archiemcphee

archiemcphee:

For an incredibly kawaii series entitled Invertebrate Sleep Habits, Japanese artist Hiné Mizushima (previously featured here) created this awesomely cute octet of needle felted sea creatures, each of which is tucked into an adorable little bed.

They were created for In The Palm of Your Hand, the January 2014 art exhibition at the EMP Collective in Baltimore, Maryland.

[via Laughing Squid]

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mucholderthen:

LORICIFERA Anaerobic Marine Animals

Loriciferans are a phylum of microscopic animals living between the particles of marine sediments. Discovered in 1983 off the coast of France by the Danish zoologist R. M. Kristensen, … an abundant and cosmopolitan taxon, with worldwide distribution, occurring in sediments from shallow to deep water.

Loricifera are the first known multicellular organisms to spend their entire lives in an oxygen-free environment.

They rely on hydrogenosomes (or similar organelles) instead of mitochondria for energy.  And at less than a millimetre in size, they are super-miniaturized. 

  • Loriciferans are similar in size to large single-celled protozoans (< 0.5 mm)
  • but are multicellular, with about 10,000 specialized cells
  • creating a tiny but complex body with a brain, digestive and excretory systems, specialized appendages, sense organs, musculature and locomotory functions,
  • and separate sexes.

IMAGES

  1. Pliciloricus enigmaticus - paratypic male, retracted animal, dorsal view; about 300 micrometers
  2. Pliciloricus enigmaticus - new species, holotypic female, ventral view
  3. Pliciloricus gracilis - new species, paratypic larva, ventral view, ~ 230 micrometers long
  4. Pliciloricus gracilis - new species, holotypic ?male, ventral view, ~ 280 micrometers long

Source: EOLspecies and Wikipedia

archiemcphee

archiemcphee:

We share all sorts of amazing things that aren’t what they seem at the Geyser of Awesome. Here’s another one, and it’s a doozy:

You may think you’re looking at photos of beautiful undersea invertebrates, but these delicate beauties are actually models made of clear, coloured, and painted glass. Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, a father and son team of master glassmakers (previously featured here), painstakingly created these extraordinary glass models of invertebrate animals (jellyfish, snails, sea anemones, corals, hidroids, starfish, sea-cucumbers, squid, seaslugs and bivalves) from the mid 1800s until the 1930s.

Photographer Guido Mocafico visited the natural history museums which still house collections of the Blaschka’s work, including Harvard University Herbaria, the Corning Museum of Glass/Cornell University, and the Natural History Museums in London and Ireland, in order to create a marvelous series of photographs celebrating these exquisite models. He set the pieces against dark backdrops and carefully lit them to emphasize their different colours and textures.

As you can see here, the results that Guido Mocafico achieved for his travel and effort are completely wonderful. Click here to view more.

[via Faith is Torment]

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crookedindifference:

4quarius:

It might look like someone taking their life into their own hands, but thankfully this lake is the only place in the world where you can swim safely amongst millions of jellyfish.

In ‘Jellyfish Lake’ on the Pacific island of Palau, swimmers can take a dip surrounded by thousands of the normally harmful marine animals which have all lost their sting.

The lake was once connected to the Pacific Ocean, but when the sea level dropped, the jellyfish became isolated in the algae-rich lake and have not had to defend themselves from predators.

As a result, their population has thrived, and the eight million jellyfish now in the lake have all lost their sting.

Tourists can now swim alongside the jellyfish in the 12,000-year-old lake, one of around 200 saline marine lakes now identified worldwide.

Article source 

Photo sources: Jody MacDonald, Darryl Lai

I’ve swam there. It’s incredible.

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maisonmartinmargiela:

# Archives # Spring-Summer 1991 - Maison Martin Margiela Womenswear collection.
Ever since the very first Maison Martin Margiela collection for Spring-Summer 1989, the Tabi boot has been one of our most iconic objects.
Inspired by traditional Japanese footwear, these shoes are re-designed and re-invigorated season after season.
For Spring-Summer 1991, Maison Martin Margiela extended the split-toe Tabi form into wooden sandals.
© Maison Martin Margiela / Ronald Stoops

maisonmartinmargiela:

# Archives # Spring-Summer 1991 - Maison Martin Margiela Womenswear collection.

Ever since the very first Maison Martin Margiela collection for Spring-Summer 1989, the Tabi boot has been one of our most iconic objects.

Inspired by traditional Japanese footwear, these shoes are re-designed and re-invigorated season after season.

For Spring-Summer 1991, Maison Martin Margiela extended the split-toe Tabi form into wooden sandals.

© Maison Martin Margiela / Ronald Stoops

senojp

parametric typography

MP003 - ‘NORMALTYPE’

In a normal future, the shape of your things has to change, all the time. Your mood changes, your emotions, your body… Out of pure vanity, objects need to react in real time to your changes and so, they become dynamic. We wanted to apply dynamism to typography, and created a type solely defined by parameters.

http://www.mixtur.es/normals/normaltype/