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rhamphotheca:

This giant duck could provide solar and hydro power to Copenhagen

by Gabriella Munoz

Once built, this floating sculpture covered with solar cells will produce clean energy for Denmark’s capital city.

Inspired by Florentijn Hofman’s giant Rubber Duck sculpture, which graced Australian waters back in 2013, a team of UK designers have developed Energy Duck, an energy generator.

Hundreds of photovoltaic panels will cover this 12-storey high floating solar farm, which also has hydro turbines to produce energy at night. According to Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network, Energy Duck is also a reminder of “how climate change has adversely impacted the breeding habitats of the common elder duck, a large sea duck found in the northern coasts of Europe and North America.”…

(read more: Science Alert)

images: Land Art Generator Initiative

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chroniclesofachemist:

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star-jockey:

Albert Hoffman’s original molecular model sketches for LSD and Psilocybin.

Albert Hofmann (1906-2008) was a brilliant chemist who was the first to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide. He was also the first to isolate, synthesize, and name the principal psychedelic mushroom compounds psilocybin and psilocin

Contrary to popular belief ‘Bicycle Day’ was not an accident.

(Bicycle Day is celebrated on April 16th to commemorate the day when the legendary Albert Hofmann first took LSD [April 16th, 1943])

brainsx:

chroniclesofachemist:

brainsx:

star-jockey:

Albert Hoffman’s original molecular model sketches for LSD and Psilocybin.

Albert Hofmann (1906-2008) was a brilliant chemist who was the first to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide. He was also the first to isolate, synthesize, and name the principal psychedelic mushroom compounds psilocybin and psilocin

Contrary to popular belief ‘Bicycle Day’ was not an accident.

(Bicycle Day is celebrated on April 16th to commemorate the day when the legendary Albert Hofmann first took LSD [April 16th, 1943])

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rhamphotheca:

Asian tiger shrimp (Peneaus monodon)
Native to Indo-Pacific, Asian, and Australian waters, Asian tiger shrimp are now found along the Atlantic Bight and Gulf coasts of the United States. Known for their distinctive black stripes, this invasive species has a voracious appetite, feeding on native shrimp, bivalves, crustaceans, and fish. 
Scientists are exploring what effect they might have on native ecosystems: 
READ MORE. 
photo: David Knott, Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center

rhamphotheca:

Asian tiger shrimp (Peneaus monodon)

Native to Indo-Pacific, Asian, and Australian waters, Asian tiger shrimp are now found along the Atlantic Bight and Gulf coasts of the United States. Known for their distinctive black stripes, this invasive species has a voracious appetite, feeding on native shrimp, bivalves, crustaceans, and fish.

Scientists are exploring what effect they might have on native ecosystems:

READ MORE.

photo: David Knott, Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center

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mostlycatsmostly:



READERS IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND - HELP FIND CHARLIE!

From o-atlas
Hi guys, my friend’s cat, Charlie, has gone missing in the Highfield area of Southampton. I don’t know how many people in the south of England are on here, but if any of you could take a second just to reblog this post to get the word out I would really appreciate it.

As any pet owner would understand, my friend adores Charlie and she is devastated at his disappearance. Any reblogs would help, and there is more information about Charlie at the National Pet register, here. Thank you!

mostlycatsmostly:

READERS IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND - HELP FIND CHARLIE!
From o-atlas
Hi guys, my friend’s cat, Charlie, has gone missing in the Highfield area of Southampton. I don’t know how many people in the south of England are on here, but if any of you could take a second just to reblog this post to get the word out I would really appreciate it.

