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Graphic for our upcoming #scio13 session: “Opening doors: Science communication for those that don’t care/don’t like science.”

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You can find out more at this link.

Lichens… So pretty

Don’t you think? (Any ideas on the specific species?)

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By the way – definition of a lichen:

Lichens are composite organisms consisting of a fungus (the mycobiont) and a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont) growing together in a symbiotic relationship (wikipedia)

Photos by  i n i m i n i, via Fresh Photons.

If you ever need the schematics for constructing a roller coaster that will kill you by the end of its ride…

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Euthanasia Coaster is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death.”

Proposed details include:

Application:
Euthanasia, execution

Dimensions:
Height: 510 m
Drop lenght: 500 m
Track length: 7544 m

Duration:
Lift: 120 s
Drop: 10 s
Exposure to 10 g: 60 s
Total: 3:20

Features:
Max speed: 100m/s
Inversions: 7
Max g-force: 10 g

Cause of death:
Cerebral hypoxia, lack of oxygen supply to the brain.

Additional effects:
Greyout – loss of color vision;
Tunnel vision – loss of peripheral vision;
Blackout – complete loss of vision;
G-LOC – g-force induced Loss Of Consciousness.

By Julijonas Urbonas, via Thinx

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