Sunday, December 16, 2007

Modern Knight

This is not a spider web;

it's the digitally captured path of a spider during web construction.
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Monkey hits banana jack pot

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So reindeer really can fly

Alan Blacklock, a photographer with the New Zealand Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, was certainly surprised when he looked into the afternoon sky from his home in the capital city, Wellington.
'It was Sunday afternoon and my attention was drawn to this cloud,' he said.
'It wasn't a great leap of the imagination to see a reindeer.'
The picture, taken on Dec 2, is of a cirrus cloud, which takes shape at about 30,000ft.

Indian girl born with 8 limbs leaves hospital after surgery

A two-year-old Indian girl born with four arms and four legs left hospital yesterday , more than a month after a marathon operation to remove her extra limbs, doctors said. Lakshmi left Sparsh Hospital in the southern city of Bangalore with her parents and older brother after doctors said she had recovered from the 27-hour operation.

But she will return to hospital in March for doctors to assess whether she will need reconstructive surgery, said Sharan Patil, who headed the surgical team for the operation last month. "She's doing well now and her parents are quite keen to take the baby home," Patil said. There's a news video on this page.

Thumb-Rest Cup

This nifty idea, called the Thumb-Rest Cup, puts two handles on a coffee-cup with thumb rests angled at 60 degrees, allowing a person with limited hand-movement to lift it up to their mouth without any finger or wrist motion. The cup itself is double-walled to protect fingers from scalding.