Starfish Ruin an Experiment and Reveal a Superpower
Once the magnets were in place, Trine tugged out a strand of her long hair and attached a matching magnet to its end, creating a delicate pendulum. By dangling this pendulum over a starfish and seeing where it was attracted, the researchers could ...
June 19, 2015
Exotic motmots are just another bird in Costa Rica
They use their powerful beaks to swoop down and snatch up prey such as large beetles, spiders, lizards, small snakes, and even Costa Rica's famous poison dart frogs. Adept fliers, they also easily overtake and capture butterflies, bees, and dragonflies ...
June 18, 2015
Report: UAB could announce decision to not reinstate football Friday night
Except the news cycle is more around-the-clock as it has ever been, so UAB and Watts would not be escaping much turmoil if an announcement is made Friday night. After all of the negativity surrounding the way this UAB situation has unfolded, it would ...
May 21, 2015
Summer camps offered through Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education
Two sessions are available, covering forensics, engineering, concepts, ecology and life science. Camp highlights: Field trip to St. Pat's Park to study ecology; Build an electric circuit; Create a pendulum clock; Build a bridge; Dissect frogs ...
March 30, 2015
The most accurate clock ever made
Early mechanical clocks, ticking to a pendulum's languorous swing, were accurate to within about 15 seconds per day. In the 1920s, scientists realised that quartz crystals, which vibrate thousands of times per second when electricity passes through ...
May 4, 2015
Stability equals playoff appearances
Whoever is right about this call -- Dallas would have been better off to rush, convert and continue to milk the clock, aiming for a touchdown that would leave Green Bay no time to reply. Doubly sour. Sweet 'N' Sour Play: New . 2 -- the Buckeyes ...
January 14, 2015
No Hoof, No Horse
“They are all levers (the bones) and pulleys (the tendons) and pendulums,” she explains. “My job is “The coffin bone sits in the front of the hoof capsule,” just above the sole, Cloos explains, in front of the tender V-shaped tissue called the ...
February 17, 2015
Scientists already knew starfish have superpowers. At the University of Southern Denmark, students Frederik Ekholm Gaardsted Christensen and Trine Bottos Olsen were asked to tag some starfish. This would let researchers easily identify individual starfish later on. The technique had already been used successfully in sea urchins. The students injected the tags into the animals as directed. Somehow, the starfish were expelling the foreign objects from their bodies. The starfish pushed the tags out the ends of their arms, straight through the skin. First they injected tags into 53 starfish and scanned them each day to see how many of the tags were still there. Then the team tried injecting the starfish with little magnets instead of microchips. Once the magnets were in place, Trine tugged out a strand of her long hair and attached a matching magnet to its end, creating a delicate pendulum. By dangling this pendulum over a starfish and seeing where it was attracted, the researchers could locate the injected magnet inside an animal’s body. (The starfish, seemingly more bothered by the magnets than the original tags, shed them.
In the birding world, spectacular can sometimes be — in reality — just commonplace. A few years back, my children treated me to a bird-watcher’s dream trip — a week in the lowland tropical forests of western Costa Rica. Binoculars, bird book, and camera in hand, I was ready to hit the trail and start embellishing my abbreviated tropical life list. Costa Rica is quite famous — justly so — for its spectacular natural resources, especially its population of prism-colored and beautifully feathered birds. The resplendent quetzal, the coppery-tailed trogon, and the ornate hawk-eagle — when it comes to kaleidoscopic colors and appearance, they blow most U. S. birds right out of the sky. So imagine my sheer delight when the first thicket I poked my head into revealed a bird that had every color in the rainbow. But because of the bird’s sheer magnificence, I was convinced that we had stumbled onto some long-lost exotic bird. I snapped a few flash pictures — it was really dark inside the thicket — and stood there just staring at my prize. Turned out, I hadn’t seen some long-lost bird after all.
There is no official statement saying anything other than there is no decision made yet on the future of UAB football. However, one report suggests an announcement could be made at the absolute textbook news dump hour. In a report by Kevin Scarbinsky of Al. com , Alabama State Representative Jack Williams says he has received “strong indications” UAB will not reinstate football. The state representative also told Al. com he believes UAB president Ray Watts could make that announcement Friday night. If that proves to be the reality of the situation as UAB reassessed the fate of the football program it shut down last November , then it is following the public relations textbook in releasing negative news as late on a Friday as possible. Except the news cycle is more around-the-clock as it has ever been, so UAB and Watts would not be escaping much turmoil if an announcement is made Friday night. After all of the negativity surrounding the way this UAB situation has unfolded, it would be nice to see the school just come right out and announce the decision, for better or worse, as early as possible instead of trying to hide in the darkness... The odds of UAB overturning its previous decision to shut the program down were slim from the beginning, but at least there was a glimmer of hope for the fans. It would be nice to see UAB be straight with the fans and community, whatever the final decision may be. They deserve that. DO NOT reinstate UAB football.
Allen Designs `Big Croak` Pendulum Wall Clock
It looks like this tree frog is in for a ... on the back side allows the clock to hang from one screw or wall hanger. The Quartz clock movement runs on 1 AA battery (not included) and swings an electromagnetic-controlled pendulum, in the shape of a dragon ...
January 1, 2011
Frogs & Canaries: When to worry about the US. (poll added)
As the story goes, if you dump a frog in a pot of boiling water ... These are events in the media or government that are turning back the clock (turning up the heat) legally or socially. There are several more I've missed. I'll keep looking.
December 28, 2004