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Giant Spider Species Discovered in Middle Eastern Sand Dunes

January 12, 2010 1 comment

EGADS!

(Wired Science) – Scientists have unearthed a completely new species of spider hiding in sand dunes on the Israel-Jordan border.

With a legspan that stretches 5.5 inches, the spider, called Cerbalus aravensis, is the biggest of its type in the Middle East. “It is rare to find a new species of spider — at least around this part of the world — which is so big,” said biologist Uri Shanas of the University of Haifa-Oranim in Israel, who discovered the arachnid.

via Giant Spider Species Discovered in Middle Eastern Sand Dunes | Wired Science | Wired.com.

PICTURES: Octopuses Carry Coconuts as Instant Hideaways

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

(National Geographic News) – Strange as the coconut shelter may be, what really caught the researchers attention was that veined octopuses carry the coconuts with them–tip-toeing with the shells suctioned to their undersides–before reassembling the halves for protection or deception.

via PICTURES: Octopuses Carry Coconuts as Instant Hideaways.

Categories: Amazing, Science, Weird

Most High-Tech Ocean Observatory Opens

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

(National Geographic News) – Nearly 500 miles of data-transmitting cable will make NEPTUNE Canada’s new Pacific Ocean observatory the largest of its kind. Underwater cameras will also capture seafloor wildlife.

via Most High-Tech Ocean Observatory Opens.

Fireball and flash in the sky alarms Utahns

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

This seems to be happening a lot more. I’m sure its a combination of more cameras to record these events along with an increased interest in the sky above period.

(KSL.com) – SALT LAKE CITY — People all over the state were caught off guard when a ball of fire suddenly lit up the night sky. Just after midnight, the phones lit up at KSL as people across the state called to tell us what they saw and ask what it was.

The bolide meteor was likely a straggler from Tuesday’s Leonid meteor shower. The Earth is passing the Leonids right now, which is one of the most spectacular meteor shower shows that can be seen every year.

via ksl.com – Fireball and flash in the sky alarms Utahns.

New mysteries of the Shroud unveiled

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

(World Net Daily) – A new video documentary about the Shroud of Turin makes a startling new claim about what some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus – the body was weightless or levitating when it left the remarkable image.

via New mysteries of the Shroud unveiled.

Russian Cosmonaut’s Blog Much Funnier Than NASA | Wired Science | Wired.com

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

(WIRED Science) – It’s not just NASA that’s hip to the social media game anymore. Now, the Russian space agency Roscosmos has one of its own blogging from the International Space Station.

The blog, as translated by Russia Today, includes pictures from the ISS — and covers a much different array of topics than you usually see in NASA press releases or Twitter feeds. A recent post detailed the “holy symbols” in the Russian area of the station, illustrated by photos of icons and crucifixes floating in zero gravity.

via Russian Cosmonaut’s Blog Much Funnier Than NASA | Wired Science | Wired.com.

Iron Man Inspires!

April 2, 2008 Leave a comment

Here is a cool article from Wired.com about exoskeletons. Not real sure what these have to do with the evolution of said exoskeletons, but some interesting stuff none the less. I will say that Iron Man was one of my all time favorite comic book heroes. Hopefully the movie version will be dripping with awesome, and stick to its comic roots. From what Ive seen of the previews it doesn’t but one can hope. Another thing that I think will get overlooked in the movie is how the suit actually works. Tony Stark was able to carry the suit around in a briefcase and always had it with him. The suit was flexible like a fabric and when an electrical field was applied to it, it became rigid. I don’t think that is the case with the movie version. Gripes aside, at least we are getting to see a big screen version complete with big booms and fireballs and all those fancy FX. Thanks for being cool Iron Man!

Iron Man Inspires a Look at the Evolution of the Exoskeleton

Iron Man Official Movie Site