Monday, December 27, 2010


The Brain

Complex and poorly understood, the brain is what makes everything work properly. The body may be kept alive, but without the brain, a person can’t truly live. Here are some interesting and weird facts about the brain.

  1. Brain_090407The brain doesn’t feel pain: Even though the brain processes pain signals, the brain itself does not actually feel pain.
  2. Your brain has huge oxygen needs: Your brain requires 20 percent of the oxygen and calories your body needs — even though your brain only makes up two percent of your total body weight.
  3. 80% of the brain is water: Instead of being relatively solid, your brain 80% water. This means that it is important that you remain properlyhydrated for the sake of your mind.
  4. Your brain comes out to play at night: You’d think that your brain is more active during the day, when the rest of your body is. But it’s not. Your brain is more activewhen you sleep.
  5. Your brain operates on 10 watts of power: It’s true: The amazing computational power of your brain only requires about 10 watts of power to operate.
  6. A higher I.Q. equals more dreams: The smarter you are, the more you dream. A high I.Q. can alsofight mental illness. Some people even believe they are smarter in their dreams than when they are awake.
  7. The brain changes shapes during puberty: Your teenage years do more than just change how you feel; the very structure of your brain changes during the teen years, and it even affects impulsive, risky behavior.
  8. Your brain can store everything: Technically, your brain has the capacity to store everything you experience, see, read or hear. However, the real issue is recall — whether you can access that information.
  9. Information in your brain travels at different speeds: The neurons in your brain are built differently, and information travels along them at different speeds. This is why sometimes you can recall information instantly, and sometimes it takes a little longer.

Your Senses

You might be surprised at the amazing things your various senses can accomplish.

  1. NoseYour smell is unique: Your body odor is unique to you — unless you have an identical twin. Even babies recognize the individual scents of their mothers.
  2. Humans use echolocation: Humans can use sound to sense objects in their area using echolocation. It is thought that those who are blinddevelop this ability to heightened effectiveness.
  3. Adrenaline gives you super strength: Yes, with the proper response in certain situations, you really can lift a car.
  4. Women smell better than men: Women are better than men atidentifying smells.
  5. Your nose remembers 50,000 scents: It is possible for your nose to identify and remember more than 50,000 smells.
  6. Your hearing decreases when you overeat: When you eat too much food, it actually reduces your ability to hear. So consider eating healthy — and only until you are full.
  7. Your sense of time is in your head: How you experience time is all about your perception. Some speculate that stress can help you experience time dilation. Apparently, time manipulation isn’t just for superheroes.
  8. Reproduction

    How we as a species reproduce offers all sorts of interesting weird facts. Here are some of the weirder things you might not know.

    1. Views_of_a_Foetus_in_the_Womb_detailYour teeth are growing before birth: Even though it takes months after you are born to see teeth, they start growing about six months before you are born.
    2. Babies are stronger than oxen: On a pound for pound basis, that is. For their size, babies are quite powerful and strong.
    3. Babies always have blue eyes when they are born: Melanin and exposure to ultraviolet light are needed to bring out the true color of babies’ eyes. Until then they all have blue eyes.
    4. Women might be intrinsically bi: There are sex studies that indicate that women might bisexual intrinsically, no matter how they class themselves, while men are usually either gay or straight.
    5. Most men have regular erections while asleep: Every hour to hour and a half, sleeping men have erections — though they may not be aware of it.
    6. Sex can be a pain reliever: Even though the “headache” excuse is often used to avoid sex, the truth is that intercourse can provide pain relief. Sex can also help you reduce stress.
    7. Chocolate is better than sex: In some studies, women claim they would rather have chocolate than sex. But does it really cause orgasm? Probably not on its own.

    8. Body Functions

      The things our bodies do are often strange and sometimes gross. Here are some weird facts about the way your body functions.

      1. 800px-SneezeEarwax is necessary: If you want healthy ears, you need some earwax in there.
      2. Your feet can produce a pint of sweat a day: There are 500,000 (250,000 for each) sweat glands in your feet, and that can mean a great deal of stinky sweat.
      3. Throughout your life, the amount of saliva you have could fill two swimming pools: Since saliva is a vital part of digestion, it is little surprise that your mouth makes so much of it.
      4. A full bladder is about the size of a soft ball: When your bladder is full, holding up to 800 cc of fluid, it is large enough to be noticeable.
      5. You probably pass gas 14 times a day: On average, you will expel flatulence several times as part of digestion.
      6. A sneeze can exceed 100 mph: When a sneeze leaves your body, it does so at high speeds — so you should avoid suppressing it and causing damage to your body.
      7. Coughs leave at 60 mph: A cough is much less dangerous, leaving the body at 60 mph. That’s still highway speed, though.

