Haunting photo of a car graveyard in the woods in Chatillion, Belgium, a relic from World War II. These cars were most likely abandoned in traffic by people fleeing invading German forces.
ravens sing in tune
on blue lily pads
an owl drinks tea
with a loon
Beetle Inspires Whiter Paper, Plastics, Paints
The physical properties of the ultra-white scales on certain species of beetle could be used to make whiter paper, plastics and paints, while using far less material than is used in current manufacturing methods.
The Cyphochilus beetle, which is native to South-East Asia, is whiter than paper, thanks to ultra-thin scales that cover its body. A new investigation of the optical properties of these scales has shown that they are able to scatter light more efficiently than any other biological tissue known, which is how they are able to achieve such a bright whiteness.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/beetle-inspires-whiter-paper-plastics-paints
Our Earth is peppered with some 20,000 tons of stardust a year. Scanned from Wonderland of Science. 1930s.
Speculative fiction writer Octavia Butler died in 2006, but two unpublished stories discovered in her archives were recently released as an e-book, called Unexpected Stories.
In her review of the book, K. Tempest Bradford writes:
In both stories Butler is able to create a whole world and a whole history out of very few words, by centering them on women who suffer no illusions about the worlds and circumstances they live in. She addresses race and class head-on as well as in metaphorical terms. And as Walter Mosley points out in his introduction, she was doing this “[l]ong before [she] changed the face of science and speculative fiction, the landscape of the potentials of literature.”
For Bloomsday and general delight, Djuna Barnes’s hand-drawn portrait of James Joyce, accompanying her remarkable 1922 profile-interview of the author – the most significant one he ever gave.
Annotated passage in Beasts of No Nationby Uzodinma Iweala, page 22.
Uzo was annotated!