A graduate student has created the first man-made biological leaf. It absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant. He did this by suspending chloroplasts in a mixture made out of silk protein. He believed it can be used for many things but the most striking one is the thought that it could be used for long distance space travel. Plants do not grow in space, but this synthetic material can be used to produce oxygen in a hostile environment. (Video)
Crater lake tho. You can’t swim in the lake!! No one told me that. Disappoint.
As a person that is easily overwhelmed by natural beauty, and has a practically perpetual case of Stendahl’s Syndrome I kinda really love these. There’s something about curmudgeons crankily disregarding things like the wonder of the world that is so funny to me.
Ouroboros: a serpent biting its own tail. A mythological and alchemic symbol of the cyclic nature of the universe: creation out of destruction, life out of death. The ouroboros eats its own tail to sustain its life in an eternal cycle of renewal.