but i find this animal so fascinating

5 Reasons why it's canon that the Inner Circle members are Feyre and Rhys’ kids:

#1 AWKWARD TENSION AKA When Mommy and Daddy Fight

Rhys said smoothly, “I’m not entirely sure Velaris is prepared for Nesta Archeron.” “My sister’s not some feral animal,” I snapped. Rhys recoiled a bit, the others suddenly finding the carpet, the divan, the books incredibly fascinating.

#2 Mommy Feyre not bothering to hide who’s her favorite son

“Honestly,” I said to Lucien, who wordlessly stacked a pile of buttery green beans onto his plate but didn’t touch it, perhaps marveling at the simple fare, so at odds with the overwrought dishes of Spring, “Azriel is the only polite one.” A few cries of outrage from Mor and Cassian, but a ghost of a smile danced on the shadowsinger’s mouth as he dipped his head and hauled a platter of roast beets sprinkled with goat cheese toward himself. “Don’t even try to pretend that it’s not true.”

#3 Cassian struggling with the burden of being the youngest child and therefore mostly ignored…

“Do you know,” Cassian drawled to her, “that the last time I got into a brawl in this house, I was kicked out for a month?” Nesta’s burning gaze slid to him, still outraged—but hinted with incredulity. He just went on, “It was Amren’s fault, of course, but no one believed me. And no one dared banish her.” She blinked slowly.

#4 Daddy Rhysand getting worried over his son an wife

“Shout down the bond when you’re out again,” Rhys said with a mildness that didn’t reach his gaze. Cassian looked back over a shoulder. “Get back to Velaris, you mother hen. We’ll be fine.”

#5 Kids unable to stand their ‘gross’ parents

I smiled, and he leaned in smoothly to brush a kiss to my cheek. Mor muttered a plea for mercy from mates.

Cassian stalked through the front door a heartbeat later and groaned that it was too early to stomach the sight of us kissing. My mate only snarled at him before he took us both by the hand and winnowed us to the Prison.

Quotes taken from ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas

I think one of the reasons why I find dog training so fascinating and important is because it fulfills the childhood dream of talking to animals. All training really is, is learning to communicate with an animal that doesn’t speak the same language. And watching a skilled trainer, you can see that the dog understands the trainers words and actions. How amazing to have that ability! And how amazing to have an animal like a dog, that will actively try to figure out what you’re saying.


Found this deep in a Kentucky cave. Rock solid fossilized. Is it a bone or a piece of wood or what?? It was very interesting either way.

What a fascinating find! Unfortunately I’m not an expert in the field of fossils but this piece absolutely looks like fossilized bone. It’s a section of leg bone (most likely tibia) from what’s most likely an ungulate, but unfortunately I cannot be more specific with this broken piece. It is possible that being located in a cave sped up the fossilization process so it could be a more recent animal, but again no expert in the field of fossilization!

anonymous asked:

:0 a mc who can talk to animals rfa+v+saeran reaction hcs?

This is my first magic request I’m cryi ng thank you anon!! This may be a little bare but I love this request-


  • ohhhhh boy he finds it enchanting
  • Is honestly just in love with your ability
  • Loves to compare you to Disney princesses
  • And makes you a goddamn flower crown bc you’re his Disney princess now, no exceptions


  • So interested!! you gotta tell him more about this
  • Plus it’d help to no end with his job-//shot
  • You gotta ask every stray animal if they’re okay from now on
  • And everytime you do he just gets so excited oh my god


  • It’s such a strange idea to him, really
  • I mean he’s never really believed in magic before
  • But he honestly can’t get over how fascinating you are?
  • You’ve untangled his brain but you’re even more deep than he thought it’s amazing wth
  • Also you know he’s going to ask about what Elizabeth 3rd is saying


  • She’s so intrigued?
  • And really wants to know about how it happened, how it works, can you just do it or are there other things to it?
  • Just tell her everything about it it’s so amazing
  • She loves seeing you talking to animals


  • Straight away asking you if you can gather up an army of cats
  • He has to rise up and take Elly from Jumin sOMEHOW
  • He’s always thought you were so unique and wonderful and?? you really are wow
  • Loves to constantly ask what every animal near you is saying, and just wants to buy every animal in the world so you never get any peace


  • He didn’t really think this sort of thing was possible
  • And he doesn’t really show much interest?
  • At least on the outside
  • He finds it so cute when you’re talking to animals, even if he won’t admit it?
  • It makes him lowkey smile help him


  • He thinks you’re so amazing regardless of ability but this is just amazing
  • Even though he never asks you what animals are saying, he’s pretty curious about it
  • But he’s convinced that you’re just this angel that’s too pure for the world now
  • There’s no way around it

“Rhys said smoothly, “I’m not entirely sure 
Velaris is prepared for Nesta Archeron.”
“My sister’s not some feral animal,” I snapped.
Rhys recoiled a bit, the others suddenly finding the carpet, the divan, the books incredibly fascinating. “I didn’t mean that.”
I didn’t answer.”

