and blue rings around its eyes.

This is a nocturnal and arboreal frog found in natural and secondary tropical rainforests, and in clearings. Occurs in the Guianas, in the Amazon Basin in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.

A recent study (2013) based on an integrative analysis of individuals collected in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon, shows that Hypsiboas cinerascens is in fact a species complex. 

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Photo credit: ©Thierry Montford | Locality: French Guiana (2014) | [Top] - [Bottom]

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Blogged on Sweet Domesticity: Saving Lettuce Seed

When gardeners see their favorite lettuce start to bolt, it usually means it’s time to pull it and start over with another planting, but if your favorite lettuce happens to be an open pollinated variety, it can also mean it’s time to replenish your lettuce seed supply! (click to read full post)


Honey is a food oddity in that it doesn’t spoil. Here’s the chemistry behind why, as well as an explanation of how bees make honey: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-qn


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Pepino melón ?


"Flower Pot Coral" (Genus: Goniopora)

Goniopora is a genus of colonial stony coral which occurs in lagoons and areas with turbid water conditions throughout the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and various tropical and subtropical areas of the Pacific Ocean. Like other colonial stony corals Goniopora spp. are carnivorous and will feed on passing invertebrates and organic matter which are caught by their stinging nematocysts. 



Images: Peter Young Gho, MD and Gdiggers


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