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This picture made my heart so happy
^ still makes my heart happy
I love this the dog is like awkwardly wagging his tail like he’s happy but doesn’t really know what’s going on I love this so much
Fashion Wonderland: Badgley Mischka pre-fall 2014
Nature’s Fireworks: We Discover the Flower Hat Jelly Life Cycle
Some things are worth waiting for – even if it takes 12 years.
Our jelly biologists have discovered the elusive life cycle of Olindias formosus – the stunning flower hat jelly, whose multicolored, fluorescent-tipped tentacles are like a living fireworks show.
The flower hat jelly was first discovered in waters off Japan over 100 years ago, but its life cycle was a mystery. Biologists around the world have been eager to exhibit this gorgeous jelly, but were unable to culture it to adulthood. Now, after 12 years of research, we solved the mystery, and you can see them in The Jellies Experience special exhibition.
“We’re thrilled to discover the life cycle of the flower hat jelly,” said Senior Aquarist Wyatt Patry. “Our team succeeded through collaboration, diligence and a bit of good luck.”
Our discovery could lead to predicting dangerous jelly “blooms” in the wild. The flower hat jelly packs a powerful sting, enabling it to kill and eat fish – and harm humans. Blooms of hundreds or thousands of these jellies off Japan and Brazil have resulted in injuries to many beachgoers, and at least one death, Patry said.
About the Flower Hat Jelly
Found in coastal waters off southern Japan, Brazil and Argentina, and in the Mediterranean, the flower hat jelly has brilliant tentacles trailing from its translucent, pinstriped bell. Another set of curly tentacles under its bell can quickly unfurl and grab prey. This nocturnal species swims in the water column at night and attaches itself to the seafloor during the day.
Our work to understand the life cycle of this mysterious jelly began in 2002 during the Jellies: Living Art special exhibition, which ran from 2002 to 2008. That team was the first to successfully exhibit flower hat jellies in the United States, and culture fertilized eggs and larvae – another first.
Shining a Light on an Amazing Life Cycle
Patry said the current team’s initial breakthrough occurred with a redesigned exhibit that let flower hat jellies capture and eat live fish and kept them away from debris on the bottom. Patry said the team hoped those conditions would encourage successful reproduction – and they did.
Special blue lighting in the exhibit was the next breakthrough. The flower hat jellies, which are fluorescent, are in a gallery that interprets three different types of “lights” in certain jellies – fluorescence, bioluminescence and diffraction. About six months after putting a batch of flower hat jellies on exhibit, Patry noticed two previously unseen stages of their life cycle – polyps and tiny baby jellies.
“I was only able to see them because they are fluorescent, like the adults,” Patry said. “From there we worked with the polyps to refine the ideal food and temperature requirements for them to produce more babies.”
Crossing the Delaware: here’s how it really happened! Happy 4th of July, everyone!
Almost July 4th, time for all of the ridiculous Freedom posts to begin…
Ah yes, 11:29pm…only one more minut-
…what the fuck?
wHAT DA FUCK??
I…wha…well maybe I can work with this. Hey, you wanna have a rousing discussion about truth? Honor? Patriotism? God bless-
We have a winner
hello. my name is alice oseman. i’m 19.
if you’ve followed me for a few years, which some of you have, since i was like 15/16, you’ll know that i’ve wanted to be a published author for quite a while.
you’ll also know that i wasn’t a very happy person when i was at school. i hated school a lot. A LOT. it got to the point where there was only one thing i really enjoyed about my life. and that was writing this book. Solitaire.
i would think about it all of the time. i would get homework done at school so i could write at home. i would spend entire weekends tucked up in bed, writing, and i’d go to school on four hours of sleep because i’d stayed up writing. i didn’t want anybody to read it. i wasn’t writing it for anyone else. it was just for me. in a life that seemed so out of my hands, this book and this story and these characters were things that depended entirely on me. it made me feel like i was worth something.
it wasn’t until i’d finished and edited it that i even considered that other people might enjoy it too. that’s when the determination hit, i guess. this book was completely and totally an outlet - i wrote it in anger and in sadness and in the desperate hope that life could be less boring than it was proving to be. so i finished it and decided - i am not putting up with any of this shit anymore. i am so fucking done. the only thing that i ever want to be is a writer. it is the only thing that makes me happy. i’d better get on and do something.
now i have a book in my hands. an actual book printed by a major publisher.
it’s going to be in waterstones and other bookshops. it’s going to be in the UK and america and australia and france and brazil and a heap of other countries. people are going to read and enjoy the story that i wrote because i didn’t know what else to do to make myself happier.
i believe i am possibly one of the luckiest people in the world
and i hope that my book, and the books that i will write in the future, will bring something to people’s lives, as Solitaire brought something to mine
this will be the only time i reblog this until publication day probably but i just wanted to say that i’m literally amazed at how many notes this has gotten and how many followers i’ve gained over the last 24 hours and thank you so much to everyone who’s sent me such kind and lovely messages - it means the absolute world to me to spread my love for writing and hopefully persuade young writers that age should never be something to hold you back and it is possible to be successful in writing, even if you don’t know anyone in publishing or have any money. thank you EVERYONE i am just so amazed and grateful, and if you get to read the book, i really really really hope that you enjoy it!
I’m looking forward to reading it!
This actually looks amazing!