Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Dinosaur with one finger?

Linhenykus' hand does have a leftover bone for a second finger, but the nub of a digit wouldn't have worked at all, Xu added.

That makes Linhenykus the only known one-fingered dinosaur, he said.

The new dinosaur was discovered in a fossil-rich rock formation that dates to the late Cretaceous period, between 84 and 75 million years ago. The site is near the Inner Mongolian town of Linhe (map), which helped inspire the dinosaur's name.

Alvarezsauroid fossils have been found in North and South America as well as Asia, dating from the late Jurassic to the late Cretaceous. Finding an alvarezsauroid in Asia dated to the late Cretaceous adds to the story of this group's dispersal around the world, Xu said.

"[They] probably originated in Asia, then dispersed from Asia to [the ancient supercontinent] Gondwana, and then back to Asia, and finally from Asia to North America," he said.

Most theropods had three fingers on each hand. But Linhenykus belongs to a family known as the alvarezsauroids: small, long-legged dinosaurs that had one big finger alongside two barely functional nub fingers.

"Some researchers speculate that these dinosaurs used their hands to dig [up] termite nests," said study leader Xu Xing of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing. This was probably the case for Linhenykus as well, he said.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

13th Sign Of The Zodiac - Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus the 13th sign of the Zodiac - also known as Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder.

The constellation Ophiuchus has been known about since ancient times, but you wouldn’t know it.
It was never added to the Zodiac chart as astrologers said that the Sun went straight from Scorpius into Sagittarius, disregarding the fact that the sun travelled through Ophiuchus for 19 days before entering Sagittarius.

Basically then what that means is that there is another sign! a lost sign. Serpentarius is it’s name which would bring us perhaps lots of Serpentariuns?

The 13th sign of the zodiac, unlike the other 12 signs is actually associated with a real person. In the 27th Century BCE in Ancient Egypt lived a man known as Imhotep. Imhotep was known as ‘Aesclepius’ by the Ancient Greeks, however the attributes are the same under either name.
Sepent holder
One of Imhoteps abilities was healing and it is said that it was he who introduced it to mankind. His accomplishments also included a wide knowledge of medicine. The serpent or snake symbol which is still used today to symbolize the medical profession was also used to represent Imhotep. Below is a list of attributes associated with the Serpent Holder, Imhotep i.e Aesclepius. The descriptions below are associated with the 13th sign - Ophiuchus.

This is the Zodiac as some astrologers believe it should be:

So have your horoscope change?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

World's Tallest Buildings Part I

Human being are amazing creature which capable of doing things that seem impossible. Human don't have powerful physical body but are gifted with the most powerful tools in all living things - the Mastermind. Over the century, human civilization had build skyscrapers as symbol of power and development of a culture or country. Now we look at these amazing building...

1. Burk Khalifa

This residential and office tower officially became the world's tallest building when it opened its doors on Jan. 4, 2010.

Piercing the Dubai landscape at a height of just over 828 meters (2,716 feet) tall, the United Arab Emirates landmark and has more than 160 stories, the most of any building on Earth.

 2. Taipei 101

Topping out at 1,676 feet tall, the Taipei 101 building in Taiwan reigned supreme as the world's tallest tower for seven years after it opened in 2003.

The design of Taipei 101 borrows heavily from Chinese culture. Both the building's interior and exterior incorporate the Chinese pagoda form and the shape of bamboo flowers. The lucky number eight, which means blooming or success, is represented by the eight clearly delineated exterior sections of the building.
This skyscraper is approximately 165 feet taller than the Petronas Towers.

3. Shanghai World Financial Center

This night view of the Shanghai World Financial Center shows China's tallest skyscraper front and center in the Pudong, with the smaller Jin Mao Building behind it.

Coming in as the third tallest building on Earth, the 492-meter (1,614-foot) landmark tower hosts the world's highest Chinese restaurant on the 93rd floor.

The Shanghai World Financial Centre, or Center, is a soaring glass skyscraper with a distinctive opening at the top. The original plans called for a 46 meter (151 foot) circular opening that would reduce wind pressure and also suggest Chinese symbolism for the moon. Many people protested that the design resembled the rising sun on the Japanese flag. Eventually the opening was changed from circular to a trapezoid shape.
The ground floor of Shanghai World Financial Centre is a shopping mall and an elevator lobby with gyrating kaleidoscopes on the ceiling. On the upper floors are offices, conference rooms, hotel rooms, and observation decks.

4.  Petronas Twin Tower
Petronas Twin Towers 1 and 2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were the largest towers in the world when they first opened in 1998.
Standing at 452 meters (1,483 feet) each, they've since fallen to fourth and fifth place.

Traditional Islamic design inspired the floor plans for two Petronas towers in Kuala Lumur, Malaysia. Each floor of the 88-story towers is shaped like an 8-pointed star. The two towers have been called cosmic pillars that spiral heavenward. At the 42nd floor, a flexible bridge connects the two Petronas Towers. 

5. Willis Tower

Once the tallest in the world, the Willis Tower in Chicago was built in the 1970s under another name -- the Sears Tower -- to house the offices of the largest retailer in the world at the time, Sears, Roebuck & Co.

The name was changed in 2009 when London-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings moved into the 108-story-tall building.

