The South American Puya chilensis plant traps sheep in its razor-sharp spines This towering 10-foot plant only blooms once every 15-20 years, and it’s flowering this week at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the UK. The plant’s spiny leaves tend ensnare sheep and other animals, which become its nourishing fertilizer as they decompose. Aww, how resourceful. The RHS’s plant is being fed a liquid diet, and kept away from children.
A research team made a “brain atlas” by slicing a woman’s brain more than 7,400 times This brain map, a 3D digital model called BigBrain, will be 50 times more detailed than anything available today, and was created by scanning the slices and reconstructing the whole brain. This cellular-level model will soon be available online for the public to explore. In this video, a special slicer called a “microtome” is used to cut the brain into pieces thinner than one strand of human hair: