Cogitationis Poenam Nemo Patitur


Southern UK and (after much discussion) Pas de Calais. The lights act like a census.


Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea. I need to learn more about this part of our world.

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Science Junkie: Chimerism


It has been said for years that all the cells in our body have the same DNA and it a truthful identifier of a person.

Well, there is actually a rare genetic condition, called chimerism where this does not hold. A chimera is an organism which is composed of 2 different sets of DNA. So,…

Via Science Junkie


“What’s the most romantic thing he’s ever done?”
“Oh God, he’s hopeless. During our first year of marriage, he celebrated our anniversary every single month.”

(San Francisco, CA)


A sperm whale’s head is actually an oversized nose (which in mature males can make up a third of the animal’s body!). Sperm whales use their uniquely shaped nose to generate sound. Here’s how.

© AMNH/5W Infographics


Beijing just after sunset. I’m still trying to spot the Great Wall, but it’s hard as it’s narrow and dun-colored. 

There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.

– Friedrich Nietzsche (via perfect)

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I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later—because I did not belong there, did not come from there—but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.

– Joan Didion (via yeahwriters) Via Yeah Write

Fantasy remains a human right.

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The Squidworm, Teuthidodrilus, was formally described just three years ago, toward the end of the Census of Marine Life. There have only been a handful of sightings, all at great depth. This individual was spotted more than two kilometers deep in the Indian Ocean by the SERPENT Project. The genus is unusual in bearing characteristics of both benthic and pelagic lifestyle. (believed to be a polychaete annelid)

More details on this sighting at:

(Photo: SERPENT Project)

Via Deep Sea News

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