THIS IS EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED. They’re sisters. Feyre can talk crap about her sister. No one else can. That is the rule of sisterhood *glances at my own annoying sisters* I will kill anyone who says a bad word about them. 

Seriously though, I am so happy about this. Feyre loves her sister. Feyre loves Rhys. Rhys loves Feyre. But she is not having this, and that is important to me. 

Also, I need some friction/disagreements between Feyre and Rhys in ACOWAR. Just to keep them on their toes and ya know, personal development. And for the dramzzz. 


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So I got this idea due to an conversation with @starshiphufflebadger and my own experience in the zoo. I’d totally would have climbed into the enclosure of the red pandas if it wasn’t illegal.

„You’re so fluffy! I want to cuddle you!“

„You said that to almost every animal we saw Y/N. Stop talking and get going, I’d like to actually get through the Zoo today and not spend the night here“, the CMO grumbles and pushes you softly through the mass of people to the next cage.

„The rise of pitch and the extra grumpiness in your voice leads me to the assumption that you seem to be rather jealous of those animals Ensign Y/L/N seems to find so fascinating and fluffy“, Spock states while staring blankly and seemingly uninterested into the next cage, trying to find the animal that hides in there.

“Yeah Bones, jealous that you’re not the one getting cuddled?”, the captain adds from somewhere behind you guys.

“Absolutely not! First of all: None of them are getting cuddled, because if they were, we’d have a bigger problem, namely trying to tear Y/N of those poor bastards. And, for your information, I can get cuddled as much as I want!”

“So not getting cuddled is a problem for you doctor?” Sulu suddenly appears with an arm around Chekov and popcorn in his hand.

“May I also add that breaking down in tears in Christine’s lap and demanding to be petted is not really a synonym for getting cuddled, it’s more a synonym for being annoying?”, Nyota points out as she appears behind Spock and puts an arm around his waist.

“When exactly did this turn into a round of: Annoy the doctor as much as you can?!”

“When you made fun of me wanting to pet these lovely animals. Oh my god! They’re so fluf-”, you start to cry out, as Chekov points to the little red panda babies that were hiding in the trees.

“Don’t you dare Y/N.” The doctor shoots you a deadly glare.

“-fy! I want to cuddle them!”

While the doctor raises his hands in desperation and groans the rest of the crew laughs.

“You know what?”, Leonard says as he holds you back and waits for the others to pass you. “Let’s make a deal. If you make it through the rest of the zoo without stopping too long by each cage I’ll buy you a stuffed animal of your choice at the end of the day in one of the shops, that you’ll be allowed to cuddle as much as you want on the ship.”

“Deal!”, you grin and shake his hand. “But really Len, if you want to be cuddled, you don’t need to get angry or jealous first! Just say something!”

And with a cheeky grin and wink you follow the others through the zoo, letting a blushing doctor behind, thinking about what kind of animal you’ll let him buy for you.

Kakegurui Color Theory: Kirari Momobami//Yin Metal (TBC)

It’s about time. 

No, really, I’ve been wanting to do Kirari for literal months now. She was the character that started this whole color/element idea. It just got deeper, more fun, and more complicated from there. I also find her fascinating as a character. She not only looks Metal with that unnaturally beautiful white hair, but acts like a Yin Metal person, specifically. 

So. Main color is white. Direction is West. Season is autumn. Signs are the Monkey and Rooster. Planet is Venus. Despite the animal for Metal being the white tiger Byakko/Baihu (also a blue-eyed, white animal), the zodiac tiger is not at all related. Metal is slightly feminine, with Water being even more yin. Let’s focus on white for now. 

White is not a lucky color in China, and presumably not in Japan. It’s associated with purity, but after that, funerals. For this reason, do not wrap gifts in white paper. There’s another side to Kirari’s possible luck or lack thereof, but that will be in part two because it’s just too huge. 

