NOAA Ocean Explorer 

“ A deep-sea Chimaera. Chimaera’s are most closely related to sharks, although their evolutionary lineage branched off from sharks nearly 400 million years ago, and they have remained an isolated group ever since. Like sharks, chimaera’s are cartilaginous and have no real bones. The lateral lines running across this chimaera are mechano-receptors that detect pressure waves (just like ears). The dotted-looking lines on the frontal portion of the face (near the mouth) are ampullae de lorenzini and they detect perturbations in electrical fields generated by living organisms. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010. “

As if bumblebees weren’t already cool enough, this just in: they’re using electric fields to judge whether or not a flower has already been plundered of its pollen by another pollinator. This article from Scientific American says that the bees “build up a positive electrical charge as they rapidly flap their wings.” This is useful to the bees and the flowers as it helps the pollen more tightly cling to the bees. But it also turns out that it minutely changes the electrical field of flowers which have already been visited by another bee, and the bees can see this. As I have said so many times before, and will probably say a thousand times again, nature is so totally cool! ~AR

(via Bumblebees Sense Electric Fields in Flowers: Scientific American)


X-Men Meme | [1/9 characters]

Katherine Anne “Kitty” Pryde is a fictional superhero commonly in association with the X-Men. The character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #129 (January 1980) and was co-created by writer-artist John Byrne and Chris Claremont.
A mutant, Pryde possesses a “phasing” ability that allows her and objects or people with which she is in contact to become intangible. This power also disrupts any electrical field she passes through, and lets her simulate levitation. Kitty is jewish. She is extremely intelligent, has high computer skills, speaks several languages fluently, and is also a expert martial artist.
Storm christened Kitty with her first code name, Sprite. Professor X had also suggested the codename Ariel, which Kitty adopted for a short time prior to adopting the codename Shadowcat. Pryde was the youngest person invited to join the team of mutant superheroes the X-Men.

Cause EDCLV 2015 was hands down the most memorable festival (next to Escape 2014 of course) I have ever been to. So many great vibes, so many happy people (no not cause of the drugs). They were truly happy. I even got to meet one of the couples from the “Under the Electric Sky” movie!! There was just so much love going around. I’ve never cried so much at an event before and I just wanna thank everyone who made it possible. I love you guys!