Inflating a set of cat lungs. (via arsanatomica)
Lungs are by most accounts mundane. Everybody has them, few give it much thought. But sequestered within darkness of the chest cavity, enveloping the fluttering heart, there’s a incredible wonder to this oddly inflatable organ.
Dissection is a destructive process. Rudely excised from membranous mooring and nourishing vessels, the deflated lungs appear little more than bloodied meat; amorphous and exposed…….until a breath of air unfurls its secret glory.
Here, a set of cat lungs is inflated with a straw. Comprised of hundreds of millions of microscopic air sacks called aveoli, Mammalian lungs harbor air capacity that is difficult to believe unless seen. The color of the entire organ lightens into a soft pink, as each microscopic sac fills with air.
This set of animations really shows the beauty and wonder found in the simple act of breathing. To inspire and expire, to maintain and prevent collapse of these delicate airways and sacs is a remarkable process.
The Champions League Quarterfinal
Something is missing…namely: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS
Lyon eliminated from the Champions League
Olympique Lyonnais tonight lost for the first time ever at home in the UEFA Women’s Champions League against Turbine Potsdam. Camille Abily put Lyon up early in the game, but the Germans equalized before half time. In the second half, Saki Kumagai conceded a questionable penalty that Maren Mjelde placed in the back of the net.
Eugénie Le Sommer said: ”This is a huge disappointment. There was room for a win… Too bad… We had other ambitions in this tournament. They were superior to us in impact.”
Goals for OL: Abily (12’); for Potsdam: Draws (33’), Mjelde (73’).
Trust in Allah. He won’t make the mountain smaller, but He will make climbing it that much easier.