Sunday, September 30, 2007
Is Google God? The people at the
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.
Kai-hung Fung of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in
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
Micreon, based in
Saturday, September 29, 2007
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.
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
Here are some pictures and a video.
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
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!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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
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!
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…
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
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
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.
Monday, September 24, 2007
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.)
Sunday, September 23, 2007
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
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
According to reports appearing across the
Saturday, September 22, 2007
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.
Looks like a fox, doesn't it? It's not! It's a bat.
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
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.
* The one who yawns first shows no malice towards those he or she yawns around.
* A yawn may be a sign that one is afflicted by the evil eye (
* When one person yawns, it is said that anybody watching will instantly yawn as well.
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.
Here they are....all hundred of them..