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tarantula
Tarantula

World's Largest Spider" Stalks South American Jungles
The goliath birdeater tarantula of South America is arguably the biggest spider in the world. The venomous night hunter can grow to be one foot (30 centimeters) long and sports one-inch (2.5-centimeter) fangs.
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Nuclear Love

Nuke test brought out the love
Condom sales and pay-by-the-hour "love motel" bookings surged across South Korea after North Korea carried out its nuclear test.
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Bodybuilder
Bodybuilder

Men's Testosterone Levels Down
A new study shows a drop in average blood levels of testosterone in middle-aged Boston men over the last 20 years.
The reasons for that decline aren't clear, and participants' average testosterone levels are in the normal range, the study shows.
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10/21/2006: Cool Bags

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Old but worth repeating. Thanks phil via max.blog.az

Cool Bag

Cool Bag

Cool Bag

Cool Bag

Cool Bag


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Which is the original?

Young  Woman

Middle Aged Woman

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Bacteria Motor
The scanning electron micrograph at left shows an overview of the silicon track, designed to coax the bacteria into moving in a uniform direction around the circular tracks. In the center, two cells glide along the wall in the track. The illustration at right of a circular track shows how the bacteria bind to and pull the rotor. Image credit: Yuichi Hiratsuka, et al.

New motor first to be powered by living bacteria
Yuichi Hiratsuka and his colleagues used a species of bacteria called Mycoplasma mobile to power their micromechanical motor. M. mobile, which has micrometer-sized cell body that glides continuously over solid surfaces, can move at speeds of up to 5 micrometers per second. Scientists aren't sure what causes the bacteria to move, other than that several proteins are involved, but Hiratsuka's group was still able to take advantage of the gliding ability by using entire M. mobile cells. The whole cells have been observed to work "more efficiently and intelligently" than nature's smaller motor machines (e.g., proteins and molecules), the scientists reported.
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Before
Before

After
After

All this talk about fashion models and extreme dieting. How did our idea of beauty become so distorted?
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10/16/2006: Spacecraft airbags

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"Ballute"
A Ballute

Spacecraft airbags
Ballutes a cross between balloons and parachutes may one day act as lightweight heat shields and braking mechanisms for cargo or even people landing on the Earth or Mars from space. The concept recently received a boost from NASA, which is funding a proposal to develop the idea.
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10/13/2006: The Sun

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The Sun
A photo of the sun taken by the SOHO

The SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) project is a cooperative effort between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). SOHO is designed to study the internal structure of the Sun, its extensive outer atmosphere and the origin of the solar wind, the stream of highly ionized gas that blows continuously outward through the Solar System. SOHO was launched on December 2, 1995.

Gallery of the best shots from SOHO

Short clip of the space craft

SOHO Home Page
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Death

Environmentally friendly alternative to cremation
An alternative to cremation known as promession involves turning the body and coffin into powder after they have been dipped in liquid nitrogen at -196C. Once the pieces become brittle they are put on a vibrating pad to disintegrate. The scheme is being hailed as an environmentally friendly alternative and will soon be launched in Preston, Lancashire in England.
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Human Heart
Human Heart

Drugs Regrow Heart After Heart Attack
It's not supposed to happen in mammals. But a two-drug treatment makes rat hearts regenerate after heart attacks.
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Dress to Impress

Fertile women dress to impress

Women dress to impress when they are at their most fertile, US researchers said on Tuesday in a study they say shows that signs of human ovulation may not be as mysterious as some scientists believe.
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US Army in Iraqi Desert
US Army in Iraqi Desert

Making Water From Thin Air
A company that developed technology capable of creating water out of thin air nearly anywhere in the world is now under contract to nourish U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq.
...The 20-foot machine can churn out 600 gallons of water a day without using or producing toxic materials and byproducts.
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Aqua Sciences Website



10/08/2006: Tiny Bear

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Tiny Teddy Bear

Tiny Teddy Bear

Tiny Teddy Bear
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Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon - original image by Dan Bush

Tonight's Harvest Moon is 12 Percent Bigger
According to NASA tonights full moon will be 12 per cent larger than your average full moon. The moon's orbit is like elliptical and tonight it is closest to earth. Should look great arounf 8 PM.
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Whats a harvest moon
The Harvest Moon is the full moon that appears nearest to the autumnal equinox, which occurs on or about 23 September.
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Lightning
Incredible photo of lightning by Kane Quinnell

Lightning bolt throws photographer in the air
After setting the camera for a four-second exposure he began shooting pictures, suspecting there was little chance of lightning flashing while the shutter was open. "I hit the button and there was nothing. I hit the button again and nothing. On about the fourth attempt I hit the button again and I saw this lightning and heard the thunder. "It was like a crack. The next thing I was about two metres in the air - it scared the hell out of me."
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10/04/2006: Wind Shaped Pavilion

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Wind Shaped Pavilion

Wind shaped Pavillion


The Wind Shaped Pavilion is a design proposal for a large fabric structure that can be used as a public or private pavilion. As a lightweight fabric structure, the wind slowly and randomly rotates each of the six segments around a central open support frame. This continually alters the shape of the pavilion, while at the same time generating electrical power for its nighttime illumination.
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It is the design Michael Jantzen.
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10/04/2006: Beautiful China

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These amazing photos of China were posted in the Echo in March but they deserve a blog repost.

The photos are from Mr. Feng Jiang's album.

Thanks Flip for sending these!

China

China

China

China

China

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Cable Cars
Cable Cars

Tightrope walker raises the bar
A tightrope walker has broken a world record by balancing on a cable car wire 1,300ft above an Alpine valley.
German Falko Traber, 46, walked 500ft on the 1.6ins thick cable car wire above the Saukaser valley in Austria.
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Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov
Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov

First Chess Match After Toilet Dispute Between Kramnik, Topalov Ends in Draw
Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria played to a draw Monday in Game 6 of the world chess championship after Kramnik agreed to resume competition after a dispute over bathroom breaks threatened to halt the tournament, the Associated Press news agency reports.
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About the world chess championship
The FIDE World Chess Championship 2006 is a 12 game chess match between Classical World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik, and FIDE World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov. It will determine, for the first time in 13 years, the undisputed World Chess Champion. The match is being played between September 23 and October 12, 2006, in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia.
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RNA interference
RNA-interference

American geneticists win Nobel medicine prize
Two US academics have won the Nobel prize in medicine for discovering a method of controlling the flow of genetic information, an important research tool that scientists hope will lead to new treatments for a range of illnesses from virual infections to cancer.
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what is RNA interference
RNA interference (RNAi) is a mechanism in biology where the presence of certain fragments of double-stranded RNA interferes with the expression of a particular gene which shares a similar sequence with the double-stranded RNA. RNAi is distinct from other gene silencing phenomena in that silencing can spread from cell to cell and generate heritable phenotypes in first generation progeny. The term gene silencing is generally used to describe the "switching off" of a gene.
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10/02/2006: Attractiveness Graph

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Attractiveness Graph
Attractiveness Graph

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Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is a celebutard

New insults for English language
A new book suggests people are keen to coin new insults in the English language, such as "tanorexic" and "celebutard".
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