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Faience vessel in the form of Eros riding a duck

Probably made in Egypt

c.300-250 BC

Said to be from Tanagra, Greece

This jug is the finest faience vessel surviving from the Hellenistic world. It takes the form of Eros, the Greek god of love, clinging to the neck of a duck on whose back he is riding.

The combination of traditional Egyptian techniques with a purely Greek theme is characteristic of the products of the faience industry at Alexandria. The court of the Ptolemies (the Hellenistic Greek rulers of Egypt) at Alexandria was a great artistic centre. It became the focus for cultural exchange between the Greek and Egyptian worlds and their distinctive artistic traditions.

Source: British Museum 


Above & Beyond - Love Is Not Enough

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How to generate a fractal using an IFS (iterated function system).

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Chemical Structure Of Different Branded Research Chemicals

This infographic describes the chemical structures of various branded research chemicals.



Fossil sea urchin

This sea urchin belonging to the genus Hemicidaris (Echinoidea - Carinacea - Hemicidaridae) is an extinct echinoid that inhabited the sea waters of Europe and North Africa from the Lower Jurassic (Toarcian - 182 million years ago) to Lower Cretaceous (Valanginian - 135 million years ago).

What is shown in the photos are the lateral, dorsal and ventral views (top to bottom) of the fossilized exoskeleton of one Hemicidaris sea urchin.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Stan Celestian | Locality: Novion-Porcien, the Ardennes, northern France - [Top: profile view] - [Middle: dorsal view] - [Bottom: ventral view]


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How about, Love is not enough - above and beyond

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Moms Backyard


Blue buttons have antimicrobial properties

The so called Blue button looks like a jellyfish but it isn’t, well isn’t even a single organism, but a colony of hydroids scientifically named Porpita porpita (Anthoathecata - Porpitidae)

Results of a study to check the antimicrobial properties of these sea organisms, published in 2010 in the Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research, indicate that extract of the central disc region of Porpita porpita exhibits activity against both bacterial (gram-positive and gram-negative) and fungal strains. The maximum antibacterial inhibition was recorded in Klebsiella pneumonia and the maximum antifungal activity against Aspergillus niger.

These yet preliminary analyses show that the Blue button, beside being beautiful, contains antimicrobial peptides, which might prove to be of high use in the pharmaceutical industry as a component of antibiotics. 

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Bjørn Christian Tørrissen | Locality: Mozambique


Earth’s horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean

All photos in this collection were taken by former NASA astronaut Ed Lu, CEO and co-founder of the B612 Foundation during his 6 months aboard the International Space Station on Expedition 7.



Flowerscapes by Sophie Tarca

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Magnificent Solitude by StergosSkouloukas

(Lardos, Rhodes, Greece)