Metal is represented by the “gold” (金) character, suggesting a relationship with money. People with a lot of Metal in their horoscopes seem to have a Midas touch, and will attract money. They enjoy high status. They are driven towards a goal, authoritative, and do not react well if those goals prove to not be worth it. 

Metal also represents autumn - the time of year when things are dying. Kirari’s recent dialogue is focused on that little moment before a person’s lights are snuffed out - not death itself, but dying

There is some debate as to whether Metal’s true planet is Venus or not. The Japanese days of the week use Metal to represent Friday - a day linked to one Norse goddess or another (whether they’re the same goddess is another entry). At least Japan thinks the Metal element belongs to goddesses.

Now, what’s this about “Yin Metal?” Chinese philosophy likes its things balanced. Even masculine elements like Fire have a yin and yang. Metal is a really good example to illustrate this idea: Yang Metal is a weapon like a sword, while Yin Metal is jewelry and other things that glitter. 

Yin Metal people like everything beautiful. Fine art, fine food, fine wine - everything enjoyed by the elite. You may as well think of this personality as “swank”,“bling” or whatever “I have money and I flaunt it with shiny things” word you like. I’m sure the terms I used are both vulgar to such a refined palette. If nothing else, they like the appearance of wealth, status, and power. 

This behavior comes with its own pitfalls. Yin Metal people are perfectionists. Anything that makes them look like anything less than the best will not be taken well. They like being seen as elite, to the point of alienating those close to them. Friendships are often transient. Deep down, Yin Metal people are sensitive and intuitive - not that they want you to know. 

Now, some of you may have noticed the “TBC” at the top of this entry. That’s because there was a bit I almost put in here that was almost as long as this entire entry. It was so fitting as a finisher that I wanted to save it. There is also at least one manga-only entry for Kirari, but that’ll wait until the anime’s end unless people really, really want it now. 

anonymous asked:

What headcannons do you have about the Asano's

Hello, anon! Oh boy *Cracks knuckles*  I’ve got a few:


  • Ever since reading in Korotan C that he and his friends are often busy practicing as a band for CD releases, I’m convinced that he must like music a lot. Since it’s his favorite instrument, he mostly listens to music with a lot of electric guitar, like Rock music, but he listens to a variety of genres to get ideas. He listens to music in many different languages to try to learn the language faster, too. For him, finding the balance between having wide-appeal without being overly generic is an enjoyable challenge.
  • Since he recommends big cities for Lea to visit while she’s in Japan, I feel that he’s a city person. He likes the activity, energy, and variety cities have to offer. Being able to get to places quickly and conveniently is also a plus. One of the things he looked for while he was applying to different universities was that it was situated in a city.
  • His least favorite season is Winter because: 
  • He hates the cold. He spends most of his time studying indoors anyway, and their house’s heating system is superb, but he likes studying near the window of his room and the cold seeps through the crevices.  
  • It’s goddamn Karma Akabane’s birthday in December, and every year Karma will use that one week to taunt Gakushuu and demand that he respect his elders. He will die before calling him “senpai”.
  • It’s his birthday season. This is the time of year when people he barely knows give him things he doesn’t need with the expectation that he’ll return the favor. He will, of course, since it’s good for building connections, but people pretend extra hard to be sincere around this time of year, and he’d rather they lay their intentions bare.
  • Gakushuu is not a hoarder by any definition of the word. He likes having clean space without clutter. His room is the cleanest room a teenager could possibly have. That being said, he can’t find it in him to get rid of the (frankly useless) things his virtuoso friends buy him, so he has a small shelf on his room dedicated to gifts he receives from them. The only exception is a porno mag Seo gave him, which he promptly threw away. His father generally gives him useful things, so he doesn’t need to set those items aside anywhere. He simply uses them. Out of caution, he won’t even bring any unopened gifts from Karma into his house. He opens them outside.
  • Like Nagisa, he secretly worries about what he’s going to do with his life in the future. While his future goal is to have an executive job, he hasn’t yet decided what kind of company he wants to lead. He’s a serious kid who likes having everything planned out in advance (After all, he had plan F’s and other formations setup in advance for the pole toppling tournament), and he’s used to knowing which school he’s going to, so not knowing which college he’ll go to and which major he’ll pursue is extremely worrying for him.
  • He’s not Ren-level vain, but he’s a little fussy about his appearance. He keeps a comb on him to keep his hair neat. Unfortunately, this makes Gakuho’s teasing about the possibility of him going bald in the future extremely effective.


