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genetically engineered cabbage

Scientists have recently taken the gene that programs poison in scorpion tails and looked for ways to combine it with cabbage. Why would they want to create venomous cabbage? To limit pesticide use while still preventing caterpillars from damaging cabbage crops. These genetically modified cabbages would produce scorpion poison that kills caterpillars when they bite leaves — but the toxin is modified so it isn’t harmful to humans.

Steady advancements in chemistry, light and optics culminated in 1826 with the creation of the first photograph. Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce pondered the possibility of using light-sensitive compounds to reproduce imagery as early as 1793, but it wasn’t until a summer’s day in 1827 that Niépce managed to permanently fix the first photograph. He coated a pewter plate with bitumen of Judaea and placed this sheet inside a camera obscura, then focused it on the scene outside his window—the courtyard and outbuildings of his family’s country home. The place was exposed to sunlight for eight hours, during which the bitumen subject to brightness became hardened and bleached. Niépce later washed the plate in lavender oil and white petroleum, dissolving the bitumen that wasn’t exposed and leaving only the hardened parts behind. The result was a lasting impression of the garden: a direct positive, because the dark parts are the metal plate and the light parts are the bleached bitumen. Basically, every image we have today—on TV and video games and the internet—all evolved from bitumen and lavender oil on a metal plate.

Orchid Mantis, or Hymenopus coronatus, is a beautiful pink and white mantis with lobes on its legs that look like flower pentals. Although this species does not live on orchids, it does look remarkably well like a flower or orchid. In the wild Hymenopus Coronatus is found in Malaysia.

More than 100 “vampire” corpses have been dug out from graves across Bulgaria during historic excavations, according to the country’s archaeologists.

Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, said on Tuesday that Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Middle Ages pierced through the chest with iron rods to keep them from turning into the undead.

Dimitrov said that the two “vampire” remains were found last weekend near the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

The tradition of hammering an iron rod through the chest bones and heart of ‘evil’ people to prevent them from returning after death to feast on the blood of the living was performed up until the beginning of the last century, according to experts.

“These two skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th century,” Dimitrov said.

“The stake was left on their bodies to prevent them rising as vampires after they’d been buried,” he added.

Not only were these people stabbed in the chest with an iron or wooden rod before being buried, their bodies were also pinned down into their graves to stop them from leaving at the struck of midnight and terrorizing the living.

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Dirty Job

Zhang Bangsheng, a very dedicated Chinese zoo keeper, had to lick a constipated monkey’s bottom for over an hour after the three-month-old Francois Leaf monkey swallowed a peanut whole. The monkey showed signs of stomach problems and was unable to defecate. It was too young to be given laxatives so the only way to encourage it was by licking its behind (Zhang used warm water to clean the area before he began). His efforts were rewarded an hour later when the monkey defecated a single peanut.

Next time you think, “oh, working at a zoo must be so much fun and so easy” remember this image, burn it into your retina, think of the self-sacrifice, and show zoo-keepers the respect they deserve!

Also, where are the interns for stuff like that?

Mao Sugiyama 550x411 SHOCKING: Tokyo Illustrator Has Genitals Removed, Cooks and Serves Them at Public Banquet

This chef’s got balls.

Mao Sugiyama, a self-described “asexual” from Tokyo, cooked up, seasoned and served his own genitalia to five diners at a swanky banquet in Japan last month,Calorie Lab reported.

In most cases, “asexual” is a word used to describe a person who is non-sexual. Sugiyama, however, embraces it as a way to show that he does not affiliate with either gender.

Sugiyama sparked a firestorm of interest on April 8 with one tweet:

“[Please retweet] I am offering my male genitals (full penis, testes, scrotum) as a meal for 100,000 yen …Will prepare and cook as the buyer requests, at his chosen location.”

Just days after Sugiyama’s 22nd birthday, the artist underwent elective genital-removal surgery, divvied up the severed penis shaft, testicles, and scrotal skin between five people, and garnished it with button mushrooms and Italian parsley.

On April 13, five of six diners who signed up for the $250-a-plate feast, sat down to dinner. The sixth person was a no-show.

The next day, an organizer posted a blog — subsequently deleted — containing pictures of the event. Images showed dozens of people who attended the event just to catch a glimpse of the rare treat.

The extra diners were served crocodile-based dishes while Sugiyama cooked up the exclusive meal.

The story went viral in Japan. Some showed even more interest, while others complained. But Calorie Lab called Japanese authorities, who deemed the banquet legal because there is no law against cannibalism in the country.

Identical twin's headaches lead to life-saving discovery of tumour

Brenton Gurney, 38, from Sydney, suffered a series of headaches but an MRI scan found nothing wrong, so he convinced his brother Craig to have a scan.

