science from nature

The Bahamas from space.

This group of 700 atolls and keys in the Atlantic are the tips of great banks poking out above the ocean surface. The bedrock is fossil coral, with lagoonal oolitic limestone derived from the erosion and precipitation of reefs and shells bedded above it. The highest point is only 63 metres above sea level. Only one river exists in the entire archipelago. The photo was snapped from the ISS by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.


ID #79832

Name: Lou
Age: 26
Country: France

Hello! My name is Lou and I live in the south of France. I am a soon-to-be student again, currently working at home and spending too much time in nature.

My interests include (but are not limited to): science (especially geology, astronomy and botany), archaeology, video games, travels, poetry, Star Trek, music, and a weird j-pop band called Kanjani8.

I am shy, awkward, but really friendly! I am also non-binary (they/them pronouns) and queer!

Preferences: I’d like to meet people from around my age (between 21 and 30) but if you think we can get along, I’m okay with anybody over 18!

I also like to write letters so I’m looking for someone who want to receive mails or letters!

ID #72873

Name: Bruna
Age: 19
Country: Portugal

Hi :) My name is Bruna and I’ve lived in Portugal my whole life, though I’d love to travel the world. I’m fluent in portuguese and english and I can also my spanish.

Well, I’m a biology major, so pretty much anything related to science and nature is just right up my alley; I’m a huuuuge book and mythology nerd (it becomes hard for me to stop gushing about how much i love books xd).

Music and art also play a big role in my life; I love hiking, the stars and being outdoors in general and I can be found talking my ears out about my precious tv shows/films/comics. Writing helps me cope with a lot and I love words, so if you are a two word converstion type of person we probably won’t click.

I love kitties, like I’ll most likely end up as a crazy cat lady but I think I’ve pretty much accepted my fate by now.

Mostly looking for friends, someone to rant with and have deep conversations as I am a biiig fan of those but also just have fun. Snail mail would be fun, but you can just email or tumblr me for now :)

Oh, don’t even try to come at me if you’re racist, a homophobe, etc; I’m bisexual but leaning more towards girls, not out at home, but to some of my friends.

Preferences: 17+, preferably girls because I usually connect better; country wise is whatever, but i’d love to meet people from the US and all over Europe

ID #80915

Name: Rose
Age: 17
Country: The Netherlands

Hello hello everyone,
my name is as you already know Rose but i actually prefer my second name, Elisabeth (like the queen of England).
I plan to study ‘live science and technology’ in a few years, i say a few years because i want to take a gap year with my family in Italy (i’m not italian tho, they migrated).
if i have to describe myself i would say that i am a very bubbly person with way to much interests.
i like… movies, drawing, holahooping, reading, drinking tea, cats (espicialy my own, they are called Finnian and Cake (yes, like the dessert)), walks, nature, mathematics, physics and many more. I also love music, my taste goes from metal to musical songs (mostly, les miserables) my favorite band is MUSE. I play the cello, base guitare and the double cello.

Preferences: i am looking for someone who loves to talk about absolutely nothing and everything at the same time.
i want to talk about conspiracy theories, how weird clouds are, series and shows, our lives and maybey my feelings also (that one is optional).
i prefer someone older than 16, who is open minded.
any type of communication is fine (snail mail, e-mail, portals, blood magic, teleportation, etc.)

anonymous asked:

Wait satanism as in a cult or r u chill????? Pls tell me u don't sacrifice small animals.

Y’all dont actually know what satanism is do you XD. Here’s a basic explanation of it because i’d rather not get more asks about how Mod Dulla sacrifices babies. (Skip to end for TDLR) - Mod Dulla

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So in case nature hasn’t blown your mind yet today.. Here you go! This is a Pyrite Cube that has emerged from a limestone matrix. 

This particular piece was found in Navajun, Spain. Pyrite is pretty common around the world, but the Pyrite Cubes from this area are pretty rare because they are almost perfect 90 degree angle cubic formations. Not to mention how incredibly awesome they look.

Honestly, how amazing is this?? Gotta love Pyrite! This specimen is ready for its new home. You can find it here.