  • He likes a lot of English music from the early nineties because it reminds him of his time in America as a college student, and he honestly had a lot of fun at college. There were a lot of interesting classes to take, a lot of intellectual freedom, and a lot of room to be an oddball. He also likes really dark music, which certainly doesn’t help his image as “Education Satan”. Consequently, although he genuinely tries to give Gakushuu good, rational pointers regarding the music he and his friends are working on, Gakushuu simply cannot follow his advice. His advice is too tailored to his own tastes, and it would scare too many people away.
  • Since his dream school was up on a mountain surrounded by forest, I think he must love nature. His love of nature is also one of the reasons he likes to jog when he exercises. It’s good for the heart, which is important because he likes eating western style breakfasts with a lot of meat (assuming what he was eating in chapter 119 is what he normally eats), but he also gets to look at everything as he runs by. As he runs, he tries to identify every animal and plant he passes by, and he takes pictures of anything interesting he finds with his smartphone. He’s especially fascinated by bugs, so there’s a lot of pictures of bugs on his phone, which grosses other people, including Gakushuu, out.
  • His favorite season is Spring because:
  • School starts in Spring in Japan, and he’s a huge nerd who loves school.
  • The weather is very nice, which is especially important when you’re jogging at 3 AM. All the plants and animals start to come back to life after the cold of winter, so his jogs are more interesting.  
  • His birthday is in the Spring.  Yay, gifts!
  • He hoards the gifts he receives from students the same way he hoards all the random trophies and certificates he has been awarded over the years. He’s very proud of the random stuff his students give him, and he’s glad that returning to being a cram school teacher means more gifts for him. Thankfully, he owns a big house, so he has a room dedicated to storing all his junk. While it’s kept well-organized, the fact that there’s a whole room dedicated to storing useless knickknacks drives Gakushuu crazy.
  • I usually avoid the headcanon of “X’s parents are pricks” because it seems like a common way to make one’s favorites suffer, but I cannot imagine someone naming their kid “Gakuho”, meaning “the peak of knowledge”, without being a total prick. Talk about high expectations :/
  • The reason why he’s so good with money and management is that he was raised and groomed to be a businessman or a stock trader, kind of like Karma’s parents. In fact, he went to the same high school as them since it was a high school geared toward preparing mathematically gifted students for the business life. Gakuho’s parents were very money driven, so they raised him in such a way to maximize his income.
  • He was never thrilled with the idea, and when he was young and rebellious, he resented all the time and effort he was forced to put into a skill he didn’t really want. However, like what many of the other characters in Assassination Classroom eventually learned, he came to realize that it’s a skill that can help him achieve his true dreams. To respect his parents’ choice, he went to Harvard and studied Economics and Mathematics, but he also worked on getting his teaching license. His transcript is filled with all sorts of random classes he took out of curiosity, though, and he ended up graduating late because he was too busy taking random classes outside of his major.  
  • He winds up being very glad he chose to go to Harvard because he meets his wife there. Also, while he feels a strong sense of irony when Gakushuu tells him he plans to study at MIT to become a businessman, he’s happy that he studied business since he’s better equipped to advise his son.

Thanks for the ask, anon! If I think longer, I might remember more, but these are the main ones, and I wanted to keep this post somewhat readable by giving them no more than one page each. I should probably keep a word doc for other headcanons I come up with.

anonymous asked:

Does ABO as a trope ever rub you wrong, like here are these fans wanting so badly for their straight white male faves to be oppressed, like gender benders are too much of a leap but somehow canine/animal sex characteristics are not

Not at all! Personally, I quite like this trope. I find the idea of subverting the standard gender roles and performances of the patriarchic society to be fascinating. (Alpha females for the win!)

It demonstrates how phenomenally stupid it is to discriminate based on biological differences. For me, it’s not about wanting to see my “straight white male fave” being oppressed, it’s about putting my “straight white male fave” into a reality where he would experience the same discrimination as I do for the simple fact that I was born a woman, or the discriminations that poc face for simply being poc.

