Artistic microscope slides produced in the Victorian era (1840~1900) by arranging hundreds of tiny diatoms into intricate patterns. This was often accomplished by using a single hair to move the diatoms in a special chamber that prevented disturbance to the slide. The fabrication of these amazing objects must have required incredible patience, attention to detail, and a steady hand.
We’re happy to share that Cabin Porn – our labor of love – yielded a new creative opportunity for us. We’re making a full-color book about the cabins you built and shared with us. Little Brown will publish it.
In the book we will share our story of Beaver Brook, as well as feature ten other cabins and their builders with original photography by Noah Kalina and stories by Steven Leckart. Plus, we’ll include hundreds of cabins submitted by the community. All of this combined, we hope, will be a brilliant reference to inspire you to make your quiet place somewhere.
Thank you for your support over the past four years, and most important thank you for generously sharing the cabins you’ve discovered, built and loved. If you haven’t shown us your cabin yet, please do now. We’d enjoy considering it for the book.
This is Elysia chlorotica, a Photosynthetic Sea Slug
yes, an animal capable of harnessing energy from the sun and producing it’s own food, just like a plant!
these little guys feed on algae and can store the algal choloroplasts in their gut cells, using them for photosynthesis
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
they also steal and appropriate the actual genes of the algae responsible for producing the proteins needed to properly photosynthesize, and use them to photosynthesize food on their own! This process is known as kleptoplasty.
now, other animals exist that can harness “solar power” by eating plants, through absorbing entire plant cells. E. chlorotica, however, incorporates specific bits of algal DNA into its own genome, making it a truly hybrid creature!
and after consuming the algae it needs for the first few weeks of its life, it can survive the rest of it’s (year-long) life through photosynthesis alone!
(SOURCE) (same for the photo. there’s a nifty video there for you to watch, too!)
Google unveils next-generation smartphone device featuring motion and depth sensors. This is really exciting as it offers computational photography to the masses and far more sophisticated Augmented Reality experiences. The prototype device is available now for developers to create something special - video embedded below:
As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.
The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.
You can find out more at the Project Tango website here