Photo 28 Aug 4 notes djabal:

Szeged látkép a Dómmal / Szeged, Hungary view from the dome! by holipal on Flickr.
via Djabal.

#city #church #bridge #Szeged #Hungary

Photo 28 Aug 109 notes libutron:

Freshwater ciliate Colpidium campylum (400x) 
These are freshwater ciliates of the species Colpidium campylum, characterized by its kidney-shaped cell. The cilia of this protozoan are arranged in rows, and inside you can see the two nuclei that are characteristic of many other ciliates, a more or less central macronucleus, and one micronucleus, slightly smaller.
Because it feeds on bacteria, Colpidium campylum is a microorganism involved in the process of self-purification of water. When the concentration of bacteria is very high in the water, and consequently food is abundant, the population of this protozoan multiplies. So, this species is regarded as a test-microorganism and is used in bioassays with a broad range of applications for single toxicants and contaminant mixtures, such as effluents.
[Protozoa - Ciliophora - Hymenostomatida - Tetrahymenidae - Colpidium - Colpidium campylum Stokes]
Technique: Interference Contrast.
References: [1] - [2] - [3]
Photo credit: ©Proyecto Agua | Locality: from a water sample collected in the Ebro river as it passes through Logroño river, La Rioja, Spain (2008)

libutron:

Freshwater ciliate Colpidium campylum (400x) 

These are freshwater ciliates of the species Colpidium campylum, characterized by its kidney-shaped cell. The cilia of this protozoan are arranged in rows, and inside you can see the two nuclei that are characteristic of many other ciliates, a more or less central macronucleus, and one micronucleus, slightly smaller.

Because it feeds on bacteria, Colpidium campylum is a microorganism involved in the process of self-purification of water. When the concentration of bacteria is very high in the water, and consequently food is abundant, the population of this protozoan multiplies. So, this species is regarded as a test-microorganism and is used in bioassays with a broad range of applications for single toxicants and contaminant mixtures, such as effluents.

[Protozoa - Ciliophora - Hymenostomatida - Tetrahymenidae - ColpidiumColpidium campylum Stokes]

Technique: Interference Contrast.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Proyecto Agua | Locality: from a water sample collected in the Ebro river as it passes through Logroño river, La Rioja, Spain (2008)

#Colpidium campylum #Colpidium #Tetrahymenidae #Hymenostomatida #Ciliophora #Protozoa #ciliate #freshwater

Photo 28 Aug 65 notes rhamphotheca:

Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) 
- ENDANGERED
Keep an eye on flowers at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin during the months of early May and August and you just might spy a Karner blue! This beautiful endangered species is only about the size of a quarter. Its pale blue markings of the male butterfly make it stand out among the purple lupine flowers that bloom in April. The refuge is home to the world’s largest population of this butterfly thanks in part due to its abundance of the wild lupine plants on which the butterfly is entirely dependent. Check them out on the Lupine Loop Trail.Photo: Anna Muñoz/USFWS
(via: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

rhamphotheca:

Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis)

- ENDANGERED

Keep an eye on flowers at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin during the months of early May and August and you just might spy a Karner blue! This beautiful endangered species is only about the size of a quarter. Its pale blue markings of the male butterfly make it stand out among the purple lupine flowers that bloom in April.

The refuge is home to the world’s largest population of this butterfly thanks in part due to its abundance of the wild lupine plants on which the butterfly is entirely dependent. Check them out on the Lupine Loop Trail.

Photo: Anna Muñoz/USFWS

(via: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

via fauna.

#Karner Blue #Lycaeides melissa samuelis #Lycaeides melissa #Lycaeides #Plebejus melissa samuelis #Plebejus melissa #Plebejus #Polyommatinae #Lycaenidae #Papilionoidea #Lepidoptera #Insecta #Hexapoda #Arthropoda #butterfly #insects #endangered #Wisconsin

Photo 28 Aug 14 notes parrot1234:

Yellow-Warbler by Corey Hayes on Flickr.

#Yellow Warbler #Setophaga petechia #Setophaga #Parulidae #Passeroidea #Passerida #Passeri #Passeriformes #Psittacopasserae #Eufalconimorphae #Aves #birds #warbler

Photo 28 Aug 52 notes kororaa:

Striated Caracara

#Striated Caracara #Phalcoboenus australis #Phalcoboenus #Polyborinae #Falconidae #Falconiformes #Eufalconimorphae #Aves #birds #falcon #bird of prey

Photo 28 Aug 99 notes
via textless.

