I’m not sure what kind of tree this is. Google thinks it’s mock orange or cherry, but I’ve never seen cherries on it, and mock orange is usually a shrub, so it may be something else.
In the courtyard of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.
In research that upends assumptions about brain death, researchers brought some cells back to life — or something like it.
Marsilea quadrifolia. In Ongley Pond at the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT.
This is a good example for not getting rid of old photos. When I took it, it was a muddy mess and I didn’t have the tools to clean it up. When it came up randomly in a picture picker recently, I ran it through PhotoShop and was able to make it presentable. The hidden detail was surprising.
Rain-soaked funnel web on the lawn of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. The tunnel can be seen in the center. I think this is probably the web of a grass spider, like the one that visited my office last November, or maybe a wolf spider.
A closer view of the tunnel.
The silk is so fine that it’s invisible and it looks like the droplets are levitating. Any prey will probably not see it in good weather, and the spider will jump out and grab it as soon as the web is disturbed. The silk also seems to create a screen effect that sharpens the edges in the photo and intensifies the contrasts.
Lupinus polyphyllus. In the courtyard of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.
The bokeh in this shot is amazing. It’s almost like virtual reality, with everything around the flower defocused and just the flower is focused in the center. It also gives the impression of a safari shot, with the elusive wild lupine finally being captured on camera.
A newly unearthed article by the great politician reveals that he reasoned like a scientist about the likelihood of extraterrestrials, writes Mario Livio.