curls maketh the fro

(tentacles maketh the octosquiddy)
malformalady:

Cow with cyclopia. Cyclopia is a congenital disorder characterized by the failure of the embryonic prosencephalon to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities. Its incidence is 1 in 16,000 in born animals, and 1 in 250 in embryos, 1 in 2,500 that end in miscarriage

malformalady:

Cow with cyclopia. Cyclopia is a congenital disorder characterized by the failure of the embryonic prosencephalon to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities. Its incidence is 1 in 16,000 in born animals, and 1 in 250 in embryos, 1 in 2,500 that end in miscarriage

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skunkbear:

What makes fireworks colorful?

It all thanks to the luminescence of metals. When certain metals are heated (over a flame or in a hot explosion) their electrons jump up to a higher energy state. When those electrons fall back down, they emit specific frequencies of light - and each chemical has a unique emission spectrum.

You can see that the most prominent bands in the spectra above match the firework colors. The colors often burn brighter with the addition of an electron donor like Chlorine (Cl). 

But the metals alone wouldn’t look like much. They need to be excited. Black powder (mostly nitrates like KNO3) provides oxygen for the rapid reduction of charcoal (C) to create a lot hot expanding gas - the BOOM. That, in turn, provides the energy for luminescence - the AWWWW.

Aluminium has a special role — it emits a bright white light … and makes sparks!

Images: Charles D. Winters, Andrew Lambert Photography / Science Source, iStockphoto, Epic Fireworks, Softyx, Mark Schellhase, Walkerma, Firetwister, Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com, Søren Wedel Nielsen

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rhamphotheca:

kevincatalan:  Vampire Squid illustration

My final project from scientific illustration class!! Actualy had a lot of fun doing it and will now be proudly displayed on my girlfriend’s wall. Cheers!

rhamphotheca:

kevincatalanVampire Squid illustration

My final project from scientific illustration class!! Actualy had a lot of fun doing it and will now be proudly displayed on my girlfriend’s wall. Cheers!

(via mad-as-a-marine-biologist)