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Micronesia

Micronesia
 

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Kiribati: Islands and Atolls
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“Custom, then, is the great guide of human life,” wrote Scottish philosopher David Hume. Knowing the customs of a country is, in effect, a guide to understanding the soul of that country and its people. The following Sidebar is intended to provide a glimpse into the unique world of this nation’s customs: how people marry, how families celebrate holidays and other occasions, what people eat, and how they socialize and have fun.

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Attractive bee

 
FAUX FEMALE BEE
 

AUX FEMALE BEE: Mimicry is a common enough phenomenon in the insect world, but the parasitic blister beetle, Meloe franciscanus, takes deception to new heights. The larvae of this beetle actually pile together in order to give off a chemical signal that mimics the sex pheromone of the female Habropoda pallida, a type of solitary bee. When a male bee attempts to mate with a larvae cluster, some of the mimics stow away on his back. When he finally mates with an actual female bee, the larvae transfer to the female, which unwittingly takes them back to her nest where they can live at her expense. This novel combination of cooperation, parasitism and chemical mimicry is reported in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

About aliens and our cosmos

asts week I finished about 50% of my site about Alien life and our Cosmos. The new site can be found at : http://www.alienmania.org. There is a lot to explore overthere already on the site . I am not a desinger, just an humble economist, so be gentle wit your comments and keep ind mind I’m not from this planet….

www.alienmania.org
 

Video glasses

 
Video glasses
 

hese video glasses project portable flicks on a big screen that only you can see. Tired of squinting at blockbusters on a three-inch portable media player? Connect your device to a personal-display headset, and movies will appear on a virtual three-foot screen that seems to float several feet in front of your face. The goggles let you watch movies from media players, phones and laptops; they can also show films in stereoscopic 3-D. Images from tomorrow’s visors will look even more natural—and so will the headsets.

New supernova

Supernova

oodness gracious, this great ball of fire—and by “fire,” we mean vast wisps of interstellar gases—is the youngest known remnant of a star explosion in the Milky Way, our home galaxy. Captured in 2004 and released last week, this Hubble Space Telescope image shows a spectacular flameout called Cassiopeia A, located some 10,000 light-years from Earth. It’s all that’s left of a star that went supernova 340 years ago, collapsing from the weight of its own gravity, then bursting in a sometimes galaxy-obscuring flash. This was followed by the expansion of its remnant materials—shown here in green (oxygen), red and purple (sulfur), and blue (hydrogen and nitrogen). Centuries after the Cas A explosion, its gases are still on the move. Comparisons of Hubble images taken at different times reveal that some of the debris is traveling up to 31 million miles an hour (50 million kilometers an hour)—fast enough to go from Earth to the moon in 30 seconds.

Source : Hubble website.

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