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“Scientists have announced the discovery of a tiny new animal in Antarctica's Victoria Land.”It's a member of the tardigrade family. Also known as water bears or moss piglets, these are widespread and ancient microscopic animals, around half a millimetre long at most and generally found in moss and lichen, where they eat plant cells or small invertebrates.Members of the group are found everywhere from high mountains and hot deserts to the deep ocean. Their success stems partly from the fact they're among the toughest creatures we know of, able to deal with extremes of cold, heat, pressure, dehydration, poison and radioactivity that would kill almost anything else – indeed, they are the only kind of animal that we know can survive in the vacuum of space.Dr Sandra McInnes, a tardigrade specialist at the British Antarctic Survey, was enlisted to help classify the find. Examination under an electron microscope revealed various unusual features – for instance the red-orange creature has tiny pads or cushions behind its claws, and a distinctive pattern of hairs on its body – suggesting the scientists were dealing with a new species. We don't yet know what these features are for, or how they benefit the animal.The researchers combined this traditional approach to taxonomy by examining the organism's physical form with modern molecular methods, sequencing its DNA and using the results to work out the tardigrade's evolutionary lineage. The genetic analysis confirmed that it's a new species within the genusMopsechiniscus – the researchers named in Mopsechiniscus franciscae.The discovery of the genus in Antarctica adds to the evidence that it's an old lineage descended from forebears that were present on the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, and that it has changed relatively little since then compared to other tardigrade genera.'Mopsechiniscus is unique among tardigrades, as our molecular analysis shows,' McInnes says. 'The genus has a lot of more primitive characteristics that suggest it is closer to the group's more distant ancestors.'
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Photoshop is a strong, multi platform image and video editing tool. This is an amazing tool used not only to edit high-quality videos and even 3D renders to a great extent. Being one of the best products of Adobe, this graphics editing tool is widely used in various domains. It is considered as a sword by many photographers because it helps them carve out the best pictures from the slight random glimpse of life that they have captured. Photoshop provides a huge variety of tools and plug-ins to edit images not only on desktop but also directly on blogs and social websites. I will be listing some of these plug-ins that are used by the top photographers to produce the best of their works efficiently.
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One of my favorite underutilize ways of using photoshop is to create beautiful text effects. Photoshop is such a powerful tool, and now with the 3D capabilities now available in Photoshop the possibilities of various text effects that are achievable are endless. In this roundup it's a massive compilation of the very best photoshop tutorials, for creating modern jaw dropping text effects mostly just using purely Photoshop. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below, and your more than welcome to contribute any text effects you feel may be missing from the post. 1. Shiny Reflective 3D Text Effect in Photoshop CC 2014 This one will show you how to combine some shape attributes with various 3D settings to create a shiny, reflective, and elegant 3D text effect in Photoshop CC 2014. 2. How to Create a Clean, Glossy Plastic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop Using multiple layer styles can help achieve a more detailed and 3D-looking effect. This tutorial will show you
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“I think there’s something fundamentally broken about how we work with mobile photographs today. Take a look at how a large majority of people might deal with photographs on a smartphone.”
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“ Getting a tattoo is quite a commitment. For photographer Mark Leaver, the move to get inked wasn't quite intense enough. Leaver chose to up the ante, capturing with his camera those who dared to make their permanent mark on a body part far more promi...”
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