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Science & Nature
Science picture of the day
School of Antarctic silversides News.science360.gov.org
7 Jul 2015

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As humans continue to pump carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, some of the CO2 gets absorbed into the sea, which raises its acidity--a process called ocean acidification. Scientists are seeking to learn whether or not organisms can adapt to this threat--whether or not species can evolve along with the ocean, adapting over time to the increasing acidity. Hannes Baumann, an assist...

Venus, as seen in radar with the GBT News.science360.gov.org
6 Jul 2015

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A projection of radar data of Venus collected in 2012. Striking surface features such as mountains and ridges are easily seen. The black diagonal band at the center represents areas too close to the Doppler "equator" to obtain well-resolved image data. The surface of Venus is shrouded beneath thick clouds--made mostly of carbon dioxide--and therefore difficult to see from Earth using ...

Earth science picture of the day
Painted Cove, Oregon Epod.usra.edu
7 Jul 2015

Hills and sky REB

Photographer: Rebecca Roush
Summary Author: Stu Witmer

REBsRedMudCloseUpThe John Day Fossil Beds National Monument spreads across northern Oregon in three sections. The Painted Hills Unit, near Mitchell features hills that appear to be taken directly from an Impressionist canvas. The colors include many shades of yellow, grey, black and red. These colors originated with mineral and organic material as well as r...

Qomolangma Epod.usra.edu
6 Jul 2015


Photographer: Konstantinos Vasilakakos 
Summary Authors: Konstantinos Vasilakakos; Jim Foster

Qomolangma or Mount Everest, the highest point on our planet, is the focal point of the Himalayan Range. It lies in eastern Nepal, close to the border of Nepal and Tibet, China. I visited this region shortly before the deadly earthquake on April 25, 2015. I was here not to climb Qomolangma but rather ...

Hubble picture of the day
Hubble Sees a 'Behemoth' Bleeding Atmosphere Around a Warm Neptune-Sized Exop... Hubblesite.org
24 Jun 2015

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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an immense cloud of hydrogen dubbed "The Behemoth" bleeding off a planet orbiting a nearby star. The enormous, comet-like feature is about 50 times the size of the parent star. The hydrogen is evaporating from a warm, Neptune-sized planet, due to extreme radiation from the star. A phenomenon this l...

Hubble Sees the 'Teenage Years' of Quasars Hubblesite.org
18 Jun 2015

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Quasars are the light fantastic. They are the brightest beacons in the universe, blazing across space with the intrinsic brightness of one trillion suns. Yet the objects are not vast galaxies, but they appear as pinpoint sources in the biggest telescopes of today hence the term "quasar" for quasi-stellar object. Discovered in the 1960s, it took more than two d...

NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Alaska’s Biggest (Ice) Losers are Inland Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
7 Jul 2015

Alaska’s Biggest (Ice) Losers are Inland
Glaciers in a region of Alaska are losing about 75 billion tons of ice per year, but not all glaciers contribute equally.

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
6 Jul 2015

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Astronauts capture a glimpse of the unique coastlines and islands of Canada’s Maritime Provinces.

Animal of the day
Northern Pudu - the World's Smallest Deer Thewebsiteofeverything.com
7 Jul 2015
The Northern Pudu (Pudu mephistophiles) is the world's smallest deer. This little inhabitant of the Andes Mountains weighs in at only 3 to 6 kg, or 7 to 13 pounds. The Northern Pudu lives and plays across Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. They prefer to stay in the higher elevations of the Andes Mountain range. Most of them live at least 2000 meters above sea level. The climate here is a temperate r...

Guatemalan Black Howler Monkey Thewebsiteofeverything.com
3 Jul 2015
Guatemalan Black Howler MonkeyThe endangered Guatemalan Black Howler (Alouatta pigra) (sometimes called the Yucatan Howler or Yucatan Black Howler) is one of many species of howler monkey, which is what is known as a ‘New World’ monkey. Its range is throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, and includes the areas of Mexico, Belize, and of course Guatemala. The Guatemalan Black Howler prefers to live in very lush areas, mostly st...

Botany photo of the day
Asphodelus aestivus BotanicalGarden.ubc.ca
6 Jul 2015
Asphodelus aestivus Asphodelus aestivus

Wandering through the E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden in UBC Botanical Garden, I couldn't help but notice this beautiful, flowering Asphodelus aestivus. The bees were enjoying these flowers as much as I was (or maybe more), but I didn't manage to get a good photo of the bees flitting in and out of the nectar-rich flowers. Thankfully, Gideon Pisanty is a more patient photographer than I am. He c...

Solanum pyracanthos BotanicalGarden.ubc.ca
4 Jul 2015
Solanum pyracanthos

Don McClane (aka Don McClane@Flickr) took this beautiful photo at Botanica Gardens in Wichita, Kansas. Solanum pyracanthos is native to Madagascar and is a member of the genus that includes tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants. I wouldn't try to eat the small fruits without a good indication of their edibility, however, as many members of the Solanum are poisonous (at least when raw).

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