The insides of a tardigrade — also known as a water bear, or moss piglet (!) — imaged by a confocal laser scanning microscope. German researchers stacked several photographs, each in a different color, to get this picture of the inner workings of our planet’s toughest tiny little creature. Geez, this is just so, so cool. I mean, these little guys are less than a millimeter long, so until now we haven’t had a good look at their nervous system or musculature. And look at the confetti-like stuff in its bowel! (Maybe that’s not its bowel…I know nothing about tardigrade anatomy.) Also, because tardigrades can survive almost anything, it’s pretty apt that this one’s little fingers are making a sort of Live Long And Prosper sign. Right on, rainbow moss piglet. Right on.
Conferences always mean long, exhausting days full of talking excitedly and listening intently, so it’s not even 6 p.m. and I’m beat, is what I’m saying.
I took a little walk in the last of today’s sunshine and met a stray cat near the hotel. And then I walked up into my room, ripped off my blazer, my scarf, and my pants and decided to just chill in the silence for an hour before dinner. I threw off my clothes with the same motion I would use if I were trying to smash a guitar. Felt like a weird rockstar.
The soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel is streaming on Pitchfork and it’s full of yodel-y goodness and French horns and weird metallic sounds and I dig it.
For an ignition switch problem I’ve had half a dozen times in the past 6 months. 13 people are dead because when they had this problem, their car was moving. I am driving a death trap around Long Island. SOMEONE GET ME A NEW LIFE.
I don’t want to alarm anyone, but on Saturday, the moon ate Saturn.
I guess it finally got tired of it showing off those rings.
My two favorite places in our Solar System, all lined up!
Last month, Brookhaven Lab was part of Apple’s 1.24.14 video, which was shot at 15 locations around the globe in one day, including right here at our Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Keep an eye out during the video (at 00:47) for a shot of Brookhaven physicists working at our stunning atom smasher. We’re proud to be repping Big Science in this groundbreaking video.
January 24, 2014 was one of my favorite days since I’ve been at Brookhaven. It is so cool to be part of this Apple ad. Go check us out!