This is the Short Faced Bear, it lived in California 11,000 years ago. It’s the largest known mammalian carnivore and it might have hunted humans. Imagine coming face to face with this guy, and all you’ve got to defend yourself is a stone-age handheld axe.
A beautiful map of all the known asteroids in the Solar System. What if a map like this is the precursor to space exploration and mining, like the early cartographical maps of the Americas? (Image comes from u/hellofromthemoon on Reddit)
This Lion monument is from Heracleion, a sunken Egyptian city. Before the 2nd Century BC it was the primary port of Egypt. But after a catastrophic flood, its soil liquified and the entire city gradually sunk into the Mediterranean sea.
A panorama from the surface of Mars. You could walk outside tonight, point up at a light in the sky, then pull out your phone and see what it looks like on the surface.
Image source: NASA
This hummingbird sitting on a ‘Heliconia rostrata’. Neither creature is conscious of it, but both have been made for each other by a multi-million-year-old evolutionary partnership between their species. Among other things, the flower became downward-facing and vibrantly red, and the bird became small, long-beaked, and long-tongued.
The very dust that blows along the street
Once whispered to its love that life is sweet.
Check out this crab shedding its shell by way of a process called molting. Crabs have a hard exoskeleton that protects them like a suit of armor. As the crab grows the hard shell does not expand with it, so periodically the crab drops it’s old shell like a bad ex to develop a new fitting shell.
The evidence suggests that the origin of life was, in some sense, easy.
(The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God, 2006)