Saturday, September 26, 2009

KNOW YOUR FOE


Can you tell the difference between the Ebola, H1N1 and smallpox viruses?
Take this quiz from Newsweek and find out.

Friday, September 25, 2009

GECKO WITH PSYCHEDELIC EYES


National Geographic reader Quinton Robinson took this amazing photo of a Madagascar giant leaf tailed gecko that looked at the world with trippy colored eyes!

Thirsty Bat

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

THE STRONGEST ANIMAL ON EARTH


The Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules) is a species of rhinoceros beetle that lives in South America. It can grow to over 6 inches in length (counting its horns), but its claim to fame is its strength. The Hercules beetle can support 850 times its own weight on its shell! This beetles eats only vegetation and is not aggressive, except to other Hercules beetles, when males fight each other over females.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

HISTORY OF COMMUNICATION

History of communication from DesignTV on Vimeo.

TEA EGGS


These visually striking eggs are produced by hard-boiling an egg, cracking the shell, and then steeping the egg in a flavored tea or broth. The batik-like marbling effect is more prominent when teas with high levels of tannin are used; the duration of the second boiling will influence both the color of the marbling and the degree to which the tea or broth flavor penetrates the egg.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MONKEY PICKED TEA


This rare chinese tea is carefully picked by specially trained monkeys in a remote mountain region of China. Legend has it that monkeys were first used to collect tea ten centuries ago, because upon seeing its master trying to reach some tea growing wild on a mountain face, the monkey climbed up the steep face and collected the tea growing there and brought it down to his master. Nowadays the practice of monkeys picking tea has all but died out, except in one small remote village where they still continue this remarkable tradition.

SPIDERMAN COPYCAT


Native to Kenya, the rock agama (Agama mwanzae) is unable to throw webs, but can change colour – the brightly coloured males will change brown at night or if frightened. They can also run on their hind legs, and – like Spidey – can scale vertical walls. They are high maintenance animals, in need of special diets and strict temperature settings.