My first thigh piece, fresh from the chair! Sophie and Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle :)
Done by the amazing Jairo Carmona Velez at Extreme Needle, London, UK (Feb 2014)


Genus: Chaos

…a genus of giant amoebae that are found worldwide. Members of Chaos are usually found freshwater swamps and marshes. They can grow quite large with the largest species reaching lengths of 5mm, although most species range between 1 and 3mm. Like other amoebae members of Chaos are heterotrophs and will take in algae, bacteria, protists, and even some invertebrates via phagocytosis.

Members of the genus closely resemble the genus Amoeba and share their general morphology. However members of Amoeba have a single nucleus, and members of Chaos can have as many as a thousand nuclei.



Images: dr.Tsukii Yuuji and MicroscopyU


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Les Beehive – Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

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Inglourious Basterds (2009) dir.Quentin Tarantino

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Brazilian artist Rafael Mantesso uses silly illustrations and props to create funny photos with his Bull Terrier, Jimmy. [via]

Previously: Artist Telmo Pieper Repaints His Own Childhood Drawings

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Chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)

The chambered nautilus, is the best-known species of nautilus. The shell, when cut away, reveals a lining of lustrous nacre and displays a nearly perfect equiangular spiral, although it is not a golden spiral. The shell exhibits countershading, being light on the bottom and dark on top. This is to help avoid predators, because when seen from above, it blends in with the darkness of the sea, and when seen from below, it blends in with the light coming from above. The species has about 90 tentacles with no suckers. The oldest fossils of the species are known from Early Pleistocene sediments deposited off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines. Its diet consists of small crustaceans, carrion and small fish. photo credits: montereybayaquairum, Ingrid Taylaraqua

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Mole Cowry - Talparia talpa 

What you see in the first photo is a live specimen of the commonly known as Mole Cowry, Talparia talpa (Littorinimorpha - Cypraeidae), in which the mantle of the animal is almost fully extended covering the shell.

Formerly named Cypraea talpathe Mole Cowry is a sea snail (Gastropoda) with brilliant brown shells transversely banded in lighter color. The species is uncommon and native to the Indo-Pacific waters. 

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Tanaka Juuyoh | Locality: Mactan Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines - 42m deep, 2006] - [Bottom: ©Natural History Museum Rotterdam-WoRMS | Locality: Central Visayas, Philippines, 1978]



Courage the Cowardly Dog: Last of the Starmakers

This episode made me cry unmanly tears

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Javier PérezHumano, 1998

A slender mola washed up at the research station that I worked at this summer. My buddy juan took this shot. These fish are gorgeous and are a pelagic fish that rarely come up into our temperate waters. This is another sure sign of an El Niño year here in California

They grow to about a meter which is nothing compared to some of the other members of the molidae family. 
This big guy is a Mola mola, also known as an ocean sunfish and they grow to weights over 1000kg! 


Stalked protozoan attached to a filamentous green algae with bacteria on its surface (160x)
Paul W. Johnson
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA
Technique: Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast

You’re a stalked protozoan attached to a filamentous green algae with bacteria on its surface

Lemur Leaf Frog (Hylomantis lemur) (by John P Clare)