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

(via bugcthulhu)

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

(via eduardo-)

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)

weirdletter:

The Ghost of Fear and Others: H. P. Lovecraft’s Favorite Horror Stories, Vol. 1, edited by S.T. Joshi, Dark Renaissance Books, 2014. Info: darkrenaissance.com.

'100 signed and numbered trade paperback edition, signed by the editor, S. T. Joshi. H.P. Lovecraft was a voracious reader of supernatural and fantastic fiction, and he was continually on the hunt for powerful and stimulating works in these genres. Many of the stories he read directly influenced his own writings. This first volume of H. P. Lovecraft’s Favorite Horror Stories presents 16 stories that Lovecraft found to be of particular merit. Among them are the beautiful poetic fantasy “Idle Days on the Yann” by Lord Dunsany; Fiona Macleod’s grimly evocative “The Sin-Eater,” which influenced “The Rats in the Walls”; Arthur Machen’s grisly novelette “Novel of the White Powder,” which Lovecraft adapted for “Cool Air”; and M.P. Shiel’s “The House of Sounds,” which Lovecraft ranked among the greatest weird tales ever written. Also included are hard-to-find stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, E.F. Benson, Théophile Gautier, John Buchan, and others, as well as two stories from the legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales (Seabury Quinn’s “The Phantom Farmhouse” and Arthur J. Burks’s “Bells of Oceana”). The volume contains an introduction by S.T. Joshi as well as notes on the individual stories, giving background on the authors as well as on Lovecraft’s appreciation of the tales and their possible influence on his work.'

Contents:
Introduction by S.T. Joshi
Idle Days on the Yann by Lord Dunsany
Fragments from the Journal of a Solitary Man by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Man Who Went Too Far by E.F. Benson
The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling
The Sin-Eater by Fiona Macleod
The House of Sounds by M.P. Shiel
The Phantom Farmhouse by Seabury Quinn
One of Cleopatra’s Nights by Théophile Gautier
The Stranger from Kurdistan by E. Hoffmann Price
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe
Novel of the White Powder by Arthur Machen
The Dead Smile by F. Marion Crawford
The Ghost of Fear by H.G. Wells
Lukundoo by Edward Lucas White
Bells of Oceana by Arthur J. Burks
The Wind in the Portico by John Buchan

weirdletter:

The Ghost of Fear and Others: H. P. Lovecraft’s Favorite Horror Stories, Vol. 1, edited by S.T. Joshi, Dark Renaissance Books, 2014. Info: darkrenaissance.com.

'100 signed and numbered trade paperback edition, signed by the editor, S. T. Joshi. H.P. Lovecraft was a voracious reader of supernatural and fantastic fiction, and he was continually on the hunt for powerful and stimulating works in these genres. Many of the stories he read directly influenced his own writings. This first volume of H. P. Lovecraft’s Favorite Horror Stories presents 16 stories that Lovecraft found to be of particular merit. Among them are the beautiful poetic fantasy “Idle Days on the Yann” by Lord Dunsany; Fiona Macleod’s grimly evocative “The Sin-Eater,” which influenced “The Rats in the Walls”; Arthur Machen’s grisly novelette “Novel of the White Powder,” which Lovecraft adapted for “Cool Air”; and M.P. Shiel’s “The House of Sounds,” which Lovecraft ranked among the greatest weird tales ever written. Also included are hard-to-find stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, E.F. Benson, Théophile Gautier, John Buchan, and others, as well as two stories from the legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales (Seabury Quinn’s “The Phantom Farmhouse” and Arthur J. Burks’s “Bells of Oceana”). The volume contains an introduction by S.T. Joshi as well as notes on the individual stories, giving background on the authors as well as on Lovecraft’s appreciation of the tales and their possible influence on his work.'

Contents:
Introduction by S.T. Joshi
Idle Days on the Yann by Lord Dunsany
Fragments from the Journal of a Solitary Man by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Man Who Went Too Far by E.F. Benson
The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling
The Sin-Eater by Fiona Macleod
The House of Sounds by M.P. Shiel
The Phantom Farmhouse by Seabury Quinn
One of Cleopatra’s Nights by Théophile Gautier
The Stranger from Kurdistan by E. Hoffmann Price
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe
Novel of the White Powder by Arthur Machen
The Dead Smile by F. Marion Crawford
The Ghost of Fear by H.G. Wells
Lukundoo by Edward Lucas White
Bells of Oceana by Arthur J. Burks
The Wind in the Portico by John Buchan