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Why Don’t Spiders Get Caught in Their Webs?

Why don't spiders get caught in their webs?
Spiders are not insects but are classified by biologists as arachnids. Arachnids are different from insects as they have eight legs and no antennae. There are over 40,000 species of spiders and some of them build webs while others rely on speed to catch their prey.A spider building its web is extremely fascinating to watch. Some spin these webs...

High-tech Crane Migration

Sandhill Cranes in flight at sunset
As winter sets in, millions of birds leave their nests in the northern hemisphere and head towards warmer lands in the south. During spring, they once again wing their way back to their original nesting grounds. This yearly ritual is known as migration.While some birds are great travellers, flying from one country to another; others merely flap down from...

Paris is Bugged by Termites!

Paris is bugged by termites!
Recently Parisians have been facing quite a bit of trouble; bookshop owners live in mortal terror of their precious books disintegrating, while owners of wooden houses are constantly worrying that their homes might collapse into a pile of rubble.Strangely enough, the cause of all this problem is really teeny. In fact the culprit that has most of Paris, France,...

Evergreen Clothes

There is good news for those who love splashing around in rain puddles and don't want to get their clothes dirtied. Or those who play soccer but don't want their shirts to get soiled or wet with sweat. British scientists have created a fabric that never gets dirty or wet!The cloth is treated with a special non-sticky chemical that...

Is the Red Colobus monkey extinct?

Red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus kirki)
Unbelievable but true! A large West African monkey has simply vanished from the earth. It has joined the Dodo, by becoming the first primate to vanish in the 20th century. After a six-year long survey, scientists and wildlife experts have declared the monkey, known as Miss Waldron's Red Colobus monkey, extinct.Primatologists (people who study the evolution of apes and...

Roach Sense

Cockroach scurrying across
Have you ever caught a glimpse of a cockroach scurrying across your kitchen floor? Well, by the time you manage to get your hands on a roach repellent, the cockroach would have disappeared. Not surprising really, considering you are dealing with one of the greatest escape artists in the insect kingdom.Yes, cockroaches or roaches for short, are adept at...

A Smelly New World on the Web

Every time you blink, someone is forming an Internet company somewhere in the world. That is the pace at which the Internet fever has caught on with people. They could be young college students with dreams of making a fortune or middle-aged individuals trying to lure the goddess of wealth. Each one is searching for the one great idea...

The Hottest way to Catch Crooks

Thermal imaging
All of us know how crooks are caught. We have seen it in film after film: the police inspector matches the fingerprints on the scene of the crime with the suspect's fingerprints. And the culprit goes to prison.Fingerprinting has remained one of the best ways to catch a person with a criminal record. The technique was foolproof, for no...

Music-loving Plants and Music-giving Plants

A vine that looks like a clef.
Are your ferns drooping more than usual? Perhaps a bit of music may perk it up, for it is a known fact that music plays an important role in plant growth. But plants are choosy about the kind of music they want to hear.Experiments show that plants thrive if soothing instrumental music is played in the background. On the...

How is Paper Perfumed?

Fruity, musk, floral, woodsy... believe it or not, the human nose can detect the difference between nearly 1,000 different odours. Our nose is very sensitive to delicate variations in smell. To cater to the need 'to smell good', perfume manufacturers churn out innovative new fragrances all the time.Perfume manufacturers spend a lot of money on making a perfume, research,...

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