#bindweed #Convolvulus #Convolvulaceae #Solanales #flowers #plants

Photo 28 Aug 72 notes just-breezy:

One off the bucket list
by images through a lens

just-breezy:

One off the bucket list

by images through a lens

#Northern Lights #Aurora borealis #aurora #reflection #night sky #Auster-Skaftafellssysla #Iceland

Photo 28 Aug 12 notes debunkshy:

#bobolink (f) documentary
#erbe prairie #wi

debunkshy:

#bobolink (f) documentary

#erbe prairie #wi

#Bobolink #Dolichonyx oryzivorus #Dolichonyx #Icteridae #Passeroidea #Passerida #Passeri #Passeriformes #Psittacopasserae #Eufalconimorphae #Aves #birds #Wisconsin

Photo 28 Aug 238 notes sagansense:

Into Deepest Space: The Birth of the ALMA Observatory is an independent documentary about the hardships and eventual achievements of all those involved with ALMA from conception to implementation.
“It’s so far beyond any [existing] capability in the millimeter domain," said astronomer Ethan Schreier, president of Associated Universities Inc., which oversaw North America’s contribution to ALMA. "There’s nothing that will compete with this for a very long time. When you introduce a totally new capability, you always discover new things that you don’t predict." [source]
A decade in the making, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array was built atop the Chajnantor plateau (16,570 feet (5,050 meters) above sea level) in order to provide the clearest window to the universe. ALMA will reveal early galaxy formation and peer beyond the interstellar/planetary dust clouds hiding planetary formation in action. A product of North America, Europe, and East Asia with the cooperation of Chile, this is what happens when you collaborate effectively across artificial borders for the sake of exploration and discovery. The dishes themselves weigh around 100 tons each, comprised of ultra-stable CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) for the reflector base, possessing reflecting panels of rhodium-coated nickel.
ALMA Now a Full-Fledged Observatory (Universe Today)
ALMA will observe in millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths (submillimeter light has slightly shorter wavelengths than millimeter light, whose wavelengths are measured in millimeters). These ranges fall along the boundary between the radio and microwave bands of the electromagnetic spectrum, with longer wavelengths than optical light. This band of light allows astronomers to probe into the dark cores of gas clouds to study star and planet formation, and to collect distant light that’s been shifted toward the red end of the spectrum.
ALMA turns its eyes to Centaurus A (NRAO)
Formalhaut: Earth-Sized Planets Only 25 Light Years Away? (science2.0)
The electronic detector or, “front end” that amplifies/converts the radio waves collected per each antenna must be stabilized at 4 degrees Kelvin (- 452 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 269 degrees Celsius) for prevention of introducing noise to the signal. It’s a pristine engineering feat. Costing $1.4 billion (split across North America, Europe, and East Asia), whereby $500 million was contributed by U.S. taxpayers. [source]
Sentinel in the cosmic darkness (Pesquisa)
ALMA is also featured in the IMAX film Hidden Universe 3D and continuously heralded as a catalyst for the field of astrochemistry. Watch ALMA at work and browse my archive of related posts
The acronym ALMA was provided due to the Spanish meaning of the Italian word Alma, meaning “soul.” The Atacama Millimeter/submillimeter Array was designated its name because the astronomers/astrophysicists state the observatory will peer into stars’ souls.
“Every single field you can think of, from our solar system to star formation of all masses in our galaxy and nearby galaxies, to even detecting light from the first stars that formed…I don’t think there’s any field of astronomy that will remain untouched by the advent of ALMA.”— Dr. Crystal Brogan, Astronomer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
More on ALMA here…

sagansense:

Into Deepest Space: The Birth of the ALMA Observatory is an independent documentary about the hardships and eventual achievements of all those involved with ALMA from conception to implementation.

It’s so far beyond any [existing] capability in the millimeter domain," said astronomer Ethan Schreier, president of Associated Universities Inc., which oversaw North America’s contribution to ALMA. "There’s nothing that will compete with this for a very long time. When you introduce a totally new capability, you always discover new things that you don’t predict." [source]

A decade in the making, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array was built atop the Chajnantor plateau (16,570 feet (5,050 meters) above sea level) in order to provide the clearest window to the universe. ALMA will reveal early galaxy formation and peer beyond the interstellar/planetary dust clouds hiding planetary formation in action. A product of North America, Europe, and East Asia with the cooperation of Chile, this is what happens when you collaborate effectively across artificial borders for the sake of exploration and discovery. The dishes themselves weigh around 100 tons each, comprised of ultra-stable CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) for the reflector base, possessing reflecting panels of rhodium-coated nickel.

imageALMA Now a Full-Fledged Observatory (Universe Today)

ALMA will observe in millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths (submillimeter light has slightly shorter wavelengths than millimeter light, whose wavelengths are measured in millimeters). These ranges fall along the boundary between the radio and microwave bands of the electromagnetic spectrum, with longer wavelengths than optical light. This band of light allows astronomers to probe into the dark cores of gas clouds to study star and planet formation, and to collect distant light that’s been shifted toward the red end of the spectrum.

imageALMA turns its eyes to Centaurus A (NRAO)

imageFormalhaut: Earth-Sized Planets Only 25 Light Years Away? (science2.0)

