Spider lovers rejoice, everyone else run!

A study by University of Sydney that’s featured on CityLab today tracks a particular arachnid named Nephila plumipes, which is famous for spinning giant webs, hence its common name, the golden orb-weaver. The team measured both city and country spiders for a variety of biometric indicators including tibia length and ovary weight, and found that the urban spiders were larger in size, had more fat reserves, and indeed had heavier ovaries. Heavier ovaries = lots and lots of eggs.

You know where this is going right?


Personal Jets

The first production aircraft lifted off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) at 10:18 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the 84-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to 15,500 feet and reached a speed of 348 Knots True Airspeed (KTAS). Following a smooth landing, the aircraft and its crew were greeted by more than 1,000 Honda Aircraft team members to commemorate the milestone.


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Recycle and Create

So many things we throw away and so many people create cool things with it just for us to say “I could do that” but yet we never did.

Practically everyone drinks soda and if you are someone who prefers 2 liter bottles, you may have mounds of plastic to throw away at the end of the month. Instead of throwing out those bottles, why not do something creative? People are increasingly creating different ways of reducing the damage we are causing to the planet bringing intelligent ideas about recycling and reusing daily objects.

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Is Skynet possible?

Just in time for the 60th anniversary of Alan Turing‘s death, a group of researchers claim to have developed a program that has passed the test Turing invented for artificial intelligence for the very first time. However, those claims might have been overstated, as many disagree that the Turing test has actually been passed.


Mars as it was before

Mars is just one of those icons from our culture and world that will continue to interest and inspire! So this is just plain cool how they did a rendering of what Mars looked like with water.

Mars is very aptly nicknamed “The Red Planet.” Aside from some dry ice polar caps, the landscape on Mars is cold, dry, and rocky. However, that wasn’t always the case. Four billion years ago Mars was covered in water. It had a much thicker atmosphere that kept the planet warm enough for rivers to flow and for liquid water to stand. On November 18, NASA will be launching the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) which will try to determine what happened to the atmosphere on Mars.


a different view before the weekend


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