Snuggle Bees National Geographics

Traditionally, it's the birds and the bees that get all the attention—unless you're an entomologist. Then it's the bees and the bees, not to mention the flies and the wasps and the moths ... and, well, you get the picture. National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dino Martins gives us a look into the love lives of his favorite subjects.
Most species of bees on the planet are solitary and not social like honeybees. Among the solitary species, females have nests to return to at night, but males have nowhere to go and end up sleeping on vegetation. Sometimes males will huddle together for warmth and comfort. Here are two different species of male bees, an Amegilla bee on the right and a long-horn bee (Tetraloniella) on the left, that have snuggled up together on a stalk of grass in a sheltered spot under an acacia tree. The photo was taken in Laikipia, Kenya.Photo: Two bees "snuggling"

Battle for the Elephants National Geographics ARTICLE

Battle for the Elephants explores the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory.
The film tells the ultimate wildlife story — how the Earth’s most charismatic and majestic land animal today faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for precious metals. Journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley take viewers undercover as they investigate the criminal network behind ivory’s supply and demand. In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, one of the world’s main ports for smuggled ivory, Hartley attempts to buy large quantities of tusks from poachers. In China, Christy explores the thriving industry of luxury goods made from ivory and the ancient cultural tradition of ivory carving.
The film is based in part on an article by Christy, published in the October 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine, titled 'Blood Ivory.'
Since the opening up of the Chinese market and the growth of its economy, ivory, once a precious material available only to the ruling elite, has become increasingly available to the growing Chinese middle class. The film traces the ivory trade and its impact on Africa’s elephant population over the course of the past two centuries. In 1800, an estimated 20 million elephants lived in Africa. With the rise of industrialization and the mass production of items made from ivory, such as combs, billiard balls and piano keys, the elephant population was cut in half. By 1913, as the United States consumed more than 200 tons of ivory a year, only 10 million elephants remained. Post-war ivory consumption continued, and by 1989 the elephant population was reduced to 600,000.
J.J. Kelley
Scientist Soila Sayialel looks on at Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
A worldwide ban on ivory sales in 1989 led to a rebound in the population, to about 1 million. But in 1999 and 2008, due to pressure from countries in Asia and southern Africa, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) allowed two sanctioned sales of ivory.
According to Christy, these two sales gave cover to ivory smugglers in China, and the underground market exploded. According to CITES, 25,000 elephants were killed in Africa last year, though other observers say it could be many more. In Tanzania alone, poachers kill 30 elephants a day. The International Fund for Animal Welfare estimates that 84 percent of the ivory sold in China is illegal.
Battle for the Elephants features those in Africa on the frontlines studying elephant behavior and leading the deadly fight to protect the animals from armed poachers. At the Amboseli Trust for Elephants in Kenya, Deputy Director Soila Sayialel explains how the elephants’ highly evolved society, keen intelligence and ability to communicate across vast distances and to love, remember and even to mourn, are far more complex than ever imagined. She also describes how the rise of poaching has caused disturbing changes in elephant behavior, including increased agitation, stress and aggression in the presence of humans.
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Producer J.J. Kelley captures Soila Sayialel at Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Hartley meets with Khamis Kagasheki, minister of natural resources in Tanzania, which stores the world’s largest stockpile of elephant tusks in the world — 90 metric tons. Kagasheki agrees to allow Hartley and the camera crew to take the first-ever footage of the vast warehouse that stores thousands of tusks, valued at $50 million.
Unlike Kenya, Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in the world, has not agreed to burn its stockpile, arguing that the money from a sale could support conservation efforts. An official says that if an international agency were to buy the tusks with the intention of burning them, they would eagerly sell them.
Observing a master carver in China painstakingly create a priceless piece of art from ivory, Christy acknowledges the exquisite beauty of the craft and the deep importance of ivory in Chinese culture and tradition. However, he poses the central question: “Is this craft or this species more valuable?”
Battle for the Elephants is a production of National Geographic Television.

