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October. 14. 2014. 06:57 pm 456 notes


Holy Cross Tortoise Beetle - Aspidomorpha sanctaecrucis

The Holy Cross Tortoise Beetle, Aspidomorpha sanctaecrucis (Coleoptera - Chrysomelidae) is a species of tortoise beetle found in Southeastern Asia.

These beetles live and feed on leaves of Ipomoea fistulosa. Like all tortoise beetles they can pull their cuticle down on to the surface of the leaf which seals them off from any unwanted attention from predators. They get their name because from directly above they look as if they have been crucified.

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Photo credit: ©Bernard Dupont (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) | Locality: Tapah Hills, Perak, Malaysia (2013)

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October. 14. 2014. 06:44 pm 7,572 notes


Adirondack State Park, New York
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October. 14. 2014. 08:26 am 387 notes

julia set, f(z) = z^2 + c, c = e^(i(tπ + k))


julia set, f(z) = z^2 + c, c = e^(i(tπ + k))

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October. 14. 2014. 08:23 am 111,692 notes





Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.

All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.

Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What’s more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.

In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees “unjust” and added that “they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”

Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.

It’s too bad that politicians in the U.S. don’t feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation’s public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.

With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting.

How to handle the language barrier

German is not an easy language to learn. Fortunately, however, there are international language programs in Germany, which have become very popular with international students before they tackle obtaining a degree in a different language.

What’s more, an increasing number of German universities are offering degrees in English. These are often called international studies programs or in some other way have the word international in their title.—free-degrees—americans/16658027/

This is actually making me cry…it’s one of those times when you realize that your own government just truly, honestly, does not give a shit about your wellbeing in any way.

If Americans don’t reblog this, then y’all need help.

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October. 12. 2014. 04:35 pm 487 notes


Lost Frogs: Finding The World’s Rarest Amphibians - In Pictures

In Search of Lost Frogs is the story of conservationist and photographer Robin Moore’s journey from Colombia to Costa Rica and Israel to India to find lost species, a quest he embarked upon – later joined by 126 researchers in 21 countries – in 2010.

He has founded the Amphibian Survival Alliance and is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The expedition and its discoveries give hope that it is still not too late to save some species, and they are all remarkable as is illustrated by Moore’s stunning photographs here…

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October. 10. 2014. 10:52 am 3 notes

Old Forge, NY

October. 08. 2014. 01:41 pm 400 notes


Man Constantly Surprises His Girlfriend With Quotes From ‘The Lord of the Rings’

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October. 07. 2014. 04:23 pm 60,332 notes



The real problem with people fussing over Pluto all the time is it represents the priorities of the public – preserving traditions rather than accepting facts. The pursuit of science is about building a sustainable catalog of truths, and there is no advantage in altering truths to appease nostalgia.

Every member of the “Viva La Pluto” crowd should see this.

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I’ve posted it once and I’ll post it again. 

It should be a rule of Halloween that you must honor this man in some way or another.

I think I laughed too hard, everyone in my class is staring at me omg




I’ve posted it once and I’ll post it again. 

It should be a rule of Halloween that you must honor this man in some way or another.

I think I laughed too hard, everyone in my class is staring at me omg

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