Monday, July 17, 2006


All kinds of links for your reading pleasure.

First, from Sirius, a link to an article about how spiders "fly." Here's an excerpt:
When a spider wants to travel long distances, it simply casts out a strand of silk, captures the breeze and "flies" away. They are known to travel hundreds of miles, even ending up on islands in the middle of the ocean.

Now scientists have figured out how this mode of transportation works.

Very interesting read, and here's the link.

Here's a story about finches evolving--on Galapagos Island.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Finches on the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin to develop the concept of evolution are now helping confirm it - by evolving.

A medium sized species of Darwin's finch has evolved a smaller beak to take advantage of different seeds just two decades after the arrival of a larger rival for its original food source.

Here's the link.

This is one of the most astonishing, spectacular pictures of the sun that you'll ever see:

Here's an article on mortality rates for the T-Rex:
A major midlife crisis came early for dinosaurs in the tyrannosaur family, as new research suggests many of the giant beasts died just as they reached their sexual prime.

Like modern long-living birds and mammals, Tyrannosaurus rex and other tyrannosaur species experienced high mortality rates as infants and young adults, with just a choice few surviving to maturity.

It's a fascinating read, and here's the link.

Francis Cermak sent in a link to a funny story about "Guitar Hero parties." You can read it here.

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