Why Wild Animals Are Moving Into Cities, And What To Do About It

Global warming and environmental destruction are driving coyotes, bears and mountain lions out of their habitats, but that's only part of the reason why so many animals call the city home.
By John Mahoney Posted 12.19.2012 at 9:01 am
It’s been a while since he tried to count them all, but Stan Gehrt estimates that more than 2,000 coyotes make a comfortable living in the Chicago metropolitan area today. And in the 12 years he’s spent tracking the animals with radio and GPS collars, Gehrt, a wildlife ecologist at Ohio State University, has witnessed some remarkable adaptations. Suburban coyotes, like the pack in a residential area a few miles from O’Hare airport, have learned to live in much smaller territories than they do in rural places. Downtown coyotes, which roam among the towers and traffic of the Chicago Loop, thrive in the city by hunting enough small rodents to feed themselves and their young. Some urban coyotes have even been spotted crossing streets in busy traffic—at the light, looking both ways, just like human Chicagoans.
What’s happening in Chicago is happening around the world, and not just with coyotes. Gehrt and other researchers in his field are convinced that urban areas should prepare to make room for large carnivores. Coyotes, which live in every state but Hawaii, have appeared in cities from Los Angeles to New York. This spring, biologists in Los Angeles radio-collared the first mountain lion ever found in Griffith Park, the home of the Hollywood sign. Complaints about bears in Nevada around Lake Tahoe increased tenfold between 1997 and 2007. Red foxes have colonized London.
These animals are going to great lengths to live in human territory. Two years ago in London, building staff found a fox living on the 72nd floor of the unfinished Shard skyscraper, where it had been living on construction workers’ discarded food scraps. The new territory is changing animals’ behavior, too. Some bears in Lake Tahoe, well fed on garbage year-round, now neglect to hibernate in winter.
It’s reasonable to assume that these animals are moving to the city because they’re being displaced by climate change and habitat destruction, but that’s only part of the explanation. One of the biggest factors is that there are more large carnivores than there used to be—primarily, Gehrt says, because of successful conservation efforts. As we make our cities greener, they become more attractive to humans and animals alike. Finally, the relationship between humans and large predators is changing. “We’re now seeing generations of certain carnivores that have had fairly light amounts of persecution by people,” Gehrt says. “They may view cities quite a bit differently than their ancestors did 50 years ago. Then, if they saw a human, there was a good chance they were going to get shot.”
In The City
In The City:  AP Photo/Sun-Times, scott Stewart
While the new inhabitants keep their distance from people most of the time, conflict is inevitable when these animals and humans share space. Sometimes the conflict is between the invading predators and our own domesticated animals. A few years ago in a Chicago suburb, an elderly woman fought off a coyote that tried to attack her leashed poodle in a mall parking lot. More serious clashes are rare but not unheard of. In a two-month span in 2011, a coyote attacked children in the Denver suburb of Broomfield on three separate occasions.

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HTC One Specification and Reviews

General2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G NetworkLTE (market dependent)
Announced2013, February
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2013, March
BodyDimensions137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm (5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 in)
Weight143 g (5.04 oz)
DisplayTypeSuper LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.7 inches (~469 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 2
 - HTC Sense UI v5
SoundAlert typesVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes
 - Beats Audio sound enhancement
MemoryCard slotNo
Internal32/64 GB, 2 GB RAM
SpeedHSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFCYes (Market dependent)
Infrared portYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)
CameraPrimary4 MP, 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features1/3'' sensor size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, OIS
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
SecondaryYes, 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR
FeaturesOSAndroid OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetQualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
CPUQuad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
GPUAdreno 320
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack, Silver, Red
 - SNS integration
- Dropbox (25 GB storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- DivX/XviD/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Organizer
- Document viewer/editor
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery
Stand-byNo official data
Talk timeNo official data
HTC ONE Technical Specification

Pizza Without Oven Article

Recipe Method

  1. To prepare dough dissolve 1- 1 ½ tbsp yeast in Luke warm water and add in 1 tsp sugar; mix it well and keep it for 15 minutes. Take ½ kg flour and add in salt, 1 tsp baking powder and yeast.
  2. Knit it properly and keep it for 3-4 hours. Again fold the dough with your hand. Roll it; pizza dough is ready.
  3. To prepare chicken, in a mixing bowl take 1tsp crushed black pepper, 1tbsp garlic paste, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp red chili powder and salt.
  4. Mix it well and put the mixture on the chicken.
  5. Take 2-3 tbsp oil in the pan, add in chicken and fry it.
  6. Take the chicken out of the pan once its color starts changing. Grease the pan with 2 tbsp butter. Toast the pizza dough from the either side in the pan.
  7. Spread the sauce on the dough; put chicken mixture, 2 tomatoes, 1 capsicum, ½ cup mushrooms on the dough. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese from the top.
  8. In the end, sprinkle ½ cup green olives and 1 tsp oregano.
  9. Keep the pan on a very low flame.
  10. Heat the other pan and as soon as it heats up put it on the pizza pan and cover it. Repeat the procedure of covering the pizza with a hot pan till the cheese settles.
  11. Once the cheese is melted dish it out and serve.

