Thursday, 24 June 2010

Lady GaGa

Ellen DeGeneres

Greyson Chance - Broken Heart (Ellen DeGeneres Show , 26 May, 2010)

Greyson Chance

Greyson Chance - Broken Heart (Ellen DeGeneres Show , 26 May, 2010)

Damian Aspinall

Damian Aspinall's Reunion In West Africa With Wild Gorilla, Kwibi (Animal Planet)
* "This is the emotional story of Damian Aspinall reuniting with an adult male gorilla named Kwibi whom he hadn't see for over 5 years. Damian raised Kwibi in England, at Howletts Wild Animal Park, but then released him into the wild in West Africa, when he was 5 years old."

Fruit Bat

Cambodian Fruit Bats (Flickr)
* "This fruit bat colony has lived in the grounds of this monastery since the Khmer Invasion in Cambodia, where they were driven from their caves. The population was nearly destroyed by hungry locals as they no longer had the protection from the caves, but once they settled in the trees of the monastery, they were safe from the locals dinner plates and have remained there ever since."

Monday, 14 June 2010

Molokini

Molokini (Wikipedia)
* "Molokini is a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater which forms a small islet located in Alalakeiki Channel between the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe, part of Maui County in Hawaiʻi. It has a diameter of about 0.4 miles (0.6 km), and is located about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of Makena State Park and south of Maʻalaea Bay. It is a popular tourist destination for scuba diving, snuba and snorkeling.The islet is a Hawaiʻi State Seabird Sanctuary."

Molokini - Partially Submerged Volcanic Crater (Hawaii) (ALCHEssMIST Images)

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Maui

Maui (Wikipedia)
* "Maui is a leading whale-watching center in the Hawaiian Islands due to Humpback whales wintering in the sheltered ʻAuʻau Channel between the islands of Maui county. The whales migrate approximately 3,500 miles (5,600 km) from Alaskan waters each autumn and spend the winter months mating and birthing in the warm waters off Maui, with most leaving by the end of April. The whales are typically sighted in pods: small groups of several adults, or groups of a mother, her calf, and a few suitors. Humpbacks are an endangered species protected by U.S. federal and Hawaiʻi state law. There are estimated to be about 18,000 humpbacks in the North Pacific.[citation needed]Although Maui's Humpback face many dangers, due to pollution, high speed commercial vessels, and military sonar testing, their numbers have increased rapidly in recent years, estimated at 7% growth per year."
* "Image was acquired by Spaceborne Imaging Radar- C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) onboard the space shuttle Endeavour on April 16, 1994."

Monday, 7 June 2010

Kumi

Zakumi Football (Soccer) World Cup Mascot (2010) (Alchemipedia)
* ""Zakumi" is a composition of "Za" coming from South Africa's international country code (ZA) and "Kumi", which translates translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa."

Soccer

Zakumi Football (Soccer) World Cup Mascot (2010) (Alchemipedia)
* ""Zakumi" is a composition of "Za" coming from South Africa's international country code (ZA) and "Kumi", which translates translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa."

Football World Cup (2010)

Zakumi Football (Soccer) World Cup Mascot (2010) (Alchemipedia)
* ""Zakumi" is a composition of "Za" coming from South Africa's international country code (ZA) and "Kumi", which translates translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa."

Zakumi

Zakumi Football (Soccer) World Cup Mascot (2010) (Alchemipedia)
* ""Zakumi" is a composition of "Za" coming from South Africa's international country code (ZA) and "Kumi", which translates translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa."

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Cricket (Insect)

Sex Lives of Crickets Revealed (Scientific American)
* "Infrared cameras have enabled scientists to determine what makes for a successful cricket sex life. David Biello reports."

Natural and Sexual Selection in a Wild Insect Population (Science, 4 June 2010)
* Abstract "The understanding of natural and sexual selection requires both field and laboratory studies to exploit the advantages and avoid the disadvantages of each approach. However, studies have tended to be polarized among the types of organisms studied, with vertebrates studied in the field and invertebrates in the lab. We used video monitoring combined with DNA profiling of all of the members of a wild population of field crickets across two generations to capture the factors predicting the reproductive success of males and females. The factors that predict a male’s success in gaining mates differ from those that predict how many offspring he has. We confirm the fundamental prediction that males vary more in their reproductive success than females, and we find that females as well as males leave more offspring when they mate with more partners."

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Digg

Digg is Deadd
* "According to the latest Compete.com data (April, 2010) Digg lost an astounding 13.8 million unique visits from March to April, 2010 -- a near 36 percent drop. Apparently sensing impending doom, Digg founder Kevin Rose has made several announcements of retooling Digg, but nothing has materialized."