the great bear rainforest in british columbia is one of the largest coastal temperate rain forests in the world, with twenty five thousand square miles of mist shrouded fjords and densely forested islands that are home to black bears with white fur.
neither albino nor polar bear, these rare black bears (there are fewer than five hundred) are known as kermode bears, or what the gitga’at first nation call mooksgm’ol, the spirit bear — a word no first nations person spoke of to european fur traders lest they be discovered and hunted. to this day, it remains taboo to hunt a spirit bear, or to mention them to outsiders.
the white fur in these bears is triggered by a recessive mutation of the same gene associated with red hair and fair skin in humans. though it remains unclear as to how the trait arose (or disappeared), it is especially pronounced on certain islands, and is known to confer a day time fishing advantage over the black furred bears (consider the first photo).
I’m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance.
The years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It’s then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult – but you are not ready.
The world’s most dangerously placed mountain hut is located 13,000 feet above ground level in Switzerland.
The hut, which can accommodate about 10 people, is not a recent construction. It was actually built way back in 1915 and took only five days to complete. All the building materials were brought up to Hornli Hut, just 2,500 foot below, with the help of animals.
It’s called The Solvay Hut.
Seaweed-Encapsulated Cells for Treating Diabetes.Type 1 diabetes results from a civil war within the body: the immune system, for reasons not well understood, attacks and destroys blood-sugar-regulating β cells. Patients must carefully control their own blood sugar with frequent pinpricks and insulin injections. But what if doctors could simply replace the destroyed cells?
Image: In this image, researchers have placed β cells (green) inside of a ball of alginate, a seaweed-based polymer, and have implanted the ball into a model organism. This alginate capsule could protect β cells from immune attacks while still allowing them to sense and regulate blood sugar.