Friday, September 30, 2011

Animal world- Experts unravel 'churkey' appearance mystery

The Transylvanian naked neck chicken has been dubbed the "churkey"
The "churkey" owes its distinctive look to a complex genetic mutation, according to scientists.

Experts at Edinburgh University set out to discover how the Transylvanian naked neck chicken came by its appearance. The bird, which has also been dubbed the turken, has the neck of a turkey and the body of a chicken.The scientists said the effects of the genetic mutation were enhanced by a vitamin A-derived substance produced around the bird's neck.This causes a protein, BMP12, to be produced, suppressing feather growth and causing the bird to have its bald neck, according to researchers at the Roslin Institute at Edinburgh University.

The team said the findings could help poultry production in hot countries because chickens with naked necks were better equipped to withstand the heat. They also have implications for understanding how birds, including vultures, evolved to have featherless necks.

Transylvanian naked neck chickens, which are thought to have originated from the north of Romania, were introduced to Britain in the 1920s.Researchers analysed DNA samples from naked neck chickens in Mexico, France and Hungary to find the genetic mutation.

Skin samples from embryonic chickens were also analysed using complex mathematical modelling.Dr Denis Headon, who led the research, said: "Not only does this help our understanding of developmental biology and give insight into how different breeds have evolved, but it could have practical implications for helping poultry production in hot countries, including those in the developing world."

The research, published in the journal PLoS, was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Amazing pictures-Diving in Mountain Lake in Austria

Divers explore pristine alpine park that turns into a lake for half the year. The emerald green waters of this mountain lake offer some of the most unique diving in landlocked Austria. On the bed of the lake underwater explorers will discover fish swimming though the branches of trees, a floor covered in grass, benches, bridges and a landscape that looks like it belongs overground. And that’s because for half of the year it is overground. This is the Green Lake in Tragoess, Styria, which sits at the foot of snow-capped Hochschwab mountains. Throughout the frozen winter months the area is almost completely dry and is used as a county park. It is a particular favourite site for hikers. But as soon as the temperatures begin to rise in spring, the ice and snow on the mountaintops begins to melt and runs down into the basin of land below. The park fills up with ice-cold crystal clear water, which gets its distinctive green colouring from the grass and foliage beneath. The water levels rise from about one or two metres deep in the winter to as much as 10 metres in the late spring and early summer.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Interesting facts-Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu is one of very few places World Heritage listed for both its cultural and its natural values. This cultural and natural wonder lies a half-day drive from Darwin. Kakadu is home to 68 mammals, more than 120 reptiles, more than 2,000 plants and over 10,000 species of insects.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Amazing facts- Pol Pot before he became dictator

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Amazing pictures-Sinkhole in Mexico

Ik-Kil Cenote, Mexico

Swimmers float in the saphirre waters of the Ik-Kil cenote, near the Maya site of Chichén Itzá in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Cenote means “natural well” in Spanish. Sinkholes occurring at sea level will fill up as high as the water table, creating the famous clear blue pools, used by the Maya royalty for both relaxation and ritual sacrifices.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Interesting facts-Five of the most Green Countries

Scientists at Yale University have ranked these countries, given the many factors. Countries were evaluated by stoballnoy (Russian Word) scale.

05 Norway

In the fifth place - Norway 81.1 points. CO2. By 2030, Norway will become a country with virtually no industrial emissions of CO2. Already countries are taking steps to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, looking for ways to reduce emissions. To achieve this, the government makes the purchase of related equipment and technologies. Plans are under way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40%.

Incidentally, the steps are not purely scientific, but economic. So, those motorists who have a car with engine running on diesel fuel, have to pay more. In addition, Norway paves the additional railway lines, to save the inhabitants of the country from having to travel by car over long distances.

04 Sweden

In the fourth place Sweden - 86.0 points. While the rest of the countries are experiencing hard times for paying more for fuel, Sweden already has plans to transfer all the houses on the fuel-free mode by 2020. Sweden is gradually shifting to renewable energy sources.

Such a plan was not adopted recently, but back in 1980, during one of the fuel crisis. The country focuses on energy use of rivers, wind and sun. Unfortunately, Sweden is building nuclear power plants, which are well, not exactly "clean". In addition, Sweden is gradually transferred to the use of biogas in vehicles instead of the normal methane.

