preserved specimens

there’s still time....

Sapphire: “my future vision foresaw you desiring more humans for the zoo…” 

Blue Diamond: “its true, the window of preserving Earth’s specimens is closing..” 

Yellow Diamond: “is that what you want? Sapphire, has the cluster emerged yet?” 

Sapphire: “no it has not.” 

Yellow Diamond:“then there’s still time.” 


Okay, but what if Connie’s mom was abducted for the Human Zoo? I know it sounds crazy, but just think about it...

[When talking about Blue Diamond wanting to get more humans for the Zoo, “That Will Be All”]

Blue Diamond: It’s true… the window for preserving Earth specimens is closing.

Yellow Diamond: Is that what you want? Sapphire, has the Cluster emerged yet?

Sapphire: No, it has not.

Yellow Diamond: Then there’s still time.




Last weekend my mom and I were driving home, when we passed a hawk that had been hit by a car. Determined not to leave it in the road to be run over, I drove back and brought it home. Once I had it, I did some research, and found out that birds of prey are highly illegal to own. I didn’t want to just bury it or throw it away, though, so I made a few calls and emails, and the bird ended up coming with me to college, where I handed it over to the Biology Department to be preserved as a teaching specimen.

@biologizeable, @0pabinia, @koryos, @speciesofleastconcern any idea what species it is? I’m reasonably certain that it’s in the genus Buteo, but beyond that I’m not sure. It was found in central NC.


“It’s true.. the wind of preserving earth’s specimens is closing” -BD
“Is that what you want? Sapphire has the cluster emerged yet?” - YD
“No it has not.” -Sapphire
“Then there’s still time” - YD
Guys it’s far from over. Yellow diamond is going to be sending someone soon to collect humans, another Jasper and peridot? Who knows. But all we can say for now is, she’s coming.

(What if.. they take Connie?.. or all of beach city..)
(Or they could take Donald trump that would solve a lot of problems)

scalesandexoskeletons  asked:

Hi! Do you have any resources on preserving/pinning insect specimens? I keep a lot of insects & I think it would be nice if I could display them once they go. Thank you x

Here’s some helpful links on how to pin insects! Texas A&M took down the comprehensive PDF I usually send people too :/.

I usually mooch supplies off the collection I work off or the entomology TAs. But when I do buy stuff, I usually order it from Bioquip. They offer a mounting kits for beginners for about 50$ which includes pins, forceps, spreading board, and a booklet on how to create and insect collection, and some other supplies. I have my el cheapo spreading board which is two meat trays stacked together with slits cut in the top one. If you are not interested in getting the kit, here’s the stuff you should probably procure. Generally I recommend getting insect pins (size 2 is good choice for medium sized insects), forceps (I prefer hard forceps, but soft forceps are best for spreading moth/butterflies), an pinning block (the one that looks like stairs), and if you don’t want to make your own spreading board – I like the versaboard and the adjustable economy spreading boards. As far as labels go, acid free card stock and micron pens work great (use a Joanns or Micheal’s coupon)! You can also print labels on your computer using excel or word. It’s more putsy but good if you have hard to read hand writing like I do. As far as display boxes go, bioquip has a lot of options and the woods are hand built. you want to make sure the display case you get is air tight to prevent dermestid beetles or book lice from getting in and chewing on your specimens.


Reptile and amphibian specimens are not the only things stored in 70% ethanol! Departments such as Ornithology, Botany, and Mollusks preserve select specimens in fluid for further scientific use. This method preserves soft tissues that would otherwise need to be removed, maintains the natural three dimensional shape, and slows down DNA degradation. Fluid collections are more difficult to maintain as they take up more space and have to be regularly monitored to prevent the specimens from drying out. Keep an eye out for our future Alcohol House public tours to see these specimens up close and to meet our collection managers!

Here’s the list of specimens from left to right:

Maianthemum racemosum flowers
Cipangopaludina chinensis
Platycercus eximius
Chameleo gracilis gracilis
Elliptio jayensis
Monstera of Costa Rica
Maianthemum racamosum fruits
Polygonatum biflorum

How did you do at guessing the contents?

wonderful you came by

Summary: Caitlin and Barry meet in the most unexpected of places.

Notes: Okay so ever since S2 premiere I really missed this ship so I started writing bits and pieces, like experimenting with Caitlin’s character, playing up her social awkwardness and all, and before I knew it this au college!snowbarry thing was born… mehe. Title is from Nat King Cole’s “Orange Colored Sky

Rating: T to be safe

The first time Caitlin met Barry, she was wearing approximately one and a half pieces of clothing and was sprawled on the dank, muddy grass in a rather undignified position.

Suffice to say, if she had control over fate she definitely would not have chosen that moment to meet the love of her life. Not that she’d given it much thought, mind you. But she imagined it would’ve been vaguely romantic, like reaching for the same flask of preserved frog specimen at the same time, or at the very least casually meeting each other’s eyes in class at the mention of recombinant DNA… But alas, she was not the master of her fate, and instead of her clean, academe-set romances, she had to deal with a romance that was 10% fluff and 90% mortification. She was sure that one pulling the strings must be some ancestor of Felicity’s.

She digressed.

In any case, there she was, crouching under the bleachers, wearing jeans and a shirt with a huge tear from the hem to the underwire of her bra from having snagged it on a nail upon coming in. And it was one of her favourite DC shirts, too, one with the Flash facing off against Professor Zoom. With much grumbling—mostly permutations of curses and Felicity’s name—she managed to tie it at her waist.

Afterwards she took a deep breath. Alright, I need a plan, she muttered. She was to locate a piece of paper attached to a GoPro camera. Since Felicity was careful with her tech, it wasn’t likely that she would leave it on the floor. So either she taped it to the wall, or placed it inside a sturdy box.

