Eyelash vipers are arguably the world’s most beautiful snakes - and one
of its most dangerous. Found in Central and South America, these small,
slender venomous snakes are far from typical pit-vipers. Distinctive
modified scales over their eyes have the appearance of eyelashes, and go
a some way to help camouflage these otherwise highly colored snakes.
Unusually, the scales of eyelash vipers are rough, which offers
protection from the branches in their forest homes.
Eyelash vipers have
accidentally been sent all over the world in shipments of bananas
I took this photo with my phone - the snake was maybe a foot long, might have been 4″ from the phone and only two feet off the ground coiled in a small palm. I took. my. time. because I wanted to get the eyelashes and not realizing how dangerous they can be, thankfully it was tolerant
When Snart heard about Barry finding out about who Savitar really was, he knew he and Mick had to make a pit stop in Central City for a while and comfort Barry. Together they did everything they could to knock some sense into him and remind him that not only is he the good guy, but that he has an annoying knack for turning bad guys into fellow good guys.
Big plans were afoot for the day, though only one person seemed to be aware of them. Alastair, armed with his suitcase as usual and his notes in tow just in case, decided it was finally time to have the little conversation with their local spirits that had been sitting in the back of his mind for months. Since before he and Dmitriy became an item, he was aware of the possibility that he had lived another reality - a stalled reality - that may not have gone so well. If anyone knew about this alternative timeline, it would be the two residents of the forest who were not directly attached to his very soul.
Inside an old wooden cabin, warmed by a central fire pit to keep away the early spring chill, Waverly was busy sewing a patch on one of her dresses. She did tend to damage them very easily, which became a catastrophic problem when one had only a small amount of garments to begin with.
“Love?” She glanced across the room at Sottarfar. “While I’ve got m-m-my thread here, did you need me to - ?”
Her words were cut short by a knock on the door. Strange, usually they were the ones to visit Dmitriy and his companions, not the other way around. Either someone desperately needed to speak to them, or this was a different visitor. Waverly looked at Sottarfar with a quizzical, confused expression, eyes darting from his face to the door. Finally, after a moment of silence, a voice spoke up from the other side of the wood.
“Hello there? It’s just Alastair. Is, um, is this a bad time?”
On the third day, the god wakes to the sound of birds singing. He leaves his small home in search of more trees to finish his roof. As he splits trees in two, he smells meat roasting over a fire. When he reaches his home and places the last trunks over the rocks, he spots a woman walking the small path that meanders from the tiny village at the base of the mountain to his prison. As he waits for the woman to reach him, he gazes down at the village that had developed from the simple tents.
Dwarf planet Ceres has more than 130 bright areas, and most of them are associated with impact craters. Now, Ceres has revealed some of its well-kept secrets in two new studies in the journal Nature, thanks to data from our Dawn spacecraft.
Two studies have been looking into the mystery behind these bright areas. One study identifies this bright material as a kind of salt, while the other study suggests the detection of ammonia-rich clays.
Study authors write that the bright material is consistent with a type of magnesium sulfate called hexahydrite. A different type of magnesium sulfate is familiar on Earth as Epsom salt.
Researchers, using images from Dawn’s framing camera, suggest that these salt-rich areas were left behind when water-ice sublimated in the past. Impacts from asteroids would have unearthed the mixture of ice and salt.
An image of Occator Crater (below) shows the brightest material on Ceres. Occator itself is 60 miles in diameter, and its central pit, covered by this bright material, measures about 6 miles wide. With its sharp rim and walls, it appears to be among the youngest features on the dwarf planet.
In the second nature study, members of the Dawn science team examined the composition of Ceres and found evidence for ammonia-rich clays. Why is this important?
Well, ammonia ice by itself would evaporate on Ceres today, because it is too warm. However, ammonia molecules could be stable if present in combination with other minerals. This raises the possibility that Ceres did not originate in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, where it currently resides. But instead, might have formed in the outer solar system! Another idea is that Ceres formed close to its present position, incorporating materials that drifted in from the outer solar system, near the orbit of Neptune, where nitrogen ices are thermally stable.
As of this week, our Dawn spacecraft has reached its final orbital altitude at Ceres (about 240 miles from the surface). In mid-December, it will begin taking observations from this orbit, so be sure to check back for details!
A woman in Jomon period.
Japan. The Jomon period (10,000 B.C. to 300 B.C.),
which encompasses a great expanse of time, constitutes Japan’s Neolithic
period. Its name is derived from the “cord markings” that
characterize the ceramics made during this time. Jomon people were
semi-sedentary, living mostly in pit dwellings arranged around central open
spaces, and obtained their food by gathering, fishing, and hunting.
I've heard a lot of head canons that talk about how Camp Half-Blood sets up a Hestia "cabin" after the war with Gaea, even though Riordan has said that she wouldn't have a cabin because "it was not her style" (that's a direct quote but I can't find the source). Do you think that Camp Half-Blood would set up a Cabin 21 in Hestia's honor, a place for the lost demigod to find a temporary home/hearth? Or do you agree with Riordan?
I love the idea of them rebuilding the central fire pit as an altar to her. And Percy makes sure there’s a comfy little bench for her to sit at. It becomes the place where campers hang out to get to know each other. They sit around the fire and talk about their lives back home and their favorite hobbies and basically they just find their family at camp. It’s not that a cabin isn’t her style, it’s that four walls don’t make a home. The hearth is the heart of the home, because it fills it with warmth and brings the people in it together. That is the essence of her importance as The Last Olympian. She reminds everyone, even the gods, that without heart we are and have nothing.
Never tiring of your awesome posts! I will pile up on the others (sorry!) and ask you some in depth about: housing and the famous topic of where a couple went to live after marriage: paternal house or new one? Inheritances: were they split evenly among sons and daughters? Was there difference on how the father and mother's property were handled? Thank you for your time!
And I finally get to it. The ask pile is finally dwindling.
Before we start, I just want to take a brief moment to explain how anthropologists (and other social scientists) talk about post-marriage settlement patterns. There are three terms we apply: patrilocal, matrilocal, and neolocal.