03 Costa Rica

In third place Costa Rica - 86.4 points. This country has long stated its intention to remain a clean country, now Costa Rica is working on the conservation of virgin forests and biodiversity. By 2021, Costa Rica is going to be a country with zero emissions of industrial carbon dioxide. To do this, the Government promotes the development of new types of alternative energy sources, implementing already those existing in the industry.

For decades, Costa Rica had destroyed its own forests, Now, it is making significant efforts to conserve forests, and in addition, the country is trying to plant new trees to replace felled ones. Only in 2008, were planted 5 million new trees.

02 Switzerland

In second place Switzerland - 89.1 points. This country was the leader in the rating for the cleanest countries in 2008, now it has moved into second place. Switzerland is always working to stay clean, "green" country, gradually reducing the amount of emissions and arranging their own territory. The government is gradually creating new national parks, where nature comes in its original form.

In Switzerland, large and small companies, as well as individuals, are adopting "green" technologies, and promoting the use of such technologies for its customers. For example the popular hotels in this country are giving discounts to those who arrive in hybrid cars. In addition, many homes use heating system that receive energy from geothermal sources. But, in general, Switzerland has never been a dirty country.

01 Iceland

In the first place Iceland - 93.5 points.

The Icelandic Government has encouraged residents of this small country to use "green" technology. Interestingly, earlier in Iceland, 70% of the population was dependent on the supply of coal, which is imported into this country. Now the dependence of the energy sphere of Iceland on coal is only 18%. Even if coal supply does stop, Iceland will survive. By 2050, Iceland is going to get rid of dependence on coal and oil, excluding those natural resources from the economy and industry of the country.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bizarre events-Stripper suffocates to death inside cake

In Consenza, Italy, stag party friends were curious when a stripper failed to jump out of a huge cake. Assuming she was no longer in there, they received a nasty surprise when they found her dead inside it. Gina Lalapola, 23, had suffocated after waiting for an hour inside the sealed cake.


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Interesting facts-Buried people can be seen now

Scientists Can See Buried Dead People

Today in technology news we have a latest innovative technique that helps scientists see buried dead people.

What started as a collaboration between two McGill University professors to find buried elephants has turned into an imaging technique that will allow the discovery of bodies buried up to eight feet deep at least decades, possibly centuries later.

Hyperspectral imaging collects and processes light from across the electromagnetic spectrum, including visible light, as well as ultraviolet and infrared light. The research could help police solve missing persons cases or reveal new mass graves from hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago.

“As soon as there is some decay you can see a difference,” said Andre Costopoulos, a professor at McGill University developing new techniques to find old graves.
The research could aid local police and international human rights investigators, say the McGill scientists and Ian Hanson, a scientist at the University of Bournemouth in Britain. Equipping planes with hyperspectal imaging equipment would allow local police to fly over huge areas searching for newly missing persons.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Amazing facts- Iceland Sinkhole

Adventure kayaker Mick Coyne lowers himself down the wall of a sinkhole toward the headwaters of the Jokulsa, Iceland’s second longest river. Though the river is fed by melt from a glacier, this 150-foot (45-meter), inverted funnel-shaped hole was blasted into being by rising steam from geothermal vents below.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bizarre facts-Lucky Hughs

Lucky Hughs?

On December 5th 1660, a ship sank in the straights of Dover - the only survivor was noted to be Hugh Williams.

On 5th December 1767, another ship sank in the same waters - 127 lost their lives, the only survivor was noted to be Hugh Williams On 8th August 1820, a picnic boat capsized on the Thames - there was one survivor - Hugh Williams.

On 10th July 1940, a British trawler was destroyed by a German mine - only two men survived, one man and his nephew - they were both called Hugh Williams.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Animals in distress

An amazing animal pic from the flooded areas in Qld.
Most are so exhausted and scared that they allow humans to be in physical contact - most unusual!

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Interesting facts-Pints and quarts

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down'.

