Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World’s Most Terrifying Jaws

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/absurd-creature-goblin-shark/

Believe it or not, the more you read about this creature, the stranger it gets.

Aiding this vacuum effect is the goblin shark’s highly developed, highly mobile basihyal — a structure analogous to a tongue, except made out of cartilage — making the creature sort of like the Gene Simmons of the deep. As the jaws fire out, the giant basihyal is depressed, providing even more suction, though not substantially more rock and roll, as far as scientists can tell.

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Click through to see more photos of this strange, fascinating creature and read the full article: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/absurd-creature-goblin-shark/

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Exploding Cucumbers! [VIDEO]

3:45 …so this is the fruit that just shot off this squirting cucumber, and it shot about 20-40 seeds out of the top as [the fruit] fired the other way because it’s got huge internal pressure so it really can release that liquid quite nicely. And it will shoot them up to 6 meters [almost 20 feet] away and travel about 95 km/hr or up to 60mph.

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H/T: http://gizmodo.com/did-you-know-mother-nature-had-missiles-before-we-did-1446968968

Marine science teacher finds carcass of 18-foot-long sea creature off California coast

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/marine-science-teacher-finds-carcass-of-18-foot-long-sea-creature-off-california-coast/2013/10/15/e2632334-35c0-11e3-89db-8002ba99b894_story.html

Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore Sunday.

Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime.

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Image source and full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/marine-science-teacher-finds-carcass-of-18-foot-long-sea-creature-off-california-coast/2013/10/15/e2632334-35c0-11e3-89db-8002ba99b894_story.html

Aerial fashion photography blends textiles with topography

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/9/4709880/joseph-ford-aerial-fashion-photography

Using a simple side-by-side layout, Ford places aerial images shot on various advertising jobs next to close-ups of clothing, with stunning results.

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Image source and article (click through for more amazing photos): http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/9/4709880/joseph-ford-aerial-fashion-photography

Slow-motion footage of a queen bee mating with a drone in mid-air [VIDEO]

The footage captures a rare look at a queen as she descends on a male drone in mid-flight, extracts his sperm, and then tears away, leaving him to plummet to the ground and die.

To catch this level of detail, the film shot at 300 frames-per-second, lighting the bees with mirrors rather than conventional light so as to keep the environment as natural as possible.

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Image source and article: http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/11/4719404/watch-this-slow-motion-footage-of-a-queen-bee-mating-with-a-drone

Geometric Forms in Nature

http://www.fubiz.net/en/2013/09/03/geometric-forms-in-nature/

The French artist Ludovic Fesson seizes natural elements and reinstates them in the environment from which they come from, making sculptures both beautiful and complex. Reflections and shadows become an integral part of his work.

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Image source and article (click through for more stunning images): http://www.fubiz.net/en/2013/09/03/geometric-forms-in-nature/