      8. Musculoskeletal System

        Find out what you didn’t know about your muscles and bones.

        1. skeletonBones can self-destruct: It is possible for your bones to destruct without enough calcium intake.
        2. You are taller in the morning: Throughout the day, the cartilagebetween your bones is compressed, making you about 1 cm shorter by day’s end.
        3. 1/4 of your bones are in your feet: There are 26 bones in each foot, meaning that the 52 bones in account for 25 percent of your body’s 206 bones.
        4. It takes more muscles to frown than to smile: Scientists can’t agree on the exact number, but more muscles are required to frown than to smile.
        5. When you take a step, you are using up to 200 muscles: Walking uses a great deal of musclepower — especially if you take your 10,000 steps.
        6. Your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body: Compared to its size, the tongue is thestrongest muscle. But I doubt you’ll be lifting weights with it.
        7. Bone can be stronger than steel: Once again, this is a pound for pound comparison, since steel is denser and has a higher tensile strength.

Unnecessary Body Parts

We have a number of body parts that are, well, useless. Here are some facts about the body parts we don’t actually need.

  1. 800px-ToesCoccyx: This collection of fused vertebrae have no purpose these days, although scientists believe it’s what’s left of the mammal tail humans used to have. It may be useless, but when you break your coccyx, it’s still painful.
  2. Pinkie toe: There is speculation that since we no longer have to run for our dinner, and we wear sneakers, the pinkie toe’s evolutionary purpose is disappearing — and maybe the pinkie itself will go the way of the dodo.
  3. Wisdom teeth: This third set of molars is largely useless, doing little beyond crowding the mouth and sometimes causing pain.
  4. Vomeronasal organ: There are tiny (and useless) chemoreceptors lining the inside of the nose.
  5. Most body hair: While facial hair serves some purposes, the hair found on the rest of body is practically useless and can be removed with few ill effects.
  6. Female vas deferens: A cluster of dead end tubules near the ovaries are the remains of what could have turned into sperm ducts.
  7. Male Uterus: Yeah, men have one too — sort of. The remains of this undeveloped female reproductive organ hangs on one side of the male prostate gland
  8. Appendix: Yep, your appendix is basically useless. While it does produce some white blood cells, most people are fine with an appendectomy.

Random Weird Body Facts

Here are a few final weird facts about the human body.

  1. Psoriasis_of_the_palmsYour head creates inner noises: It’s rare, but exploding head syndromeexists.
  2. Memory is affected by body position: Where you are and how you are placed in your environment triggers memory.
  3. You can’t tickle yourself: Go ahead. Try to tickle yourself.
  4. Being right-handed can prolong your life: If you’re right-handed, you could live up to nine years longer than a lefty.
  5. Only humans shed emotional tears: Every other animal that producestears has a physiological reason for doing so.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Caribou Tracks deeply etched on coal seams from centuries of migrations, Utukok River Uplands. Photo by Subhankar Banerjee, 2006.


Russia's been having a record breaking autumn weather-wise, with temperatures in Altai, in southwestern Siberia, remaining as high as 41° Fahrenheit. And it looks like the balmy weather has attracted some new residents: on Tuesday, a flock of seven African pink pelicans landed in the village of Suslovo, reported Reuters. The birds, which had spend the summer in Kazakhstan, should have been flying south to winter in Africa. But that's where global warming stepped in. Confused by the unnaturally high temperatures to the north, the pelicans, all barely a year old, flew in the wrong direction.


Raised ocean temperatures result in severe damage to reefs in the Caribbean.
The year 2005 was devastating for coral, with unusually warm waters in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea causing one of the worst bleaching events on record. Researchers who monitored the event have now catalogued the full extent of the disaster — and they warn that 2010 is shaping up to be even worse.
Mark Eakin, coordinator of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch programme based in Silver Springs, Maryland, and his colleagues performed an extensive coral survey to record the effects of unseasonally high temperatures on reefs in 2005. The project involved more than 250 collaborators from 22 countries, and compared satellite data with field surveys to determine how heat stress affected the coral in different places.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


MEXICO - El Servicio de Administración y Enajenación de Bienes, (SAE) dio a conocer los pormenores de la "Gran Subasta Pública SAE 2010" que se llevará a cabo el próximo 18 y 19 de noviembre, en al Ciudad de México.

