Azhdarcho

Oct 22
huntingtonlibrary:

You know, flapping bee wings look sorta weird when you record them on an iPhone. (And iPhone bee legs are apparently super adorable.)
Happy Friday to all you hard-working bees out there.
Love, The Huntington’s tumblr.

huntingtonlibrary:

You know, flapping bee wings look sorta weird when you record them on an iPhone. (And iPhone bee legs are apparently super adorable.)

Happy Friday to all you hard-working bees out there.

Love, The Huntington’s tumblr.

Oct 22

huntingtonlibrary:

Just announced: Huntington curators uncover unique volume comprising two sections of a 16th-century Chinese encyclopedia.

From the press release: “The book had been shelved, uncatalogued, at The Huntington since 1968 after it was presented to the institution by the daughter of a missionary who had lived in China. Staff at the time did not recognize the significance of the work, so they stored it away for later examination. It took the arrival of archivist Li Wei Yang to bring the true nature of the volume to light.”

This is soooooo cool. You can read more about this crazy discovery here. And the archivist who uncovered it? He’s awesome and there is even a video about what he does at The Huntington and you can watch that here.

caption: Pages from section 10,270 of the Yongle Encyclopedia, 1562–1567. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Oct 22

icanstoptomorrow:

Here are some photos from a recent trip to the Huntington Library Gardens. More to come!

Oct 21

ancient-egypts-secrets:

With strong features cast in burnished gold, Tutankhamun’s burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power.

But in the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s remains.

And rather than being a boy king with a love of chariot racing, Tut relied on walking sticks to get around during his rule in the 14th century BC, researchers said.

A ‘virtual autopsy’, composed of more than 2,000 computer scans, was carried out in tandem with a genetic analysis of Tutankhamun’s family, which supports evidence that his parents were brother and sister.

The scientists believe that this left him with physical impairments triggered by hormonal imbalances. And his family history could also have led to his premature death in his late teens.

Various myths suggest he was murdered or was involved in a chariot crash after fractures were found in his skull and other parts of his skeleton.

Now scientists believe he may have died of an inherited illness because only one of the breaks occurred before he died, while his club foot would have made chariot racing impossible.

Oct 21
su-su-su-succulents:

Ihlenfeldtia vanzylii

su-su-su-succulents:

Ihlenfeldtia vanzylii

Oct 21
creatures-alive:

White Helmetshrike (Straight-crested) (Prionops p. plumatus) by Hoppy1951 on Flickr.
Oct 20
the to-do list

the to-do list

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Oct 20


18th century calico designs by Irish artist William Kilburn (1745-1818)

Oct 20
Oct 20
jtotheizzoe:

The environmental impact of oysters, in one photo
The water in both tanks came from the same source. The one on the right has bivalves. Not only do oysters naturally filter the waters in which they live, they can even protect humans from destructive hurricanes. For more, read about New York’s efforts to bring back oyster populations in the once-toxic Hudson River.
Delicious AND helpful. Who knew?
(photo via Steve Vilnit on Twitter)

jtotheizzoe:

The environmental impact of oysters, in one photo

The water in both tanks came from the same source. The one on the right has bivalves. Not only do oysters naturally filter the waters in which they live, they can even protect humans from destructive hurricanes. For more, read about New York’s efforts to bring back oyster populations in the once-toxic Hudson River.

Delicious AND helpful. Who knew?

(photo via Steve Vilnit on Twitter)