After a three-week hunt, villagers and veteran hunters have captured a one-ton 21-foot saltwater crocodile which will become the star of a planned ecotourism park in the Philippines. It’s one of the largest to be captured alive in recent years. The reptile’s domain was in Agusan, a poverty-stricken region 500 miles south east of Manila, where villagers had lived in fear of it for more than 20 years. When the animal was finally captured it took at least 100 men to pull it out of the creek and a crane to lift is on the back of a truck. Next stop for the huge crocodile is a new eco-tourism park in Agusan, where it will be a main attraction. The scales weighed the croc about 2,370 pounds (1,075 kilograms).
Here’s more crazy animals from Asia : Japanese Giant Salamander, Javan Rhino, Green Polar Bears, and Japanese monkeys waiters.
Giant 1 ton Crocodile Caught in Philippines
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Last week Secretary of Energy Steven Chu invited the public to submit questions on home energy efficiency for Energy Awareness month. The response was tremendous. They sifted through tons of questions and posted a video response online. Whether you’re an expert energy saver trying to shave a few extra dollars off your utility bill or a novice looking for easy ways to improve your efficiency, you might learn a thing or two from Secretary Chu.
Energy Saving Tips from Secretary Chu
This is a fascinating video to combat cancer. and other diseases Many of society’s most devastating diseases – cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, to name a few – share a common denominator: faulty angiogenesis, the body’s growth of new capillary blood vessels. Given excessive or insufficient blood vessel growth, serious health issues arise. William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game. Learn how angiogenesis-based medicine helps patients overcome numerous diseases by restoring the balance of blood-vessel growth.
Here’s a short list of foods that are sources of naturally occurring anti-angiogenic substances:
Remember to eat healthy, but don’t over do it. Obesity can lead to other health problems. (This video reminds us of You Are What You Eat by Lynn Chen from Secret Identities.
William Li at TED : Eat to starve cancer
In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 330 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.” The same room is a living room, linen closet, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, movie screening room, and more. Tracks on the ceiling and wheels on the floor.
Domestic Transformer – Apartment changes into 24 Rooms
Here’s an interesting short documentary about Dr. Ted Fujita (aka Dr. Tetsuya Theodore Fujita) – most known for his work on tornadoes. “Mr. Tornado” devised the internationally accepted standard for measuring tornado severity (Fujita scale aka F-scale), discovered microbursts and downbursts, and their link to commercial airline crashes. This documentary for The Weather Channel took home a Telly Award.
Fujita: A Life in the Storm
Twelve-year-old Clara Ma from the Sunflower Elementary school in Lenexa, KS submitted the winning entry to name NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover. The sixth-grade student named the rover “Curiosity”. A NASA panel selected the name following a nationwide student contest that attracted more than 9,000 proposals via the Internet and mail. The panel primarily took into account the quality of submitted essays. The “Curiosity” rover is scheduled for launch in 2011. (kinda reminds us of Grace Moon wins Doodle 4 Google winner last year)
The following is the essay written by Clara Ma, winner of the Mars Science Laboratory naming contest. Twelve-year-old Ma submitted the winning entry, “Curiosity.”
Curiosity is an everlasting flame that burns in everyone’s mind. It makes me get out of bed in the morning and wonder what surprises life will throw at me that day. Curiosity is such a powerful force. Without it, we wouldn’t be who we are today. When I was younger, I wondered, ‘Why is the sky blue?’, ‘Why do the stars twinkle?’, ‘Why am I me?’, and I still do. I had so many questions, and America is the place where I want to find my answers. Curiosity is the passion that drives us through our everyday lives. We have become explorers and scientists with our need to ask questions and to wonder. Sure, there are many risks and dangers, but despite that, we still continue to wonder and dream and create and hope. We have discovered so much about the world, but still so little. We will never know everything there is to know, but with our burning curiosity, we have learned so much.
As her prize, Clara Ma flew from Kansas to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to meet and sign the next rover that will zoom millions of miles to Mars. She also got a VIP tour of JPL, along with her parents and sister. Inside the building where Curiosity is being assembled, Clara donned a “bunny suit” to step into the clean room and sign her name on the rover. Clara and her family also visited the Mars Yard, where future generations of rovers are tested.
Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity”