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Rare Species

January 31st 2011 01:11
As reported on the National Geographic, the Zoological Society of London produces each year an EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct, Globally Endangered) list. Below are some creatures from the list, read the full article here.


rare and endangered animal species
Long-Beaked Echidnas. New Guinea
The elusive egg-laying species is one of the rarest and most genetically unique mammals on the planet.




endangered species
Greater Short-Tailed Bat. New Zealand
The greater short-tailed bat is likely totally gone from its native islands off New Zealand. The ground-dwelling bat is defenceless against voracious, introduced rats and has not been seen since 1967.
Hopes were raised a few years ago when a scientist recorded a call that could belong to the greater short-tailed bat.




rare and unusual species
Baiji, China
China's baiji, or Yangtze River dolphin, may already be extinct—just 13 were found during a population survey between 1997 and 1999.

Baiji are often caught in nets, struck by boats, or killed by pollution in the industry-choked Yangtze.



rare and strange looking animals
Hispaniolan and Cuban Solenodons
related to shrews and moles, the solenodons are the only mammals that inject prey with venom, through special grooves in their teeth. There are only two species: the Hispaniolan solenodon—native to the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic—and the Cuban solenodon.

Until the introduction of predators such as dogs, cats, and mongooses to their island habitats, the "slow and clumsy" solenodons had no natural enemies.


pygmy possum. Australian ski resorts
Mountain Pygmy Possum
Ski resorts in southeastern Australia have caused the decline of the mountain pygmy possum, according to EDGE experts.

That's because grooming snow on ski slopes can disturb the snow-hibernating creatures or destroy their habitat. Thought to be extinct until one was found inside a ski chalet in 1966, the possum's range is now confined to just a few square kilometres.


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New Photos Found of Pearl Harbor

January 28th 2011 02:04
Pearl Harbour Attack images

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of December 7, 1941. The next day the United States declared war on Japan resulting in their entry into World War II.
Pearl Harbour History

Four U.S. Navy battleships were sunk (two of which were raised and returned to service later in the war) and all of the four other battleships present were damaged. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed, 2,402 personnel were killed and 1,282 were wounded.
Ships in Pearl Harbour

The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light, with 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. One Japanese sailor was captured.
Pearl Harbour world war 2

The attack was a major engagement of World War II and came as a profound shock to the American people. Domestic support for isolationism, which had been strong, disappeared. Germany's ill-considered declaration of war on the U.S., which was not required by any treaty commitment, moved the U.S. from clandestine support of Britain (for example the Neutrality Patrol) into active alliance and full participation in the European Theater. Despite numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action, the lack of any formal warning by Japan, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led to President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaiming December 7, 1941 "a date which will live in infamy".
amazing images of pearl harbour




*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article for the Attack on Pearl Harbour.
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Guide Dogs For The Blind

January 26th 2011 01:45
As reported on Vivaboo, basic things most of us take for granted such as the ability to see or hear are not available to all.
For those who do not have the gift of eyesight, there are guide dogs which can give them many of the freedoms they may otherwise be without.
Below are some pictures and stories of guide dogs and the people they assist. Click the link above to view the full article.


Guide dogs for the blind
This is Quyn Le and Nugget. Quyn Le was blinded at the age of 2. She arrived in Canada as a refugee in 1989 and since then has managed to get a masters degree and aspires to be a counsellor to help others.



working guide dogs

This is Robin and his guide dog. Here you can see Robin speaking in front of an audience at FOWA (Future of Web Apps). According to the individual who took this photo, apparently he gave a pretty good presentation.




Guide Dog Training
This “test track” is designed to help owner and guide dog learn how to work together. The owner learns which commands to use and gets familiar with how her guide dog will direct and cue her to certain obstacles, etc.



Guide Dogs in action
This is Keith and his guide dog, Whitney. Keith is a Cal State Fullerton graduate and in this photo he was apparently giving visually-impaired students a tour to show them that college life is accessible to them.



Guide Dogs in Training
This six-month old puppy is in training so that someday he too can be a full-fledged guide dog.


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Jupiter

January 24th 2011 01:27
jupiter images

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet within the Solar System. It is a gas giant with a mass slightly less than one-thousandth of the Sun but is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets in our Solar System combined. Jupiter is classified as a gas giant along with Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Together, these four planets are sometimes referred to as the Jovian planets.
jupiter research

The planet was known by astronomers of ancient times and was associated with the mythology and religious beliefs of many cultures. The Romans named the planet after the Roman god Jupiter. When viewed from Earth, Jupiter can reach an apparent magnitude of −2.94, making it on average the third-brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus. (Mars can briefly match Jupiter's brightness at certain points in its orbit.)

Jupiter is primarily composed of hydrogen with a quarter of its mass being helium; it may also have a rocky core of heavier elements. Because of its rapid rotation, Jupiter's shape is that of an oblate spheroid (it possesses a slight but noticeable bulge around the equator).
jupiter red spot
The outer atmosphere is visibly segregated into several bands at different latitudes, resulting in turbulence and storms along their interacting boundaries. A prominent result is the Great Red Spot, a giant storm that is known to have existed since at least the 17th century when it was first seen by telescope. Surrounding the planet is a faint planetary ring system and a powerful magnetosphere. There are also at least 63 moons, including the four large moons called the Galilean moons that were first discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610. Ganymede, the largest of these moons, has a diameter greater than that of the planet Mercury.
jupiter image

Jupiter has been explored on several occasions by robotic spacecraft, most notably during the early Pioneer and Voyager flyby missions and later by the Galileo orbiter. The most recent probe to visit Jupiter was the Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft in late February 2007. The probe used the gravity from Jupiter to increase its speed. Future targets for exploration in the Jovian system include the possible ice-covered liquid ocean on the moon Europa.

The images in this post about Jupiter are from this article on the mother nature network. View the full article here.








*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia page for Jupiter.
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Visual History Of Thanksgiving

January 21st 2011 01:59


What is the history of Thanksgiving and it's traditions?

It all started in the early 1600s and has since become one of the biggest holidays across America.

The info-graphic below lays out the visual timeline.


Visual History of Thanksgiving
Click on the info-graphic to open the full version in a new window.

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Houses With Amazing Views

January 19th 2011 01:46
Everyone likes to live in a home with a view.
So which locations have the best views in the world?
The pictures below from Golberz.com show some amazing vacation homes nestled amongst nature


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America's Most Expensive Colleges

January 17th 2011 01:20
As reported on Forbes.com (click above to read the full article), the price tag for a year's worth of study at America's most expensive colleges is close to $60,000.
Below we take a look at the top 5 most expesnive colleges in the USA.
These costs don't include books, personal expenses, insurance or other miscellaneous costs


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Raising a child from birth through to age 17 will cost you $222,360 on average.

The info-graphic below from Visual-Economics breaks down this cost into age brackets and categories such as child care and education, health care, food, clothing, housing and transportation


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Odds of Dying

January 12th 2011 01:39
The infographic below takes the old saying "We all have to die of something" and puts it in perspective.

What are modern humans most likely to die of


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Elvis, Before He Was The King

January 10th 2011 01:17
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How To Be A Smart Money Saver

January 7th 2011 02:26
The info-graphic below from savings.com looks at how the brain of a successful saver would work.
The lessons learned here can be applied to your own savings technique.

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Amazing Rocks of the World

January 5th 2011 01:47
As seen in the above article on Mental Floss, our world has many weird and wonderful rock formations. Here are but a few!


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Askmen.com (click the link above to view full article) have put together a list of the news agencies which have the most political and social influence on our world.

Below is an extract and a few top 10 agencies from the article


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