why not walruses? I like collective nouns. also cabinets of wonder. here is one.
For our look at summer poetry, we turn to Charlotte Boulay, a Philadelphia-based poet, with “The End of Summer.” She offers a poem that, on its surface, is about an idyllic activity: taking a nap.
Thousands Of Blue Sea Creatures Called Velella Wash Ashore In California
by Sara Gates
Ever heard of Velella velella, the marine life so nice they named it twice?
The jellyfish-like invertebrate may be a common sighting for sailors in the Pacific Ocean, but the Velella velella (the species shares the same name as the genus) rarely washes ashore before the end of its lifespan. So when thousands of the tiny blue sea creatures recently turned up, en masse, on beaches in central California, many were surprised to see such a large amount of the beached marine life…
(read more: Huffington Post)
British researchers have created the ‘new black’ of the science world - and it is being dubbed super black.
The material absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of light, a new world record, and is so dark the human eye struggles to discern its shape and dimension, giving the appearance of a black hole.
Named Vantablack, or super black, it also conducts heat seven and half times more effectively than copper, and is ten times stronger than steel.
It is created by Surrey NanoSystems using carbon nanotubes, which are 10,000 thinner than human hair and so miniscule that light cannot get in but can pass into the gaps in between.
to be clear, this is a very thin layer grown on aluminum foil, so you SHOULD be able to discern the crinkles and ridges in the foil… but you can’t.