Friday, September 08, 2017

Bee Beard Record

Man sets bee beard record

September 4, 2017
Juan Carlos Noguez Ortiz has no fear of bees, and on Wednesday in Toronto he proved it.
Ortiz set a new Guinness world record for wearing a bee beard.
He wore the bee beard for 61 minutes in front of a crowd at Yonge-Dundas Square, beating the previous record of 53 minutes, 34 seconds.
Ortiz said he practised the stunt only twice before the official attempt.
“I wanted to show people that they don’t have to be scared of the bees,” said Ortiz.
Peter Dickey, the master beekeeper at Dickey Bee Honey Farm, provided the bees for the stunt.
“We brought 100,000 bees with us, so there are more bees with us today than ever.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Spider named after NZ biologist

Spider named after NZ biologist

August 14, 2017
A  native species of spider has been named after New Zealand biologist Professor Simon Pollard .
The new species is a Trite pollardi is a small, flat jumping spider about 5mm long and commonly found on buildings and in gardens in both the North and the South Island.
The spider was previously called Holoplatys sp. as it didn’t have a species name.
However, Polish taxonomist Marek Zabka, who spent three months in New Zealand studying native jumping spiders, revised its status.
It was placed in the genus Trite and renamed in honour of Prof Pollard.
An award-winning author, Prof Pollard spent much of 2016 advising Te Papa and Weta Workshop on the $5 million Bug Lab science exhibition, which is touring internationally.
He was also the advisor for a spider sequence on the BBC’s David Attenborough series The Hunt.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hot air balloons break record

August 2, 2017
Hundreds of hot air balloons took to the skies in pursuit of two world records at a biannual festival in France.
A total of 456 balloons simultaneously floated in a line during the Mondial Air Balloons festival at an airbase in Chambley-Bussieres on Friday.
Poor weather in the area postponed the record attempt twice throughout the week until the colorful balloons representing pilots from 45 different nations successfully launched at about 9 a.m., the Local reported.
It took about 45 minutes for all of the balloons to rise into the formation as they attempted to set records for number of balloons aligned and number of Cloudhoppers, or one-person hot air balloons.
The team successfully broke the record they set at the festival two years ago, when they launched 433 balloons.
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Ape that went to college dies

Ape that went to college dies

August 9, 2017
Chantek, one of the world’s most famous apes, had passed away.
The male orangutan was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and even went to college to study. However, he died on Monday at age 39, at Atlanta Zoo.
Chantek, who was taught by a trainer who raised him like her own child, was being treated for heart disease.
He is one of the oldest male orangutans in North American zoos and was born at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta.
He was among a handful of primates who could communicate using American Sign Language.

Monday, August 07, 2017

8 year old breaks Kilimanjaro record

8 year old breaks Kilimanjaro record

August 2, 2017
An 8 year old named Roxy Getter has become the youngest girl to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro.
Roxy and her family, including her 10-year-old brother Ben, USA, tackled the 19,341-foot mountain earlier this month during a family vacation to Tanzania.
They had originally intended to sign up for a safari when a friend suggested they look into hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro.
The family has also never done an overnight camping trip before, and ended up spending nearly a week on the mountain.
Roxy spoke in a video on the day she completed the hike. “I made it up and that was hard. I was so tired. I could barely even walk,” she said. The same video shows their first day, where her mom Sarah comments that the tent was “a bit chilly.” The temperature was only seven degrees at the top.
MOUNT KILIMANJARO FACTS
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania.
It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.
The first persons known to have reached the summit of the mountain were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

week 2 term 2 Antartica ice berg breaks free

Trillion tonne ice berg breaks free

July 25, 2017
A giant iceberg has broken away from Antartica after the enormous crack that scientists have been closely watching finally gave way.
The giant block is estimated to cover an area of roughly 6000 sq km, which is roughly three times the size of Stewart Island!
The crack was near to an important scientific research station, which was based at the Brunt Ice Shelf. The research station has had to move to a new location.
Now, the block of ice has broken away from the icy continent, forming one of the biggest icebergs that has ever been recorded, weighing a whopping TRILLION tonnes!
It is believed the iceberg finally broke away at some point between Monday and Wednesday.
It has not caught people by surprise though. Scientists have been monitoring the crack for more than 10 years and expected that this would happen at some point.
It will be important to see what happens to it now as it could get in the way of ships’ routes, depending where it travels to.
Chris Borstad, from the University Centre in Svalbard, says: “At this stage, we really don’t know whether there is some larger-scale process that might be weakening this zone, like ocean melting at the base of the shelf, or whether the current rift was just a random event that was bound to happen at some point.”

Friday, June 16, 2017

118-year old painting discovered in Antarctic hut

118-year old painting discovered in Antarctic hut

June 15, 2017
An “almost perfectly preserved” watercolour painting has been discovered in an historic hut in Antarctica, dating back more than 118 years.
The painting, dated 1889, is of a ‘Tree Creeper’ bird. It was painted by scientist Dr Edward Wilson who died alongside Captain Robert Falcon Scott and three others on their return from the South Pole in 1912.
It was found at Cape Adare and was originally discovered in September last year among dust, mould and penguin excrement.
The find was kept confidential until now to allow the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to preserve more than 1500 other artefacts.
The Antarctic conditions were the perfect way to preserve the painting.
Water colour paintings are particularly susceptible to light so the fact this work has spent more than a hundred years tightly packed between other sheets of paper in completely dark and cold conditions is an ideal way to store it.
Trust general manager Francesca Eathorne says it is a poignant reminder of the legacy the early explorers left behind.
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