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Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasant.

Look at its blue dangly thing!

Tragopan temminckii. What a display!


Common Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris)

The Common Collared Lizard, or Eastern Collared Lizard, can be found across the western United States as well as Texas, Missouri and Kansa. They inhabit arid areas with sparse vegetation, and lay their eggs in burrows. Males show bright, distinctive coloring, with blue-green bodies and brownish heads, while females show more demure brown coloration.  Both sexes have black bands around the neck and shoulders, giving them their name.

These lizards are also impressive sprinters. They can run on their hind legs, much like frilled lizards and some other species, and can reach speeds of up to 16mph. This helps them to catch fast-moving prey, as well as evade predators.  


Mixtec Skull from Monte Albán A Mixtec skull, originally covered in turquoise tesserae, found in Tumba 7 at Monte Albán, in Room III. This treasure dates from the 14th century, when Mixtecs reused an old Zapotec tomb to bury one of their kings and his sacrificed servants.


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Aurora at Saturn’s South Pole


This very sharp mosaic (1st image) from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s wide angle camera shows the other side of the Moon, unfamiliar to us.

I added the image of familiar lunar side for the comparison. Surprisingly, the rough and battered surface of the farside looks very different from the nearside covered with smooth dark plains. The likely explanation is that the farside crust is thicker, making it harder for molten material from the interior to flow to the surface and form the smooth mare.

Image credit: 1. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State Uni./Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, 2. Gregory H. Rever


Whenever we’re flying in a plane above the clouds we daydream about sitting on them. This awesome cloud-shaped chair is called Layers Cloud and it’s made of 545 colorful layers (over 2,700 feet) of Divina fabric by Danish textile company Kvadrat. Created by Dutch designer Richard Hutten, who got his inspiration from the beautiful stratified rock formations in Arizona’s Painted Desert.

The material is 100% wool, but it has a smooth surface similar to felt. Hutten drew the shapes and cut the fabric for the final design with a CNC machine, and then manually assembled the chair using 100 unique colors. He used the fabric as the central focus of the piece, stating “I wanted the design to be about the textile. Rather than using the material as a cover, I created an object with the material.”

Layers Cloud will be on display as part of Kvadrat’s Divina exhibition at the 2014 Salone del Mobile in Milan.

[via My Modern Metropolis]