Imagining Deep Time, an art exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, tackles the profound theme of “deep time,” the timescale not of human life but of trees, rivers, mountain ranges, even stars. The exhibition features works by 15 artists in a range of styles and media including painting, photography and sculpture. Curator JD Talasek says that the exhibition “explores the role of the artist in helping us imagine a concept outside the realm of human experience.”
The show runs until January 15. More information, including a downloadable catalog, is here.
It was a long week, wasn’t it, kittens? But we made it through.
Scientists have discovered a new kind of mushroomy, jellyfishy type thingie that nobody had ever studied before. A paper published this week in the journal PLOS ONE describes the discovery of the previously unknown creatures off the coast of Australia. Lead author Jean Just, of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, admitted “we don’t even know if they’re upside down.”
The animals are described as looking like floppy chanterelle mushrooms but feeling like dollops of gelatin. The two new species described in the study were officially named Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides. As yet, almost nothing is known about them, and only 18 specimens have been studied.
Mushroom Cat says “ohai” to his newly discovered cousins.
California has been experiencing drought conditions for over a year, and now geological monitoring stations show that the drying ground is actually rising up. According to this article by Sarah Zielinski in Smithsonian Magazine, “Measurements of these subtle movements, made using GPS instruments, suggest that the western United States is missing some 62 trillion gallons of water, enough to cover the entire region six inches deep.” Alarming news for farmers and thirsty kitties alike.
Rejoice cat-lovers. We are moving the archive of Science Caturday posts to Tumblr. We haven’t added all the posts yet (turns out we have a lot of cat posts), but Chemistry Cat and the fan favorite “Is alcohol the solution?” post is already there.