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realmonstrosities:

Japetella is a genus containing one or two species of entirely pelagic octopods. They spend their whole life swimming in the ocean’s mesopelagic zone, surrounded by twilight gloom.

They tend to be entirely transparent so that they cast no shadow that could be seen by sharp-eyed predators. But when bioluminescence strikes them, they instantly become a red-brown colour so as to disappear into the darkness.

In happier times, females develop a ring of photophores around the mouth to attract males. It’s light-up lipstick!

…Images: NOAA/MBARI/Sarah Zylinski, Duke University/Michael Vecchione

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libutron:

Nomia iridescens a Bee with colourful abdominal stripes 

This cool bee, scientifically named Nomia iridescens, belongs to the Halictidae Family, a cosmopolitan group commonly referred to as halictid bees and sweat bees.

Nomia iridescens is a conspicuously banded bee with amazing neon-green stripes, which occurs in southeast Asia (India, Borneo, Peninsular malaysia, Philippines).

Sweat bees play a vital role in the pollination ecology of a region. By having  a wide range of adaptational capabilities, these inhabit all kind of ecological niches both in tropical and temperate regions. In number and kind these anthophilic insects (attracted to flowers) surpass all other bees and thus are mainly responsible for conserving the vegetation germplasm by pollinating a bewildering variety of wild and cultivated entomophilic flora.

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Photo credit: ©Paul Bertner | Locality: Mt. Isarog National Park, Philippines (2014) | [Top] - [Middle] - [Bottom]

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micdotcom:

For many Muslim Americans, 9/11 was a double punch of tragedy and bigotry

The actions of 19 Islamic extremists on 9/11 left an indelible mark on America. Today, millions pause to commemorate the attacks’ 13th anniversary, to honor the victims and to remember that all life is special and sacred. But there’s an untold story amid the many speeches and moments of silence — one filled with a different kind of pain, grief and strong sense of loss. 

Those stories are now being told on social media

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astronomicalwonders:

A Deep Look into a Dark Sky

"Can you count the number of bright dots in this picture? This crowded frame is a deep-field image obtained using the Wide Field Imager (WFI), a camera mounted on a relatively modestly sized telescope, the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre located at the La Silla Observatory, Chile.

This image is one of five patches of sky covered by the COMBO-17 survey (Classifying Objects by Medium-Band Observations in 17 filters), a deep search for cosmic objects in a relatively narrow area of the southern hemisphere’s sky. Each one of the five patches is recorded using 17 individual colour filters. Each one of the five COMBO-17 images covers an area of the sky the size of the full Moon. [read more]”

Credit: ESO/COMBO-17

adventuresinlearning
adventuresinlearning:

BRAND NEW Book!

I Am Jazz by   Jessica Herthel

Summery: 

I Am Jazz is the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere.
From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

This new book is awesome! Glad Gender is becoming more of a nuance conversation! Great to think kids can have a book to help them feel more at home in their body! Excited to get this for our class. We are very sensitive to this in our class and we are hoping to create a community in our class that in open to any identity that students feel good about themselves.  Find it here and please support it or share it!
-Adventures in Learning

adventuresinlearning:

BRAND NEW Book!

Summery:

I Am Jazz is the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere.

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

This new book is awesome! Glad Gender is becoming more of a nuance conversation! Great to think kids can have a book to help them feel more at home in their body! Excited to get this for our class. We are very sensitive to this in our class and we are hoping to create a community in our class that in open to any identity that students feel good about themselves.  Find it here and please support it or share it!

-Adventures in Learning