Sunday, September 30, 2007

if it is your birthday today....

is google god?


Is Google God? The people at the Church of Google (and practitioner of "Googlism") think so, and they’ve even got 9 proofs of why Google is God. For example:

Google remembers all. Google caches WebPages regularly and stores them on its massive servers. In fact, by uploading your thoughts and opinions to the internet, you will forever live on in Google’s cache, even after you die, in a sort of "Google Afterlife".

Read more HERE.


the human nose


It may look like a strange insect , but this is actually a CT image revealing the delicate structures underlying the human nose.

The multicolored pockets, seen in a cutaway from below the nose looking up, are the paranasal sinuses—the air-filled spaces in the skull that are the bane of many an allergy sufferer.

Kai-hung Fung of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Hong Kong captured the image, a co-winner in the photography category of the 2007 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, while examining a 33-year-old Chinese woman for thyroid disease.

tornado potato












That’s the tornado potato, a new snack found on the streets of Seoul, South Korea: take a spud and carve it into a long spiral and deep fry it to a crisp. Yum!

housefly gets glasses made with lasers


Pampering pets with designer goods isn't so unusual—and now even your houseflies can get outfitted in style.

An entry in a German science-photo competition, this image shows a fly sporting a set of "designer" lenses crafted and set in place with a cutting-edge laser technique. The glasses fit snuggly on the fly's 0.08-inch-wide (2-millimeter-wide) head.

Manufacturing firm Micreon GmbH submitted the insect's picture for the Bilder der Forschung (Photos of Science) 2005 competition. Selected images were on display last week in a Munich shopping center.

Micreon, based in Hannover, Germany , created the fly's eyewear using ultrafast laser micro-machining.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

teddy bear's picnic song


The presidents singing the 'Teddy Bear's Picnic Song.'


great camouflages



Most animals in the wild have to do their best not to get eaten by other animals. These animals do this by trying to blend in with their natural environment.








hot water freezes faster than cold water

Hot water freezes faster than cold water. It was (re)discovered by a Tazmanian high school student named Erasto Mpemba, so the phenomenon is called the Mpemba effect.

Read more about why hot water freezes faster than cold water here.


transparent frog


For high school students everywhere, this revealing amphibian may be a cut above regular frogs. That's because the see-through frog does not require dissection to see its organs, blood vessels, and eggs.

Masayuki Sumida and colleague at the Hiroshima University, Japan, had created a frog with transparent skin!

The researchers say the see-through frogs can help in the study of diseases and in the development of medical treatments by allowing laboratory scientists to check the status of internal organs and blood vessels while the frogs are alive and without having to dissect them.

According to Sumida, the transparent frog is the result of breeding two specimens of Japanese brown frog (Rana japonica) that had a genetic mutation giving them pale skin. By selectively breeding their offspring, the researchers were able to create a frog that remains transparent for its entire life cycle. Most of the world’s known transparent creatures live underwater, and transparent four-legged animals are extremely rare.

Friday, September 28, 2007

mum of the day

weirdest animal you've ever seen





When I first saw the picture of a weird looking animal I thought either somebody goofed around with photoshop or it is a cloning experiment went wrong. Turns out, I was wrong, and the pictures were real. The animal is called a Four-toed jerboa. Four-toed jerboa is a small jumping desert rodent that resembles a rat with rabbit ears and can jump distances of greater than one meter.


Here are some pictures and a video.

diy miniature stove


Cool Little Miniature Stove! - video powered by Metacafe

what is it?


You throw away the outside.

You cook the inside.

You eat the outside.

You throw away the inside.


What is it?

animals in formalin preservation



Want to see animals preserved in formalin? Sure you do.

In the preservation of animal specimens for study, animals are usually preserved using formalin where the whole body would be immersed in the posture in which it is supposed to stay permanently because it will be hardened. The ratio of formalin to carcass must at least be 12 to 1 to ensure a good fixation.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

what is your harry potter identity?




Take this quiz to discover which character from Harry Potter you are most like!

This is my HP identity...

Hello Hermione Granger!

You are the brains behind the action, the clever one and the one who is very sympathetic. Though at times you like to be in control, you still step aside when it really matters! You are very cautious and extremely brilliant not to mention caring!

universal decision maker


For when flipping a coin just seems so 20th century, the Universal Decision Maker makes your daily decisions both easy and entertaining. Just think of something you have to make a decision about, then click the Start button.


coin toss is not random



If you flip a coin, you’ll have equal chance (50-50) of getting head or tail, right?

Wrong. Stanford math professors proved that a flipped coin will land as it started 51% of the time.

how giraffes fight

one gigabyte of memory, then and now


The one on the left is 20 years ago… the one in his hand is now.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

beehive

A slide show on how a beehive is formed inside a bell jar.

if it's your birthday today....

