Daily Archives: October 30, 2014

this pressed for your spider photo collection: 5 Spooky Spider Myths Busted : Discovery News


Spiders: they creep, they leap, they haunt the nightmares of arachnophobic humans. But a lot of the fear surrounding spiders is based on myths, not facts, according to the experts who study these eight-legged creatures.

Did you know, for example, that the venom of most tarantulas would hardly make adult humans flinch, let alone kill them? And all those stories you’ve heard about spiders laying eggs inside an open wound are the stuff of urban legend, not reality.

via 5 Spooky Spider Myths Busted : Discovery News.

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Kempff – Brahms Capriccio op.76 no.2 in B minor: great compositons/performances


Kempff – Brahms Capriccio op.76 no.2 in B minor

Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orch.): great compositions/performances


Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orch.)

Gioachino Rossini – Semiramide (Overture): make music part of your life series


This pressed for your guidance: Matthew 15:14 “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” — Catholic Online October 31, 2014


this presssed for your bat week experience: National Bat Week Pictures: Just in Time for Halloween!


Mexican free-tailed bats fleeing a bat-cave preserve.

Bats on the Wing Photograph by Joel Sartore with Cole Sartore, National Geographic Creative

Bats on the Wing

Photograph by Joel Sartore with Cole Sartore, National Geographic Creative

Bats have long been associated with vampires, witches, and Halloween. But their bad reputation looks more like a trick than a treat.

Bats matter in a big way in countless ecosystems around the world. In truth, the only thing scary about bats is the rate at which they’re disappearing.

Bats are a wildly diverse order of mammals, with more than 1,300 species worldwide. About one out of every five mammal species is a bat.

Despite the way they’re often depicted in movies and television, only three species of bats feed exclusively on blood. Most species—around 70 percent—dine on insects, making them invaluable partners in human agriculture by removing crop pests. The rest eat nectar and fruit and serve as some of the best pollinators and seed dispersers on the planet.

via National Bat Week Pictures: Just in Time for Halloween!.

Stanford doctor in Ebola quarantine in Bay Area – SFGate


http://m.sfgate.com/health/article/Stanford-doctor-in-Ebola-quarantine-in-Bay-Area-5859597.php

Friction Grows Between Israel and Jordan Over Jerusalem Holy Site – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/31/world/middleeast/friction-grows-between-israel-and-jordan-over-holy-site-in-jerusalem.html?referrer=

IPCC debates ‘most important’ report


IPCC debates ‘most important’ report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29803811

Newt flesh fungus ‘brought by pets’


Newt flesh fungus ‘brought by pets’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29831384

Anzacs’ sacrifice remembered 100 years on in Albany


Anzacs’ sacrifice remembered 100 years on in Albany http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-29828624

The scandal-hit politicians seeking re-election


The scandal-hit politicians seeking re-election http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29713125

The volunteers ready to fight Ebola


The volunteers ready to fight Ebola http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29834391

Key Jerusalem holy site ‘to reopen’


Key Jerusalem holy site ‘to reopen’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29843876

How an Antifreeze Ingredient Led to a Whiskey Recall in Europe – ABC News


http://abcnews.go.com/Health/antifreeze-ingredient-led-whiskey-recall-europe/story?id=26574180

U.S. quarantines ‘chilling’ Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF


http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0IJ2PR20141030?irpc=932

Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist


http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0IJ0FX20141030?irpc=932

New lights and AC for Sistine Chapel


New lights and AC for Sistine Chapel http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29825898

Low oxygen ‘delayed life on Earth’


Low oxygen ‘delayed life on Earth’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29832046

Long-serving Boston mayor dies


Long-serving Boston mayor dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29842472

Mass graves found in western Iraq


Mass graves found in western Iraq http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29834394

UN rebuke over Jerusalem settlements


UN rebuke over Jerusalem settlements http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29801841

Penalties ‘do not stop’ drug use


Penalties ‘do not stop’ drug use http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29824764