Breakfast Pancakes Article

Recipe Method

  1. Mix egg and milk and whisk in the cooled butter.
  2. In another bowl mix 5 oz flour, 1 tsp baking powder and add in ½ tsp salt and 2 tbsp caster sugar. Pour milk mixture into egg mixture and by help of whisker keep whisking it till it becomes smooth.
  3. Let batter stand for few minutes.
  4. Heat a small frying pan and brush with butter or oil and add a tbsp of batter and let it cook, these are thick round pancakes,
  5. Wait till bubbles appear and then turn and cook other side as well,
  6. Cook all the pancakes.
  7.  Serve hot with butter, maple syrup or honey.

Recipe Ingredients

  • flour 5 oz
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • salt ½ tsp
  • caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • milk 4-5 oz
  • egg 1
  • butter, melted and cooled 2 tbsp
  • Maple syrup or honey to serve

Endangered Animals in Europe

Among Europe's 1,000 species of native mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, 155 are classified as threatened. Conservation experts warn there's an extremely high chance that 16 of the endangered animals will soon be extinct.
Many of Europe's most endangered animals are species restricted to islands, notably the Canary Islands. Continental Europe is not, however, without severely threatened animals. Bavarian Pine Vole, for example, went extinct in Germany sometime after 1962 and now its last remaining population survives precariously in Austria.
The information here comes from the World Conservation Union (IUCN), an internationally recognized authority on the status of species around the world. IUCN has recently completed detailed assessments of the health of Europe's mammal, reptile and amphibian populations. Meanwhile, Birdlife International provides IUCN with data on the status of European birds.
The animal assessments cover the continent of Europe as far east as the Ural Mountains in Russia, but excluding the Caucasus Mountains in the southeast. They also include the Canary, Madeira and Azores Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Endangered Mammals

Extinction threatens 15%, or one in seven of Europe's 228 species of mammals. Among the 35 threatened European mammals, six are marine species.
Europe's five most endangered mammals, listed below, are classified as "Critically Endangered". That status means populations have declined drastically, or numbers are already precariously low, or the animals presently survive only in a tiny area. Conservation specialists conclude that the likelihood of these animals soon becoming extinct in their natural habitat is "extremely high".
In Europe, saiga antelope have disappeared from Moldova, Poland and Ukraine. At most 18,000 of the antelope remain in European Russia. Illegal hunting and habitat destruction caused saiga populations to decline by over 80% in the last decade.
Lynx are nearly extinct in Portugal where few, if any, remain. Spain's only two breeding populations total 84 to 143 adults. Lynx's main food source, rabbits, became scarce after the 1940s. That, along with much of their habitat being developed, led to drastic population declines.
With a population of at most 450 animals, this is the most endangered seal in the world. Most of the remaining monk seals live in Greece and Turkey. Their numbers continue to decline from people disturbing caves the seals use for breeding, and from fishing gear trapping the endangered marine animals.

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15 of the Largest Animals in the World

Our world is full of creatures big and small, short and tall. Below the Sifter looks at 15 of the largest animals in the world, classified by various categories such as mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians etc. There’s an incredibly detailed list of some of the world’s largest organisms (including plants, fungi, bacteria, etc.) on Wikipedia, check it out if you enjoy lists as much as we do :) For now, enjoy these fifteen fascinating animals. 
Saltwater Crocodile,The Largest Reptile in the World: The Saltwater Crocodile
The Largest Carnivora in the World: The Southern Elephant SealThe Largest Animal Ever: The Blue Whale

Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE (regional)
Announced 2012, May
Status Available. Released 2012, May
Body Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm (5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 in)
Weight 133 g (4.69 oz)
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
 - TouchWiz UI
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
Camera Primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.9 MP, 720p@30fps
Features OS Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Exynos 4412 Quad
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU Mali-400MP
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur
 - S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- Smart Stay eye tracking
- Dropbox (50 GB storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- SNS integration
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input (Swype)
Battery   Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 590 h (2G) / Up to 790 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 21 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 11 h 40 min (3G)
Misc SAR US 0.55 W/kg (head)     1.49 W/kg (body)    
SAR EU 0.21 W/kg (head)    
Price group
Tests Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal) / 3.419:1 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 75dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 75dB
Audio quality Noise -90.3dB / Crosstalk -92.6dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 50h

