Sunday, 2 July 2017

Owl swims to save life

      Owl swims to save life

See rare video of a swimming great horned owl. Hikers walking through a canyon in Lake Powell between Arizona and Utah stumbled upon the rare sight. It’s likely a young great horned owl and still has some of its nestling feathers. Great horned owls often roost on cliff ledges, so it’s possible the young owl fell into the water from its nest. Seeing an owl swim is unusual, and they have no way to defend themselves while in the water. Owls are unable to take flight while swimming, so they must leave the water and dry their feathers before flying.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

10 cents for a curry!

June 22, 2017
A new takeaway chain in India, Amma canteens, is serving cheap meals to hundreds of thousands of people daily for just 10 cents. The canteens have become immensely popular with the poor and the middle classes.
Most diners are poor daily wage labourers, housemaids, college students, and middle-class office workers.
The portions are big and most describe the food as “delicious”.
Lakshmi, who works in the neighbourhood as a housemaid, is a regular at the canteen.
“Earlier, my employers would give me leftovers, but now I come here for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. For less than 20 rupees (40 cents), I can eat three meals here,” she says.
“This food is really good. I like all the dishes. My stomach’s full and I’m happy.”
What’s on the menu?
Breakfast (served from 7am to 10am) – idli (steamed rice cakes) for one rupee (2cents) or pongal rice (rice cooked with lentils and peppercorn) for five rupees (10cents)
Lunch (served from 12 noon to 3pm) – sambhar rice (rice cooked with lentils and spices) or lemon rice or curry leaf rice for five rupees (10cents) each and curd rice (rice cooked in yogurt with curry leaves) for three rupees (6cents)
Dinner (served from 5pm to 7:30pm) – two rotis with daal (handmade bread with lentil soup) for three rupees (6cents)
Many people who eat here earn less than 400 rupees per day, which equivalent to about $8NZD. The average cost of food used to be 150 rupees per day, around $3NZD. Now people can eat three good meals for only 20 rupees or 40cents per day.
The canteens were first started in 2013 in Chennai by Ms Jayalalithaa, with the aim to provide subsidised meals to the public.
Today, there are more than 300 such eateries in the state – at least half of them in Chennai alone. The food is prepared hygienically. They have also generated employment for thousands of women.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Rafa Ortiz trades his kayak for inflatable pool toy in this one-of-a-kind waterfall send. Most people would consider running a perfectly good kayak off a 70-foot waterfall somewhat extreme. But for Rafa Ortiz, that’s just another day at the office.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Rocket Lab soars into space

May 28, 2017
New Zealand rocket company Rocket Lab has made its first-ever launch.
The company held the maiden flight of its battery-powered 3D-printed rocket at Mahia Peninsula last week.
Earlier launch attempts were delayed due to wind.
In a post to Twitter, the company said, “Made it to space. Team delighted. More to follow!”
Although the 15m rocket, Electron, did reach space, it did not quite make it into orbit.
The American-New Zealand company said it would be looking into why it didn’t make it into orbit.
Rocket Lab’s customers include NASA, earth-imaging firm Planet and start-ups Spire and Moon Express.
The government said the rocket launch was the first visible sign of a space industry in New Zealand.
The rocket will eventually burn up on re-entry

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Car vending machine

May 28, 2017
Forget soft drinks, chocolate and chips – vending machines are now in the business of dispensing cars.
A 15-storey building in Singapore is offering up luxury vehicles, including Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, and is the largest “vending machine” in the world.
Once the customer selects the car they wish to look at, a lift-like platform brings it down to the ground floor
Used car seller Autobahn Motors recently opened the futuristic showroom, with vehicles on display in 60 slots just like you’d find your favourite chocolate bar or fizzy drink.
The dispensing concept is similar to that of a modern snack machine, too, where customers on the ground floor choose from a touchscreen display which car they wish to see.
Once selected, the car arrives within a few minutes, travelling down the middle of the building on a moving platform.
Vehicles on offer range from modern luxury sports cars to classics, including a 2014 McLaren 650s, a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador and a 1955 Morgan Plus 4, as well as a number of Ferrari, Bentley and Porsche models.
Gary Hong, general manager at Autobahn Motors, said the vending machine format was aimed at making efficient use of space in land-scarce Singapore as well as standing out from the competition

Friday, 19 May 2017

Denmark gets first wolf pack in 200 years

May 19, 2017
Scientists in Denmark say that the country now has its first pack of wolves in more than 200 years.
Wolves hadn’t been seen in the country in two centuries until one was spotted in Jutland five years ago.
Now  there appears to be a pair of wolves moving together in the region.
Dr Peter Sunde of Aarhus University said it would only be a matter of time before they mate.
“We expect that they will have cubs this year or the next,” he said, pointing out that if it’s the former, she’s probably in a den tending to young, as wolves tend to breed in spring.
The fact that the pair have been spotted together probably shows that there aren’t any pups yet, as the male would instead be hunting on its own.

The emergence of wolves in Denmark has become a cause for concern for farmers and animal breeders.
In February, there were appeals for action after a string of attacks on sheep in west Jutland were blamed on the predators. Last month six deer were killed at a deer park near a government-approved “wolf zone”.
 my opinion is that it is amazing because it has been 200 years and they are my favourite animal.

Monday, 15 May 2017

                                           World record limbo skating

Limbo skating sensation Tiluck Keisam has broken his own record for the Farthest distance limbo skating under bars, after propelling himself a jaw-dropping 145 metres (475 ft 7 in) beneath poles just 30 cm high.