And not every abo verse use canine/animal sex characteristics beyond heats, which to be perfectly honest, I love because of the potential drama inherent in such a concept (accidental heat triggered in the middle of a game?!?! – GASP!!). There’s also some interesting commentary about consent there. 

oldkitsunes  asked:

Can I request a scenario where the Saniwa takes the Samonji brothers to random places in the modern world? And maybe at first Sayo was only holding Kousetsu's or Souza's hand, but later Sayo decides to hold the saniwa's hand as well? You can decide where the Saniwa takes them. Thanks!! (Ps: I love the Samonji brothers so much)

Let’s assume Souza here has somewhat warmed up with the Saniwa (I headcanon him this way since Kousetsu who is a late arrival finally came home so Souza already had his character development) We’ll stick to just one place so it’d have more details BUT GOSH THANK YOU FOR INDULGING MY LOVE MY SONS MY STARS– ahem, samonji’s. Good swords. Would rate 9000/10

  • The Saniwa takes the brothers to a Zoo. Souza comments he perfectly feels at home with all the cages. There were a lot of animals but also families. It gets a little crowded so the Saniwa says they should have a buddy system to make sure everyone holds hands the whole time so no one gets lost
  • First pair is Sayo and Souza so Kousetsu takes the Saniwa’s hands gently and they go to the reptiles section. It’s dark, sort of cold and very quiet. While looking at a cobra, the Saniwa jumps when he feels a cool body embracing them tight. It was just Kousetsu with his effort to make sure his Master is near. Later, you learned he’s uncomfortable looking at snakes and nearly fainted during the feeding show with the unfortunate baby chick as the snake’s lunch
  • Sayo volunteers to calm his eldest brother in the meantime so the Saniwa and Souza were paired next. Souza asks if they’re going to see the birds next with their very big cages. Somehow, the words doesn’t sound as bitter and together, they walk hand in hand to the birds section
  • The zoo gives special passes to have the people go inside the cages to personally interact with the birds. Souza literally looks like a Disney Princess with all the little birds hover over him. The Saniwa teases that all Souza needs to do is to sing. “Charming as ever, Master.” “Thank you. I try to be.”
  • Sayo did end up getting lost one time, distracted at the group of ducks. Souza panics at this, clearly distraught their brother is missing. It took a while, but they find him eventually, inside the white tiger cage petting a baby cub that is awfully similar to Gokotai’s.
  • When it was the Saniwa and Sayo, Sayo offers his hand, vowing to protect his Master just like his Brothers did. And if not, he swears revenge. They got strange looks from other people, which the Saniwa took as cue to get out of the crowd in the meantime
  • Sayo was definitely fascinated the most at the giraffes. He asks if the animal is used for combat. “I… don’t think so..?” “Understood.”
  • Sayo has the most pictures taken during the whole trip. Souza makes sure of that

anonymous asked:

H-Hello! I was wondering if you could do some reactions/headcanons for Shinsou! I was wondering what he would think of a female crush that's into dark mori kei style fashion, and also likes strange things like collecting animal bones and pinning bugs? Maybe how he would react to her telling him she likes him, or vice versa? Or s/o headcanons, even! I'm open to anything! thank you in advance!

sure thing~~

Shinsou Hitoshi

  • He’d find your sense of style cute, complimenting you if you show him a new outfit! He likes clothes that are neutral/dark in colour too so that’s a plus! 
  • He’d be a bit fascinated by your hobbies, asking why you like them and what sort of stuff you’ve found. Shinsou is someone who feels like a person’s hobbies really make up who they are so he’d be pretty curious! 
  • As for a confession, I feel like his crush would be the one to confess, maybe giving him a gift! He’d blush a lot and smile at his crush telling them that he gladly accepts their confession!

anonymous asked:

Did you stop being vegan and why if you did?

Yeah! My parents are traditionalists when it comes to Korean food, so I would reject family meals because there would b tiny traces of anchovies or salted shrimp or other additives that were retrospectively trivial, and I had 2 sit down and think, why am I doing this. Denying home food because it did not adhere 2 my personal diet, it did not align w my idea of ethical eating at all…I was also drawn to it at first cause I thought it would help my sensitive digestion (it did) but I didn’t need to be compromising all these things to be better to my tum. It was so cool tho, I regard it as a time where I relearned “how to eat”, reconstructing n redefining taste, I felt like my buds were overflowing w new flavours that I didn’t know existed, because I was fascinated with native-2-Korea herbs n vegetables…even now I find a lot of animal byproducts overwhelming in a bad way, so I don’t eat drastically diff from then, except for seafood (which I do have a soft spot for, my father is a sushi chef, I think he is the best in the world). Veganism for me also fed into my pathological obsession w healthy eating - it never got to the pt of orthorexia where I thought my life was being hindered but I def noticed I was splitting foods into groups of either good/bad, pure/impure, edible/inedible. That was weird and scary! 

