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Precious Metals…in Poop

Geologists study deposits—fluvial deposits, eolian deposits, ore deposits, etc.—but one deposit that I’ve never considered until now, or at least in the geologic sense, is the deposit left in the…um…toilet. It is possible that your poop contains precious metals. You may have quite literally been flushing gold down the toilet (albeit in microscopic amounts).

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Concept art of the remarkably beautiful world of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (天元突破グレンラガン) from the mind and talent of image board artist Daisuke Kikuchi (菊池大介). Just a peek at some of the amazing works in the Gurren Lagann Image Board (Amazon US | JP) art book.

Ever wondered what your dog thinks of you? Brain scans are making that dream a reality by allowing researchers to see inside the canine mind. And what they’re learning is even better news: it turns out, our furry friends may love us as much as we love them. Read more about this research at Mic, where we’re exploring the universe in our heads with a one-month series on the latest advances in brain research. 

GIF by Julian Glander

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suzi eszterhas spent over two years following three cheetah families in kenya’s masai mara. her photos are chronicled in “a future for cheetahs.” here we see two mothers, one with her five twelve-day old cubs (2,3,6-9) and one with her six week old cub (1,4,5). 

at birth, the tiny cubs are blind and weigh about 250 to 425 grams. they will live in a secluded den for the next six to eight weeks, being moved by their mom regularly from nest site to nest site to avoid predators.

the mortality rate for cheetahs under three months of age is 95 percent, and sadly all five of the cubs seen at twelve days old would die within the next week from predation by jackals and birds of prey. happily, the six week old cub seen here survived.

unlike other big cats, cheetahs rely entirely on their speed for defence. as an evolutionary trade off for this speed, cheetahs have small canine teeth — which allows for a larger nasal passage to take in more air when running — and dull, small claws — which is  great for running but so much for fighting.  this leaves slower cheetah cubs vulnerable to lions, leopard and hyenas, in addition to the aforementioned jackals and birds of prey.

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Here are some really general pictures of my working method for doing traditional inks and digital colours! I just thought they might be interesting. I miiight try to do a more detailed walkthrough of my colouring specifically if I have the time.

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Naoko Takeuchi ✖ Natural Hair Shades

While the characters of Sailor Moon are often known for their bright, vivid hair in shades of blue, green and pink, series creator Naoko Takeuchi occasionally liked to explore a world where their hair fell on a spectrum of naturally-occurring tones. (Image scans from MangaStyle.net.)