To provide stability against high winds, architect Bruce Graham used a new form of tubular construction for Sears Tower. Two hundred sets of bundled tubes were laid into the bedrock. Then, 76,000 tons of prefabricated steel in 15-foot by 25-foot sections were put into place. Four derrick cranes moved higher with each floor to lift these steel "Christmas Trees" into position.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Meet the woman whose breasts just won’t stop growing!

Meet the woman whose breasts just won’t stop growing!

Chelsea Charms’ 164XXX boobs grow 1 INCH every month and she claims they’re the biggest augmented breasts in the world. Her rapidly growing assets are all down Chelsea’s now widely illegal polypropylene string implants.

The implants consist of a coil of polypropylene inserted into each breast. There is no silicone or saline implant. The “string” irritates the internal breast tissue, which causes the boobs in question to produce a natural serum.

This fluid gets absorbed by the implant, which then swells, grows and irritates the tissue further, causing continuous breast growth.

Each of the 34-year-old’s 65ins breasts weigh two stone and together contain 12 litres of fluid.

She said: “I call them Itsy and Bitsy.

“I didn’t set out to have the world’s biggest boobs, but, well, they do have a mind of their own. Fortunately, they pay their way.”

As her breasts are continually growing, Chelsea has to splash out hundreds of pounds for specially made bras every two months.

She added: “People often ask why I don’t have the implants removed now that they are illegal. Why should I?

"I am not ashamed of my body; it’s a work of art. Itsy and Bitsy are my biggest assets. You may think I am a freak but I wouldn’t have my body any other way.”

So, what do you think about it? Think twice before implant your boobs. XD

Why Are Birds Falling From the Sky in Arkansas and elsewhere?

A mysterious rain of thousands of dead birds darkened New Year's Eve in Arkansas, and this week similar reports streamed in from Louisiana, Sweden, and elsewhere. But the in-air bird deaths aren't due to some apocalyptic plague or insidious experiment—they happen all the time, scientists say. The recent buzz, it seems, was mainly hatched by media hype.

At any given time there are "at least ten billion birds in North America ... and there could be as much as 20 billion—and almost half die each year due to natural causes," said ornithologist Greg Butcher, director of bird conservation for the National Audubon Society in Washington, D.C.

But what causes dead birds to fall from the sky en masse? The Arkansas case points to two common culprits: loud noises and crashes.

"Right before they began to fall, it appears that really loud booms from professional-grade fireworks—10 to 12 of them, a few seconds apart—were reported in the general vicinity of a roost of the birds, flushing them out," Rowe said.

"There were other, legal fireworks set off at the same time that might have then forced the birds to fly lower than they normally do, below treetop level, and [these] birds have very poor night vision and do not typically fly at night."

So the firecracker is the murderer of birds???

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Vampire Flying Frog" Found; Tadpoles Have Black Fangs

The mountain jungles of Vietnam are home to a new breed of "vampire"—a "flying" tree frog dubbed Rhacophorus vampyrus.

First found in 2008, the 2-inch-long (5-centimeter-long) amphibian is known to live only in southern Vietnamese cloud forests, where it uses webbed fingers and toes to glide from tree to tree. Adults deposit their eggs in water pools in tree trunks, which protects their offspring from predators lurking in rivers and ponds.

"It has absolutely no reason to ever go down on the ground," said study leader Jodi Rowley, an amphibian biologist at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

However, that trick isn't what earned the species its bloodsucking name. Rather, it's the strange curved "fangs" displayed by its tadpoles, which the scientists discovered in 2010.

Frog Fangs Still a Mystery

Tadpoles normally have mouthparts similar to a beak. Instead, vampire tree frog tadpoles have a pair of hard black hooks sticking out from the undersides of their mouths—the first time such fangs have been seen in a frog tadpole. (See more frog pictures.)

Vampire frog tadpoles have small black fangs. Photograph courtesy Jodi Rowley, Australian Museum

The scientists do not yet know what purpose the fangs serve. However, frogs that raise tadpoles in tree-trunk water holes often feed their young by laying unfertilized eggs as meals. The fangs, Rowley speculated, could help in slicing these open.

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Zealand releases UFO government files

New Zealand's military has released hundreds of documents detailing claims of sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

The files, dating from 1954 to 2009, include drawings of flying saucers and alleged samples of alien writing. The files include details of New Zealand's most famous UFO sighting when strange lights were filmed off the South Island town of Kaikoura in 1978. An official report from the time said natural phenomenon could explain it.

Although the incident made international headlines at the time, the military report suggested it could be lights from boats reflected in clouds or an unusual view of the planet Venus.

Following the release of the files, New Zealand Air Force spokesman Kavae Tamariki said the military did not have the resources to investigate UFO sightings and would not be commenting on the documents' contents.

"We have just been a collection point for the information. We don't investigate or make reports, we haven't substantiated anything in them," he told the Dominion Post newspaper.

The reports have been released under freedom of information laws after officials removed names and other identifying material. The files - which run to about 2,000 pages - include accounts by members of the public, military personnel and commercial airline pilots describing close encounters, mostly involving moving lights in the sky. All the original documents on which the reports were based are to remain sealed in the national archive.

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