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Feel free to check out my "about page" (Scientist's X-ray) for more info.

My ask box is always open for questions about this wonderful subject.

I hope you enjoy it here!

Snow leopard cubs make adorable debut at Bronx Zoo

With only a few thousand snow leopards remaining in the wild, the 2 young cubs are some of the rarest big cats in the world.

A squid egg sac — which may contain as many as 200 embryos — takes on the shape of a rhomboid.

Amy Poehler poster now for sale. Plus for a limited time get 20% off your order by using promo code POSTER20 during checkout.

Honey is a food oddity in that it doesn’t spoil. Here’s the chemistry behind why, as well as an explanation of how bees make honey: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-qn

Good stuff!

This is quite possibly the coolest *looking* telescope that I’ve ever seen. From the creator, Tim Wetherell:

The Great Wetherell Refractor is a Steampunk telescope on a grand scale. It incorporates the riveted construction and engraved brass circles of many telescopes from the late nineteenth century, yet it’s also modern in it’s use of electronic controls and the best of today’s coated optics. This work is a both a sculpture and a fully functional telescope. It’s not a replica, but a modern working instrument grounded firmly in the tradition of the great Victorian refractors.

Check out more of Tim’s work at http://www.wetherellart.co.uk

“Phyllotactic Portrait of Fibonacci” by Robert Bosch

Mathematical artistRobert Boschcreated this picture by adapting a well-known portrait of the Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (c. 1170—1250), who was better known asFibonacci.

Fibonacci described the sequence that bears his name in his 1202 bookLiber Abaci, although the sequence was known to Indian mathematicians as early as the 6th century. The Fibonacci sequence begins 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, the key property being that each of the terms from the third term onwards is the sum of the preceding two terms.

Fibonacci used his sequence to study the growth of a population of rabbits, under idealising assumptions. The sequence can be used to model various biological phenomena, including the arrangement of leaves on a stem, which is known asphyllotaxis. Robert Bosch used a model of phyllotaxis to produce this picture. He explains:Using a simple model of phyllotaxis (the process by which plant leaves or seeds are arranged on their stem), I positioned dots on a square canvas. By varying the radii of the dots, I made them resemble Fibonacci. Incidentally, the number of dots, 6765, is a Fibonacci number. So are the number of clockwise spirals (144) and counterclockwise spirals (233) formed by the dots.

A framed version of this picture is currently being exhibited at the Bridges Exhibition at Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul. You can read more about the picture here: http://gallery.bridgesmathart.org/exhibitions/2014-bridges-conference/bobb. The same page discusses another version of the picture, also by Robert Bosch, but this time illustrating the Travelling Salesman problem. +Patrick Honner has posted about the other version of the picture here: https://plus.google.com/+PatrickHonner/posts/ALvhM8JK5kJ.Relevant links

Robert Bosch’s website: http://www.dominoartwork.com

Wikipedia on Leonardo Fibonacci: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci

TheOn-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequenceson the Fibonacci numbers: http://oeis.org/A000045

Fibonacci numbers in nature: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number#In_nature

As well as featuring in this picture, the Fibonacci number 6765 is the name of an asteroid: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6765_Fibonacci

“We’re also a band.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fibonaccis)

(Found via +Patrick Honner.)

#art #artist #mathematics #scienceeveryday

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Spiders love city life, grow larger than their country kin

The bright lights of the big city also play a role in increased fertility for urban arachnids, a study finds.

Crimson topaz -Topaza pella-Postage stamp from Brazil (1996)Artist: Etienne Demonte

Photo credit: ©Bernard Kirschner (2011)

this came out of a discussion with a friend about the spider-man movies. i mispoke, saying something along the lines of, “when spider-man lands on the american flag,” when i meant to say was the flag

polebut of course, the damage was done and now you all have to look at this ridiculous thing.

Another pair of commissioned work. Done digitally

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