Meet the Texas Blind Salamander

TX Blind Salamander picture 1The Texas Blind Salamander (Eurycea rathbuni) is a cave salamander that has adapted to life living in the dark. With extremely underdeveloped eyes, unpigmented skin, and the retention of its juvenile aquatic form, this salamander is perfectly suited to live in the underground cave streams. Found only in caves around San Marcos, Texas these salamanders are actually considered endangered on the State level. Because they live only in specific areas and rely on the Edwards aquifer, the Texas blind salamander is extremely susceptible to changes in water quality. Their size reaches between 3 and 5 inches and they eat a diet of most aquatic invertebrates. Continue reading “Meet the Texas Blind Salamander”

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How to flip food like a chef

Chef Ben taught me this years ago, but h/t goes to Laughing Squid

Nate Silver, the Accuratest?

‘Pale Blue Dot’ animated

via Maria Popova at Brain Pickings

Fractal inspired Tree of Life

Rock Out like a Flapper to 1920s Jazz