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archiemcphee:

Colossal, the Department of Incredible Insects recently encountered more photos of the fascinating work of French artist Hubert Duprat and his industrious Caddisflies (previously featured here).

"Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away."

Since the 1980s Duprat has been collecting caddisfly larvae from their normal environments and transporting them to aquariums in his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cocoons and puts the larvae in tanks filled with materials such as pearls, beads, opals, turquoise and pieces of 18-karat gold. The insects still do exactly what comes naturally to them, but in doing so they create exquisite gilded sculptures that they temporarily call home. If you saw them out of context, you’d never guess they’d been created insects.

Visit Colossal for additional images and video of Hubert Duprat discussing these amazing insects and their shiny, shiny creations.

allthingslinguistic

allthingslinguistic:

An interesting long post about Greek diglossia, from Pseudoerasmus. Here’s Wikipedia on diglossia, for context: 

In linguistics, diglossia refers to a situation in which two dialects or usually closely related languages are used by a single language community. In addition to the community’s everyday or vernacular language variety (labelled “L” or “low” variety), a second, highly codified variety (labelled “H” or “high”) is used in certain situations such as literature, formal education, or other specific settings, but not used for ordinary conversation.

The high variety may be an older stage of the same language (e.g. Latin in the early Middle Ages), or a distinct yet closely related present day dialect (e.g. Norwegian with Bokmål and Nynorsk, or Chinese with Mandarin as the official, literary standard and colloquial topolects/dialects used in everyday communication).

And another excerpt from the post: 

Imagine a Greek member of Parliament in 1900. He could choose from amongst three words for “fish” — not three words with slightly different meanings, but three words expressing exactly the same thing.  In ordinary conversation, he would have just said ψαρι /psari/ (Demotic), but during a Parliamentary debate he might speak about οψαριον /opsarion/ (Katharevousa). But if he were writing a report on the Ottoman harassment of Greek fishermen, he might write, perhaps to just show off, ιχθυς /ichthys/ (Attic). (Read the rest)

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hawk-and-handsaw:

It’s 2089. all cops have been replaced by genetically modified dogs that let children pet them, help old ladies cross the street, chase down criminals, never eat donuts, bark at cat-callers, analyze dna, easily track down murders, pee on white collar criminals, and tear the faces off of rapists. utopia has been reached. 

How was this accomplished you ask?
Well its simple
Dogs are colorblind

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oh my god

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cowscratch:

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johnathanegbert:

i found the video

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Are you shitting me?

this makes me smile every time

Many things had to happen for this video to exist.

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nanodash:

stunningpicture:

The single most badass photo ever. Dr. Leonid Rogozov performing his own appendectomy

This is even more badass than it looks. This happened in 1961, while Dr. Rogozov was the only doctor on an Antarctic Expedition. When he got ill the nearest Russian station was more than 1000 km away and nearby foreign stations had no aircraft.
Even then it wouldn’t have mattered because he did this in a fucking blizzard, with a local anaesthetic  while he had a driver and a meteorologist hand him crap and hold a mirror. It took him two hours, with breaks because of “general weakness.”
He was back working 2 weeks after he did this. Legend.

nanodash:

stunningpicture:

The single most badass photo ever. Dr. Leonid Rogozov performing his own appendectomy

This is even more badass than it looks. This happened in 1961, while Dr. Rogozov was the only doctor on an Antarctic Expedition. When he got ill the nearest Russian station was more than 1000 km away and nearby foreign stations had no aircraft.

Even then it wouldn’t have mattered because he did this in a fucking blizzard, with a local anaesthetic  while he had a driver and a meteorologist hand him crap and hold a mirror. It took him two hours, with breaks because of “general weakness.”

He was back working 2 weeks after he did this. Legend.