ID #35960

Name: Halo
Age: 16
Country: Germany


Normally, I would start something like this with a name but me being me, I will have to blatantly tell you that I am trans (FtM) and have not decided on a fitting name yet but you can nickname me Halo.

So yeah, what else is there to say? I’m a 16 year old living in Germany and my life is pretty average.

I don’t actually think that we need to have anything in common to be friends and talk as long as you’re open - minded but if you want something as a conversation starter or just know some general things about me, here you go:

I’m pretty into science and I am actually one of these people who wnjoy going to school and learning. In my freetime I like to say that I read books and write stories myself but I actually do watch more youtube videos or hang on tumblr than doing that. I still enjoy a good book though. I collect notebooks obsessively and have about 50 of them by now. Based on that, I enjoy scrapbooking and finding new creative ways to fill the blank pages. Furthermore, I love nature and especially cold weather.

About myself as a person, I see myself as a quite extroverted introvert and even though I appear to be very confident and even arrogant at times, I am a big softie and actually just want the best for people. I take pride in being extremely responsible, reliable, loyal and honest. I am also a know-it-all, but don’t worry, I’ll cut back on that, just thought it would be best to be upfront with you, seeing as you are potentially a new friend whom I wouldn’t want to lie to before we even got to know each other.

Also, sorry for sounding so posh but I like juggling with words and making my sentences sound as smooth as they can get ;)

Lastly, as for languages, I am fluent in English and German and I do speak a bit of Spanish. Feel free to talk to me in any of those languages but take it easy on the Spanish, alright?

Despite the negative image I might have left, so not hesitate to contact me, I don’t bite ;)

Preferences: If you are racist, homophobic, sexist or discriminatory in any other way, please stay away from me.

We can talk via email or online, even though tumblr is pretty much the only social media forum I am part of.


2 Extinctions, 1 New Species, and… chess?
Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 5

You win some, and you lose some: this is true in games of chess, and sometimes in science, too. A newly discovered species can never replace the loss of another - but we persevere. 

Also. ‘Chicago’ is named after the Menominee word Shikako, or skunk place - where smelly onions grow. I love that our city is named after a foul odor. <3 


THE VIEW FROM ABOVE - Chinese caterpillars seen from the dorsal aspect

Click individual images for IDs….

View all images in the THE VIEW FROM ABOVE series on my Flickr HERE.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

ID #26917

Name: Lou
Age: 26
Country: France

Hello! My name is Lou and I live in the south of France. I am a soon-to-be student again, currently working at home and spending too much time in nature.

My interests include (but are not limited to): science (especially geology, astronomy and botany), archaeology, video games, travels, poetry, Star Trek, music, and a weird j-pop band called Kanjani8.

I am shy, awkward, but really friendly! I am also non-binary (they/them pronouns) and queer!

Preferences: I’d like to meet people from around my age (between 21 and 30) but if you think we can get along, I’m okay with anybody over 18!

I also like to write letters so I’m looking for someone who want to receive mails or letters! 

Olive groves from above

Resembling a patchwork pointillist painting, the trees of ancient groves dot the Spanish landscape. Already in Roman times, Iberia and Lusitania (as Spain and Portugal were then known) were the empire’s main source of olive oil. The tradition carries on, marrying people, land, climate and agricultural practices in an age old combination that the French know as terroir. While more familiar to wine buffs as the right place for a particular grape, the term applies to the entire region, and includes geography (human and physical), history and food in its tacit assumptions.


Image credit: Digital Globe

anonymous asked:

How big is hartvig nissen and how many students go there? I've seen people who apparently go to the school being excited about/surprised at seeing Tarjei (like his performance at the school that someone shared on insta/twitter)... is it because different programs are very separated or is it just a v big school?

halla anon! 