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Sony Xperia Z

Also known as Sony Xperia C6603, Sony Xperia C6602, Sony Xperia Z LTE, Sony Xperia Z HSPA+.
General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - C6602, C6603
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6603
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - C6602
4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - C6603
Announced 2013, January
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2013, March
Body Dimensions 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm (5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 in)
Weight 146 g (5.15 oz)
- IP57 certified - dust and water resistant
- Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass
- Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Data GPRS Up to 107 kbps
EDGE Up to 296 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)
Camera Primary 13.1 MP, 4128x3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, sweep panorama
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer, HDR, check quality
Secondary Yes, 2.2 MP, 1080p@30fps
Features OS Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 320
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Purple
- SNS integration
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 550 h (2G) / Up to 530 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 14 h (3G)
Music play Up to 40 hSony Xperia Z

Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - SIM 1 only
  HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 - SIM 1 only
SIM Dual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by)
Announced 2012, December
Status Available. Released 2013, January
Body Dimensions 143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm (5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 in)
Weight 162 g (5.71 oz)
Display Type Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches (~187 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
 - TouchWiz UI
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB, 1 GB RAM
Data GPRS Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 2 MP
Features OS Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White
 - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- SNS integration
- MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document viewer
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
Battery   Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 440 h
Talk time Up to 10 h 10 min
Misc SAR US 0.37 W/kg (head)     1.11 W/kg (body)    
SAR EU 0.24 W/kg (head)     0.29 W/kg (body)     

Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082

Asteroid buzzes, misses Earth _ unlike meteor

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 150-foot asteroid hurtled through Earth's backyard Friday, coming within an incredible 17,150 miles and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a chilling coincidence, a meteor exploded above Russia just hours before the asteroid zoomed past the planet.
Scientists the world over, along with NASA, insisted the meteor had nothing to do with the asteroid since they appeared to be traveling in opposite directions. The asteroid is a much more immense object and delighted astronomers in Australia and elsewhere who watched it zip harmlessly through a clear night sky.
"It's on its way out," reported Paul Chodas of NASA's Near-Earth Object program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
Asteroid 2012 DA14, as it's called, came closer to Earth than many communication and weather satellites orbiting 22,300 miles up. Scientists insisted these, too, would be spared, and they were right.
The asteroid was too small to see with the naked eye even at its closest approach around 2:25 p.m. EST, over the Indian Ocean near Sumatra.
The best viewing locations, with binoculars and telescopes, were in Asia, Australia and eastern Europe. Even there, all anyone could see was a pinpoint of light as the asteroid buzzed by at 17,400 mph.
This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Anacondas Facts and Pictures National Geographic

The green anaconda is the largest snake in the world, when both weight and length are considered. It can reach a length of 30 feet (9 meters) and weigh up to 550 pounds (227 kilograms).To picture how big that is, if about five ten-year-olds lie down head to foot, they'd be about the length of this huge snake.
And it'd take about 11 kids to weigh as much as one anaconda.
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Green Anaconda Pics,Anaconda National Geographics,Anaconda facts
These snakes can be as big around as a grown man. They have some giant relatives, too.The green anaconda is a member of a family of snakes called constrictors. Constrictors are not venomous snakes. They don't kill prey by delivering venom through a bite. Instead, constrictors wrap their bodies around their prey and squeeze until it stops breathing. The giant snake opens its mouth wide enough to swallow its victim—sometimes fish or caiman (relatives of crocodiles) and even jaguars and small deer.
Anaconda jaws are held together with stretchy ligaments so they can open wide enough to swallow prey whole. The green anaconda is an aquatic snake. It lives in swamps, marshes, and slow-moving rivers. It's nocturnal, or active at night. An anaconda will hunt on land, but it prefers to stay in the water, where its huge size feels less bulky. The green anaconda can move swiftly both underwater and at the surface. To hunt, it lies at the surface of a pond or stream waiting for an animal to stop by for a drink. Its nostrils are located on the top of its snout, so it can breathe while almost entirely submerged. Source

Enter the Google Science Fair

Do you want to help change the world? Google is encouraging young researchers, innovators, and inventors from around the world to share their projects in the third annual Google Science Fair. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, all you need is an idea to get started!
If you are chosen as one of the 15 global finalists, you will get to go to Google’s headquarters in California to present your idea in front of a group of panelists including two National Geographic Explorers. Not only do you get a chance to share your great idea on how to change the world, you’ll also be competing to win the grand prize: a National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos Islands!
Just because you’re a kid doesn’t mean you can’t help change the world. Thomas Edison, who invented the light bulb, was just 14 when he got his start. Albert Einstein was 16 and his fascination with magnets led to his famous E = mc2. Google’s Science Fair can help you develop your science or engineering ideas on how to better our world.
The Google Science Fair launches January 30, 2013 and will be accepting applications up through April 30, 2013. This is the largest online science fair in the world. What are you waiting for? Start submitting your great ideas today; it’s your turn to change the world!
Learn more about the contest on the Google Science Fair webpage.
Read a National Geographic Explorer’s explanation on what it’s like to be a Google Science Fair judge on National Geographic News Watch.

