The most underrated scene of Sex Education.
Sometimes it may seem like everybody at your school is doin’ it, but that’s usually not true. Only about half of high school students have ever had vaginal sex, and the average age when people have sex for the first time is about 18. And most teens who have had sex don’t do it very often. So it’s okay to wait to have sex until your and your partner both feel ready.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard just that sentiment.
The aardvark is a nocturnal burrowing animal native to Africa. They are insectivores that survive mainly on ants and termites, using their large claws to dig up their hills. They are most closely related to elephants, hyraxes, manatees, and tenrecs.
Including the tail, aardvarks can grow to be 7 feet long and weigh as much as 180 pounds. They have teeth that wear down and grow continuously throughout their life. Females give birth to a single cub after a seven-month gestation period, and cubs stay with their mothers until the beginning of the next mating season. In captivity, aardvarks have been known to live as long as 23 years. (x x x x)
They’re way bigger than I thought holy shit
Aardvarks are always bigger than you’d think! Here’s one (an ambassador animal at the Omaha Zoo) in comparison to an adult human. She was out on a walk around the zoo grounds when I took this photo, getting to dig up some planted areas while her keeper interpreted for nearby guests.
The Blue Mycean Mushroom, or, by its more mystical name, the ‘Pixies’ Parasol’ 🍄 🧚♀️
Trees, from the mighty redwoods to slender dogwoods, would be nothing without their microbial sidekicks. Millions of species of fungi and bacteria swap nutrients between soil and the roots of trees, forming a vast, interconnected web of organisms throughout the woods. Now, for the first time, scientists have mapped this “wood wide web” on a global scale, using a database of more than 28,000 tree species living in more than 70 countries.
A lasting shift could dramatically transform a region with some of the nation’s most valuable fisheries and indigenous communities whose way of life relies on ice. Already scientists have documented changes in algae as well as zooplankton, fish, and seabird populations. The shifts are “a bit of a warning sign that these things can happen rather quickly.”
Electricity accounts for around 5% of greenhouse gas emissions. So how can we make it more efficient? Belgian physicist Jean-Pol Vigneron and his team found the answer could lie within a firefly’s abdomen.
With the standard treatments failing, Isabelle’s mother asked Spencer about alternatives—adding that she had read something about using viruses to kill bacteria. Spencer decided to take a gamble on what seemed like a far-fetched idea: phages, viruses that can destroy bacteria and have a long—if checkered—history as medical treatments. She collaborated with leading phage researchers, who concocted a cocktail of the first genetically engineered phages ever used as a treatment—and the first directed at a Mycobacterium, a genus that includes tuberculosis (TB). After 6 months of the tailor-made phage infusions, Isabelle’s wounds healed and her condition improved with no serious side effects, the authors report today in Nature Medicine.
When the ancestors of cave fish and certain crickets moved into pitchblack caverns, their eyes virtually disappeared over generations. But fish that ply the sea at depths greater than sunlight can penetrate have developed super-vision, highly attuned to the faint glow and twinkle given off by other creatures. They owe this power, evolutionary biologists have learned, to an extraordinary increase in the number of genes for rod opsins, retinal proteins that detect dim light. Those extra genes have diversified to produce proteins capable of capturing every possible photon at multiple wavelengths—which could mean that despite the darkness, the fish roaming the deep ocean actually see in color.
New homes and factories are to be built from bricks made out of the human waste of four million Londoners.
Dried sewage from Europe’s largest treatment works in Beckton, east London is being recycled for the construction industry.