You wanna touch? You get poked.
(by Jan Drahokoupil)
the waitomo caves of new zealand’s northern island, formed two million years ago from the surrounding limestone bedrock, are home to an endemic species of bioluminescent fungus gnat (arachnocampa luminosa, or glow worm fly) who in their larval stage produce silk threads from which to hang and, using a blue light emitted from a modified excretory organ in their tails, lure in prey who then become ensnared in sticky droplets of mucus.
Lenticular Galaxy NGC 524
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt
Your body contains ~50 trillion cells, each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, these chromosomes are made of over 3 billion base pairs of DNA, containing 20,000 genes, coding for millions of different proteins. Phew!
If you’d like to find out more about how this genetic information relates to your breakfast, check out this video, 'How To Make A Chicken': http://youtu.be/qnOVByfyFOQ
(via Ross Exton)