As any pet owner would understand, my friend adores Charlie and she is devastated at his disappearance. Any reblogs would help, and there is more information about Charlie at the National Pet register, here. Thank you!

scarletdisciple
scarletdisciple:

So… tonight, at 12am after a panic trip to the all night emergency vet, Sasquatch (the kitten formerly known as Peregrine) passed away. 
From being fixed at barely 6wks of age and less than a pound, then coming down with a severe case of URI, her life has been a constant struggle against the odds. Despite being on no less than four different kinds of antibiotic, her URI turned into pneumonia, and then there was…the foot thing. The foot thing that has stumped no less than three vets. It could have been a severe insect sting. It could have been an embolism or a crushed lymph duct from her premature spay surgery. It could have been something congenital. No one knows. But the prognosis from the vet came down to the fact I could spend two thousand dollars and she still very likely wouldn’t make it, so I made the decision to let her go. The clinic I took her to is also a research hospital, so I also decided to donate her remains to science, in the hope that the next time a cat shows up with a paw the size of a soup spoon, someone will have a better idea what caused it.
Even so, I am now out about $250 that I simply don’t have. I’m opening up commissions to help pay for her care and final costs. 
Basically, I work at a flat rate, so the fussier something is, the more it will cost. If you contact me privately, and explain what you want, I can give you a good estimate, though. 

Rough guidelines would be…Bust sketch: $10 -
Rendered bust: $20-$30-
Full body - really varies by what, who, armored or not, etc. Anywhere from $35 to $100 depending on how crazy you want and backgrounds and such.

I will also do other stuff like designwork, tattoos, I’ll draw your cat, whatever. Just… no porn. My porn sucks. You don’t want it. 



Contact me by ask and we can work out the details. The only issue is I can’t take paypal, so it’s checks/MOs or well-concealed flat green stuff. 
Thanks for reading…

scarletdisciple:

So… tonight, at 12am after a panic trip to the all night emergency vet, Sasquatch (the kitten formerly known as Peregrine) passed away. 

From being fixed at barely 6wks of age and less than a pound, then coming down with a severe case of URI, her life has been a constant struggle against the odds. Despite being on no less than four different kinds of antibiotic, her URI turned into pneumonia, and then there was…the foot thing. The foot thing that has stumped no less than three vets. It could have been a severe insect sting. It could have been an embolism or a crushed lymph duct from her premature spay surgery. It could have been something congenital. No one knows. But the prognosis from the vet came down to the fact I could spend two thousand dollars and she still very likely wouldn’t make it, so I made the decision to let her go. The clinic I took her to is also a research hospital, so I also decided to donate her remains to science, in the hope that the next time a cat shows up with a paw the size of a soup spoon, someone will have a better idea what caused it.

Even so, I am now out about $250 that I simply don’t have. I’m opening up commissions to help pay for her care and final costs. 

Basically, I work at a flat rate, so the fussier something is, the more it will cost. If you contact me privately, and explain what you want, I can give you a good estimate, though. 

Rough guidelines would be…
Bust sketch: $10 -

Rendered bust: $20-$30-

Full body - really varies by what, who, armored or not, etc. Anywhere from $35 to $100 depending on how crazy you want and backgrounds and such.

I will also do other stuff like designwork, tattoos, I’ll draw your cat, whatever. Just… no porn. My porn sucks. You don’t want it. 

Contact me by ask and we can work out the details. The only issue is I can’t take paypal, so it’s checks/MOs or well-concealed flat green stuff. 

Thanks for reading…

science-junkie

bbsrc:

Signal may send cancer’s cellular factories into overdrive

A network of signals active in almost all types of cancer sends the protein factories in our cells into overdrive, and may help fuel a tumour’s uncontrolled growth, new research suggests.

Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, identified a molecular trigger responsible for ramping up activity of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) – the cellular factory that makes the building blocks cancer cells need to keep growing.

The findings may help to explain how cancer cells maintain their high levels of metabolism – and could uncover future targets for cancer treatment

The top three images show human hepatocarcinoma cells with the endoplasmic reticulum (blue) and nucleus (red). Copyright: Dr Chris Bakal, The Institute of Cancer Research, London.

The bottom image shows human epithelial cells from breast tissue treated with Torin, an inhibitor of TOR kinase, where the endoplasmic reticulum is (green), nuclei (red) and F-actin (grey) Copyright: Dr Chris Bakal, The Institute of Cancer Research, London.

Read more: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/health/2014/140709-pr-signal-may-send-cancer-into-overdrive.aspx