wikipedia tells me the school has 685 students this year, which i guess isn’t that many students? nissen has three different programs, which are general studies (studiespesialiserende), drama and  a “special education program” (i know they have at least one group of students with disabilities per year, for example). the largest one is definitely general studies, which offer specialisation in different subjects, like natural sciences. from what we’ve seen this season, sana and isak are probably doing that. the drama program in nissen is quite well known i would say, I’m not from oslo, but i knew they had a drama program before i ever moved there. tarjei sandvik moe (isak) and david sjøholt (magnus) is in this program in their second year, and ruby dagnall (emma) is in her first year. I think ina svenningdal (girl-chis) used to go there too. 

the school itself is mainly three buildings with 3 or 4 floors (one of them is mainly the cafeteria and offices though), and i dont think the programs are that separated, or at least not drama and general studies. drama has to do the core subjects, like norwegian, english, history etc. and use a lot of the same classrooms, in my experience. i feel like you would run into most people at the school either outside between the three building (where isak is walking in returned) or in the stairs after a few weeks at the school. 

as for why they were surprised, maybe they just hadn’t heard him sing before? also, while i dont think the school itself separates the programs, i think socially they might be separated, in a way?? at least in my school (not nissen, a few years ago and outside oslo) i did a music program, and we were kinda separated socially, we hung out with the other people from music and dance from all years, not the other programs really. 

ID #45597

Name: Hannah
Age: 19
Country: England

Hey, I’m Hannah and I’m a Zoology student just about to finish my second year of University. I think it would be really interesting to find someone around the world to exchange mail with (snail mail/email - both would be cool)

My interests are quite varied, I am a science geek at heart so I’m always open to hearing about aspects of science if you are a student in another field. Also a bit of a nerd who likes anime, nature documentaries, indie music and in general I just think it would be fun to hear about someone’s else’s life aswell. I love to draw as well so if we become pen pals expect some doodles as it is my favourite past time.

Preferences: I would prefer 18+ preferably around my age or in your 20s

A patchwork quilt

These towns and fields set below a winding river valley in Ethiopia resemble a psychedelic quilt from the 1970’s, while revealing some of the constraints geology and physical geography put on human landscapes. The towns are set in the river valleys, where water is easy to obtain and they won’t encroach upon increasingly valuable agricultural land, while the multicoloured fields are in the surrounding highlands.


Image credit: Digital Globe

ID #87601

Name: Santiago
Age: 20
Country: Argentina

Hi, I’m a rather ambivalent political science student, originally from Colombia I currently live in Argentina. For the past two years I have experienced life as a migrant and one of the few things that comes with that (at least in my case) is loneliness or a more obvious loneliness, that’s why when I stumble across this I tought it would be a good way to trick that loneliness and get to know somebody interesting.
I like Rock, Folk, Argentine Rock, Tango, Blues, Jazz (Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Spinetta, Gardel…) whisky and poetry. I write and cautiuosly try other forms of expression. I love nature (I’m pretty much a vegan) I love women (The most enchanting creatures in the world) and Cats (they might be the most enchanting creatures actually).
I often think I might be a sort of hippie.
I’m willing to help you if want to improve your spanish. And really hope to get to know people from interesting and far away places.
We can communicate either via e-mail or whatsapp.

Preferences: I prefer women for I think I can communicate with them better.

These swirling clouds captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite above Jeju-do, South Korea, are known as Von Karman vortices.

They are created when a mass of fluid, such as water or air, encounters an obstacle and creates swirls going in alternating directions. The obstacle in this instance is Mount Halla, which rises to 6,400 feet-high enough to affect cloud patterns.


Photograph: MODIS/Terra/NASA

(via Eagles are being trained to take out illegal drones)

In collaboration with raptor training company Guard From Above, Dutch police taught an eagle to recognize a DJI drone. Once in sight, the bird flies toward its mechanical prey, snatches it with its enormous talons and then takes it to safe place. The eagle is one of the two “physical” methods the force are trialling – the other being a safety net – but a trained bird of prey gives officers more control over where the offending drone is brought down to earth.

What makes eagles effective drone hunters? Their feet have four powerful toes that are strong enough to grip and carry heavy objects, whether it’s a wild animal or a heavy UAV. But even though they have toughened talons, drone rotors could still damage the bird. A spokesperson says the force will look at ways to better protect their flying counterparts while they conduct trials over the next few months.

protect their talons