Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer published their estimate in the journal the Science of Nature earlier this month, and the number they arrived at is frankly shocking: The world’s spiders consume somewhere between 400 million and 800 million tons of prey in any given year. That means that spiders eat at least as much meat as all 7 billion humans on the planet combined, who the authors note consume about 400 million tons of meat and fish each year.
So that’s why they’re always looking at us. Be thankful though, imagine what the world would be like if they weren’t doing away with all 400 to 800 million tons of that prey they capture.
A woman who leaves notes, in concealed places, when she moves out of a house she has been living in. A mysterious figure, robed in sheets, the archetypal representation of a ghost, who makes regular appearances.
US director David Lowery blends some intriguing elements in his new feature, A Ghost Story, starring Rooney Mara, and Casey Affleck. See the trailer here.
Marco Grassi is a self-taught travel and landscape photographer from the north west of Italy, who now travels the world for his work. This photo was taken in the north of Utah, at sunrise, and shows the first light of the day reaching a vertical rock face.
Samuël Avril is freelance French photographer, and art director. Like many of the photographers whose work I find on Instagram, he seems to spend a fair amount of time travelling the world, if his work is anything to go by, that is. Am I in the wrong career? I continue to ask myself.
Some of the advice these inserts dispensed may still be useful today. For instance, even in this age of sliced bread, by warming a bread knife in hot water, you should be able to slice bread like a pro, should you encounter an unsliced loaf.
Daniel Millington is a landscape photographer, and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguard, based in Cornwall, England.
Despite once living the United Kingdom, it’s a part of the country I didn’t see. Unfortunate, because it looks like a region that would keep a photographer ceaselessly occupied, in that there is so much to take in.
Sebastian Onufszak is a designer and illustrator, based in the German city of Augsburg. This work is a depiction of French actor Marion Cotillard, and is one of six illustrations from his series titled “The Iconic Women”.
Also featured are other iconic French women Gabrielle Chanel, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, Simone de Beauvoir, and Catherine Deneuve. See the full set of illustrations on his Behance page.
A proposal to reclassify what a planet is, may see the planet count of our solar system jump from eight, to one-hundred-and-two bodies. The latter number would certainly make the Sun’s family sound large. But what is the size of the solar system in terms of the amount of room it occupies in interstellar space?
According to one estimate, there may be ten thousand such bodies, situated beyond the orbit of Neptune, in orbit around the Sun. Ten thousand dwarf planets. That’s a staggering number. The solar system is big, no matter what way you look at it.