'Food to Scale 1:12'

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'Promise me woman to woman love scenes'
"BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven’s 2014 UK Tour, supporting the release of her new album, Change of Heart. Beverley will be performing her new songs live alongside timeless classics; Promise Me, Woman to Woman, Love Scenes and many more. An evening of poignant sentiments, nostalgia and even the odd tear.”
I saw this in a local theatre’s ‘What’s On?’ guide. I couldn’t help but think of 'One Foot In The Grave' as i was uploading it. And i’ve got to admit.. i might actually go to see it… on the off-chance :-D
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'Promise me woman to woman love scenes'

"BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven’s 2014 UK Tour, supporting the release of her new album, Change of Heart. Beverley will be performing her new songs live alongside timeless classics; Promise Me, Woman to Woman, Love Scenes and many more. An evening of poignant sentiments, nostalgia and even the odd tear.”

I saw this in a local theatre’s ‘What’s On?’ guide. I couldn’t help but think of 'One Foot In The Grave' as i was uploading it. And i’ve got to admit.. i might actually go to see it… on the off-chance :-D

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'New fossil shows Archaeopteryx sported feathered trousers'

Image credit: Nature - Christian Foth, Helmut Tischlinger & Oliver W. M. Rauhut; Via Phys.org

Humans might have worn trousers as far back as 4000 years ago, but Archaeopteryx was wearing feathery trousers 150 million years ago!

This bolsters the current scientific perception that feathers were evolved for display, before becoming viable for gliding/flight, as such leg trousers would have served only a sexual function.

At ~4 centimetres long, and being symmetrical, they would not have worked well for catching air, but could easily have been lined with pigment, as with modern birds, for display.

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Image 1: a, Right wing from dorsal view. b, Leg feathers of the right hindlimb. c, Detail of leg feathers of right hindlimb. d, Detail of body plumage from the belly region. e, Overview of tail feathers. f, Detail of asymmetrical feathers at the lateral side of the tail. Arrow in a indicates gap in the wing caused by the overlapping left foot. Scale bars, 1 cm.

Image 2: bp, body plumage; ft, feather ‘trousers’; hf, hackle feathers; lh, left hindlimb; n, neck; rf, right forelimb; rh, right hindlimb; rw, right wing; s, skull remains; t, tail; tf, tail feathers. Scale bar, 5 cm.

Image 3: a, Overview photograph of the 11th skeletal specimen of Archaeopteryx. Scale bar, 5 cm. b, Presacral vertebral column. Scale bar, 2 cm. c, Right forelimb. Scale bar, 5 cm.

Image 4: a, Primary wing feathers under ultraviolet light. b, First and second primary and first secondary wing feathers under ultraviolet light. c, Close up of the primary feathers showing the rhachides and the barbs. d, Close up of the metatarsal feathers. Scale bar, 1 cm.

Image 5: yellow, body feathers from different body regions, which cannot be assigned to a certain body region; light blue, heckle feathers; sky blue, body feathers; dark blue, tibial feathers; red, femoral feathers; black, metatarsal feathers; light green, rectrices; green, remiges. Scale bar, 5 cm.

'See Whatever You Want To See'

Can you see whatever you want to see? Well, i don’t see any tapejaras, in any of these pictures, so no. But our expectations can influence our perceptions. That’s how pareidolia works - how people see a man in the moon, mo on mars, and a mythical figure they’ve never met in cheese toasties, apples, air conditioning units, functions from above, and u-bends.

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'Earth Cake'
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'Earth Cake'

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'Tornado in the Making'
Image and text credit: Pat Kavanagh; Via Cibermitanios
"I climbed up on my roof-top to get this shot of a swirling cloud attempting to become a tornado. This was at its peak strength in this series of shots…eventually it moved off to the left leaving in its wake some rain and something to talk about the next day!I took 4 shots as a “Vetorama” (Panorama from top to bottom) and stiched them together with additional tweaks in Photoshop. It was an amazing sight in this area which seldom ever sees Tornado’s.”
"UPDATE: Well this image took off on the internet. It was listed on Flickr’s Explore page where a fellow from Caters News saw it from England (Caters also manages National Geographic images in their stock division > it was picked up and published by 2 newspapers in Britain and eventually found its way to Australia, Philippines, Pakistan, Peru, and in Canada in Calgary, Saskatoon, Windsor, Ottawa, Edmonton and Montreal. My buddy who lives on a little island in the Indian Ocean called Mauritius - even had it published in their newspaper. The world is a small place!Thank you to everyone for the nice comments.”
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'Tornado in the Making'

Image and text credit: Pat Kavanagh; Via Cibermitanios

"I climbed up on my roof-top to get this shot of a swirling cloud attempting to become a tornado. This was at its peak strength in this series of shots…eventually it moved off to the left leaving in its wake some rain and something to talk about the next day!
I took 4 shots as a “Vetorama” (Panorama from top to bottom) and stiched them together with additional tweaks in Photoshop. It was an amazing sight in this area which seldom ever sees Tornado’s.”