SAE ofrecerá en la subasta el mayor lote de joyas y automóviles decomisados al narcotráfico, servidores públicos y ciudadanía en general que no hayan cumplido con los reglamentos internos de la Ley de Funcionarios Públicos.

Esperan recopilar unos 80 millones de pesos mexicanos.>>>

Más sobre el narco mexicano en Noticias de MéxicoEntre la mercancía de los 181 lotes que se preparan para ser subastados, hay disponibles autos, aviones y jets exclusivos.Sergio Hidalgo Monroy, director del SAE, explicó: "Es algo que no habíamos vendido antes, así que sentimos que hay lógicamente empresarios y miembros del público a los que les pueden interesar estos lotes". La convocatoria de la Gran Subasta 2010 está abierta al publico general.

El costo de las bases es de US$41 y los datos personales quedan bajo estricta confidencialidad. "Hay que perder simplemente el miedo", afirmó el director del SAE.


Pekín.- La policía tailandesa anunció el hallazgo de otros mil 800 fetos humanos, producto de abortos ilegales, en un templo budista de Bangkok, con lo que el número de embriones encontrados en ese lugar supera los dos mil.

Los fetos fueron localizados durante la noche cuando la policía efectuó una nueva búsqueda en el templo de Wat Phai Ngern, luego que un empleado del lugar que fue arrestado confesó que había muchos más fetos que los 350 hallados el pasado miércoles.

Los restos se encontraban en la morgue del templo, en bolsas de plástico colocadas en contenedores que son utilizados para guardar cuerpos que serán incinerados, de acuerdo con reportes del diario tailandés Bangkok Post.

La policía fue alertada el pasado miércoles sobre un olor putrefacto en el templo y cuando acudió al lugar descubrió en una habitación alrededor de 350 fetos en estado de descomposición, por lo que arrestó a dos empleados.

Los detenidos -un hombre y una mujer- reconocieron que recibían dinero por colectar fetos de clínicas ilegales de aborto y deshacerse de ellos con el horno de cremación, pero que éste se había descompuesto hacía varios días.

La policía indicó que los dos trabajadores del templo, quienes dijeron obtener 16 dólares por cada feto, fueron acusados de ocultar cadáveres.

El aborto es ilegal en Tailandia, a menos que el embarazo sea resultado de una violación o de incesto, o bien cuando la salud de la madre está en riesgo. Sin embargo existen unas cuatro mil clínicas en Bangkok sospechosas de realizarlos.


Un grupo de astrónomos europeos descubrió a través del telescopio MPG/ESO un exoplaneta muy especial; nació y se formó fuera de la Vía Láctea y luego fue devorado, junto a su estrella, por la enorme gravedad de nuestra galaxia.
El planeta, conocido como HIP 1344b se encuentra a unos dos mil años luz de la Tierra en la constelación austral de Fornax (el Horno) y es 1.25 veces la masa de Júpiter, detalla el descubrimiento publicado en la revista Science.
Según los resultados de la investigación, es una estrella compuesta casi exclusivamente por hidrógeno y helio, sin apenas metales, que son la materia prima a partir de la que los sistemas estelares alumbran planetas.
Los investigadores, dirigidos por Jonny Setiawan, del Instituto Max Plank de Alemania, consideran que este nuevo planeta podría cuestionar el conocimiento actual de sobre la formación y supervivencia planetaria, dado que es la primera vez que se descubre un planeta alrededor de una estrella extremadamente pobre en metal.
"Este descubrimiento es muy emocionante", dijo en un comunicado Reiner Klement, del Instituto de Astronomía Max Planck, de Alemania.
Más noticias de Ciencia y Tecnología"Por primera vez, los astrónomos detectaron un sistema planetario en un conjunto estelar de origen extragaláctico.
Debido a las grandes distancias implicadas, no hay una detección confirmada de planetas en otras galaxias, pero esta fusión cósmica trajo un planeta extragaláctico a nuestro alcance", agregó..
El planeta fue descubierto gracias a las observaciones realizadas en el telescopio de 2,2 metros de diámetro que el Observatorio Austral Europeo (ESO) tiene en La Silla (Chile).
Para las observaciones, los astrónomos utilizaron un espectógrafo capaz de detectar las pequeñas variaciones gravitacionales que se producen en las estrellas cuando son orbitadas por algún astro.
El nuevo planeta gira alrededor de una estrella procedente de lo que se conoce como la corriente Helmi, un conjunto de estrellas que originalmente perteneció a una galaxia enana a la que devoró la Vía Láctea hace entre 6,000 y 9,000 millones de años.
Los investigadores aseguran que el astro también es uno de los pocos planetas conocidos que han sobrevivido al periodo de expansión de gran escala de la estrella a la que pertenecen después de que a ésta se le agotara su combustible de hidrógeno en el núcleo.
La estrella se contrajo de nuevo, según los expertos.Johny Setiawan, también del Instituto Max Planck, agregó que "este descubrimiento es en particular intrigante cuando consideramos el futuro distante de nuestro propio sistema planetario, ante las previsiones de que el Sol también se convertirá en una gigante roja en unos 5.000 millones de años".
En internet:

