Friday, 30 November 2012

To Honor the US President by named fish Obama

There is nothing fishy about naming a new species of fish after the President of the United States, particularly since he is not the only one. Researchers discovered five innovative species of darter that navigate the bottom of fast moving freshwater streams and rivers in Alabama and Tennessee and called all but one of them after past and present presidents; another was named after former Vice President Al Gore. Why? To honor their environmental record, of course.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Breathtaking! Watch Fiery Lava Spill into Ocean

Lava overtopped a seaside cliff in Hawaii sending up stunning steam plumes caught on film and in pictures by a camera crew aboard a helicopter. The sluggish stream of molten rock, a sticky form of lava called "pahoehoe," crested the edge around. Paradise Helicopters in Hawaii flew videographers Ann and Mick Kalber over the foaming ocean, capturing the formation of the world's most modern land. The thick lava drops downward, it tears and plops onto cooled rocks below, building 6 meter towers that look like stalagmites. It was truly beautiful at night, you could see them glowing because they were topped with hot lava. It made these very neat-looking towers.
The lava oozes from rift vents on the eastern flank of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, fed by its Pu'u O'o crater. The molten stream is about 4 to 5 feet wide and travels gradually, advancing only about 1,600 feet in two weeks. The lively lava flows are within the Kahauale'a Natural Area Reserve, which is closed to access and can be viewed only from the air or from Hawaii National Park's Kalapana viewing area. The slow Lava has repeatedly streamed into the ocean from Kilauea's east rift zone since the volcano started erupting Jan. 3, 1983. The last time molten rock from Kilauea met the ocean was in December 2011.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

There is water in the air around us at every moment. While this may not seem very important if you live in a water-rich area, this untapped resource could help everyone from athletes on the go to people living in arid areas of the world. Taking a cue from the Namib Desert Beetle, researchers have developed a water bottle that can fill up itself up by harvesting water from the atmosphere.

The Namib Desert Beetle has a shell that is roofed in bumps, which permits humidity in the air to slowly accumulate on its back until water droplets form. These droplets roll down the beetle’s back and directly into its mouth, permitting the insect to stay alive in environments where ground water is scarce. Scientistics have mimicked this shell to develop a bottle that utilizes the same water collecting effect. The new technology can also be help in tent covers, roof tiles and other items.

NBD Nano is getting advantage of this technology to create a water bottle that can continually fill itself up. The company hopes to have the water bottle on the market by 2014. We see this being applicable to anything from marathon runners to people in third-world countries, because we realize that water is such a large issue in the world today, and we want to strive to alleviate those problems with a cost-efficient solution.

Japan is working on A 500 KPH Floating Train

The Central Japan Railway Co. unveiled a prototype it believes will bring faster train service than ever before to Japan. The Series Lo prototype is a magnetic levitation train, floating above its track and moving forward thanks to powerful magnets. It will run from Tokyo to Nagoya, and travel as fast as 311 mph (500 kilometers per hour).

The idea of maglev-powered transportation has been around for over a century. The first pertinent patent was issued in 1905; Britain operated a low-speed maglev shuttle in Birmingham between 1984 and 1995. Presently, only two commercial systems are in service. The first started operation in Shanghai in 2004, followed in 2005 by a Japanese system called Linimo, which runs at only 60 mph, 20% of the top speed the JR Tokai predicts for the new maglev train.

Japan is already operating by high-speed bullet trains, but maglev systems offer several advantages, which is frictionless, as they are faster and quieter than trains that make use of wheels, and even are not impacted by bad weather. Japan Railway Tokai plans to fabricate a train that will seat nearly 1,000 passengers that will be in function by 2027, and expand service to Osaka by 2045.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Chasing down the world’s vanishing glaciers

The melting glacial ice in places similar to the Alps, Greenland and the Himalayas is a spectacular visual document of how our planet's climate is fast changing. The United States based environmental photographer James Balog, it is a vision he has spent over 6 years trying hard to record and preserve. I was really shocked by the changes taking place and sought to find a way to capture what was going on, in the Arctic and glaciers elsewhere around the world. The effect has been a new documentary film, "Chasing Ice," based on 36 time-lapse cameras looking at 16 different glaciers in locations in Alaska, Canada, France, Greenland, Bolivia, Iceland, Nepal, the Rocky Mountains and Switzerland. Each camera has been taking a snap every half-an-hour during daylight, developing almost one million pictures in total. What we have seen has been an absolute shock. I never really projected to see this magnitude of change. Every time we open the backs of these cameras it's like 'wow, is that what's just happened.
He says at one point in the film, he has just removed memory card from camera and saying: "This is a memory of a landscape. A landscape that is now gone and will never be seen again in the history of civilization. It is the Arctic that has attracted most attention in recent years. In September 2012, the ice cap fell to its lowest point on record. Surprising it grows each winter but is retreating further and further every summer, and the summer ice extent has decreased by 13% each decade since the ice was first monitored in 1979. Climate researchers have previously forecasted the Arctic could lose almost all of its ice cover in the summer months by 2100. Though, the current accelerated ice losses have led some to believe that date could come much sooner.

