Potted Plants Nod to Lonely Japanese, Offer Encouragement

January 19, 2009 / No Comments

There's a plant in Japan that will nod at its caretaker, offering encouragement and listening when nobody else will. It's called the Pekoppa. As it sprouts from a pot, it flutters its two leaves and bends at its stem as if reacting to someone who is nearby and speaking to it. How cool is that? There are some 50,000 of the species. ...

Smiling Lemon Shark Gets Photography Award

January 19, 2009 / No Comments

"Smile, I am going to eat you." This Lemon Shark was the subject in a photo that won the Oceans division of the international Nature's Best Photography 2008 Windland Smith Rice Awards. The photographer was Bruce Yates. Of course, Bruce wasn't around to collect the award for the photo because he became dinner for the shark. (Kidding). But, we don wonder why ...

Tree Kangaroo Has Twins in Nebraska Zoo

January 18, 2009 / 1 Comment

I confess, I never knew kangaroos could climb trees. I do know why kangaroos don't like when it rains outside. (answer down below). Zookeepers in Nebraska are thrilled that one of their rare species of tree kangaroo has had twins. Twin joeys were born at the Lincoln Children's Zoo last month. The proud parents of the Matschie's tree kangaroos are Milla and her ...

The Karola Glacier + Map of Tibet

January 18, 2009 / No Comments

A couple of foreign tourists can be seen walking along the Karola Glacier - 5,560 meters high, situated on the boundary between Nargarze and Gyangze Counties of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Here's the Karola Glacier. Here are the pics. We don't know what the glacier looks like, or how far it extends during its peak. Is it smaller now because of global ...

If Only We Could Harness the Martian Methane Belch

January 17, 2009 / No Comments

If only we could harness the Martian methane belch... There was a surprising and mysterious belch of methane gas on Mars NASA says. NASA thinks there might be microbial life underground, but admitted the gas could come from changes in rocks. Methane gas on earth is by far mostly a byproduct of life — animal digestion and decaying plants and ...

The Beauty of Ice Storms

January 17, 2009 / 7 Comments

Back in the '70s (yeah, I am an old goat) there was a tornado that went through Cincinnati, where I was living at the time. I was listening to the warnings on the radio as I drove a delivery truck for a flower store. I happened to look in the rear view mirror and saw a giant twister. Thankfully, it ...

Tahoma Townhouse in Utah: Eco-Architecture takes a turn towards lavish luxury

January 16, 2009 / 1 Comment

Park City in Utah is currently home to one of the most unique and exquisite works of green architecture and housing. The Tahoma Townhouse project that was developed by Baker Street Properties is a three townhouse community that has managed to bag the first Built Green Utah certified residential development in Park City. The green venture creates luxurious homes that do ...

Solar Powered Moof Bike, How?

January 15, 2009 / 2 Comments

On display at the CES this year and designed by Amsterdam-based designer Ties Carlier, the Moof bike is both fascinating and intriguing as it seems to have put us in a bit of a spin. This very Spartan-styled bike has clean and clear straight lines, looks very robust and is stylish enough to be taken out on the street. Rather than ...

Chrysler 200C EV: Chrysler manages to pull off an electric coupe

January 15, 2009 / No Comments

In age of the media and the internet, it would be real hard to keep a product under the wrap for a longtime and to unveil it on a grand stage in order to create a huge surprise. Leaks, spy shots and media intrusion have put an end to most surprises, but Chrysler has managed to pull off a complete ...

High Energy Consumption Could Lead to a Ban on Plasma TVs in Brussels

January 14, 2009 / 1 Comment

Brussels is all set to ban energy-guzzling plasma TVs once the legislation gets passed in EU. The decision is going to be anything but popular with majority of Europe already having changed to plasma televisions - a popular option among the young and the old alike. Plasma screens have been nicknamed the 4x4s of the living room by many, as they ...