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Flying capsule

Space visitor

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Posted By: Kate McConaughy
To: Members in One Million Faces Against the Inhumane Treatment of Activists Imprisoned in Burma
Election Day Marred by Fraud, Intimidation

By 10 a.m. On Sunday, a ghostly silence had descended on the polling stations in Rangoon. Local media estimated that voter turnout was low for the first general election in 20 years. Despite having four million eligible voters in the former capital, no queues of more than 100 people were seen at polling stations in the early morning.
But in other cities, such as Pegu, there were reports of as many as 1,000 voters showing up at a time. Even so, the voters who decided to go to the polling stations were faced with fraud and intimidation in different parts of the country, according to major opposition parties.

“The polling station officials themselves ticked the “Lion” symbol of the junta's party on behalf of the voters,” said 32-year-old Khin Maung Than, a candidate for the National Democratic Force (NDF), referring to the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). He was competing for a parliamentary seat in Kyaukse Township in Mandalay Division against the Burmese Minister of Science and Technology U Thaung, a top USDP candidate who is one of the most trusted subordinates of junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe and is believed to be overseeing the alleged nuclear weapons program.
“The voters were threatened with jail sentences if they chose to vote for the NDF,” said Khin Maung Than, adding that the public in Than Shwe's native town were so fearful of these threats that they were believed to be voting for the USDP.
“There is little or no chance of my winning here. But we showed that we dared to compete with them,” he said. The NDF party chairman, Dr. Than Nyein, in Rangoon also said that he has received reports of voters being intimidated into voting for the USDP in at least 10 locations, including Thingangyun, Thaketa and Kayan townships in Rangoon, Thabeikkyin Township in Mandalay and Kamma Township in Magwe Division.

“The polling station officials themselves urged the voters to vote for USDP,” he said. “I have asked our candidates to record those incidents and make complaints.” The Democratic Party (Myanmar), the second-largest pro-democracy party in Rangoon, also complained about lack of proper procedures at polling stations.

“The ballot boxes were neither sealed nor tied with ropes. Half of the 10 polling staff were out for lunch in Pathein Nyunt Ward in Mingalar Tuangnyunt Township in Rangoon. We are extremely disappointed,” said Hla Myint, the spokesman for the Democratic Party (Myanmar). “When we asked the officials for the voter list, we were rebuffed,” he said.

“Things are now in very bad shape.” Thu Wai, the chairman of the Democratic Party (Myanmar), said there is a lack of secrecy in the voting process. “Everyone can see who you are voting for. It is a complete disappointment,” he said. An NDF campaign manager in Burma's second largest city, Mandalay, Dr. Hla Soe Nyunt, said that he had seen a woman, believed to be a USDP member, stuffing four ballots in a single box in Maha Aung Myay Township. Despite these voting irregularities, the NDF was reputed to be the most popular party in Rangoon among voters leaving polling stations.

“I voted for NDF because I hate the USDP,” said one. But one of the party's main candidates in Tavoy Township said that he has already lost hope of a fair result after villagers in the area were forced to vote for the USDP in advance. Meanwhile, ethnic opposition parties said that they were confident of a victory since ethnic minority people would almost certainly select their own ethnic parties.
Several ethnic politicians said they expected to win the vote despite the high number of alleged cases in which USDP members were forcing people to vote for their party.
The Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, the All Mon Region Democracy Party and the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) were reportedly doing well in their respective ethnic areas. “We are doing very well,” said Sai Aik Pao, the SNDP chairman.