Sung by the chins.....

the art of quitting












the human flipbook

Human Flipbook is a fascinating YouTube clip, sponsored by Erbert & Gerbert Subs & Clubs, in which a "human flipbook," basically a guy wearing 150 T-shirts, tells the story of a hungry boy trying to find a sandwich!

The commercial human flipbook

The making of the commercial

illusions in your brain

more stories from tech support

Tech support guys have to deal with lot of silly people. Following are some true conversation recorded .


Helpdesk: Good day. How may I help you?

Male customer : Hello… I can’t print.
Helpdesk: Would you click on start for me and …
Customer: Listen pal; don’t start getting technical on me! I’m not Bill Gates damn it!

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Hi good afternoon, this is Martha, I can’t print. Every time I try it says ‘Can’t find printer’. I’ve even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can’t find it…

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vampire squid



This Vampyroteuthis infernalis, or vampire squid has a weird-looking eye, but it looks even weirder when he closes it!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

swan feeds goldfish every morning



A local security guard recently discovered a peculiar scene where black swans can be seen feeding goldfish near the shore of a lake located in Hangzhou, China. According to the guard, 9 black swans will climb onto a raft and start feeding the goldfish with their beaks at 10am every morning. The goldfish can always be seen following the swans closely after that. Locals were astonished to find such an affectionate tie existing between the two creatures.

IQ test

Link


latte art

what makes us fart?


The answer may stink, but eating or drinking anything gives us gas. In fact, it's normal to fart up to half of a gallon (1.9 liters), or about 15 to 20 toots worth of gas, each day.

When we gulp down food, air comes with it. So if a belch seems rude, remember that the air has to leave our bodies one way or another.

Fragrant flatulence, however, comes from colonies of bacteria shacked up inside our lower intestinal tract (which is why it can take hours for gas to kick in after a meal). In the process of converting our meals into useful nutrients, these food-munching microbes produce a smelly by-product of hydrogen sulfide gas—the same stench that emanates from rotten eggs.

world's hardest tongue twister

World’s hardest tongue twister is "The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick."

einstein on stupidity

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former."

- Albert Einstein, scientist (1879-1955)

bertrand russell on useless knowledge

"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge"

- Bertrand Russell, philosopher (1872-1970)

Monday, September 24, 2007

bones break (down) to balance minerals




In addition to supporting the bag of organs and muscles that is our body, bones help regulate our calcium levels. Bones contain both phosphorus and calcium, the latter of which is needed by muscles and nerves. If the element is in short supply, certain hormones will cause bones to break down–upping calcium levels in the body–until the appropriate extracellular concentration is reached.

camera illusion


don't try this !

TEACHER: Why are you late?
WEBSTER: Because of the sign.
TEACHER: What sign?
WEBSTER: The one that says, "School Ahead, Go Slow."

fun pigeion facts: super vision


To keep alive in the wild, a pigeon needs to keep its eyes open for predators. Having eyes on the side of its head gives it a field of view of 340 degrees and, in order to fly at speed, its brain can process visual information three times faster than a human’s. If a pigeon watched a feature film, 24 frames per second would appear to it like a slide presentation. They would need at least 75 frames per second to create the illusion of movement on screen. (This is why pigeons seem to leave it until the very last second to fly out of the way of an oncoming car: it appears much less fast to them.)

russian biology textbook

Have fun with it..... Link


Sunday, September 23, 2007

dessert


Mini Mixed Chocolate Human Brains Treats with Cherries. Bet it is delicious....

the adventures of mr . fly


In this photo essay in JPG Magazine, Mr. Fly takes on a number of different jobs to support his 173 wives and 2,184 children.


crocs and escalators a bad combination?


Word from CNN is that wearers of a popular clunky, soft-soled clog are getting their toes caught in escalators. Reports are popping up in Japan, Singapore, and the United States.

Four-year-old Rory McDermott got a Croc-clad foot caught in an escalator last month at a mall in northern Virginia. His mother managed to yank him free, but the nail on his big toe was almost completely ripped off, causing heavy bleeding.

At first, Rory’s mother had no idea what caused the boy’s foot to get caught. It was only later, when someone at the hospital remarked on Rory’s shoes, that she began to suspect the Crocs and did an Internet search.

“I came home and typed in ‘Croc’ and ‘escalator,’ and all these stories came up,” said Jodi McDermott, of Vienna, Virginia. “If I had known, those would never have been worn.”

According to reports appearing across the United States and as far away as Singapore and Japan, entrapments occur because of two of the biggest selling points of shoes like Crocs: their flexibility and grip. Some report the shoes get caught in the “teeth” at the bottom or top of the escalator, or in the crack between the steps and the side of the escalator.

the moon, stars and aurora borealis over earth



This fantastic photo of the Moon, the stars, and Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over Earth was taken by the International Space Station (Expedition 13) in 2006.