The electronic detector or, “front end” that amplifies/converts the radio waves collected per each antenna must be stabilized at 4 degrees Kelvin (- 452 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 269 degrees Celsius) for prevention of introducing noise to the signal. It’s a pristine engineering feat. Costing $1.4 billion (split across North America, Europe, and East Asia), whereby $500 million was contributed by U.S. taxpayers. [source]

imageSentinel in the cosmic darkness (Pesquisa)

ALMA is also featured in the IMAX film Hidden Universe 3D and continuously heralded as a catalyst for the field of astrochemistry. Watch ALMA at work and browse my archive of related posts

The acronym ALMA was provided due to the Spanish meaning of the Italian word Alma, meaning “soul.” The Atacama Millimeter/submillimeter Array was designated its name because the astronomers/astrophysicists state the observatory will peer into stars’ souls.

Every single field you can think of, from our solar system to star formation of all masses in our galaxy and nearby galaxies, to even detecting light from the first stars that formed…I don’t think there’s any field of astronomy that will remain untouched by the advent of ALMA.
— Dr. Crystal Brogan, Astronomer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

imageMore on ALMA here…

#Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array #Atacama #Atacama Desert #Chile #astronomy #science

Photo 28 Aug 11 notes Tachypompilus ferrugineus, a type of spider wasp, on Japanese Knotweed (by Dendroica cerulea)

Tachypompilus ferrugineus, a type of spider wasp, on Japanese Knotweed (by Dendroica cerulea)

#Tachypompilus ferrugineus #Tachypompilus #Pompilini #Pompilinae #Pompilidae #Pompiloidea #Aculeata #Hymenoptera #Insecta #Hexapoda #Arthropoda #wasp #spider wasp #Japanese Knotweed #Fallopia japonica #Fallopia #Polygonoideae #Polygonaceae #Caryophyllales #plants #invasive species #pollination #flowers #summer #Highland Park Meadows #Highland Park #Middlesex County #New Jersey #mine

Photo 28 Aug 13 notes Restless Bush Cricket (by Dendroica cerulea)

Restless Bush Cricket (by Dendroica cerulea)

#Restless Bush Cricket #Hapithus agitator #Hapithus #Hapithinae #Gryllidae #Gryllidea #Ensifera #Orthoptera #Insecta #Hexapoda #Arthropoda #insects #cricket #bush cricket #summer #Highland Park Meadows #Highland Park #Middlesex County #New Jersey #mine

Photo 27 Aug 168 notes danielodowd:

Mt. Chephren by Philip Kuntz on Flickr.
via .

#mountains #landscape #Mount Chephren #Icefield Parkway #Alberta #Canada

Photo 27 Aug 186 notes libutron:

Tomas’ Worm Salamander - Oedipina tomasi
Definitely salamanders of the genus Oedipina are one of my favorites, don’t you think they look charming with her long body, its very short limbs, and tiny webbed feet?. Besides, as all other plethodontids, they lack lungs and breathe through their skin. Top it off, they lack aquatic larvae and hatch as miniature adults from eggs laid on land or terrestrial vegetation.
This is Oedipina tomasi (Plethodontidae), a Critically Endangered species only known from The Cusuco National Park in Honduras.
References: [1] - [2] - [3]
Photo credit: ©Andrew Snyder | Locality: Cusuco National Park, Honduras (2010)

libutron:

Tomas’ Worm Salamander - Oedipina tomasi

Definitely salamanders of the genus Oedipina are one of my favorites, don’t you think they look charming with her long body, its very short limbs, and tiny webbed feet?. Besides, as all other plethodontids, they lack lungs and breathe through their skin. Top it off, they lack aquatic larvae and hatch as miniature adults from eggs laid on land or terrestrial vegetation.

This is Oedipina tomasi (Plethodontidae), a Critically Endangered species only known from The Cusuco National Park in Honduras.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Andrew Snyder | Locality: Cusuco National Park, Honduras (2010)

via Shychemist.

#Tomas’ Worm Salamander #Oedipina tomasi #Oedipina #Bolitoglossinae #Plethodontidae #Salamandroidea #Caudata #Lissamphibia #Amphibia #salamander #Cusuco National Park #Honduras

Photo 27 Aug 15 notes Lingering moments…… (by McCoy352)

Lingering moments…… (by McCoy352)

#waterfall #forest #moss #stream #Olympic National Park #Washington

Photo 27 Aug 23 notes Biennial Beeblossom, Gaura biennis (by Dendroica cerulea)

Biennial Beeblossom, Gaura biennis (by Dendroica cerulea)

#Biennial Gaura #Biennial Beeblossom #Gaura biennis #Gaura #Onagraceae #Myrtales #plants #flowers #wildflower #summer #Highland Park Meadows #Highland Park #Middlesex County #New Jersey #mine


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