Life as a Microscopist -  Q & A with Igor Siwanowicz

“Life as a microscopist” is a series about men and women behind the microscopes. I was very honored to exchange a few messages with Igor Siwanowicz - scientist, photographer and microscopist - who gives us some insight into the biology of the tiny organisms he likes to study, and how he became interested in them and in microscopy. It was all so interesting, I kept everything. Enjoy.

1) About your winning entry at the Nikon Small World: can you tell us more about that organism?

Aquatic bladderworts prefer clean, nutrient-poor ponds and lakes; they satisfy their nitrogen needs by trapping minute prey – water fleas, copepods, rotifers etc.  – in specialized organs called bladders, which are considered the most sophisticated trapping organs in the plant kingdom, a true testimony to evolution’s ingenuity.

Finding the specimen was one of those serendipitous events – I stumbled upon bladderwort while collecting dragonfly nymphs for my research in a pond located few miles away from my institute (Janelia Research Campus of HHMI in Ashburn, Virginia). Perhaps it is the perversion of the role reversal when a plant is devouring an animal that makes flesh-eating plants so interesting; I have been fascinated with carnivorous plants since early childhood – watching “Little Shop of Horrors” might have something to do with igniting my fascination. Admittedly, bladderwort is – at the first glance - far less spectacular than, say, a Venus flytrap or a pitcher plant; when magnified though its trap reveals amazing complexity.
I had a very fruitful run with this plant – with the samples I collected I was able to produce a series of images, and several of them won prizes.

This pictures depicts the awesomeness of the bladderwort trapping organ and scored the 1st place in 2013 Olympus Bioscapes contest.
The image shows the inside of a trap of the aquatic carnivorous plant, humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba). Several elements of the bladder’s construction are visible in the image, giving some insight into working of this tiny – only 1.5 mm long – but elaborate suction trap. The driving force behind the trapping mechanism is hydrostatic pressure: the plant “cocks” the trap by pumping water out of the bladder, accumulating potential energy in its thick and flexible walls like in the limbs of a bow. Specialized cells called bifid and quadrifid glands are responsible for the task of active transport of water. They line the inner walls and are visible in the image as bright-blue elongated shapes. An unsuspecting prey – usually a tiny aquatic arthropod – is guided toward the trapdoor by antenna-like branches surrounding the entrance. Quite literally, the trap has a “hair trigger” – touching one of the trigger hair cells extending from the bottom of the trapdoor (their bases are visible right in the center of the upper half as 4 small bright circles; they are much better visible in the Nikon contest image where you can see the entrance to the trap (or the bladderwort’s “mouth”)) causes the entrance – or “valve” – to bulge inward. Once the equilibrium is disturbed, the walls rapidly spring back to their initial position and the prey is sucked in within a millisecond (1/1000th of a second), experiencing acceleration of 500 G! In the image, the valve resembles a mosaic-covered Byzantine arch; it is made of a single layer of tiny, densely packed cells regularly arranged in concentric fashion. Once inside, the prey dies of anoxia and is digested by enzymes secreted by the bifid and quadrifid glands.

The intricately shaped objects visible in the lower part of the image are those aforementioned green algae called desmids; two species belonging to the genus Micrasterias and three species of Staurastrum can be identified. Various authors have described algae in Utricularia traps as commensals (algae that thrive and propagate in the nutrient-rich interior of the trap), symbionts (bladderwort benefits from the carbohydrates produced by algae) or as prey. Recent studies show that algae are able to survive only inside older, inactive traps; more than 90% are killed inside vivid, young traps. It may be that late in the season when I collected the specimens, most of the traps were already inactive, which could explain why the trapped desmids seemed to be doing fine.

2) How did you start in the field of microscopy? Do you think that microscopy can be considered a form of art?

My interest in natural sciences and nature photography were developing simultaneously - my parents are biologists and I grew up surrounded by biology textbooks. I enjoyed browsing through the illustrations and photographs long before I learned how to read. It wasn’t until 14 years ago – 2 years into my PhD studies - that I bought my first camera and found myself on the supply side of nature photography, with the special focus on macro technique. I quickly realized that microscopy would perfectly complement that activity and give me an even more intimate perspective of my “models.”

