How the National Zoo Animals Reacted to the Earthquake

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Interesting press release about the animals’ reactions just before last week’s earthquake that shook northeastern america.

  • The earthquake hit the Great Ape House and Think Tank Exhibit during afternoon feeding time.
  • About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.
  • About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well.
  • Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Publications/PressMaterials/PressReleases/NZP/2011/earthquake.cfm

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The Kid Should See This.

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Much better than TV! This is awesome for parents who want smart kids 🙂

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Tor/Forge Books and NASA Jointly Announce Publishing Collaboration

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Link: Tor/Forge Books and NASA Jointly Announce Publishing Collaboration

About time somebody set the stories straight, there’s way too much imagination and speculation in those heretic science-fiction books!

http://torforge.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/torforge-books-and-nasa-jointly-announce-publishing-collaboration/

This Infographic Will Tell You ‘Who Is Suing Whom’ In The Mobile Industry Over Patents

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Link: This Infographic Will Tell You ‘Who Is Suing Whom’ In The Mobile Industry Over Patents

In today’s competitive world, lawsuits over patents are often resorted to in order for a company to maintain an edge against others. The world of lawsuits can be complicated, but thankfully there’s this infographic which shows exactly which companies are suing, being sued, or both.

 

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‘Kraftwerk Who?’ Pioneering ’50s Synthesizer unearthed in French Barn

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Photovoltaic polarizers could make self-charging smartphone dreams come true

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New leukemia treatment exceeds ‘wildest expectations’

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Link: New leukemia treatment exceeds ‘wildest expectations’

Doctors have treated only three leukemia patients, but the sensational results from a single shot could be one of the most significant advances in cancer research in decades. And it almost never happened.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44090512/

This is fantastic news and we can only hope funding will now start flowing so that further research can be done.