Herpetologist Edward Taylor first travelled to the Philippines in 1912 to work as a teacher. Colleagues began to suspect him as a spy because he often went on field trips to conflict zones. Indeed he worked with the organization that would eventually become the CIA
‘Before leaving for the Philippines as an undergraduate in 1992, Rafe Brown scoured his supervisor’s bookshelf to learn as much as he could about the creatures he might encounter. He flipped through a photocopy of a 1922 monograph by the prolific herpetologist Edward Taylor, and became mesmerized by a particular lizard, Ptychozoon intermedium, the Philippine parachute gecko. With marbled skin, webs between its toes and aerodynamic flaps along its body that allow it to glide down from the treetops, it was just about the strangest animal that Brown had ever seen.
‘Brown learned that Taylor had collected the first known example, or type specimen, near the town of Bunawan in 1912, and had deposited it at the Philippine Bureau of Science in Manila. But the specimen had been destroyed along with the building during the Second World War, and the species had never been documented again in that part of the country…’
These Bold 9/11 Billboards in Busy Downtown Cores Will Wake Up Thousands
‘New re-think 9/11 billboards have popped up in two major cities in the US. One being in New York and the other in Dallas. Both appear in very busy downtown cores where millions will see them. Importantly, they make their debut in time for the anniversary of 9/11.
‘Along with these billboards, supporters of Architects and Engineers campaign to encourage people to RE-THINK 9/11 were handing out factual brochures aimed at educating and reminding the public that scientific evidence does not support the government’s cover-up of what happened on 9/11/2001. The ever growing awareness that 9/11 has a great deal of unanswered questions is growing each day and it is only a matter of time before the public will need to know the truth on a mass scale…’
Don’t Go Shopping if You Need Sleep
‘Short on sleep? If so, steer clear of supermarkets and food shops. That’s the message from a new Swedish study that finds sleep deprivation can drive you to spend a lot of money on junk food.
‘It’s already been established that even one night of bad sleep can lead to increased blood levels of ghrelin, a hormone that increases hunger the next day. But in findings published September 5 in the journal Obesity, the researchers say that ghrelin levels weren’t associated with food purchasing. Rather, they posit that sleep deprivation could trigger other mechanisms, such as impulsive decision-making, which is why that giant bag of cheese puffs seems like such a good idea…’
Cheap ‘toy’ deactivates cheap home alarms
Imagine the excitement of deactivating a home alarm and intruding for fun
‘Cheap home alarms, door opening systems and wireless mains switches can be bypassed with low-cost and homemade devices that can replicate their infrared signals.
‘Using kit purchased online Canberra-based researcher Silvio Cesare found three ways to bypass a home alarm unit which could be extended to attack other fixed-code radio frequency systems.
‘”The list of hacking opportunities is pretty big,” Cesare said in a blog detailing the research…’