rorschachx:

Insect molting is ‘like having your lungs ripped out’
When an insect gets too big for its exoskeleton, it sheds it. This process—known as molting—might sound matter-of-fact, but it’s not. Insects stop eating, many lie still, and they become more vulnerable to predators. Now, a study of mayfly larvae has revealed another difficulty: While molting, insects can’t breathe. Alarmingly, the respiratory impairment grows more severe with higher temperatures, suggesting that climate change and other stressors could make molting an even greater challenge.
Aquatic insects breathe with gills. After oxygen diffuses from the water, it passes into a branching network of ever-smaller airways, called tracheoles, which deliver the gas directly to clumps of cells. Larvae can also absorb some oxygen through their soft exoskeleton.
Molting takes their breath away. When larvae slip out of their exoskeleton, the lining of the tracheoles comes with it. “It’s like having your lungs ripped out,” says Joseph Bernardo, an ecologist at Texas A&M University, College Station, who was not involved in the research. Although it was fairly common knowledge among entomologists that the tracheal linings come out—and likely block the trachea in the process—the impact on respiration hadn’t been measured.
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rorschachx:

Insect molting is ‘like having your lungs ripped out’

When an insect gets too big for its exoskeleton, it sheds it. This process—known as molting—might sound matter-of-fact, but it’s not. Insects stop eating, many lie still, and they become more vulnerable to predators. Now, a study of mayfly larvae has revealed another difficulty: While molting, insects can’t breathe. Alarmingly, the respiratory impairment grows more severe with higher temperatures, suggesting that climate change and other stressors could make molting an even greater challenge.

Aquatic insects breathe with gills. After oxygen diffuses from the water, it passes into a branching network of ever-smaller airways, called tracheoles, which deliver the gas directly to clumps of cells. Larvae can also absorb some oxygen through their soft exoskeleton.

Molting takes their breath away. When larvae slip out of their exoskeleton, the lining of the tracheoles comes with it. “It’s like having your lungs ripped out,” says Joseph Bernardo, an ecologist at Texas A&M University, College Station, who was not involved in the research. Although it was fairly common knowledge among entomologists that the tracheal linings come out—and likely block the trachea in the process—the impact on respiration hadn’t been measured.

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rorschachx:

Gran Sasso, Italy | image by Chaos Lab

rorschachx:

Gran Sasso, Italy | image by Chaos Lab

vividhdphotography:

Jase Daniels ~ http://chewybits.tumblr.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jasedanielsart

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aryeastark:

Emma Watson’s tweet about leaked pictures x


Yeah, this. It’s like these women have been betrayed and people on the internet are acting like it’s boner christmas, like this is something that they are entitled to. Ugh forever

aryeastark:

Emma Watson’s tweet about leaked pictures x

Yeah, this. It’s like these women have been betrayed and people on the internet are acting like it’s boner christmas, like this is something that they are entitled to. Ugh forever

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vtforpedro:

Good god why is this cracking me up so much

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neilcicierega:

Anyone remember this book series?

(part two / part three)


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dbvictoria:

Ad for German home improvement company shows dad doing something special for his goth daughter.

(x)

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shade-shypervert:

Random 

s-eyfert:

fishcustardandthecumberbeast:

overdosed-on-apathy:

This post had me at finger pants.

HORSE TORNADO.

lol finger pants.

These give me life. Especially spray scream

pentakitty:

More real people drawings! This time it’s Adeel Akhtar as Wilson Wilson from the absolutely amazing Utopia. If massive conspiracies and heavy moral questions are your thing, then you should really watch this. As well as it’s unflinching and often brutal story, Utopia is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. 


reblogging this to tell anyone that I haven’t already told to watch this show. Like, right now.

pentakitty:

More real people drawings! This time it’s Adeel Akhtar as Wilson Wilson from the absolutely amazing Utopia. If massive conspiracies and heavy moral questions are your thing, then you should really watch this. As well as it’s unflinching and often brutal story, Utopia is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching.



reblogging this to tell anyone that I haven’t already told to watch this show. Like, right now.

siege-loki-problems:

Lady Loki by Esad Ribic

siege-loki-problems:

Lady Loki by Esad Ribic

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