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Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Bridal Veil Mushroom


More about this cool and edible mushroom http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phallus_indusiatus

Sunset on an Alien Planet


"The amazing image above of a sunset on exo-planet HD209458b 150 light years away, was reconstructed by Frederic Pont of the University of Exeter using data from a camera onboard the Hubble Space Telescope.

Pont used his knowledge of how the color of light changes based on chemicals it encounters, and computer modeling, to create an actual image of what a sunset on the actual planet would look like.

The large exo planet in question, exoplanet HD209458b, nicknamed Osiris, circles its star rather closely. At certain points, when the planet passes between us and its star, the light from that star passes through Osiris’s atmosphere before reaching us, which allowed Pont to determine the chemical composition of the atmosphere and deduce what colors would appear to the naked human eye.

The light from Osiris’s star is white, like our own sun, but when it passes through the sodium in Osirisi’s atmosphere, red light in it is absorbed, leaving the starlight to appear blue. But as the sun sets, the blue light is scattered in the same way as it is here on Earth (Rayleigh scattering) causing a gradual change to green, and then to a dim dark green. And finally, due to diffraction, the bottom of the image becomes slightly flattened."

The Rosette Nosed Chameleon


He is sooooo cute!!! More about them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosette-Nosed_Chameleon

Thursday, January 19, 2012

How to Make Hot Dog Mummies


Here’s the recipe courtesy of ManyMakings:
Ingredients: 1 can Pillsbury refrigerated original bread sticks -- about 10-12 hot dogs
Mustard or ketchup if desired
Preheat oven to 350.  Open can of bread sticks and spread them out on counter top.  With a pizza cutter, knife, or kitchen shears, slice each bread stick lengthwise to make two thinner strips of dough.  Wrap pieces of dough around hot dog to create a mummy appearance, leaving a small gap on one end for the eyes to show.  It will take roughly two pieces of dough to cover the hot dog.  Place wrapped hot dogs on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.  Add mustard eyes just before serving.
**You could also use crescent dough, cut into strips if that’s what you have on hand! Also, you could wrap sliced cheese under the dough if you please, or maybe sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Very Funny Coincidence

Someone named Josie Bissett wrote a book about the Tickle Monster! (Told you he was real!)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

More Beautiful Birds



African Golden Pipet - more about this bird: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Pipit


The Hoopoe - you can read LOTS about this bird here: http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/hoopoes.html

Firefly Photos via Neil Gaiman

Scientists Actually Create a Wrinkle in Time



Read About it Here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/time-cloak-hid-event-in-experiment-physicists-say/2012/01/04/gIQA5rtwaP_story.html
And, again, I STRONGLY encourage you to read this series of books - they're awesome. SO is 'The Phantom Tollbooth': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_Tollbooth

Running Away From Home Just Got Even MORE Dangerous

A little girl, who ran away, then used a fake name when she was arrested for stealing in Texas wound up being deported to Columbia b/c the fake name matched a person on Immigration's list. Rather unbelievable: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57352431-504083/report-missing-texas-14-year-old-mistakenly-deported-to-colombia/?tag=strip

Soon You'll be Able to Fly to Outer Space!


Hubble Space Photo
Flights start taking off in 2012! Learn more here

More Hubble photos: http://hubblesite.org/

Video of a Fish Imitating an Octopus

A Bird to Add to Your Favorite Animals List


The Red-Headed Tanager - Read about birds in the Tanager family here: http://www.whatbird.com/browse/objs/All/birds_na_147/59/Family/11111/Tanagers%20(Thraupidae)/default.aspx

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