After so much time with separatists, it was a nice change to spend an evening with the pro-unity crowd. Here, they’re singing the Ukrainian national anthem in Donetsk. via Instagram http://ift.tt/1qSMXwH
The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have reached an agreement aimed at pulling eastern Ukraine back from the brink of war.
The deal calls for the disarming of all illegal groups, who will have to vacate all occupied government buildings and public spaces. Full story
Pictured: Seven hours of negotiations in Geneva ended in agreement on a series of ‘concrete steps’. Photograph: Eric Bridiers/EPA
Close-ups of butterfly wing scales! You should definitely click on these images to get the full detail.
I’ve paired each amazing close-up (by macro photographer Linden Gledhill) with an image of the corresponding butterfly or moth. The featured lepidoptera* are (in order of appearance):
- Madagascar diadem Hypolimnas dexithea (photo by Michel-Georges Bernard)
- Comet moth Argema mittrei (photo by Axel Strauß)
- Sunset moth Chrysiridia rhipheus (photo from Wikimedia Commons)
- Giant Blue Morpho Morpho didius (photo by Didier Descouens, Muséum de Toulouse)
- Rippon’s Birdwing Troides hypolitus (photo by Robert Nash, Ulster Museum)
*Lepidoptera (the scientific order that includes moths and butterflies) means “scaly wing.” The scales get their color not from pigment - but from microscopic structures that manipulate light.
Nasa has collected more than 200,000 votes from members of the public who are on a mission to help the space agency select the spacesuit of the future.
Voting ends at midnight ET on Tuesday for the newest iteration of Nasa’s spacesuit. The competition pits three suits – “Biomimicry”, “Technology” and “Trends in Society” – against each other before the winner can be tested in Nasa’s facilities. Full story
For all of those who want to learn a language but don’t know where to start, need extra help as you learn it, or if you’re just bored. These are the resources I’ve gathered over the last few months (feel free to add to it!)
General sites with…
People who adhere to this probably have a lot of cracked phone screens…