I like that…viking kittehs. I can see that.
Efforts have been underway for years to develop smart windows that automatically change tint to block the sun’s heat and light from entering buildings. With more than 10 percent of all U.S. buildings’ power use dedicated to space cooling, a successful system would translate into significant energy savings.
The first generation of these devices, called electrochromic windows, are already out on the market. The next generation will likely see more fine-tuned control of the amount of solar radiation let into buildings for light and heat management. But besides the need to bring costs down for the technology to find more customers, one issue with electrochromic windows is that they must be connected to external power sources to operate.
Now researchers in Singapore and China say they have built a glass coating that changes transparency without needing external sources of electricity. The system can also supply a small bit of energy through the chemical reaction at its core, acting like a rechargeable battery for other devices. They demonstrated their work in a laboratory proof of concept and reported their findings yesterday in a study published in the journal Nature Communications.
Amazing Face-Paintings Transform Models Into The 2D Works Of Famous Artists
by Valeriya Kutsan
If this isn’t the tightest shit you’ve seen then get the hell out of my face.
I’ve reblogged this before, so I’m doing it again.
Can we not
Hairy frog. (Trichobatrachus robustus)
Everybody sit down, because I promise that you aren’t ready for the tornado of badassery that I am about to send your way.
When attacked, the hairy frog will break its own bones and force them through its toe pads to create mad claw-type-things.
This frog goes full wolverine on whatever was crazy enough to take it on. Although it isn’t known how the frog retracts it’s insane bone-claws (no one was stupid enough to hang around once they saw it enter X-men mode, clearly), it’s thought that the claws later retract passively, while the damaged tissue is regenerated.
It’s literally a few drops of adamantium away from changing its name to Logan.
Image: Gustavo Carra
Also known as: Horror frog (no I’m not joking)
hell yeah todays a bird night lets talk about birds
one of my favorite birds, besides pigeons and that bride of frankenstein duck and the bird that collects blue things and Very Small Birds of Prey is the hoatzin
this bird lives in the amazon rainforest, and is about the size of a small pheasant. now im all for this bird just based on its 80s glam rocker down on their luck looks, but its also got a few other things going for it, like how its the only species of bird that subsists entirely on leaves. just leaves and occasionally fruit, all day and nothing else
their digestive systems have adapted to this diet with a larger, ridged crop used to break down the plant materials , AND as a side effect they tend to smell like cow manure or rotting hay, earning them the nickname stinkbird. nothing really wants to eat something called stinkbird - the biggest thing these guys have to worry about is deforestation (which admittedly is a pretty big thing)
the adaptions theyve made in order to eat all these leaves though has left them pretty poor flyers, and since the leaves they consume take a long time to digest, almost 80 percent of their day is spent being a huge smelly lump in a tree, hanging out with up to 30 other bright smelly lumps and calling out periodically with hisses, whistles, screeches, and shrieks
now whats REALLY GREAT about these birds is that their chicks, awkward gangly balls of grey fluff that spend most of their early lives climbing trees, are born with claws at the end of their wings
the claws fall off after about three months, and are used in aiding the little thing in hoisting itself up after jumping into a river to escape a predator (because theyre actually pretty good swimmers, go figure), or just getting getting itself stable on a branch, but CLAW WINGS
now this and a lot of other factors have made the hoatzin extremely difficult to class in relation to other birds - its been suggested that theyre closest relatives are doves and cuckoos, but several attempts at dna sequencing have suggested otherwise, and its still up in the air. as a result its become the only member of the genus opisthocomus, (which is actually really greek for “wearing long hair behind”)
so who knows whats up with this bird ! the hoatzin sure doesnt care. all it wants is to sit around and eat with its bird buds, a philosophy i agree with greatly
the speech impediment of the 21st century (by Marc Johns)
I’ll fuck you up buddy this is not a speech impediment it’s linguistic evolution!! the existence of the phrase “Aisha was like” allows the speaker to convey whatever Aisha said without making the listener assume they’re quoting Aisha directly while still maintaining the FEELING of what Aisha said.
ie, Aisha said she didn’t want to go out with me VERSUS Aisha was like, “I’d rather kiss a Wookie”.
the addition of “XYZ was like” lets the speaker be more expressive and efficient and it is a totally valid method of communicating information!!
With the way language has evolved, this is one of the few ways I can even think of to express in casual conversation what someone said.
"So I said to Aisha," is certainly used, but if you remove the "so," which implies casual tone ("and" can be used in the same way), you get
"I said to Aisha," which is really formal in most English dialects/variations. I don’t know about all, but in New England dialects, you sound like you’re reading aloud from a novel.
"I told Aisha," is really only used when you continue to describe, not tell, what you told her. Ex: "I told Aisha that James was too punk for her" works while, "I told Aisha, ‘James is too punk for you’" crosses the line back into formalness of the "I said."
Things like “I asked” or “I answered [with]” are similar levels of casual and efficient to the “So, I said [or say, as many conversations about the past take place in present tense anyway, as if the speaker is giving a play-by-play in the moment]” but are specific to only certain situations.
"I was like, 'Marc Johns, what is your obsession with restoring archaic speech patterns and interfering with the natural progression of English from complex to efficient?'" envelopes all of these easily and is accessible and crisp, and allows for more variations on inflection than the others.
Of course, James is probably like, “I already fucking said that.” But eh, I tried adding on.
This a million times
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.
I feel like I’ve been preparing for this image all my life.
The internet is over, everyone can go home
It’s just as beautiful as I always imagined.
My life is complete.
Life is over as we know it