jameswaters Just hanging out on the deck with my new bff 2d

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jameswaters Couldn't even capture the best part of the ceiling of this Cambridge coffee house, a geometric tiling of mirrors around its perimeter. 1w
  •   jameswaters Also, if you want to feel drunk without consuming any alcohol, just try and line up a symmetric photograph of a ceiling by looking up from beneath a swinging pendulum. 1w
  •   jotay67890 Cool! 1w
  •   jessicalaurel1 😀 1w

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jameswaters #Trachymyrmex ant nest. They're growing a fungus garden in the test tube, feeding it bits and pieces of the harvested catkins, and then rearing larvae with fruiting bodies produced by the fungus garden. Nest design by @tarheelants (on twitter). 1w
  •   han_paal This is awesome, and now I miss my old colonies! They will outgrow this fast if all conditions are met :) But I know very little about Trachymyrmex, if they're like Acromyrmex (they'll be tough, and the only thing to maintain is their garden) Good luck and have fun! 7d
  •   jameswaters @han_paal any advice on what to feed them or how to make the conditions ideal? 7d
  •   han_paal Provide heating nowhere lower than 22ºC and ideally up to 26-27ºC. For this small setup, I'd buy the lowest wattage UTH (under tank heater pad) not to fry them. They can't expand their fungus in that tube, sooner or later (sooner the better) you must fully open that tube, and here arises a potensial issue. If the fungus dries out, the colony dies. If you fancy this species, I'd buy a tall but pretty airtight container, doesnt have to be large in width. They need moistening! Don't mind treating the ants, treat the garden! Your a botanist with fungusgrowing species :) It needs a high RH! (relative humidity), needs regular moistening :) Through leaves and misting. 7d
  •   jameswaters @han_paal excellent, thanks! 7d

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jameswaters Reposting an old shot from my time as a postdoc at #princeton, and mourning the loss of much loved community members John and Alicia Nash, who were killed yesterday after being ejected from their taxi in a collision on the NJ turnpike. Tragic and painful to the extreme, but sadly, not unthinkable. Data from 2012 indicate that almost a hundred people die EVERY DAY in fatal roadway crashes in the USA alone. 30,800 fatalities a year. Most of them, closer to home than we'd like to think. Baruch Dayan Emet. 1w

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jameswaters Under the big oak tree #chuckleebanjo 1w

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jameswaters Fly around my pretty little miss 1w

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jameswaters Reviewing this manuscript while listening to bluegrass at a local dive bar = accept with minimal revision! #bigriverstomp #nickanees 2w

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jameswaters Yes. 2w

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jameswaters Beautiful day on campus 2w
  •   pc_oas This was so perfect that I had to share!! 2w

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jameswaters #aphaenogaster hauling some serious seed #girlpower 3w

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jameswaters Interspecific party in the lichens 3w

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jameswaters Beneath the bridge in Central Park 3w

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jameswaters Rain's coming 3w

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jameswaters Crazy #benji 3w

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jameswaters Nice signage NYC 3w

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jameswaters Ghostly re-creations on display in the #lostmuseums collection at Brown. #jenks #naturalhistory 4w

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