I’m guessing this is a Lampyris noctiluca and a flightless larviform female at that(please correct me if I’m wrong).

I found this on my doorstep last night. It’s my first time seeing one, and believe me, they are not that hard to spot. There were two around my house and the bioluminescent light they were giving off was pretty bright.

I apologize for the blurry clip but you can at least see how she moves her abdomen in an effort to attract a mate.

And here she is shown with the help of a flashlight. They kind of lay on their side, somewhat, and twist their abdomen to  expose the bioluminescent parts.

My mom and I went to Monty Python’s last show yesterday which was broadcast live from the O2 arena in London. We had tickets numbered 1 and 2. ;)The show was brilliant and it was a full house, of course, since they had sould out! If you get the chance watch it! I’m guessing they will be selling a recording of it or something. Here’s the teaser!EDIT: Whaddayaknow! You can pre-order the DVD or BLU-RAY here. They even have albums for sale. Monty Python Sings.

My mom and I went to Monty Python’s last show yesterday which was broadcast live from the O2 arena in London. We had tickets numbered 1 and 2. ;)
The show was brilliant and it was a full house, of course, since they had sould out! If you get the chance watch it! I’m guessing they will be selling a recording of it or something. 

Here’s the teaser!

EDIT: Whaddayaknow! You can pre-order the DVD or BLU-RAY here. They even have albums for sale. Monty Python Sings.

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Electric Aliens? Bacteria discovered that exist on pure energy

Published time: July 19, 2014 18:24

Microbiologists based in California have discovered bacteria that survive by eating pure electrons rather than food, bringing an entirely new method of existence to awareness and raising questions about possibilities for alien life.

The ‘electric bacteria’ – as they have been dubbed by the team that discovered them – take energy from rocks and metal by feasting directly on their electrons. The hair-like filaments the bacteria produce carry electrons between the cells and their environment. 

The biologists from the University of Southern California (USC) found that the new discovery joins more than ten other different specific type of bacteria that also feed on electricity – although none in quite the same way. 

“This is huge. What it means is that there’s a whole part of the microbial world that we don’t know about,”Kenneth Nealson of USC told New Scientist. 

Nealson explained the process by which the bacteria function. “You eat sugars that have excess electrons, and you breathe in oxygen that willingly takes them,” he said. Human cells break down the sugars in order to obtain the electrons – making the bacteria that only absorb the electrons that much more efficient. 

“That’s the way we make all our energy and it’s the same for every organism on this planet,”
 Nealson said. “Electrons must flow in order for energy to be gained.” 

Some of the bacteria even have the ability to make ‘bio-cables’ – a kind of microbial collection of wires that can conduct electricity as well as copper – renowned for its high electrical conductivity. 

Such ‘nanowires’ were first discovered in a separate study conducted by researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark. Their presence raises the possibility that one day bacteria could be used in making subsurface networks for people to use. 

“Tens of thousands of bacteria can join to form a cable that can carry electrons over several centimeters,” the New Scientist video on the subject points out. 

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Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)

The vaquita is a rare species of porpoise. It is endemic to the northern part of the Gulf of California. Estimates of the number of individuals alive range from 100  to 300. Vaquitas are the smallest and most endangered species of the cetacean.Vaquitas use high-pitched sounds to communicate with one another and for echolocation to navigate through their habitats. They generally seem to feed and swim at a leisurely pace. Vaquitas avoid all boats and are very evasive. They rise to breathe with a slow forward motion and then disappear quickly. This lack of activity at the surface makes them difficult to observe. Vaquitas are usually alone unless they are accompanied by a calf, meaning that they are less social than other dolphin species. Vaquitas are nonselective predators.

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