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September 3, 2013

Fore-edge painting: It's a secret


From the University of Iowa Special Collections & Archives website, posted by Colleen Theisen: "This is one example of a fore-edge painting from a four volume set of scientific books* which are divided by season. Each has a landscape painting of the season hidden until you begin to read it and bend the pages to turn them."


*"Autumn; or; The causes, appearances, and effects of the seasonal decay and decomposition of nature"; 1837. By Robert Mudie.

[via William Gibson]

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What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: requires 2 C batteries.

A third: has absolutely nothing to do with the Catholic Church.

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Fish grows false eye on rear fin to confuse predators


From the New York Times: "Tiny damsel fish will grow a false eye on their rear fins when constantly exposed to predators, say researchers at Australia's ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. The eye mark helps the fish escape by making it appear to be moving in the opposite direction."


Details on the ARC Centre website.

A paper describing the discovery, "Predator-induced changes in the growth of eyes and false eyespots," was published last month in Scientific Reports: read it here.

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Darth Vader Spatula


Oh well.


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Catme 13/Glass Effect 58 — Good night

Gray Cat, cozily nestled in an empty Comcast cable modem box, indicates that it might just be time for me to lift her out and carry her to the main event: bed.

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The mythical meterorite: After 78 years, 1935 Bugatti Magnesium Aerolithe recreated

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