Saturday, December 7, 2019

Tardigrada

Water bear is the friendlier name for a tiny creature so resilient it is able to survive in winter ice and the deepest of oceans.

Diversity within diversity

The geometric form of pollen – the male part of the higher plants – is as strikingly beautiful as the plants from which they come.

Priest, Pachyderm and Pygmy

A theory gone unheeded for decades finally came to the attention of the scientific community and struck gold in 2003, when bones of a new, pygmy-sized hominin species were discovered on the island of Flores, Indonesia.

The Birth of Divergence

In 2014, the Limnonectes larvaepartus, or tadpole-laying frog, was finally characterised as a new species, 25 years since the first individual was discovered in the Wartabone National Park in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

A Knot in Time

Whether they are tied into place as the weaver's imagination wanders, or aligned in code-like calculations, the minuscule knots of a carpet narrate tales of an ancient craft and those who keep it alive.

The False Scorpion

Looking somewhere in between a spider, a lobster and a roach, the pseudoscorpion is the stuff of nightmares.

Powder Blizzard

Earth’s dust dynamics are a complex and poorly understood part of our natural world, and dust storms are merely the most noticeable phenomena.

Avalanche

Avalanche victims are more likely to perish than survive. If a glacier is a frozen river, then an avalanche is a flooding torrent that blankets the slopes.

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