Today I learned an absolutely awesome fact. There is a parasite out there that infects certain fish that has the strangest life game plan. After infiltrating the fish through the gills, it proceeds to kill off the fish’s tongue by cutting off the blood supply. 114 more words
While hiking the Kettle Valley Railway trail by Naramata I found a rare insect: a Grylloblattidae, or rock crawler. These insects are considered extremophiles, and are primarily found on ice and in both high latitudes and altitudes. 32 more words
During many of the severe, early Yellow Fever outbreaks people were blindly fighting a mysterious enemy. Quarantines and city-wide cleanups were attempted, but no one knew the cause of the disease or how it spread. 624 more words
Caption from Article: Fig. 3. Reflection spectra of C. aurigans beetle when illuminating an area of its head or a rear section with non-polarized radiation under near normal illumination. The reflectivity spectrum of gold, evaluated from its optical constants taken from the literature [ 8 ], and the eye sensitivity curve are included in the figure. Image: Cristian Campos-Fernández, Daniel E. Azofeifa, Marcela Hernández-Jiménez, Adams Ruiz-Ruiz, William E. Vargas, Giovanni Piredda, Opt. Mater. Express 1, 85-100 (2011).
Caption from Article: Smoothed reflection spectra of chirped multilayer structures with linearly decreasing values in the thickness of the sequence of layers, and low contrast between the refractive indices of successive layers. The number of layers is 68 for both cases: (a) C. aurigans , and (b) C. limbata . The larger and lower thicknesses values were set as indicated in the text. The blue thin solid lines correspond to reflection measurements. Image: Cristian Campos-Fernández, Daniel E. Azofeifa, Marcela Hernández-Jiménez, Adams Ruiz-Ruiz, William E. Vargas, Giovanni Piredda, Opt. Mater. Express 1, 85-100 (2011).