"Also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant.
Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. It is often associated with beech trees.
The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult.
The plant is sometimes completely white but commonly has black flecks and a pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep red color.”
As for the second one, the science people recently moved up the date for light-skinned genes evolving/occurring for the first time in humanity’s history. Turns out it was actually a relatively recent development:
Many scientists have believed that lighter skin gradually arose in Europeans starting around 40,000 years ago, soon after people left tropical Africa for Europe’s higher latitudes. The hunter-gatherer’s dark skin pushes this date forward to only 7,000 years ago, suggesting that at least some humans lived considerably longer than thought in Europe before losing the dark pigmentation that evolved under Africa’s sun.
"It was assumed that the lighter skin was something needed in high latitudes, to synthesize vitamin D in places where UV light is lower than in the tropics," Lalueza-Fox told LiveScience.
Scientists had assumed this was true because people need vitamin D for healthy bones, and can synthesize it in the skin with energy from the sun’s UV rays, but darker skin, like that of the hunter-gatherer man, prevents UV-ray absorption.
But the new discovery shows that latitude alone didn’t drive the evolution of Europeans’ light skin. If it had, light skin would have become widespread in Europeans millennia earlier, Lalueza-Fox said.
The new analysis of that DNA now shows the man had the gene mutation for blue eyes, but not the European mutations for lighter skin.
The DNA also shows that the man was more closely related to modern-day northern Europeans than to southern Europeans.
Apparently the science people are flailing around about it. To be fair, it’s a pretty significant change.
The Story of the Sun,the Moon,and the Stars
an intense obsession or love for fungi, especially mushrooms.
Etymology: from Greek mukēs (fungus) + philia (love).
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This was based on my own experience ahahah, my Latias is 8 years old now, she’s a great Pokemon :’)
how to tell if something is “real”, a guide from someone with a shaky grip on reality: is it important to you. does it help you engage with your life/the world. does it touch something inside of you that doesnt get a lot of sun.
then fuck it, its real.
China isn’t the heartland of Islam, but it’s the only country in the world to have a long history of female imams.
Selena’s body was everything *.* Life goals tbh lol.
Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) with her Lego spaceman ring at a NASA/Lego outreach event.
Milosav Druckmüller is, hands down, the greatest eclipse photographer in the world. Fact.
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So tell me, Jet. WHY DO WE HAVE ALL THREE NEATLY GATHERED ON OUR SHIP?!