Caitlin decided to go with walls first. She slowly backed up against one and placed her hands on it, groping the surface as she walked. It was pitch-black, and while she couldn’t see anything, her fingers were running over strange bumps on the damp wall—probably week-old gum or condoms from couples who came here to make out, she thought, repulsed—and to make it worse, she was stepping on some very dubious substances. She groaned at the thought of having to clean her shoes when she got back to her room. But then again, she could make Felicity scrape them off from her shoes when it was her turn to give a dare… The thought made her feel slightly better. If she was feeling extra cruel, maybe she could make Felicity scrape it off with her bare hands—

Caitlin was not able to relish that thought for long, though, because she was startled by a crash coming from the tiny door leading out of the bleachers. Briefly she glimpsed a weak ray of afternoon sun that disappeared again when the door slammed close, and the next thing she knew something warm and hard had bludgeoned her down into the mud. She yelped upon landing awkwardly on her shoulder, and the warm, hard entity above her sprang away almost as quickly as it had collided into her.

“Crap! I’m sorry, are you hurt? Sorry, I didn’t expect anyone to be here—wait, let me help you up—” In the dark, two warm hands touched hers, and on instinct she grasped them, allowing herself to be pulled to her feet.

“Uh, thanks,” she muttered.

“No problem,” the voice returned. “Um, sorry for crashing into you. Are you hurt?”

“No, I’m fine,” she said, even as she gave her shoulder an discreet experimental roll to check if it was dislocated. It seemed intact, but it would leave a bruise in the morning. “Uh, you? Are you okay?”

“I’m fine, I’m fine.”



They both lapsed into an awkward silence. Caitlin shifted her weight to her left foot and tried to gather her thoughts. 

First of all: Who in the world was this person? Sure, she was grateful that it wasn’t a couple, but still… Maybe he was from a varsity, since this was their turf. And he seemed to have been running away from someone, judging from the force of their collision and the fact that he wasn’t leaving yet after seeing that the place was already inhabited. 

This further complicated her quest. She already badly wanted to go back to her room, first to take a bath (she was itchy from the grass, was covered in mud, and smelled like someone had just taken a huge dump on her), and then to plan her revenge on Felicity. But then if she walked away right now, that meant going back empty-handed, which meant another point for Felicity (currently the score was 14-15, in Felicity’s favour). And Caitlin hated losing.

On the other hand, if she decided to complete the dare—she still had a little over half an hour, anyway—she needed to find that paper and camera… while in the presence of this person. So it was a choice between having a bath and conceding loss, and interacting with an unfamiliar human being. And as much as she hated losing, she didn’t like the prospect of talking to someone, either. She had about as much patience with unfamiliar people as a cat and about as much social grace as a sack of potatoes.

While she weighed the pros and cons of each, the person cleared his throat beside her.

“Uh, my name is Barry, by the way. Um. Majoring in forensic science.”

Well, then. It seemed she was forced to go for Operation: Interact with Unknown Specimen. Now she had to extract from him his purpose here to satisfy her curiosity and somehow use her feminine wiles to make him help her on her mission. Right, as if she had wiles. Even if she did, she doubted they were very feminine.

“Hello, Barry of forensic science,” she said. “Caitlin of molecular biology.”

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Creepy places to go

Stay on Main hotel (Cecil hotel), Los Angeles, California 

- Multiple suicides, murders, and unexplained deaths

- Just generally creepy as fuuuck

The Museum of Death, Los Angeles, California

- Original crime scene pictures

- Educational but in a, “I shouldn’t want to know this but I definitely want to” way

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia

- Was in operation between 1864 and 1994

- Inactive hospital for the mentally ill

- When active, uncontrollable patients were often locked in cages

- Overall creepy

The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

- Two floors full of preserved human specimens

- Just seems interesting. Full of bones and shit

DudleyTown in Cornwall, Connecticut

- Village of the damned

- Complete ghost town tbh

- Settlement for farmers in the 1700s

- Supposedly cursed  

West Virginia State Penitentiary 

-  Most violent correctional facilities and the final stop for almost 1,000 criminals

- Tons of prisoner led riots

-  Many men were hanged or killed in the electric chair

- Others were murdered by other prisoners 

- Closed in 1995

Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky

- Held hundreds of tuberculosis patients

- Closed in 1961, reopened in ‘62

-  Urban legend claim that “63,000 deaths” occurred at the Sanitorium

- 152 deaths per year

- 162 people died in 1945

- Just seems creepy

So I think that’s it. Im sure I’ll add more eventually but thats all for now. My list of places I want to road trip


Gifts for Gardeners

#7: Moss of the Woods Botanical Jewelry

Botanical jewelry abounds on the web, but anyone who has been hanging around ‘plantblr’ for awhile will recognise @mossofthewoodsjewelry‘s stunning resin creations.

These one-of-a-kind pendants go above an beyond the usual preserved specimen fare, offering an identification of the plant, and a glimpse into where is was found.

While shopping, make sure to favourite Moss of the Woods on etsy, and keep your eyes peeled for a @biodiverseed and @mossofthewoodsjewelry collaboration in the works.

Images: @mossofthewoodsjewelry


What do you call an tiny octopus with big eyes, gelatinous skin and is cute as a button? Nobody knows quite yet!  Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute aims to classify and name this presently undescribed deep-sea cephalopod using preserved specimens and a clutch of eggs hatch housed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Parashurameshvara Temple
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

Parashurameshvara Temple is considered the best preserved specimen of an early Orissan Hindu temple dated to the Shailodbhava period between the 7th and 8th centuries CE. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is one of the oldest existing temples in the state.
It is believed to have been built around 650 CE in Nagara style and has all the main features of the pre-10th century Orissan-style temples.
(via wikipedia)