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A View from Beacon Hill

My name is Skip Pile, living in Boston and generally watching closely from

a distance.

nybg:

You’re right, that’s just a rendering up there. But the designer of this tree, artist Sam Van Aken, is hoping to see the real things produce a similar sherbet rainbow when his “Trees of 40 Fruit” mature. Consider this the Frankenstein (or Mr. Stitch, if you saw that one) of grafting experiments.
Not a genetic experiment so much as a patient grafting of 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single trunk, this tree is designed to not only produce fruits of all sorts throughout the year, but create a stunning palette in the process. And according to Van Aken, it’s also about preserving uncommon local stone fruit varieties, some of which he stuffs into each tree he creates.
So far there are 16 young trees planted around the country. We’ll see what comes of them. Head through for the full story. —MN
(Photo credit: The Verge, Tree of 40 Fruit)

Fascinated or repulsed?

nybg:

You’re right, that’s just a rendering up there. But the designer of this tree, artist Sam Van Aken, is hoping to see the real things produce a similar sherbet rainbow when his “Trees of 40 Fruit” mature. Consider this the Frankenstein (or Mr. Stitch, if you saw that one) of grafting experiments.

Not a genetic experiment so much as a patient grafting of 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single trunk, this tree is designed to not only produce fruits of all sorts throughout the year, but create a stunning palette in the process. And according to Van Aken, it’s also about preserving uncommon local stone fruit varieties, some of which he stuffs into each tree he creates.

So far there are 16 young trees planted around the country. We’ll see what comes of them. Head through for the full story. —MN

(Photo credit: The Verge, Tree of 40 Fruit)

Fascinated or repulsed?

sixpenceee:

inverted-typo:

This is actually a test showing how sponges pump water through themselves for filter feeding!
They simply colored the water around them so you could easily see the process.

(Source: sizvideos, via indefenseofplants)

L O S T by maxxsmart on Flickr.

L O S T by maxxsmart on Flickr.

xysciences:

The Hydromantes salamander has the fastest tongue in the world. 
It can also extend to 80% the body length of the salamander.
[Click for more interesting science facts and gifs]

xysciences:

The Hydromantes salamander has the fastest tongue in the world. 

It can also extend to 80% the body length of the salamander.

[Click for more interesting science facts and gifs]

(Source: xyprogramming, via indefenseofplants)

"Migaloo"—-famous white whale photographed off the coast of NSW Australia.

"Migaloo"—-famous white whale photographed off the coast of NSW Australia.

cityofbostonarchives:

Haymarket, 1969 January, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.  Please attribute to City of Boston Archives and credit Peter Dreyer.. For more images from this collection, click here

cityofbostonarchives:

Haymarket, 1969 January, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.  Please attribute to City of Boston Archives and credit Peter Dreyer.. For more images from this collection, click here

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Kate and Andrew.  Never more beautiful together. (at Brooklyn, NY)

Kate and Andrew. Never more beautiful together. (at Brooklyn, NY)

Investing

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