{{ Arctic Lily }}

Apparently there are a few ponies in the fandom named A.L. So I wanted to specify this the blank slate background pone I’m using. She appeared when Sombra was being all evil and shadowy and was appropriately scared. So she spent some time frozen in the Frozen Crystal Empire (1,000 Years to be exact).

Peridot is the only Crystal Gem that we have right now who honestly wants to protect Earth for being Earth, not just because it’s the place where she can be herself without fear of being shattered. Her whole spiel to Yellow Diamond was about that, that Earth is worth protecting because of its diversity and novelty and things yet to be discovered. Peridot finds many things about Earth fascinating as something to study and learn from and that’s why she argued against destroying the planet to Yellow Diamond. Sure, it want an attempt to save her life, but we’d seen from previous episodes that she honestly believes that the planet and everything on it is worth saving because of all it has to offer, and not just as a resource to be harnesses and discarded once it’s used. She’s different from the other Gems we’ve seen because they protect Earth so they and others like them can live, but they could do that almost anywhere. Peridot wants to save Earth because of Earth itself.

What she says: I’m fine.
What she means: But like, will Mr. Clarke ever know how integral he was to saving Will Byers and keeping the town and all the other kids safe from the Demogorgon and the Upside Down? He’s the reason they were able to talk to Will on the radio, he taught them about the Upside Down to begin with and he took a break from his date to teach them how to make a sensory deprivation tank over the phone. He basically puppet-mastered the whole thing but everything’s so hush-hush he’ll probably never even know.


The Flash characters + Values - Cisco Ramon [3/?]

I know you’re new here, so I’m just gonna break it down for you. The whole naming the bad guys thing? That’s my jam.

Neptune completed its first full orbit around the sun since its discovery on July 12, 2011. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope took photos of the planet to commemorate the occasion, timing the snapshots so that they captured all of Neptune’s sides during its 16-hour rotation. When Neptune was discovered in 1846, it doubled the size of the known solar system, creating a boundary at 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion kilometers) from the sun. Its seasons last the longest of any planet’s in the solar system, and are a stark counterpoint to Mercury’s, which shift so quickly that it’s impossible to determine when one ends and another begins.

via: Curiosity

360° View of Mars Taken by the Curiosity Rover

This 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called “Murray Buttes” on lower Mount Sharp.

The view combines more than 130 images taken on Aug. 5, 2016, during the afternoon of the mission’s 1,421st sol, or Martian day, by Mastcam’s left-eye camera. This date also was the fourth anniversary of Curiosity’s landing.

Who Discovered the Panda?
Until 1869, few had heard of the giant black-and-white creatures hiding in China’s forests. Decades later, pandamania gripped the world

Though today giant pandas are known and loved worldwide, it wasn’t always so.

Ancient Chinese texts rarely mention the native animals. Westerners first learned of them in 1869 when French missionary Armand David, while in China, laid eyes on a distinctive black-and-white pelt and then bought a complete, dead specimen from local hunters. A zoologist in Paris wrote up the official description of Ailuropoda melanoleuca (literally, “cat foot, black and white”).

In 1929 Chicago’s Field Museum put two mounted pandas on display courtesy of the Roosevelt brothers, Theodore Jr. and Kermit. The two were sons of the 26th U.S. president, whose love of sport hunting ultimately propelled major conservation reforms. With the help of Sichuan Province locals, they brought home the first panda shot by white men for the museum’s new Asian Hall. Their feat prompted copycat expeditions funded by other museums.

As dead bears lost some allure, plans shifted to getting a live panda out of China. In December 1936 a wild cub named Su-Lin left Shanghai by ship in a wicker basket carried by Ruth Harkness, with an export permit reading “One dog, $20.00.” Harkness, a San Francisco socialite who had fallen in love as she bottle-fed Su-Lin on a visit to China, soon sold the animal to Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. There, pandamania was instantaneous: More than 53,000 visitors showed up for the exhibit’s opening day.

That mania persists. Currently at least 20 zoos outside China boast giant panda displays. (For a time China gifted pandas to foreign countries; now the government rents out pairs for a million dollars a year and retains ownership of cubs born abroad.) Panda births and deaths make international news; web videos quickly go viral. The panda cam trained on a new cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., had nearly 14 million views by the animal’s six-month birthday. During the 2013 government shutdown, fans had complained loudly when the camera went dark.

This tremendous devotion to pandas has roots in science. When humans see pandas, we are subconsciously affected by what developmental biologists call neoteny, the retention into adulthood of certain infant characteristics. That cute baby face and toddler-like behavior boost our body’s production of oxytocin, a hormone that makes us feel loving and protective.

© National Geographic