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April 11, 2015 3:15 PM   Subscribe

Some of those pictures are just hypnotically beautiful. Thanks for an interesting post.
posted by billiebee at 4:02 PM on April 11, 2015

Oh, wow! These are absolutely fantastic. It reminds me of looking at a set of galaxy pics
or fractal art. Some of them could be screensavers.
posted by BlueHorse at 7:44 PM on April 11, 2015

New mechanisms of 'social networking' in bacteria [Phys.org]:
Each species of bacteria has its own unique language, the authors say. In addition, there are "universal signals, analogous to Morse code, used for communication between different species of bacteria," says Griffith. "In microbial communities, bacteria within a similar group communicate with one another, while other groups are eavesdropping or even disrupting the others' communication. It is biological espionage. Bacteria that can communicate with one another and work together as a group will be more successful in competing for resources than individuals."
referencing Kristina M. Boguslawski, Patrick A. Hill, Kevin L. Griffith. Novel mechanisms of controlling the activities of the transcription factors Spo0A and ComA by the plasmid-encoded quorum sensing regulators Rap60-Phr60 inBacillus subtilis. Molecular Microbiology, 2015; DOI: 10.1111/mmi.12939
posted by Little Dawn at 9:23 PM on April 11, 2015


It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.
—H. P. Lovecraft, At The Mountains of Madness

posted by Splunge at 12:09 PM on April 12, 2015

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