telescopes make great gifts – not that there is anything of a hint there, but if you can’t occasionally use your blog to give someone a hint, what can you do?
As someone who knows little of star gazing I have pinpointed the beginner dobsonian telescope as ideal for my newbie status. It’s powerful enough to make the sky at night come alive and at a price that won’t give you that sinking feeling in the stomach.
If not that, then the Celestron PowerSeeker would be a great choice too. So, whichever one I end up with, I will be more than happy. Hint over.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
He contacted the photographer who had taken the original picture who was also intrigued by the music. He informed his Editor and the whole idea was turned in to a story in the newspaper. Agnelli, spurred on, then created this animation with the photo, the music and the score.
There is absolutely no Photoshop involved here - the melody is created from the exact positions of the birds on the wires. It's a lovely little tune, too!
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Vimeo user Byron caught several adult wolf spiders and was taking care of them and studying them. Two of the spiders produced egg cases and carried them around with them for several weeks, even constructing little web-nests where the mother and egg case would sit, motionless, protected from the world.
Sadly, the mother spiders died, leaving their egg cases behind for Byron to take care of. Normally, the mother spider will open up the egg case and let the spiderlings out when they are ready to hatch; so after three weeks Byron opened them with tweezers and the baby spiders jumped out!
Wolf spiders are unique among spiders in that they provide parental care: the spiderlings will jump on the mother's back and ride on top of her for a week.... if one falls off, the mother will wait until it jumps back on again.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Scientists are not sure why they are making a comeback now. It could be the increase in international travel but it may also be that they have become resistant to the pesticides used to kill them. Whatever the reason, try not and let the bedbugs bite.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
No, Libby we said dogs on logs not dog logs on. Always has to be one....
Clear off! You don't count!
Dogs can get very possessive about their logs. Whenever they see one, they get all mine, mine, mine. The size of the log is irrelevant. Ownership is everything.
Sunday, 5 September 2010
The lady who adopted her decided that Josie needed more mobility so she approached her local orthopaedic group who put her in touch with someone willing to make her a prosthetic.
He had never seen a dog without two front legs before (not many of us have, I imagine) so it was to the drawing board. First it was a mould and some struggle getting it just right. The second design was a success.
Josie can now get around better – and even chases the cat around at home.
So can orangutans really pantomime their desires? ScienceNews seems to think so - and blame our inability to spot this talent on our own dim wittedness. In other words, we just haven't noticed it before!
Researchers in Indonesia have come to the conclusion after going through records of observations going back thirty years. They maintain that their evidence shows conclusively that orangutans can mime their desires and going from the video above, it would seem that they were correct.
Image Credit Flickr User Bill and Mavis
They live in the evergreen and mixed deciduous forests there as far north as Madhya Pradesh in isolated ranges.