Six years ago - after abandoning protein biochemistry and moving to the field of neurobiology - I finally gained an access to a confocal microscope. For the past four years I’m spending most of my working hours imaging various bits of invertebrate anatomy – mostly dragonflies, since that is our group’s model organism. In this way I managed to merge my extracurricular expertise of macro photography and insect anatomy with scientific approach.

Although it is not the primary objective of scientific visual data, surprisingly many research-related images have aesthetic merit; to fully appreciate the beauty of those often abstract and surreal forms one needs to approach them with an open mind. A French polymath and philosopher of science Jules Henri Poincare said that “the scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful”. Not many scientists these days have the privilege and comfort to apply this somewhat utopist approach to their research, but lots do share the appreciation of beauty and are fully aware of the aesthetic aspects of their work. The marriage of scientific approach and artistic talent can be best exemplified by awe-inspiring work of Ernst Haeckel, who’s “Artforms from Nature” is a continuous source of inspiration for me.

Olympus And Nikon contests are organized with such people in mind. Images are rewarded for the artistic merit and visual aspects on par with and often above their scientific importance; that definitely grants those contests a broad appeal among non-experts and contributes to redeeming the image of science as a somber, wonder-less, unexciting affair utterly unintelligible for a layperson.

A bit about sample preparation and data collecting:

Back in the laboratory I embedded isolated traps in agar-agar gel and cut them into 0.5 mm-thick slices with a vibrating razor blade. Due to the chance component inherent to the process, in only 6 out of two dozen or so specimens, the razor passed either through the midline to produce two nearly equal halves, or through the plane parallel to the bladder’s trapdoor – a satisfactory success rate.

To produce the image, I used a laser scanning confocal microscope, a device that collects images in a very different way than a brightfield microscope (your standard biology class microscope). The confocal microscope is a fluorescent microscope; it means that the imaged specimen is illuminated (excited) with light of certain wavelength and emits light of a different, longer wavelength. The source of the excitatory light is a laser; a confocal microscope can be equipped with several lasers producing light of different frequencies (i.e., wavelength, or simply color), since each fluorescent molecule (a pigment that emits light) used in research only absorbs certain specific wavelengths of light. The specimen is illuminated, point by point, by a focused laser beam that moves somewhat like an electron beam producing the familiar scanned image on the phosphorescent surface of a cathode-tube TV or computer monitor. The light emitted from the specimen is collected by the objective and passes through a pinhole aperture that cuts off stray rays of light arriving from fragments of the sample that are not in focus – only light that is emitted from the very thin area (optical slice) within the focal plane can pass. Emitted light is then detected by the microscope’s photodetector (photomultiplier), and the image is reconstructed – point by point – on the computer screen. Because most specimens are much thicker than the focal plane, a series of images - called a “stack” - is collected by moving the specimen up or down. From those images, a three-dimensional image of the sample can be reconstructed.

In most cases samples have to be made fluorescent by the use of dyes or conjugated antibodies specifically binding certain intra- or extracellular structures. To be able to image cellulose (building material of plant’s cell walls) I used Calcofluor White, a dye first used in the textile industry for its propensity for binding cellulose fibers but then abandoned because of its toxicity; Calcofluor still finds use in medicine for identification of fungal pathogens in animal tissues.

A confocal microscope “sees” the sample very differently than we do - to our eyes the specimens appear very different than the final image. The amount of ultraviolet light in sunlight is – fortunately! – too low to appreciably excite Calcofluor, and all we see is green from the natural pigment chlorophyll. When illuminated with UV light (405 nm), the dye present in cell walls glows bluish-green. The same short wavelength light is absorbed by chlorophyll, which emits red light.

To produce the image, I recorded emission in three channels (colors) simultaneously. Assignment of the color in the captured image to any given channel is purely arbitrary; however, I do assign blue to the channel recording light of the shortest wavelength, green and red in similar fashion, in the “natural” order. Combining the three channels - three prime color images – into one produces the whole palette of colors – in effect, it is like the microscope had trichromatic “vision,” just as we do.

Bonus : Rotifers !

