Poem #55

There’s a definite order to the things
Spooled within the North Sea’s capacities:
Bold obelisks of Grey-Green-Yellow-Blue
Risen from chloroplasts and river-run
And oil seed, each intentionally placed,
Articulating magnetic spectra
To conceive spaces between open fields
That almost wash into the Esk if not
For the cosmic inevitability
Of colour. There are also suggestions
Of nearly recognisable shapes:
Lozenges, twisted wood, rounded triangles,
Alive and dead as the deepest sea’s secret
Drawn on Dawn’s muscle memory of Norsemen,
Long disassembled and therefore resigned
To never wash ashore again; a peace
Burial under the East Cliff’s trauma.
But it’s there, distillate in flower heads
And granular countryside in the prisms
Of a honeybee’s sober eyes sockets.

They used to put East at the top of the map
Because light rose through old Jerusalem
And disseminated Christ to the world.
Even now, His bones no longer the Sun’s
Scaffold, we persist in resurrection,
Miscellany interrogated by
Ocean-light until objects are not themselves.


A graduate student has created the first man-made biological leaf. It absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant. He did this by suspending chloroplasts in a mixture made out of silk protein. He believed it can be used for many things but the most striking one is the thought that it could be used for long distance space travel. Plants do not grow in space, but this synthetic material can be used to produce oxygen in a hostile environment. (Video)


This super-adorable creature with a cartoon sheep’s face is Costasiella kuroshimae, a shell-less mollusk or sea slug that looks green because it can incorporate chloroplasts into its body from the algae it eats. The slug then uses these stolen parts to photosynthesise! This great shot by @jim_lynn_photography took out first place in Australasia Underwater Photo Competition 2014.


Starting new topics in biology too! We’re studying chloroplasts and it’s so interesting (I never thought I’d say that about plant biology)
Ft homeostasis notes and Berthold my cactus

The Elysia chlorotica, more commonly known as the Eastern Emerald Elysia, is a species of green sea slug that is found along the east coast of the United States. The juvenile sea slugs feed on intertidal algae but instead of digesting the entire cell contents, it retains only the algal chloroplasts by storing them in their extensive digestive system. Over time, these chloroplasts are incorporated into the slug’s cells and the slug is able to undergo photosynthesis as a means of obtaining energy.


You probably have heard of mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) and of chloroplasts (gives the leaves green pigment, used in photosynthesis). But did you also know that according to the endosymbiosis hypothesis, the mitochondria & chloroplast were once free-living cells. They were “swallowed” into other larger cells and became a subcomponent. Evidence for this includes the fact that both these structures have their own DNA and can self-replicate. 


alkimia shop au: “what’s keeping you here?” Roy asked.

Ed glanced at the chain again, shrugging Mustang’s question off his shoulders with an uninterested frown. how many times had he repaired the damn shackle anyways? ten times? maybe fifteen - he couldn’t keep count anymore. but, it was Roy who had made it, his only friend, and it seemed in poor social taste to point out just how ineffective his creation was.

“the chain, mostly,” Ed lied, because he didn’t know how else to answer.

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mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. and chloroplasts are a blast. florescent dye stained nuclei photographed by fernan federici, a molecualr geneticist at pontificia univerisdad catolica de chile. while these photos are beautiful, the much higher contrast (note the black backgrounds) of florescence microscopy helps identify and isolate specific parts of the cell, in this case plant cells. 

Elysia chlorotica is a solar-powered marine sea slug that sequesters and retains photosynthetically active chloroplasts from the algae it eats and, remarkably, has incorporated algal genes into its own genetic code


05/100 days of productivity!! I scanned my biology notes today!! I absolutely love how they turned out!! the chloroplast which I tried to draw looks like a bittergourd omg🌵 anyways, wish me loads of luck in finishing my general paper essay tonight!!!


Explore the endosymbiotic theory with the Amoeba Sisters! This theory explains the development of the eukaryote cell from prokaryote cell symbiosis. Scientific theories are also briefly defined.