Slipper orchid - Paphiopedilum micranthum
This is a Slipper orchid of the species Paphiopedilum micranthum (Asparagales - Orchidaceae), which due to the angle of the photo resembles a strange humanoid face.
This orchid inhabits open, mossy, wet forest on highly eroded limestone mountains in China and Vietnam. Despite its remote habitat, P. micranthum has appeared in large quantities in cultivation since 1984 but is declining in the wild.
Photo credit: ©Piotr M. | Locality: cultivated (Leasingham Orchid Show, 2009)
A little more astronomy today - rains on different planets.
Rains on Different Worlds by Hashem Al-Ghaili
Our solar system officially has eight planets and one star: the Sun. The discovery of an object larger than Pluto in 2005 rekindled the debate over whether such objects, belonging to the Kuiper Belt – a collection of icy bodies located beyond Neptune – should be called planets. Pluto and other large members of the Kuiper Belt are now considered “dwarf planets.”
Planet facts: space-facts.com
NASA is testing the GL-10 - an electric aircraft.
Testing Electric Propulsion
On Aug. 19, National Aviation Day, a lot of people are reflecting on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future – a plane with many electric motors that can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane, and that could revolutionize air travel? Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are studying the concept with models such as the unmanned aerial system GL-10 Greased Lightning. The GL-10, which has a 10-foot wingspan, recently flew successfully while tethered. Free-flight tests are planned in the fall of 2014. This research has helped lead to NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate efforts to better understand the potential of electric propulsion across all types, sizes and missions for aviation. Image Credit: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman
Learn to code while playing Minecraft
“Our goal is to teach kids computer science while they’re having fun.”