Thanks a lot to Igor Siwanowicz for all the information, kind words and amazing images.
The series #life as a microscopist can be seen on frontal-cortex.tumblr.com

so, life, my bf is a greasemonkey hick that comes from a fairly conservative family (he’s a bit of a blacksheep in the sense where, despite being very traditionally “masculine” he’s super open to progressive thinking and whatnot)

but i just find it funny, because he seems like the kind of guy that would think ghosts and shit are stupid and yet… he finds the occult fascinating? he loves animal skulls? and he super supports my wanting of a ouija board, and he also wants one? like lmao what a guy

Sterek Fic Rec List

Here it is, once and for all, my Sterek fic rec list.

I recommend if you’re just getting into Sterek fic, that you start with two fics, an AU & the fic that would have been the perfect way to make Sterek canon, but ya know…I don’t run the world yet.

The canon fic that’s the perfect intro is “Will to Follow Through” by owlpostagain. It’s a really lovely look at Stiles moving on from Lydia and towards Derek. It actually features Danny (he’s not missing!) heavily and stays so very spot on in terms of characters. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

The AU fic that can’t be missed is “Play Crack the Sky” by WearetheCyclones. A band AU, this fic will attack your emotions in the best possible way. If you have someone that you’re trying to convince to try Sterek, this is the fic you want. It’s gateway Sterek at its best.

The rest of these are in no particular order and though I may not write about all, I absolutely recommend each and every one though as fics I’ve reread many times over. If you need more than this, check out my bookmarks on AO3. If I’ve bookmarked it, I consider that a recommendation.

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I love your blog???? I've recently I've become fascinated in animal bones and the vulture culture community seems like a really kind and supportive one. I got permission from my mother to bring critters I find home (but suddenly everything stopped dying so I cant find anything to bring home) If I have any questions about anything is it alright if I message you? Sorry if this seems really weird jfjghfgjfh

And I love you????? Omg this was the sweetest???? Yeah of course you can message me with questions! I’m here to help, yo! 👌👌👌

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2, 4, 30, 64,

2. What’s your dream pet? Technically I already have my dream pet! She’s a white husky and she’s the love of my life but I guess the true dream is TWO huskies so my pup child could have a playmate! 

4. What was your favorite game growing up? Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door!!! if you haven’t played this game then please find a gamecube and hop on it because you will not be disappointed.

30. Favorite movie? Okay so the thing is, film is kinda my thing. So I’ve got a 1,000 different favorite movies but to name a few: The Graduate, Baby Driver, Hero (2002), Grand Budapest Hotel, Howl’s Moving Castle, Room, Operation Avalanche and Hot Fuzz

64. Favorite animal(s)? All different species of apes are the animals I find most fascinating and incredible! Growing up I would have always said red pandas but it’s hard to pick just one now. 

Give Me Love - Chapter Fourteen

Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three | Chapter Four | Chapter Five | Chapter Six | Chapter Seven | Chapter Eight | Chapter Nine | Chapter Ten | Chapter Eleven | Chapter Twelve | Chapter Thirteen |

Only around three more chapters to go I think! I hope you like this, and again feel free to let me know what you think. Thanks for reading <3

(P.S - I posted three new chapters in quite quick succession last week, so it might be a good idea to go back and make sure you haven’t missed any parts)

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Quite Possibly the Most Obscure Topic We Have Ever Written About.

‘Hoy, everyone! Wander again. During my research for the History of Nintendo series, I came across quite a few curiosities that even I didn’t know much about before. Among these was the Satellaview, an add-on for the Super Famicom. I had heard about it before, but didn’t know many of the details. But when I started learning more about it, I realized that the Satellaview was a much more interesting device than I expected. In addition to letting you download games from SPACE and livestreaming content via radio broadcast, this peripheral had a surprisingly robust user interface. This was contained in a very special cartridge that was used in conjunction with the Satellaview; it stored your downloaded games, but had a bit more to it as well. We’ll be talking about that today, in a new installment of…

Namae o Nusumareta Machi: “The Town Whose Name Was Stolen”

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But we humans are an integral part of the lives of domestic dogs, and we can’t fully relate to a domestic dog without taking our own species into account. The more you love your dog, the more you need to understand human behavior. The good news, speaking as a biologist, is that our species is as fascinating as any other. I find myself just as enamored of Homo sapiens as I am of Canis lupus familiaris, because even when we humans are idiots, we’re interesting ones. So I invite all of you to show our own species the same patience and compassion that we show dogs. After all, dogs seem to like us a lot, and I have the utmost respect for their opinion.
—  The Other End of the Leash, Patricia  McConnell