Craig’s MRI revealed a brain tumour in the base of his skull. It has been removed in a 10-hour operation and he has safely recovered.

“Ultimately Brenton saved my life,” Craig told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Brenton said: “We’ve always been really, really close.”

During the gruelling operation, Brenton said, the family often looked over to him in the waiting room as to detect his brother’s progress.

Previously, it was Craig who had divined maladies in his twin. He detected when his brother had a life-threatening mystery rash and when he dislocated a shoulder – and both men have married women named Nicole.

“We’re really closely connected and we’ve always been able to pick each other, know what each other were thinking,” Craig told Channel Nine.

Justine Gatt, from the University of Sydney, who has been studying twins, said the discovery of a tumour in this way was “not something that happens often”.

Asked whether the twins might have a telepathic connection, Dr Gatt said: “There’s so much we don’t know.” She added: “In terms of Brenton’s and Craig’s case, where one twin was feeling the symptoms of the other, that clearly shows that there’s a lot more to know and this kind of research is central to mental health.”

Source: Telegraph

The Solvay Hut is located on the north-eastern ridge of the Matterhorn, near Zermatt in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. At 4,003 meters (13,133 feet) it is the highest mountain hut owned by the Swiss Alpine Club, the largest mountaineering club in Switzerland. Mountain huts are intended to provide food and shelter to mountaineers, climbers and hikers. But Solvay Hut can be used only in case of emergency. About two thirds up the mountain, 743 m above the Hörnli Hut and 475 m below the summit, many Matterhorn climbers have rested on the small ledge outside the hut admiring the spectacular view of all the Monte Rosa summits.

The hut was built in August 1915. All the building material was brought up to the Hörnli Hut at 3260 meter by help of animals. From there a small temporary cable car was used to transport the material up to the building site at 4000 meter. The hut was erected within only five days. In 1966 the hut was rebuilt and in 1976 an emergency telephone was installed.

The hut is named after Belgium Ernest Solvay (1838-1922) who donated the well-known hut on the Hörnli Ridge on the Matterhorn as a gratitude for the unforgettable hours he spent in the mountains, and from the realization that occasionally sudden thunder storms lead to tragedies. Before his alpine career began after retirement, Ernest Solvay was an inventor and businessman who invented the industrial process for sodium carbonate production, from which a world-wide undertaking resulted.




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Guadalajara-based architects Hernandez Silva Arquitectos recently designed the interior of a new penthouse situated on top of a 1970s Mexican colonial building in Guadalajara, México.

A Bathroom Situated Atop a 15 Story Elevator Shaft interior design bathrooms architecture

A Bathroom Situated Atop a 15 Story Elevator Shaft interior design bathrooms architecture

A huge, copper-toned formation in West Africa dominates a mesmerizing photo taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers snapped this hypnotic image of the so-called Richat structure in Mauritania (the structure is not a lava crater), as the space station flew over the Sahara Desert on the Atlantic Coast of West Africa. Erosion of the various rock layers created the ring-like features that make up the sprawling structure, but the origin of the Richat structure remains somewhat mysterious,geologists have said.

The photo shows Kuipers’ unique vantage point from the orbiting complex, which flies approximately 240 miles (386 kilometers) above the surface of the Earth. The image was taken on March 7 using a Nikon D2Xs camera, officials at the European Space Agency said in a statement.

During their months-long stints aboard the International Space Station, astronauts often perform Earth observations for science and public outreach.

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A Caterpillar of Feathers photography illusion birds

Admit it, you read that headline in the voice of Crocodile Dundee, everyone does, except for those 20 year-olds who all just said “who?”…Back to the matter at hand, this isn’t a caterpillar, it’s actually a bunch of birds who apparently have no sense of personal space. The European Bee Eaters here resemble a crawly little butterfly larvae so much that the photographer, José Luis Rodríguez, decided to name the image Oruga de Plumas, or “caterpillar of feathers.”

My Biggest Wish…

So bold!

The Giant Devil’s Flower Mantis

Idolomantis Diabolica, the mantid king.

The largest of the mantids to mimic flowers to trick their prey.   Not to be confused with the regular Devil’s Flower Mantis, this is a rare and sizeable predator.  Reaching sometimes six inches in length!

For people who keep mantids as pets this is the holy grail for a collector.

Photo by: Scott Thompson

51 letters = 1 word



Informal/slang: describing the structure of the human body.

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PSA: Titivillus!

Titivillus was a demon said to work on behalf of Belphegor, Lucifer or Satan to introduce errors into the work of scribes in the middle.

No worry kids, Titivillus has been alive and well in the blogosphere as well!

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