What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (1958) Lectures delivered at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Winter 1955-56

 

Scientists view insect wings against black background, discover previously unrecognized stable iridescent patterns that are likely used in signaling

Shetsova et al. 2011. “Stable structural color patterns displayed on transparent insect wings.” PNAS vol. 108 no. 2 668-673. 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1017393108 

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/2/668.full

Summary: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/01/insect-wing-color/

Dr. Walter Tschinkel standing next to a cast of a Florida harvester ant nest

Tschinkel WR. 2004. The nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius. 20pp. Journal of Insect Science, 4:21, Available online: insectscience.org/4.21

An informative blog post: http://illustrationrevealed.wordpress.com/tag/walter-tschinkel/

And Dr. Tschinkel’s faculty site:

http://www.bio.fsu.edu/faculty-tschinkel.php

Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

Richard Feynman. From lecture “What is and What Should be the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society”, given at the Galileo Symposium in Italy (1964). In: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (1999)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman 
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman

We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities.