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Tardigrades (commonly known as waterbears or moss piglets ) [ 2 ] are small, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs. They are notable for being one of the most complex of all known polyextremophiles .
Imaging from NASA 's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission STS-99 reveals part of the 180 kilometre (112 mi) diameter ring of the crater; clustered around the crater's trough are numerous sinkholes , suggesting a prehistoric oceanic basin in the depression left by the impact. [ 1 ]
Images of the aurora australis and aurora borealis from around the world, including those with rarer blue and red lights An aurora (plural: aurorae or auroras; from the Latin word aurora , "sunrise") is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude ( Arctic and Antarctic ) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere ( thermosphere ).
Original caption: "View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica south polar ice cap.
Seen from about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles), Earth appears as a tiny dot (the blueish-white speck approximately halfway down the brown band to the right) within the darkness of deep space. [ 1 ]
Clinton Richard Dawkins , FRS , FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is an English ethologist , evolutionary biologist [ 1 ] and author.
Archaeopteryx ( pron.: / ˌ ɑr k iː ˈ ɒ p t ər ɨ k s / AR -kee- OP -tər-iks ), sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel ("original bird" or "first bird"), is a genus of early bird that is transitional between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault ( Norwegian : Svalbard globale frøhvelv ) is a secure seedbank located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near the town of Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago , about 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) from the North Pole . [ 4 ] It was started by conservationist Cary Fowler in association with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), [ 5 ] and functions to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds in an underground cavern. The seeds are duplicate samples, or "spare" copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. The seed vault is an attempt to provide insurance against the loss of seeds in genebanks, as well as a refuge for seeds in the case of large-scale regional or global crises .
A Möbius strip made with a piece of paper and tape. If an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed the entire length of the strip (on both sides of the original paper) without ever crossing an edge.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster ( FSM ) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism , a movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. [ 3 ] Although adherents state that Pastafarianism is a genuine religion, [ 3 ] it is generally recognized by the media as a parody religion . [ 4 ] [ 5 ]
Cosmic Latte is a name assigned to the average color of the universe , given by a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins University . [ edit ] Discovery of the color In 2001, Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldry determined that the color of the universe was a greenish white, but they soon corrected their analysis in a 2002 paper, [ 1 ] in which they reported that their survey of the color of all light in the universe added up to a slightly beigeish white .