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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

- Albert Einstein

(from top-left to bottom right: Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan, David Attenborough, Isaac Asimov, E. O. Wilson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins)

Eat Your Tardigrades or You Don’t Get Dessert!
You know this little guy, right? It’s the mighty tardigrade, as featured in the new Cosmos. Tardigrades, also known as water bears, also known as FREAKIN’ MOSS PIGLETS, are microscopic eight-legged animals that can withstand temperatures from near absolute zero to boiling water, absorb extreme doses of radiation, go without food or water for ten years, and even survive the vacuum of space. They can even be completely dried out and ride on the wind to a new home, where they rehydrate and go about their tardibusiness. Tardigrade rain, folks.
In other words, they are BAMFs (bad-ass microfauna).
Oh, and you’ve probably eaten them. Thanks to Meg Lowman, I found out that these water-dwelling super-critters live not only on wild mosses and wet plants, but on grocery store produce like lettuce and spinach. Do you think that a mere rinse or shake under the faucet (or even cooking) is enough to dislodge a radiation-eating space pig? Ha! Not by a long shot, according to Lowman.
So yeah… trying to go strictly vegetarian? You’ve almost certainly eaten some tardigrades. Sorry. Don’t worry, though. They’re totally harmless. I like to imagine that when I eat them, I absorb their power, and become a little bit mightier.
New motto: For strength, eat your vegetables and eat your tardigrades.
Meg Lowman has more about your local tardigrade friends. Also check out Lowman’s awesome research project that helps wheelchair-bound students climb to the top of the forest canopy where they help study tardigrade biodiversity. Science is for everyone!

Siberian scientists announce they now have a ‘high chance’ to clone the woolly mammoth
“‘We must have a reason to do this, as it is one thing to clone it for scientific purpose, and another to clone for the sake of curiosity’.
But theoretically the possibility exists that this female mammoth will become the parent of the first of the species to walk the planet.
Mr Khayrullin also acknowledged that the mammoth cannot be identical to the creatures that become extinct between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago.
'It will be a different mammoth to the one living 43,000 years ago, specially taking into account that there will be interbreeding with a female elephant.'
If and when experiments begin, an elephant will be the surrogate mother, enabling the species to be brought back from the dead.”






One of the only keep calms that actually makes me smile.


This touchd my heart like nothing ever has

This is my most favorite Keep Calm!

ok, ok, ho ceduto.

Kids read to cats — and everybody winsA Pennsylvania animal shelter’s Book Buddies program helps children improve their reading skills and help socialize the rescued felines.