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August 11, 2017

Pollen grains as seen by a scanning electron microscope

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A Swiss scientist

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named Martin Oeggerli

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aka "Micronaut"

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employs a scanning electron microscope

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to capture images

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of pollen grains.

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From the top down: 1) forget-me-not pollen on a petal; 2) acanthus; 3) grains of pollen on a geranium stigma; 4) silver-leaf tree pollen, which has a sticky coating that makes it easier for animals to carry around; 5) pollen from an alder tree; 6) bromelia pollen; 7) pine pollen.

[via my Crack Houston Correspondent©®]

August 11, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

I Am Alive And You Are Dead — A Journey Into The Mind of Philip K. Dick

2003

Here's an astonishing biography, as good as its cover and title.

And that's saying something.

Carrère, while nowhere near as strange and sui generis as Dick — but then, who is? — is a serious piece of work himself.

This 2003 exploration and exegesis of the life of Dick goes back and forth through the looking glass, as must any biography that purports to render in black and white a life that seems fictional even at its most mundane.

August 11, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Knot Cushion

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From the website:

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The Knot cushion was designed by the Icelandic designer Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir.

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The cushion is made of long knitted strings that are knotted to create a compact yet soft cushion.

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Initially, the idea was to create a cushion in the shape of a teddy bear with long, dangly legs.

However, Ragnheiður, a former Girl Scout, began experimenting with the materials at hand and created the Knot cushion.

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$210 (sofa and rug not included).

August 11, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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