Moravec bush robots! A design for fractal branching ultra dextrous robots, proposed by Hans Moravec:

Image 1: Woefully unsourced! Clipped from a scanned PDF, more than likely… possibly from Mind Children by Hans Moravec?

Image 2Moravec, Hans; Easudes, Jesse; Dellaert, Frank (1999). “Fractal branching ultra-dexterous robots (Bush robots)”. NASA Advanced Concepts Research Project. PR-Number 10-86888.

(Wikipedia on Bush robots)

Lawrence Krauss

A Universe From Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing (2012)

See also an excellent talk on the subject from 2009:

The peacock mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus

Check out blog posts by Ed Yong and The Featured Creature

Photos 1 and 2: All over the interwebs, posted here among other places

Photo 3: via The Featured Creature; credited to

Image 4: A webcomic homage by The Oatmeal, complete with merchandise

Aliens got our message, and sent it to Spoonflower? I don’t quite know where this came from, but I like it!

I found the image via freshphotons, but I can’t find the original post. The diagrams are from the Dutil-Dumas message, which was created by Yvan Dutil and Stephane Dumas and transmitted in 1999 and 2003 as part of the Cosmic Call messages. Here is a detailed description of the Dutil-Dumas message content and diagrams: PDF

The color and arrangement of the diagrams seems to be the same as the image in this SEED magazine article, “Who Speaks for Earth?

But the tiling! The texture! Is this a fabric? I want to make things out of it!