What we are observing is a much more accelerated rate of change, particularly in the last 40 years or so and that has clearly been traced by researchers to the impact of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions into the atmosphere. In the last 100 years, the atmosphere has accumulated 40 percent more carbon dioxide in it than had been seen in the peak over the past one million years. He believes the economic and technological solutions to mitigate the effect of climate change already exist. What we require is a better political and public understanding of the immediacy and reality of these changes. I think that this film can help shift public perceptions by telling people a story that is true and happening now. 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Million to One Apple is Half Red, Half Green: Amazing

Million to One Apple is Half Red, Half Green: Amazing
Sometimes unusual facts happened, and you would be surprised off course and your initial thinking will be some graphic works; but it’s thought to be a random genetic mutation. The Apple was bringing into being in the orchard of a man named Ken Morrish, where he’s grown apples for 45 years. Ken Morris was picking apples in his garden for a family member when he surprised to see the unusual apple, which caught his attention immediately. The red side of the apple is said to taste sweeter than the green side does. The reason for this is thought to be that the red side has seen more sunshine during its growth. The apple discovery is extremely uncommon and intriguing. I believe you would be also curious to see this rare apple. 

Benefits of Lemon

Benefits of Lemon

Lemons are packed with plentiful health benefiting nutrients. The fruit is low in calories, only 29 calories per 100 gram, one of the lowest among citrus group. Lemon contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but is wealthy in dietary fiber (7.36% of RDA). Its acidic taste is due to citric acid. Citricacid is present up to 8% in its juice. Citric acid is a natural preservative, aids, digestion. Most of studies found that citric acid plentiful to helping in dissolve kidney stones. Lemons, like other citrus fruits, are exceptional source of ascorbic acid and provide about 88% of DRI). Ascorbic acid or vitamin-C is a powerful water soluble natural anti-oxidant. This vitamin is helpful in preventing scurvy. Besides, consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood. Lemons like oranges contain a diversity of phytochemicals. Hesperetin and naringenin are flavonoid glycosides commonly found in citrus fruits.
Naringenin is found to have a bio-active effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator. This substance has also been shown to decrease oxidant injury to DNA in the cells in-vitro studies. And also contain diminutive level of vitamin A, and other flavonoid anti-oxidants such as ? and ß-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A also requisites for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Total ORAC value, which measures the anti-oxidant strength of 100 g of fresh lemon juice, is 1225 µmol TE (Trolex equivalents).They also an excellent source of B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are vital in the sense that body has need of them from external sources to replenish. Lemons contain healthy amount of minerals, like iron, copper, potassium, and calcium. Potassium in a significant component of cell and body fluids assists control heart rate and blood pressure.

The Longest Truck in the World!

The Longest Truck in the World!
You can call this amazing vehicle “Road Train” A road train or road-train is a trucking concept used in remote areas of Argentina, Mexico United States, Canada and Australia, to move logistics freight efficiently. The word “road train” is most often used in Australia. In United States and Canada the terms “triples,” “turnpike doubles” and “Rocky Mountain doubles” are frequently used for longer combination vehicles (LCVs). A “road train” consists of a relatively conventional tractor unit, but instead of pulling one trailer or semi-trailer, a road train pulls two or more of them. On February 18, 2006, an Australian built Mack truck with 112 semi-trailers, 1,300 t (1,279 long tons; 1,433 short tons) and 1,474.3 meters (4,836 ft 11 in) long, this road train pulled the load 100 metres (328 feet) to recapture the record for the longest road train (multiple loaded trailers) ever pulled with a single prime mover. It was on the main road of Clifton, Queensland, that 70-year-old John Atkinson claimed a new record, pulled by a tri-drive Mack Titan.

Australia Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserves

Australia created the world’s biggest network of marine reserves, protecting a huge swathe of ocean environment in spite of claims it will devastate the fishing industry. Australian years of planning and consultation, will considerably expand the protection of creatures such as the green turtle, blue whale critically endangered populations of gray nurse sharks, and dugongs. Marine reserves will cover more than 2.3 million square kilometers in six marine regions. There are very a small number of countries in the world that are as responsible for as much of the ocean as Australia is, because oceans are under serious threat. There are plenty of actions taken to turn the corner on the health of oceans by establishing national parks in the ocean is a big part of that total picture, which is very imperative for future generation.  On the other hand fishermen are extremely furious, claiming coastal communities would be ruined, thousands of jobs lost and aquaculture industry seriously impacted. No doubt decision would have an impact, but claimed it would only affect 1% of the commercial fishing industry nationally. Hope the initiative, would “go down in Australian history as an economically and environmentally sustainable decision”.

Wax Coating Apples

Wax Coating Apples

Apples normally have a natural wax coating on their surface. This all-natural wax coating really helps to preserve the apple fruit from shriveling and weight loss nevertheless before packaging of the apple fruits, they are cleaned by scrubbing the surface to take away dirt and chemical residues (if they are not organic). This scrubbing eliminates approximately 50% of the natural wax coating.
To replace the natural wax coating processors put other suggested waxes on the surface of apples (which is actually not harmful to the consumer). The waxes applied on apples may either be animal wax, vegetable wax or mineral and synthetic wax. After applying wax, the fruits assume glossy and firm appearance that is thought to be a necessary quality in apples. In spite of this, some dishonest producers can coat the apple in petroleum based waxes which are harmful to the consumer. It is important to refrain from harmful wax coating that you have to buy apples from markets and areas where apples are grown.
The probabilities that the farmers have not waxed apples are definitely good here.  Additionally it is a much better idea to shop for the dull apples that are fresh, without having kind of artificial coating. What is more important is, it will always be a very good practice to clean apples with lukewarm water carefully before eating .Furthermore, you can use a paper towel with some vinegar (acetic acid) (not any detergents) to wipe the apple before washing. A different evident way to stay away from destructive wax of apple fruits is to get rid of the entire peel, however you may well lose on certain vitamins and also the crispiness of the peel.