Shell’s Eco-marathon Americas Competition

Teams from 30 universities and 18 high schools from the United States
and Canada – including the first all girls team — met in Houston for
Shell’s Eco-marathon Americas competition on April 16 and 17 to show
that it is possible to create cars that use less fuel. The teams proved
this by slow-speed racing their homemade vehicles.
Shante Stowell (left) and Semira Kern of Granite Falls High School share a cheer in their pit area in the George R. Brown Convention Center while teammate Pooja Sethi smiles.
The all-girls team from Washington’s Granite Falls High School had high hopes for their lime green vehicle, the Iron Maiden, but technical problems denied them their fuel economy goal of 678 miles per gallon (288 kilometers per liter), which would have broken the 26-year-old  program’s previous record for diesel vehicles. Instead, they ran at 378 mpg (161 km/l) and received a special award for safety in vehicle design, construction and onsite behavior.
See the entire list of winners.
Look at pictures from the event.

Guinness World Record 4 Feb 2013

National Geographic Kids magazine is on its way to claiming two Guinness World Records! 30,914 people helped take the title for most people running 100 meters in 24 hours, on October 26, 2012. NG Kids hopes to set the title for largest of collection of shoes to recycle.
This morning, NG Kids staff emptied over 50 gigantic boxes of shoes and laid them all out heel to toe at National Geographic Society’s headquarters, and then the official count by Guinness World Records began. Guinness World Records officials will be on hand to announce the number of shoes collected at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5.
All of the used sneakers were collected from families and kids who wanted to help make a difference. However a few of those sneakers came from the likes of Taylor Swift, One Direction, Eli Manning, Danica Patrick, and Amanda Beard!
The athletic shoes will be sent to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program which recycles shoes into Nike Grind. This is a material used in athletic surfaces like basketball courts and running tracks. The record will not be known until the shoes have been delivered to Nike for recycling. Read More

It rose out of the tropical Pacific in late 1997

It rose out of the tropical Pacific in late 1997, bearing more energy than a million Hiroshima bombs. By the time it had run its course eight months later, the giant El Niño of 1997-98 had deranged weather patterns around the world, killed an estimated 2,100 people, and caused at least 33 billion [U.S.] dollars in property damage.
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Isaias Ipanaqué Silva knew none of that. All he and the other peasant farmers in the Peruvian hamlet of Chato Chico could see was that after weeks of incessant rain the adjacent Piura River had not stopped rising. The rainfall itself was no surprise. Every three to seven years, for as long as anyone could remember, the same rainfall had arrived after a pool of hot seawater the size of Canada appeared off the west coast of the Americas. The ocean would heat up right around Christmastime, so fishermen called the phenomenon El Niño, for the Christ Child. Then that titanic storm source would pour vast amounts of precipitation onto Peru’s normally arid northwestern coast.
But few had ever seen this much rain—five or six inches a day in some places.Read More

World Dangerous animals National Geographic

By Jennifer S. Holland
Photograph by Mattias Klum
Michael decided to go for a swim. He was on vacation with his family in Guerrero, Mexico, and it was hotter than blazes. He grabbed his swimming trunks from where they’d been drying on a chair, slid them on, and jumped into the pool. Instead of cool relief, a burning pain ripped through the back of his thigh. Tearing off his trunks, he leaped naked from the pool, his leg on fire.
Behind him a small, ugly, yellow creature was treading water. He scooped it into a Tupperware container, and the caretaker of the house rushed him to the local Red Cross facility, where doctors immediately identified his attacker: a bark scorpion, Centruroides sculpturatus, one of the most venomous species in North America. The fierce pain from a sting is typically followed by what feels like electric shocks racking the body. Occasionally victims die.
Luckily for Michael (who asked me not to give his full name), the bark scorpion is common in the area, and antivenom was readily available. He had an injection and was released a few hours later. In about 30 hours the pain was gone.
What happened next could not have been predicted. For eight years Michael had endured a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic autoimmune disease of the skeleton, a sort of spinal arthritis. No one knows what triggers it. In the worst cases the spine may fuse, leaving the patient forever stooped and in anguish. “My back hurt every morning, and during bad flare-ups it was so horrible I couldn’t even walk,” he says. Read More
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