Knowns, Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns
We’ve identified about 1.7 million species, but millions more remain unidentified (we think). The total number of non-fungal animal and plant species could be as high as 8 or 9 million (maybe). And the ratio of known to unknown differs quite a bit depending on which category of life you’re looking at.
How long will our invertebrate bias go unchecked?!?
And of course, none of this even mentions the microbes …
(via National Geographic)
The red thread of fate is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of those that are destined to meet each other in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger.
The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.
Beautifully atmospheric photography by Adnan Bubalo
Great googly moogly … if we ever find another inhabited planet there’s just no chance it will be as pretty as this one.
Ok, that first part’s not precisely true, but you know what I mean.
Look at all that gorgeous Rayleigh scattering and atmospheric refraction!Earth, you damn fine.