Tuesday, October 26, 2010

China Planning To Connect High Speed Rail Lines All The Way To Europe


Inhabitat.com | 15 March 2010 | China already has the most advanced and extensive high speed rail line in the world, and soon that network will be connected all the way to Europe and the UK! With initial negotiations and surveys already complete, China is now making plans to connect its high speed rail line through 17 other countries in Asia and Eastern Europe in order to connect to the existing infrastructure in the EU. Additional rail lines will also be built into South East Asia as well as Russia, in what will likely become the largest infrastructure project in history.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Beautiful And Venomous Red Bellied Black Snake (Paeudechis porphriacus)


Australianfauna.com | The Red Bellied Black Snake is a dangerous snake species found in Australia. It is a red bellied snake, and black on top, hence the name. It inhabits mainly the east coast of Australia, close to a source of water. They can grow up to 1.5 metres in length. This snake usually gives birth to about 20 live snakes at one time.

The bite of a Red Bellied Black Snake is very dangerous and requires immediate medical attention.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Animal Cruelty: Eaten Alive! A Fried Fish.


Youtube.com | 17 Nov 2009 | Eating "rare" delicacies just got to a new level. In China, chefs have figured out a way to keep a fish alive as it gets deep fried and then waits to be eaten.

Below is the shocking video of a deep-fried fish that's still living and moving on a plate. Warning, this may be too graphic for some readers.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chewing Gum Material's Sculptures


Obviousmag.org | 12 Oct 2010 | Probably no-one had ever imagined to use chewing gum to make sculptures. That's a pity, because it seems to be a material full of ductile and expressive possibilities. The effect made by Maurizio Savini is really astonishing. But, besides the aesthetical qualities, there's some significance and irony in his work.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Venomous Six-eyed Sand Spider


Gomestic.com | 3 May 2009 | The Six-eyed Sand Spider whose binomial is Sicarius hahni means Hahn’s assassin or murderer. It is a medium-sized spider found in deserts and other sandy places in southern Africa and close relatives may be found in both Africa and in South America.

It is also distantly related to the recluses (Loxosceles) which are found worldwide. Studies of its venom have led some to recognize this spider’s bite as the most dangerous on record.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Skinny Jeans Are Dangerous?


Millionlooks.com | 27 May 2009 | Though skinny jeans look great doctors say they can be dangerous for our health. According to some experts tight jeans might cause a nerve problem called meralgia paresthetica.

Together with high stilettos skinny jeans put great pressure on the femoral cutaneous nerve that runs through the thigh. As a result ladies often feel tingling and burning through the leg.

The affliction has already been named as “tingling thigh syndrome. A woman who developed the one said:
"It felt really strange – it felt like my leg had gone to sleep.”

However, the condition is not new and has largely appeared in construction workers, pregnant women and obese people; even young, fit women do suffer it sometimes.

Dr. John England of the American Academy of Neurology said:
"The nerve, in some people, is susceptible to compression. It is a pure sensory nerve – it doesn’t go to muscles or provide strength. Anything that is tight around there could potentially compress the nerve that goes there.”

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Almost Invisible: The Incredible Glasswing (Greta oto) Butterfly


Scienceray.com | 6 April 2010 | A butterfly with transparent wings? Surely not. Yet there is a species that exhibits this trait. Take a close look at the incredible Glasswing, an enchanting species that confounds science.

Greta oto may sound like the name of a silent movie star from Eastern Europe but is, in fact, the scientific name for one of the most exquisite – and little known – species of butterfly on the planet. This butterfly’s claim to fame is that its wings, spanning up to six centimeters, are almost completely transparent. That’s right, you can see just about right through them.
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