FedEx clock

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

glofish : fluorescent pet fish


A while ago, scientists at the National University of Singapore created transgenic, fluorescent zebra fish by injecting red, green, and orange fluorescence genes from a jellyfish into the fish eggs. They did this so the fish could help detect environmental pollutants.

Now, you can actually have them for pets! They are marketed under the name GloFish, and look very cool under a black light.

flying fox discovered



Looks like a fox, doesn't it? It's not! It's a bat.

This species of flying fox was recently discovered in the Philippines not long after it was deemed not to exist. Jake Esselstyn, a biologist with the University of Kansas, was among a team of researchers that found the animal, a type of fruit bat, last year while surveying forest life on the island of Mindoro. The animal is now known as the Mindoro stripe-faced fruit bat.

the world's endangered languages



Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and how the human brain works.

National Geographic's Enduring Voices Project strives to preserve endangered languages by identifying language hotspots - the places on our planet with the most unique, poorly understood, or threatened indigenous languages - and documenting the languages and cultures within them.


the body battery calculator



My Body is Producing 193 Watts!

  • I could light up 2 light bulbs
  • I could power 48 iPods
  • It would take 1 of me to power an Xbox 360
  • 5 of me would be needed to keep a refrigerator running

193 WATTS Body Battery Calculator - Find Out How Much Electricity Your Body is Producing - Dating


motion binding optical illusion


Here’s a neat optical illusion from Michael Bach, which illustrates the power of "motion binding" in how we perceive things.

yawn

Would you believe it that till today, scientists still don’t know why we yawn!

From wikipedia, here’s a list of superstitions that surround the act of yawning:

The most common of these is the belief that it is necessary to cover one’s mouth when one is yawning in order to prevent one’s soul from escaping the body. The Ancient Greeks believed that yawning was not a sign of boredom, but that a person’s soul was trying to escape from its body, so that it may rest with the gods in the skies. This belief was also shared by the Maya.

Other superstitions include:

* A yawn is a sign that danger is near.

* Counting a person’s teeth robs them of one year of life for every tooth counted. This is why some people cover their mouths when they laugh, smile, or yawn.

* If two persons are seen to yawn one after the other, it is said that the one who yawned last bears no malice towards the one who yawned first.

* The one who yawns first shows no malice towards those he or she yawns around.

* If you don’t cover your mouth while yawning, then the devil will come and rob your soul (Estonia).

* In some Latin American, East Asian and Central African countries yawning is said to be caused by someone else talking about you.

* A yawn may be a sign that one is afflicted by the evil eye (Greece).

* When one person yawns, it is said that anybody watching will instantly yawn as well.

some bits from the history of scissors


The obvious is so commonplace that when waved in front of our noses we often don’t give it a moment’s thought or even realize it’s there. We take certain objects so for granted that we probably never stop to ask ourselves how they first figured in the life of man. This is the case with scissors: do they date back one century, two centuries or twenty? Our stainless steel kitchen scissors were probably bought from a market stall around the corner, but when did the first scissors come into the world? Attempting to track down the name of a crackpot inventor would certainly be of no avail; as in many similar cases, scissors were not invented in a flash of creative genius, but rather evolved, step by step, alongside many other tools destined to cut, separate and pierce, undergoing modifications of design, material and decoration from the first, primitive examples — or at least from the first examples revealed by archeology and literature — to the scissors of today.

100 words that all high school graduates - and their parents - should know


The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.

"The words we suggest," says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, "are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language."

Here they are....all hundred of them..

abjure
abrogate
abstemious
acumen
antebellum
auspicious
belie
bellicose
bowdlerize
chicanery
chromosome
churlish
circumlocution
circumnavigate
deciduous
deleterious
diffident
enervate
enfranchise
epiphany
equinox
euro
evanescent
expurgate
facetious
fatuous
feckless
fiduciary
filibuster
gamete
gauche
gerrymander
hegemony
hemoglobin
homogeneous
hubris
hypotenuse
impeach
incognito
incontrovertible
inculcate
infrastructure
interpolate
irony
jejune
kinetic
kowtow
laissez faire
lexicon
loquacious

lugubrious
metamorphosis
mitosis
moiety
nanotechnology
nihilism
nomenclature
nonsectarian
notarize
obsequious
oligarchy
omnipotent
orthography
oxidize
parabola
paradigm
parameter
pecuniary
photosynthesis
plagiarize
plasma
polymer
precipitous
quasar
quotidian
recapitulate
reciprocal
reparation
respiration
sanguine
soliloquy
subjugate
suffragist
supercilious
tautology
taxonomy
tectonic
tempestuous
thermodynamics
totalitarian
unctuous
usurp
vacuous
vehement
vortex
winnow
wrought
xenophobe
yeoman
ziggurat







sunset


Sunset over the Pacific Ocean as seen from the International Space Station (Expedition 7)