The sea pig, Scotoplanes globosa — a deep-sea sea cucumber

Via Echinoblog: http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/because-you-demanded-it-sea-pig-aka.html

Images 1 and 2: Via WikipediaLink 1; link 2. Lindberg, 1882, Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76 : under the command of Captain George S. Nares, R.N., F.R.S. and Captain Frank Turle Thomson, R.N. (public domain)

image 3: (the shiny pink one — source)

Image 4: (the sinister-looking one — source)

Image 5: (the other pink one — source)

Image 6: (the toy — source)

Apparently it’s even been made into a toy by Agatsuma! Available on ebay.

Caption: “Intercalation induces structural distortions. Left: unchanged DNA strand. Right: DNA strand intercalated at three locations (black areas).”

“In chemistryintercalation is the reversible inclusion of a molecule (or group) between two other molecules (or groups). Examples include DNA intercalation and graphite intercalation compounds.”

From the Wikipedia article on “Intercalation

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More animations from this Wikimedia gallery of animations from Conway’s Game of Life!

Pulsar (period 3)

Another 3-period oscillator

8-period oscillator

This one’s also really cool, but it’s not uploading for some reason

Oooooh, a Wikimedia gallery of animations from Conway’s Game of Life!

Glider (public domain). More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glider_(Conway’s_Life)

Gosper glider gun (cc-by-sa)