March 19th, 2008

tibetan fox.

"The Tibetan Fox (Vulpes ferrilata), also called the Tibetan Sand Fox or simply the Sand Fox, is a species of true fox that inhabits the high Tibetan Plateau in Nepal, China, and India, up to altitudes of about 5300 m. The fox was first described by the British naturalist Brian Houghton Hodgson in 1842. It has the highest sound sensitivity of all foxes."

now this: "The Tibetan Fox's karotype is made up of 36 chromosomes", while not very wtf, is interesting.

it's the face that makes it wtf.





no. really. what the fuck. anyone care to enlighten me as to the possible evolutionary advantages of this?
bikini

Space! It's uh, kinda big.

The last post on space reminded me of my visit to the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and during its grand opening they showed the most amazing planetarium exhibition I have ever seen, a show called Passport to the Universe. It's a series on our relative location in the known universe, complete with stunning visuals, and I wish I could find some videos or something. I am a huge science fiction geek and let's just say it blew my mind.

Anyway, after I went raving on about that, someone sent me this little series on our relative size in the universe, and I thought we might enjoy it. Watch it all the way through, it just keeps getting better:

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