Have you ever been shagged by a bird?

Saturday, 27 March 2010 00:01 by salim

Zoologist Mark Carwardine had a rare opportunity to be the unwilling mate of a rare Kakapo. Words can’t describe it. Watch it for yourself.

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Spring – Continues..

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 01:23 by salim

They are blooming.

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Spring: We are almost there…

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 10:30 by salim

My Tulips just showed their heads out. Last weekend’s rain and warmer weather must have signaled them to come out. I have put over 50 of them. Looks like most of them are coming out. The extended snow cover has made the soil perfect for an early spring, provided we are not getting a freezing before April.

Here are the first pictures.

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ABE Lost in Sea

Thursday, 11 March 2010 23:24 by salim

ABE (Photo courtesy Discover Magazine)ABE (Autonomous Benthic Explorer), which pioneered so many discoveries from deep sea was lost in the depths of pacific. (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/03/11/pioneering-deep-sea-robot-is-lost-to-a-watery-grave/)

This robot was instrumental in mapping the mid-ocean ridge and studying the strange life that flourish in the volcanic vents.

Deep sea exploration (well, easy chair exploration in my case) is such a fascinating area. The secrets deep ocean still keeps are as big as any other secrets in the universe.

It is a shame that the resources we spend on exploring the seas is meager compared to what is spend on space exploration. The technical challenges it faces are much more than space exploration as well.

Robots like ABE and its newer cousins are valuable assets to scientific exploration and in understanding the largest areas of our own earth. Wired magazine called it one of the 50 best robots ever.

The robot is assumed to have succumbed to its death due to an implosion of its glass domes followed by a cascade failure of other domes.

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Celebrate 100th International Women’s Day

Monday, 8 March 2010 11:25 by salim

There is still a long way to go in achieving equitable social justice and rights for Women. But the advances made in the last century on women’s right is phenomenal.

I proudly stand with all the women of the world in their historic efforts to end discrimination, social and economic freedom and to remake the world into a better place.

Salim

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