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Library of Lungs

"Library of Lungs" by Carsten Kamenz

That just sounds cool, doesn’t it? “Library of Lungs.” It’s one of the featured photos in Carsten Kamenz’s microscopic photography portfolio.

From SEED Magazine: When Carsten Kamenz of Berlin’s Humboldt-University turned his electron microscope on arachnid “book lungs,” he found a landscape of sere, alien beauty—canyons and beaches of chitin that, at higher magnifications, split into thin pages fringed with lacy arches and carpeted with mushroom-like structures. Resolving a longstanding conflict, Kamenz’s studies confirmed three years ago that book lungs evolved from gills only a single time in the ancestors of arachnids.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.