In celebration of Skunk Bear’s 200th post (thanks for following folks!) I present: Galileo moonwalking! Among Galileo’s many sketches were some of the first accurate depictions of the moon. The mountainous, pitted moon he drew showed reality, not the perfect, smooth sphere put forth by Aristotle.
I was trying to figure out the best quote to pair with this GIF, but I couldn’t decide – so I included a few. The last one — eppur si muove — falls into that “he-didn’t-say-it-but-he-should’ve” category of quotes. According to one story, when Galileo was forced to renounce his claims of a heliocentric solar system by the Catholic Church he defiantly stated, “and yet it moves,” referring to the earth. There’s no reason to believe this actually happened, but I wish it had.
Also, this quote pairs nicely with moonwalking.
Love this gif!
Casa Tomada Rafael Gómez Barros
"The urban interventions are meant to represent displacement of peasants in his native Columbia [sic] due to war and violence, themes that resonate in one form or another in any country his work is displayed in. Crafted from tree branches, fiberglass, and fabric, the 2 foot ants are particularly striking when seen clustered aggressively on facades of buildings.”
I will always reblog giant ants.
This art work is absolutely AMAZING. Artist: Lea Bradovitch
Video explaining How to pin an insect, by the always wonderful Ehmee!
I really don’t get the whole collectable coin thing, but this is really cool.
THIS. THIS. THIS.
There comes a moment in every reporting project when I realize it was the biggest mistake ever, there is no story here, it has been a colossal waste of everybody’s time. It doesn’t matter that I can recognize this as a pattern. It doesn’t matter that many longish-form writers I admire also come to this moment. I know that this time, it is for real.
Amy Harmon, NYT Reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner.
OMG so true.
How is a beehive like a stock market?
Research by Dr. Gene Robinson with multidisciplinary experts to try to figure out social behavior.
"With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), entomologist Gene Robinson and mechanical engineer Harry Dankowicz at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have teamed up with psychologist Whitney Tabor at the University of Connecticut to study how coordination emerges in leaderless complex societies, such as a bee hive.
The researchers have also designed controlled situations to study how groups of humans manage to coordinate efforts and get things done, even in challenging situations in which there is no leader. Ultimately, the research may contribute to solving challenges, such as the collapse of pollinating bee colonies or destructive behavior among groups of humans.
The research in this episode was supported by NSF award # 124920, INSPIRE: Asynchronous communication, self-organization, and differentiation in human and insect networks. INSPIRE stands for Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education. “
OH MY GOSH! Check out this amazing fiber art moth!
"Hi! I love your blog very much even though I am still working on my spider phobia : ) I am a fiber artist and was inspired by one of your beautiful moth pictures from Ecuardor. I hope you like it!
Thank you for all your awesome pictures and super interesting info!
AHHHH!! I LOVE it!!!! It’s so amazing! I’m so happy one of the critters I posted inspired you.