Ulexite, NaCaB5O6(OH)6 · 5 H2O.
Ulexite grows in clusters of aligned fibers. Perpendicular to the fibers, the material is able to transmit light due to total internal reflection (upper photo). If you turn the stone on its side, it is completely opaque (lower photo).
Forget jewelry, give me these!
Diaphonized snake specimen. When a specimen in diaphonized, it is reduced to its skeletal frame and stained for added bone visibility. It is ideal for scientific or student study of the bone structure of various animals.
Photo credit: Igor Munhoz
I want a shelf full of these.
(Source: malformalady, via lunarbahamut)
if you follow the paintbrush with your eyes while not moving your head, it forces you to use emdr which is a therapeutic technique to calm anxiety/panic. watching fish swim causes the same effect.
(Source: seutae, via nyllyraj)
Sinosauropteryx prima (2007) by Julius T. Csotonyi.
-Digital painting / photographic composite
A metre-long compsognathid dinosaur, Sinosauropteryx prima, forages for prey in a Cretaceous Chinese forest. This dinosaur is among the growing number whose remains include preserved feather-like integumentary structures, strongly suggesting their close kinship with birds.
And now I reblog myself because I have no shame and I love this picture so much.