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November 25, 2017

Seeds

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From the Wall Street Journal:

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Seeds may seem simple at first glance, but don't be deceived. Since first appearing in plants some 360 million years ago, they have evolved to be carried by wind, water, and animal. They are hardy, too: Seeds can sometimes lie dormant for hundreds of years before germinating.

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Now out in a new edition, "Seeds: Time Capsules of Life," by photographer Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy of the Millennium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, offers an extensive natural history.

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The main attractions are the close-up photos and scanning electron micrographs of the seeds, which capture their incredible diversity.

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Above, exemplars from the book; photo captions along with the images here.

November 25, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Google Maps: Planets and Moons

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From The Verge:

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Using half a million images taken by spacecraft including the Cassini probe, Google Maps added over a dozen distant planets and moons to its repertoire last month.

By zooming out from Earth to bodies like Enceladus, Saturn's sixth-largest moon — thought to have water under its crust — you can recreate the journeys of Cassini and other spacecraft.

Pluto, Venus, and several other moons were also added to Google Maps.

Astronomical artist Björn Jónsson put together maps of Europa, Ganymede, Rhea, and Mimas using images from NASA and the European Space Agency.

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There goes the day.

November 25, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sushi Pushpin Holder

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Maki

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tacks.

$8.76.

November 25, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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