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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mind Reading Computers and Other Curious Advances

Strange stuff in store within the next 5 years IBM says - read about emerging technology advances here

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Book With Some of the Bissette Family History

Look over to the left of the page and you will see a Kindle link here

We were banished from Scotland because an ancestor who lost a joust set the winner's castle on fire and killed him! Hence a line of Bissette's from Ireland emerged.

Beauly Priory, Scotland - founded by the Bissett family.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Smiley Face Spider

Theridion grallator, also known as the “happy face spider,” is a member of the Theridiidae family. The Hawaiian name is nananana makakiĘ»i (face-patterned spider). The binomial grallator is Latin for “stiltwalker”, reference to the species’ long spindly legs. The spider is about five mm long overall.

Certain morphs have a pattern uncannily resembling a smiley face or a grinning clown face on their yellow body. Each spider has a unique pattern, and the patterns differ from island to island. Some lack markings altogether. On the island of Maui, the happy types seem to follow simple Mendelian inheritance rules, while on other Hawaiian islands the body inheritance patterns seem to be sex-limited. The variation is possibly a kind of camouflage against birds, their only natural enemies of significance, to counteract pattern recognition by predators.

As the pattern may change according to what food the spider has eaten (Gillespie, 1989) and as T. grallator is very small, hides during the day, and is thus not a significant prey item for any species of predator, it is more likely that the bizarre variety of patterns serves no significant adaptive purpose at all.


Sunrise on Mars

How to Make Awesome Hand Shadows on the Wall

The Mermaids

Illustration by Frank C. Pape

What Lies Behind the Secret Door of the Great Pyramid of Giza?

There is a 4,500 year old secret door in the Great Pyramid of Giza. Scientists, with the help of a robot, may soon reveal what's behind it! More about the secret door in the Great Pyramid here. The pyramid was built for the Pharoh Cheops. He had help from his magician, Djedi, who designed three secret doors in the pyramid. Read more about the magician and the pyramids here.

Gemenoid Meteor Shower Most Visible Dec. 13th

Huge meteor shower is most visable tomorrow night, (December 13th). Read about it here.

Earth-Like Planet Discovered 600 Light Years Away

The temperature there is like Spring-time! It's in the Milky Way Galaxy but very far away. Read more about it here.

Read About Saturday's Lunar Eclipse

Info here

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Dino-Turkey and Other Amazing Ancient Beasts

Dino Turkey

I am not making this up - there really was a dino turkey. There was also a Mega-Pirahna, a bird the size of an airplane, a three fingered dinosaur and a Giganotsaurus. That's not all! See more amazing ancient animals here

The Last Lunar Eclipse of the Year is This Saturday!

Don't miss it! More info here

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