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Protective Eyes on butterfly wings

Protective Eyes on butterfly wings

Protective Eyes on butterfly wings

Protective Eyes on butterfly wings

To survive, butterflies have learned to protect themselves from enemies. In the process of evolution, on their wings appeared images that resemble eyes of predators, scientists believe. Every person, at least once in his life, has seen patterns on butterfly wings resembling the eye. These patterns serve a very useful function — they provide butterflies with protection from birds of prey. First British scientists believed that the patterns on the wings of butterflies scare predators, because such protective eyes on butterfly wings represent a specific combination of colors and shapes deterrent to the predator. However, scientists from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland do not agree with this.
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Little-known fruit and vegetable hybrids

Little-known fruit and vegetable hybrids. Pineberry

Pineberry. Little-known fruit and vegetable hybrids

Little-known fruit and vegetable hybrids

The Pineberry – a strawberry cultivar with a pineapple-like flavor, white coloring, and red seeds. The pineberry first appeared in the 1750s in Europe, as a cross between an American wild strawberry and a Chilean strawberry. Fruit hybrids have nothing to do with genetically modified instances, it is a merit of breeders. Clementines, tangerines, Pineberry, have excellent taste, but in addition, they are also good for health. Hard to believe, but the history of breeding dates back to the Neolithic period, when man had to choose the best seeds for future crops. However, in those days, nobody even suspected that this simple method can change the flora in the healthy direction. Selected seeds each time give more and better crops.
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Solar eclipse 2013

Solar eclipse 2013

The morning of May 10, the picture in the light of H-alpha. Solar eclipse 2013

The first annular Solar eclipse 2013 took place on May 10th, 2013, and it was over the Pacific Ocean and Australia. The annular solar eclipse does not look less impressive than full. In full contrast, when the moon completely obscures the solar disk during an annular eclipse at our satellite and passes in front of the disk of the sun, but does not eclipse it completely due to insufficient size. The next total solar eclipse will occur on November 14, 2031.
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Nicolaus Copernicus 540

Nicolaus Copernicus 540

Nicolaus Copernicus 540. 1973 Soviet (the USSR) postage stamp

Nicolaus Copernicus 540

1955 Soviet (the USSR) postage stamp depicting Nicolaus Copernicus in Conversation with God (1872), painted by Polish artist Jan Matejko. Brilliant astronomer, philosopher, mathematician, economist, physician and social activist of Renaissance epoch Nicolaus Copernicus was born 540 years ago, on February 19, 1473, in Torun, Poland. His mother was German and and his father was Polish. Nicolaus Copernicus is probably best known as the author of the heliocentric system of the world, launched the first scientific revolution. Copernicus died on 24 May 1543 at age 70 from a stroke. The location of Copernicus grave was unknown for a very long time, but in 2005 during the excavations in the Cathedral of Frombork in 2005 the remains of a great astronomer were found.

Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus


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Isleworth Mona Lisa earlier Da Vinci portrait

Isleworth Mona Lisa earlier Da Vinci portrait

Isleworth Mona Lisa earlier Da Vinci portrait

Isleworth Mona Lisa earlier Da Vinci portrait
According to the experts, the most recognized smile that enchanted the world – Mona Lisa is not unique. They revealed the early version of the iconic masterpiece, the younger Mona Liza – Isleworth, and it is several years older than more famous Mona Lisa. Swiss art foundation claims fresh tests prove artist painted earlier version of famous painting. The Isleworth Mona Lisa, once belonged to a Jane Blaker, who lived with the art-collecting Davies sisters in Powys. It was bought by Ms Blaker’s brother Hugh in 1913, who is best known as a picture advisor to the sisters. Mr Blaker was from Isleworth, West London — hence the name. He bought the painting from a grand collection in Somerset, where it had apparently hung on the walls for a century.
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Hairy men and their fate

Hairy men and their fate

Hairy men and their fate

Hairy men and their fate. Petrus Gonsalvus (1648), the first recorded case of hypertrichosis. Ironically, many of the bearded and fully hairy men and women, despite the frightening appearance, had their personal life, they were married and quite happy. In the entire history of medical observation, since the Middle Ages, about 50 cases of hypertrichosis are registered in the world. It seems that now the disease has become more prevalent. According to official statistics, nowadays 19 people whose face and body are covered with thick hair, live in the world. There is no treatment for Congenital hypertrichosis in modern medicine. Shaving and hair removal do not help, hair grows again and again.
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Ice Age flower

Ice Age flower

Silene stenophylla Ice Age flower

Ice Age flower – Silene stenophylla is the oldest plant to be regenerated, according to scientists, which is fertile and able to produce viable white flowers and seeds. “The squirrels dug the frozen ground to build their burrows, which are about the size of a soccer ball. They first put in hay and then animal fur for a perfect storage chamber,” said Stanislav Gubin, one of the authors of the study, who spent years rummaging through the area for squirrel burrows. “It’s a natural cryobank.” The tissue can be preserved in ice for thousands of years, paving the way for a possible resurrection of the Ice Age mammals.
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