“But it would have been far better if we had not faced such dishonest advance voting for the USDP.” He said he had reported the alleged cases to Election Commission officials, and requested that the voters in question were allowed to recast their votes in secret. At the close of the day's voting, he had still received no response.
Party representatives said they were still hoping for an unbiased and transparent vote count, but were far from positive about whether that would happen in their respective areas.

“Our greatest worry now is about vote-counting,” Than Nyein said. “Polling officials who have clearly been involved in a fraudulent voting process must be suspect in the counting process too.”

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Titicaca: Descubren gigantescos geoglifos que compiten con las líneas de Nazca

viernes, 08 de octubre de 2010

Titicaca: Descubren gigantescos geoglifos que compiten con las líneas de Nazca
Las líneas de Nazca dejarían de ser el único atractivo turístico sudamericano para visitar desde el aire tras el descubrimiento, por parte de la investigadora italiana Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, de una asombrosa red de geoglifos en la zona del Titicaca.
La doctora Sparavigna, investigadora del Departamento de Física del Politécnico de Turín, Italia, explica que localizó a través de imágenes satelitales de Google Earth formas de aves diseñadas en una red de andenes, que fueron muros pétreos incaicos de contención construidos en las pendientes con fines agrícolas y un estudiado sistema de drenaje.

El área en cuestión es de unas 120 mil hectáreas. "En realidad, algunas de las formas de terreno cercanas al lago Titicaca son notabilísimas, tienen un claro significado simbólico y se las puede considerar geoglifos", explicó la investigadora a Con Nuestro PerúSe trata de "un maravilloso ejemplo de forma de terreno resultado de una red verdaderamente gigantesca de terraplenes: esta red cubre un total de 120 000 hectáreas de terreno cercano al lago Titicaca, lo que emerge como fruto de un esfuerzo agrícola casi inimaginable de las antiguas poblaciones de los Andes", indica.

Imágenes satelitales
"Los restos de campos prehistóricos de cultivo elevados proporcionan, entonces, indicios de impresionantes capacidades de ingeniería de los pueblos que vivieron allí en tiempos prehispánicos", señaló la Dra Sparavigna a Con Nuestro Perú.

Dra. Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

La estudiosa explicó que se encontraba analizando zonas de elevación de terrenos en el Titicaca, pero se dio con una gran red de trabajos realizados en la tierra cerca del lago que constituyen un esfuerzo agrícola casi inimaginable para mejorar las condiciones del suelo.Se puede apreciar pendientes de colinas cruzadas con paredes de terrazas y superficies cubiertas de trabajo en el terreno. "¡Algunas de las formas son geoglifos!", exclamó la doctora Sparavigna y agrega que representan animales cuyos ojos son estanques. Por su inmenso tamaño, la mejor forma de graficarlos es a través de imágenes satelitales.La doctora Sparavigna indica que estos antiguos geoglifos están sujetos a un proceso natural de erosión, pero es preocupante para su conservación la acción de los modernos métodos de agricultura.Estando estos geoglifos ubicados en zonas peruanas y bolivianas, sería necesario un esfuerzo binacional para preservar este notabilísimo legado prehispánico.
¿Cómo pudieron los antiguos peruanos realizar estos diseños, visibles sólo desde el aire?

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Naomi Bliven
Behind almost every woman you ever heard of stands a man who let her down.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Each time the International Space Station or a meteor passes over the Roswell AFB in
New Mexico, their radar captures the passing object as a bing...
I have capture the bing and transformed into an image.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Islington Substation, New Zealand
Photograph by
Chris McKay,

The sun sets over the Islington substation in Christchurch, New Zealand.


Water Tank, Kenya
Photograph by Lynn Johnson

Rendille villagers in northern Kenya scoop the dregs from a water tank filled only the night before by a government truck but already drained below the level of its spigot.
They must wait a week for the next delivery.


Ganges River Pollution
Photograph by Tushar Sharma,
This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Environment
This shot was taken at Varanasi, India. A boat man still sleeping in the morning and the boats created a splendid formation. I was shocked that pollution from tourists throwing garbage and plastic waste into the River Ganges is slowly killing the environment.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Desert of Death,

Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie
Like drifting clouds, hilltops mirrored in a mirage appear to float behind a Land-Rover. The illusion is created by heat waves shimmering in 120-degree (49-degree-Celsius) temperatures of the Dasht-i-Margo—Afghanistan's so-called "Desert of Death."

Monday, September 20, 2010