"UPDATE: Well this image took off on the internet. It was listed on Flickr’s Explore page where a fellow from Caters News saw it from England (Caters also manages National Geographic images in their stock division > it was picked up and published by 2 newspapers in Britain and eventually found its way to Australia, Philippines, Pakistan, Peru, and in Canada in Calgary, Saskatoon, Windsor, Ottawa, Edmonton and Montreal. My buddy who lives on a little island in the Indian Ocean called Mauritius - even had it published in their newspaper. The world is a small place!
Thank you to everyone for the nice comments.”

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'Cat Cat'
Feline pareidolia :-D
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'Cat Cat'

Feline pareidolia :-D

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'How Virals On Web Mocked The Who?'
Seen in the Daily Fail’s sports section, on the 10th of July 2014.
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'How Virals On Web Mocked The Who?'

Seen in the Daily Fail’s sports section, on the 10th of July 2014.

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'Rare noctilucent clouds seen over Armagh'

Image credit: (Top) John Butler (Bottom) Paul Evans

Rare noctilucent or “night shining” clouds were observed over Armagh on the night of 19th/20th June. These silvery, highly structured clouds take many forms, ranging from delicate feather structures to streamers, ripples and waves, and are only seen occasionally, always after dark, during the summer months May to August. Scientists believe that they are caused by sunlight reflecting off tiny ice crystals in the mesosphere, a region of the Earth’s atmosphere lying high above the stratosphere, at a height of around 80 kilometres.

Noctilucent clouds are a relatively recent atmospheric phenomenon. They were first reported in 1885, though there is an earlier mention of a similar phenomenon in a report by the Armagh Observatory’s third director, The Revd Thomas Romney Robinson, in early May 1850. His handwritten note in the Observatory’s meteorological archives for that month records his observation of “strange luminous clouds in the NW, not auroral”.

There is also a suggestion that the frequency of noctilucent clouds has increased in recent years and may be linked to global climate change and possibly also to the incidence of meteoroids in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Meteoroids can deposit dust particles and associated meteoric “smoke” in the mesosphere, which can act as condensation nuclei for the observed tiny noctilucent cloud ice crystals.

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'For real! A monster salamander in Kyoto'

A giant salamander - Andrias japonicus - has been spotted on the banks of Kyoto’s Kamagawa river. Usually, they’re very shy, living in the depths of rivers; but at 1.5m long, they’re quite obvious, in the light of day.

They’re currently a protected species, partly because people have seen them only as a waddling stock of stew meat, but nowadays because of threats to their habitats - waterway redirections, and dams, make it difficult for them to find their ways upstream, and to dig into the riverbanks for cover.

Presumably, this salamander waddled up the concrete banks pictured, looking for somewhere to go, in the daytime - they are nocturnal.

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'Fantastic purple siphonophore – It’s like weirdo, man'
Siphonophores are a bit like jellyfish - not jellyfish, but related to them - and are actually colonies of separable ‘floaters’. They are animal eukaryotes, and the most famous of their kind is the Portuguese Man-Of-War, which can grow much larger than this ~50cm example.
What’s so striking about this one, is to see its colour - purple is uncommon for deep sea organisms because red light is heavily attenuated, meaning red-coloured organisms are essentially invisible to predators. Why would this one be purple? Who knows. This kind of organism is so rarely seen.
Follow the source link to see the video, shot by the crew of the Nautilus deep sea exploration team.
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'Fantastic purple siphonophore – It’s like weirdo, man'

Siphonophores are a bit like jellyfish - not jellyfish, but related to them - and are actually colonies of separable ‘floaters’. They are animal eukaryotes, and the most famous of their kind is the Portuguese Man-Of-War, which can grow much larger than this ~50cm example.

What’s so striking about this one, is to see its colour - purple is uncommon for deep sea organisms because red light is heavily attenuated, meaning red-coloured organisms are essentially invisible to predators. Why would this one be purple? Who knows. This kind of organism is so rarely seen.

Follow the source link to see the video, shot by the crew of the Nautilus deep sea exploration team.

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'Signed Bible'
A signed copy of the Bible, found in Barnes & Noble, earlier this year.
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'Signed Bible'

A signed copy of the Bible, found in Barnes & Noble, earlier this year.

Featured in this video: ‘SIGNS OF THE TIME' which is, in turn, featured here.

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