Hey! It's a brittle star! I love these little echinoderms. They have five long snaky arms and look really cool as they move over things on the ocean floor. I wanted to change up my star picture for the new year and came across this guy. He won't be a permanent fixture. I just thought he was cool for today. And, as I'm in a visual mood tonight, here are some pretty cool pics for your viewing pleasure.
Some brittle starts are orange and apparently so are some alligators. A grandmother in Florida saw this guy that scientists think might be a half-albino. I think he probably just stayed in the Cheeto bag for too long. (via io9)
I think this little house is just begging to star in a picture book. How did it get there? How does it feel about being so small?
Did I say small picture book? Artist Allison Sommers has hand-painted this delicate little book and it's exquisite. If you like her art, she also has an etsy shop.
Exquisite and delicate, snowflakes as seen through a scanning electron microscope are really awesome.
And since we've moved on to science photos, New Scientist has the best science photos of 2010. There are some beautiful pictures and some horrible ones (like the one of a shark-finning facility in Japan). I personally love this pygmy marmoset.
Oh, okay ... and one more picture of the lightning/volcano pairing that Eyjafjallajökull blessed us with last year.
And since I brought up Iceland, I'll end with a video from Jónsi (lead singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós) for his song "Sticks and Stones" from How to Train Your Dragon. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you're missing out.