Ebola aid ship docks in Sierra Leone


Ebola aid ship docks in Sierra Leone http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29836657

UK migrant rescue stance criticised


UK migrant rescue stance criticised http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29830609

New species of frog in urban jungle


New species of frog in urban jungle http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/29792309

Polanski: US extradition attempt fails


Polanski: US extradition attempt fails http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29834442

Prison for S Korea bullying soldiers


Prison for S Korea bullying soldiers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29828761

Iraqi Kurd fighters ‘enter Kobane’


Iraqi Kurd fighters ‘enter Kobane’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-29831588

Drones buzz French nuclear plants


Drones buzz French nuclear plants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29831897

The Five Stages of Grief Over $75 Oil — Barron’s – NASDAQ.com


http://www.nasdaq.com/article/the-five-stages-of-grief-over-75-oil–barrons-20141030-01213

Saint of the Day for Thursday, October 30th, 2014: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez


today’s holiday: Punkie Night


Punkie Night

In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying “punkies,” or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the “punky song.” A prize is given out for the best carved punky. More… Discuss

quotation: Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days? George Bernard Shaw


Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Discuss

today’s birthday: Charles Atlas (1892)


Charles Atlas (1892)

A scrawny youth, Angelo Siciliano, better known as “Charles Atlas,” built up his physique using a system of exercises he developed that worked muscles against each other and in 1922 was dubbed “The World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man.” Under the Atlas pseudonym, he launched a highly successful mail-order bodybuilding course, advertising his “dynamic tension” system with the now-iconic image of the “97-pound weakling” who loses his girl to a bully at the beach. How does the weakling’s story end? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)


The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)

The “Rumble in the Jungle” pitted boxer Muhammad Ali against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Zaire—now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The match is remembered for Ali’s incredible performance in regaining the heavyweight title. Surrounded by spellbound fans, he used a strategy later dubbed the “rope-a-dope” to tire Foreman before winning in the eighth round. This fight was Don King‘s first major venture as a professional boxing promoter. What musical acts were booked for the event? More… Discuss

Skunks


Skunks

These small black-and-white mammals are best known for the foul-smelling oily liquid they expel when threatened. Skunks do not make use of this weapon unless severely provoked and then only after raising their tails in a warning display. Most animals quickly learn to avoid skunks because the odor of skunk spray is so strong. In addition to stinking, the spray causes choking and tearing of the eyes. What do researchers believe is essential to successfully neutralizing the skunk smell? More… Discuss

iota


iota 

Definition: (noun) A very small amount; a bit.
Synonyms: scintilla, shred, smidgeon, whit
Usage: There was not an iota of truth to that tale. Discuss.

U.S. FDA Approves Once-Daily XIGDUO™ XR Tablets for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes – MarketWatch


http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-fda-approves-once-daily-xigduotm-xr-tablets-for-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-2014-10-30?reflink=MW_news_stmp

U.S. FDA Approves Once-Daily XIGDUO™ XR Tablets for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes – MarketWatch


http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-fda-approves-once-daily-xigduotm-xr-tablets-for-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-2014-10-30?reflink=MW_news_stmp

Sweden recognizes state of Palestine


http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/30/world/europe/sweden-recognizes-palestine-state/

UK rubbish heats Danish homes


UK rubbish heats Danish homes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29830874

Body has ‘rush hour’ transformation


Body has ‘rush hour’ transformation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29747358

Penalties ‘do not stop’ drug use


Penalties ‘do not stop’ drug use http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29824764

Venezuela recalls ambassador to Spain


Venezuela recalls ambassador to Spain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29816222

US attends Ebola conference in Cuba


US attends Ebola conference in Cuba http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29827002

A South Sudanese psychiatrist’s Herculean task


A South Sudanese psychiatrist’s Herculean task http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29823344

The Rumble in the Jungle revisited


The Rumble in the Jungle revisited http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/29796214

Unexpected ways to wake up your brain


Unexpected ways to wake up your brain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29817519

The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers


The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29815227