It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bizarre events-Man dies suffocated in condom

A thrill-seeker trying to give himself a sexual high killed himself by pulling a condom over his head, an inquest has heard. Gary Ashbrook, 31, was discovered naked on his bed alongside three empty cans of nitrous oxide he used to blow up the contraceptive. A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Ashbrook, who had been HIV positive for seven years, died from asphyxiation

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Amazing pictures-Lunch time for snake

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Amazing facts-Picher, Oklahoma, Sinkhole

Years of mining for zinc and lead has left Picher, Oklahoma, near the border with Kansas, literally full of holes—including this sinkhole seen in 2008. Some mines were dug too close to the surface, and the roofs were unable to support the weight of earth on top, leading to collapses.

“It has happened in Missouri and in western Pennsylvania from coal mining,” Missouri State’s Gouzie said. “We’ve gotten better with buidlng mines so the roofs can support the weight over top of them.”

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Interesting facts-Guiness record for fastest Lawnmower

Tommy Pastemante from the USA sets the fastest Speed on a Modified Lawnmower (61 mph).

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tragic happenings-Entire Soccer team perishes

An entire soccer team dies after being struck by a lighting during a match

During a game between Bena Tshadi and visitors Basanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, all 11 members of a football team were killed by a bolt of lightning which left the other team unhurt. Thirty other people received burns at the match. The two sides were drawing 1-1 in the match in eastern Kasai Province when the lightning struck the visiting team. The athletes from the home team curiously came out of the catastrophe unscathed.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Amazing facts-Floating boat bridge

Floating Boat Bridge

Commuters cross the Buriganga River on a floating boat bridge in Dhaka, Bangladesh. When rampant-growing water hyacinth prevented boats from moving freely on the river, a group of boatmen came up with a bright idea. They made this floating bridge by connecting 34 wooden dinghies together and are charging a small fee to cross. Creative work!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Interesting facts-Wet your whistle

Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.

'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Strange happenings-Guatemala Sinkhole

Heavy rains from tropical storm Agatha likely triggered the collapse of a huge sinkhole in Guatemala.

In the strictly geologic use of the word, a sinkhole happens when water erodes solid bedrock, carving an underground cavity that can then collapse. Many parts of the United States are at risk for that type of event.

The Guatemala sinkhole fits into a broader use of the term, which refers to any sudden slump of the ground’s surface. Instead of solid bedrock, much of Guatemala City rests atop a layer of loose, gravelly volcanic pumice that is hundreds of feet thick. And at least one geologist says leaking pipes—not nature—created the recent sinkhole.

Overall, the risk for repeat sinkholes in Guatemala City is high—but highly unpredictable.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Amazing pictures-Horse fall

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Amazing facts-World Record for unicycle

Sam Wakeling holds the current Guinness World Record for unicycle distance in 24 hours: 281.85 miles (453.6km)

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Interesting facts-Honey beer

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bizarre events-Man dies after falling into vat of Hershey's chocolate

In a scene straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but with grim real life consequences, Vincent Smith II, an employee at the Cocoa Services Inc. chocolate factory in Camden, New Jersey, had a fatal accident. He was loading chunks of raw chocolate, when he slipped and fell into a large melting tank filled with 50°C (120°F) Hershey's chocolate, and was knocked out by one of the mixing paddles. Smith was trapped in the melting tank for 10 minutes before rescuers were able to extract him. He was declared dead a short time later


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Monday, September 5, 2011

Interesting facts for Kids-Letter A in spelling of numbers

Q.. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter 'A'?

A. One thousand

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Animal world-Goliath spider

The goliath bird eating spider (also called the birdeater) (Theraphosa blondi) is an arachnid belonging to the tarantula family and is the largest spider in the world. The spider was named by explorers from the Victorian era, who witnessed one eating a hummingbird and reported the sighting to the Western world.

Native to the rain forest regions of northern South America, these spiders have up to a 30 centimetre (12 in) long leg span when fully extended and can weigh over 120 grams. Wild goliath birdeaters are a deep burrowing species, found commonly in marshy or swampy areas. Goliath birdeaters usually live in burrows in the ground that they have either dug themselves or have been previously abandoned by rodents or other similar creatures.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Interesting facts for kids-Sleep tight

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase...
'Goodnight , sleep tight'

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Amazing facts-Tallest man promotes Guinness World Records book

The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen from Turkey, poses for photographers next to school children at an event in London to promote the Guinness World Records 2010 book. Kosen, who is 2m 46.5cm (8ft 1in) tall, also claims the record for the largest hands and largest feet.


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Interesting facts-First couple

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintston.

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