These bizarre locations may seem like a series of elaborate movie sets, but they are real destinations that you might want to see for yourself.
Blue Roundhead - Stropharia cyanea
Stropharia cyanea (Strophariaceae) is a blue mushroom found in Europe and in Washington State, probably widespread in the Northwest. It has bluish green to yellow-green caps, soon discolored to pale straw yellow with only hint of green.
This species has long been confused with Stropharia aeruginosa, which is more strongly colored blue-green and has a copious white veil and white then darker, purple-brown gills. Some authors consider the species Stropharia cyanea is synonymous with Stropharia caerulea.
Together with other fungi in the genus Stropharia, the Blue Roundhead is inedible.
Photo credit: ©Erminio Ferrari
Locality: S. Maria Maggiore, Valle Vigezzo, Piemonte, Italia.
"Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.’ But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word - even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper." - Ai Weiwei
10 Award-Winning Microscope Images-BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition
Olympus America Inc. is in the ninth year of sponsoring the BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition. It honours the world’s most extraordinary microscope images of life science subjects.
The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition recognizes outstanding images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification, any illumination technique and any brand of equipment. Each person entering can submit up to five movies, images, or image sequences (such as time lapse series)..Trout alevin
2.Hydroid collected from kelp sample
3.Fruitfly ovaries and uterus
4.Live green brain coral (Goniastrea sp.), under water
5..Rotifer Floscularia ringens feeding
6.Young sporangia of slime mold Arcyria stipata
7.Tintinnid ciliate of the marine plankton, Petalotricha ampulla
8.Cross-section of bulrush (Juncus sp.)
9.Spherical colonies of Nostoc commune
10.Detail of a pod of flowering legume Scorpius muricatus
"I dreamed I dwelled in a homeless place/ Where I was lost alone/ Folk looked right through me into space/And passed with eyes of stone.." Allen Ginsberg’s "New Stanzas for Amazing Grace", an up-dated revisioning of an old song, was composed (in April 1994) at the request of Ed Sanders for his innovative project, ”The New Amazing Grace” (new lyrics, old melody), and was performed, in November of that year, as part of an all-star gathering at the Poetry Project (St Mark’s Church) in New York.
below (courtesy of the soundtrack of the indispensible Jerry Aronson’s Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg DVD) is Paul Simon, giving his tasteful version (of Allen’s poem).
Scientists achieve the ‘impossible,’ turn light into matter
The breakthrough discovery, deemed ‘impossible’ 80 years ago, utilizes a relatively simple technique.