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Beauty of a Leaf - designer Folkert Gorter

Beauty of a Leaf - designer Folkert Gorter

Mira calligraphiae monumenta, Joris Hoefnagel. Flemish and Hungarian, Austria, 1561- 1562 and about 1591 – 1596.

Mira calligraphiae monumenta, Joris Hoefnagel. Flemish and Hungarian, Austria, 1561- 1562 and about 1591 – 1596.


New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts



Natalie Wolchover, Life’s Little Mysteries Staff Writer
Date: 26 September 2012 Time: 06:34 PM ET


Why do straight men devote so much headspace to those big, bulbous bags of fat drooping from women’s chests? Scientists have never satisfactorily explained men’s curious breast fixation, but now, a neuroscientist has struck upon an explanation that he says “just makes a lot of sense.”
Larry Young, a professor of psychiatry at Emory University who studies the neurological basis of complex social behaviors, thinks human evolution has harnessed an ancient neural circuit that originally evolved to strengthen the mother-infant bond during breast-feeding, and now uses this brain circuitry to strengthen the bond between couples as well. The result? Men, like babies, love breasts. 
When a woman’s nipples are stimulated during breast-feeding, the neurochemical oxytocin, otherwise known as the “love drug,” floods her brain, helping to focus her attention and affection on her baby. But research over the past few years has shown that in humans, this circuitry isn’t reserved for exclusive use by infants.
Source:  LiveScience.com
HH:  I don’t think that is exactly a new theory.  Especially to those of us that have breasts, this has crossed our minds.  
 
 

New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts

Date: 26 September 2012 Time: 06:34 PM ET
  • Why do straight men devote so much headspace to those big, bulbous bags of fat drooping from women’s chests? Scientists have never satisfactorily explained men’s curious breast fixation, but now, a neuroscientist has struck upon an explanation that he says “just makes a lot of sense.”
  • Larry Young, a professor of psychiatry at Emory University who studies the neurological basis of complex social behaviors, thinks human evolution has harnessed an ancient neural circuit that originally evolved to strengthen the mother-infant bond during breast-feeding, and now uses this brain circuitry to strengthen the bond between couples as well. The result? Men, like babies, love breasts. 
  • When a woman’s nipples are stimulated during breast-feeding, the neurochemical oxytocin, otherwise known as the “love drug,” floods her brain, helping to focus her attention and affection on her baby. But research over the past few years has shown that in humans, this circuitry isn’t reserved for exclusive use by infants.

Source:  LiveScience.com

HH:  I don’t think that is exactly a new theory.  Especially to those of us that have breasts, this has crossed our minds.  

 

 

Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Roy Caldwell

World’s Sexiest Octopus Ostracized By Biologists





Due to its peculiar lifestyle and mating habits, the larger Pacific striped octopus has been largely ignored by scientists. It doesn’t even have a Latin name.

Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Roy Caldwell

Due to its peculiar lifestyle and mating habits, the larger Pacific striped octopus has been largely ignored by scientists. It doesn’t even have a Latin name.
Paphiopedilum flower

Paphiopedilum flower

Caterpillar disguise
Uncanny resemblance: When disturbed the snake mimic hawkmoth caterpillar pulls in its legs and head and expands the front part of its body, to take on the appearance of a serpent. The brown part, which appears to be the top of the snake’s head, is actually the caterpillar’s underside
When threatened it will pull in its legs and head and expand the front part of its body to make itself resemble a snake.
The brown head of this ‘snake’ is actually the underside of the caterpillar.

English: Elephant hawk moth caterpillar striki...
Caterpillar disguise

Uncanny resemblance: When disturbed the snake mimic hawkmoth caterpillar pulls in its legs and head and expands the front part of its body, to take on the appearance of a serpent. The brown part, which appears to be the top of the snake’s head, is actually the caterpillar’s underside

When threatened it will pull in its legs and head and expand the front part of its body to make itself resemble a snake.

The brown head of this ‘snake’ is actually the underside of the caterpillar.

Sea Otters feasting on crab.  
Every day California sea otters spend 10 to 12 hours hunting and consume nearly a third of their body weight. (Suzi Eszterhas) 

Sea Otters feasting on crab.  

English: Sea Otter in Moss Landing. Original I...
Every day California sea otters spend 10 to 12 hours hunting and consume nearly a third of their body weight. (Suzi Eszterhas) 

Swimming Together - Source: Smashing Pictures 

Swimming Together - Source: Smashing Pictures 


Photographs of a giant spider eating a bird in an Australian garden have stunned wildlife experts.


These pictures were taken in Atheron, which is in Australia; which consequently is a place I will never visit. The spider is apparently a “Golden Orb Weaver” according to the Australian Reptile Park.


http://www.thebuzzmedia.com/giant-australian-spider-caught-on-camera-eating-bird/

Photographs of a giant spider eating a bird in an Australian garden have stunned wildlife experts.

  • These pictures were taken in Atheron, which is in Australia; which consequently is a place I will never visit. The spider is apparently a “Golden Orb Weaver” according to the Australian Reptile Park.
Little Pollinator

Little Pollinator

noelbadgespugh:

Daisy Come, Daisy Go

HH:  Such is our own cycle of life. Great Illustration.

noelbadgespugh:

Daisy Come, Daisy Go

HH:  Such is our own cycle of life. Great Illustration.

Life Aquatic - Photo Series by Chuck Bradley (Australia)

Fungus Spores
Title: " New Life"Name: Richard W J Koh, Singapore Photographer’s Description: A day or two after a heavy downpour, I found fungus growing from an old log left in the garden. At night, I was preparing to photograph it when I smelt something unusual coming from it. Under careful lighting, I discovered that the fungus was smoldering with what I guess must be its spores! It was a rare amazing display of new life. 

Fungus Spores

Title: " New Life"
Name:
 Richard W J Koh
, Singapore 

Photographer’s Description: A day or two after a heavy downpour, I found fungus growing from an old log left in the garden. At night, I was preparing to photograph it when I smelt something unusual coming from it. Under careful lighting, I discovered that the fungus was smoldering with what I guess must be its spores! It was a rare amazing display of new life. 

Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum

Diatomeas-Haeckel

Diatomeas-Haeckel