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libutron:

Slipper orchid - Paphiopedilum micranthum
This is a Slipper orchid of the species Paphiopedilum micranthum (Asparagales - Orchidaceae), which due to the angle of the photo resembles a strange humanoid face.
This orchid inhabits open, mossy, wet forest on highly eroded limestone mountains in China and Vietnam. Despite its remote habitat, P. micranthum has appeared in large quantities in cultivation since 1984 but is declining in the wild.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Piotr M. | Locality: cultivated (Leasingham Orchid Show, 2009)

libutron:

Slipper orchid - Paphiopedilum micranthum

This is a Slipper orchid of the species Paphiopedilum micranthum (Asparagales - Orchidaceae), which due to the angle of the photo resembles a strange humanoid face.

This orchid inhabits open, mossy, wet forest on highly eroded limestone mountains in China and Vietnam. Despite its remote habitat, P. micranthum has appeared in large quantities in cultivation since 1984 but is declining in the wild.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Piotr M. | Locality: cultivated (Leasingham Orchid Show, 2009)

I have the best friends in the world.

I have the best friends in the world.

afro-dominicano:


teded:


And scientists are discovering that the brain controls how we respond to pain signals. For example, how much pain you feel can depend on whether you’re paying attention to the pain, or even your mood.



From the TED-Ed Lesson How do pain relievers work? - George Zaidan

Animation by Augenblick Studios

Interesting, I wonder how this type of research is shedding light (if it is) on what happens when people meditate or focus in order to minimize the pain or make it more bearable. and if the same process that allows you to regulate the pain easier is linked to concentration.


I remember reading about the gate control theory of pain in psych, proposed by Melzack/Wall in ‘65 (p. 974). Even though it’s imperfect and some of it now outdated, a LOT of research on pain management relies on gate control theory. It’s explained in a much more readable fashion here and here :) 

afro-dominicano:

teded:

And scientists are discovering that the brain controls how we respond to pain signals. For example, how much pain you feel can depend on whether you’re paying attention to the pain, or even your mood.

Animation by Augenblick Studios

Interesting, I wonder how this type of research is shedding light (if it is) on what happens when people meditate or focus in order to minimize the pain or make it more bearable. and if the same process that allows you to regulate the pain easier is linked to concentration.

I remember reading about the gate control theory of pain in psych, proposed by Melzack/Wall in ‘65 (p. 974). Even though it’s imperfect and some of it now outdated, a LOT of research on pain management relies on gate control theory. It’s explained in a much more readable fashion here and here :) 

captaiinmarvel:

when girls press their whole body against you when they hug, it means they like you a lot. also, they’re measuring your body to determine how long it will take them to eat your flesh, a technique shared by boa constrictors

astronomy-to-zoology:

Perisserosa guttata
…is a species of cowrie (Cypraeidae) which is distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region, ranging from eastern India to New Guinea and Japan. Like other cowries P. guttata feeds at night to feed on a range of sessile invertebrates and plant matter. 
Classification
Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Caenogastropoda-Hypsogastropoda-Littorinimorpha-Cypraeoidea-Cypraeidae-Perisserosa-P. guttata
Image: Philipp66

astronomy-to-zoology:

Perisserosa guttata

…is a species of cowrie (Cypraeidae) which is distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region, ranging from eastern India to New Guinea and Japan. Like other cowries P. guttata feeds at night to feed on a range of sessile invertebrates and plant matter. 

Classification

Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Caenogastropoda-Hypsogastropoda-Littorinimorpha-Cypraeoidea-Cypraeidae-Perisserosa-P. guttata

Image: Philipp66

enter-galactic-love:

pretty colours

enter-galactic-love:

pretty colours

megaparsecs:

i just wanted to put this out there since im sure it’ll get written about differently tomorrow. 

mucholderthen:

[ via paintvrlife ]

Stephanie Valentin's fascination as an artist lies with the dynamic and shifting relationship between the forces of nature and culture. Throughout her career she has shown an appreciation of the interconnectedness of biological life and for the intricacy and diversity of the natural world.”

peterfromtexas:

Heart surgeon after 23-hour (successful) long heart transplantation. His assistant is sleeping in the corner

peterfromtexas:

Heart surgeon after 23-hour (successful) long heart transplantation. His assistant is sleeping in the corner

pureblindingcolour:

Dusky Pink Moon
by pureblindingcolour

pureblindingcolour:

Dusky Pink Moon

by pureblindingcolour

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