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beautiful nature pics

im in awe…

found these pics on someone’s blog….

another person’s blog

thats the reason why thee nature-photography based blogs are toplisted!

wow….

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2010 in i-Marvel

 

all black mutant penguin

check this out…. apparently, its a “one-in-a-zillion” kind of genetic mutation, which causes the penguin to appear all black!

mutations may be one of the main reasons why species evolved so diversely. creating new species, with new habitats and niches. new characteristics, new defense methods, new predators and new preys.

so, while scientists have found this rare mutation, causing a penguin to be fully black, we have to wait and see how this mutation works out for the flightless bird. whether its a boon or a bane……. whether it’ll survive better, or whether the mutation causes its demise sooner than others…

thats cool!

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2010 in i-Bio, i-Marvel

 

not X-men, but X-WOMAN

a number of you may have already heard that a new human species may have been discovered…

this one, if confirmed as a new species, will mean that there are 3 species of humans that once/are walking the face of earth. Homo neandethalensis, Homo sapiens and now X-woman.

scientists discovered a fossilized child’s last finger in some cave in russia. so, naturally they sequenced it. the immediate sequencing was done using mitochondrial DNA, since there’s an ‘abundance’ of in in the fossil. although mitochondrial DNA contains very little information abt the child’s genotype and phenotype, scientists still found that the mitochondrial genetic sequence is very much different from Homo neanderthanlensis and Homo sapiens.

so the next thing that scientists are doing is to carefully extract nuclear DNA from the last finger and to duplicate it to a quantity thats sufficient to conduct various sequencing and genetic screening.

its interesting to think that while only one species of hominids exist for the past few thousands of yrs, there may have been different species of hominids living a million yrs ago. the fossilised child’s little finger dates back to approximately 50000 yrs ago.. thats, not that far back on the evolutionary scale.

afterall, there is evidence that our ancestors, neanderthals wear decorative jewelry and made tools which suggest that they had higher knowledge. maybe Homo sapiens had some significant advantage over the ancestors…. something always has a significant advantage over another species. thats why i say, the end of the world, isnt as dead as it sounds to be..

the other human species which scientists are still disputing over whether or not to categorise as a true species, has been scientifically named Homo florensiensis. though scientifically named, (which means it has a genus and a species name), many scientists are still in disagreement of this. to laymen, this might be know as the hobbit, discovered in indonesia a few yrs back.

what would life have been like if we weren’t the only human species around? would the other hominids be kept as animals? would they have evolved as successfully as we have?

wouldn’t the term human race have an entirely different meaning?

an entirely different meaning…

…………

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2010 in i-Bio, i-Marvel

 

back to horseshoe crabs

since ICCS last yr, ive not been to kranji mudflats… so, going there yesterday, only to see a huge mess of garbage AGAIN was so disappointing.

i was told that it probably is the change in directions of the monsoon, that brought all the rubbish in. so, i hope ppl will realise the importance of littering into any water body, because it all leads to the sea, and the sea must end at some land. all the rubbish gathers there, and it just creates this unsightly, unhygenic, and nature-disruptive scene which is heart breaking.

coastal clean ups wont matter must if rubbish keeps coming in! argh…

anyway, after 3 months of no horseshoe crabs, im happy that im back at it again..

we collected a whole bunch of horseshoe crab as usual. here’s one at close up.

we spent abt 2 hrs collecting them, and walking toe-first in the mud is causing my thigh and calf muscles to hurt like i ran for 5 hrs…

i saw one horseshoe crab without an eye…

quite sad to look at. but i dont think its a result of human abuse… maybe a bird pecked on it…

high point was that instead of finding a mating pair, i found a threesome! “young HSCs these days…. sigh… no morals..” haha!

after recording the data of almost 250 HSC, we put them back, and guess what!

here’s one with quite a lot of barnacles… hasnt moulted in a while..

 i saw a mating pair… these HSCs were well on form! they’re using every free time they have to mate!!!

and we still havent found where they stash their eggs!

oh well…

CC went to cut the fishing lines, cos the HSCs get entangled in them..

after washing up, we stood around and chatted for a while. and then we saw these bunch of ppl with a bucket of flower crabs. apparently they fish for them in the water by laying traps. and then coming back to collect the traps. and they said that it was a good day for collection.

back on land, they use rubber bands to keep their claws in place, cos it seems the flower crabs fight.

and then they sell. or rear. or bbq them….

“is this legal” i asked someone. who replied, “its not illegal.” and “if they are catching crabs like this everyday, sooner or later, the crab population will suffer”

sigh…

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2010 in i-Bio

 

KSS commemorates Earth Hour 2010

i was genuinely elated to know that we were going to do something to commemorate Earth Hour… though, all staff wont be in sch, since that 1 hr actually happens at night. but still, i was genuinely happy!

we planted mango saplings. each department planted one. and, i really feel we might have made a statement. we care. :)

here’s science department’s mango sapling.

and our plant’s tag.

adding compost. and then soil.

and finally water….. yay…

(a group pic which i will not publicise)

after all was over, this cute little frog was spotted. and, yep… it made my day..

hope all of you participate in Earth Hour 2010. make a difference. each one of you do. :)

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2010 in i-Happy

 

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Posted by on March 26, 2010 in i-Wish

 

2 Military Policemen

there are these 2 MPs that i see almost every morning, as i wait for CL to pick me up in a cab.

they walk past me with a jacket over their uniform, but that doesnt stop the large white belt from showing.

almost every morning, i see them walk to the zebra crossing. stop for a while to check for vehicles. cross the road. stop at another traffic light and wait for the green man to appear, even though there are no moving vehicles obstructing them from jay walking.

every other NSF/regulars/MINDEF personnel takes the short cut by diagonally cutting across the zebra crossing and the other road together. except these 2 MPs. and other MPs that i have recently observed.

is it the presence of MINDEF guards that prevent the MPs from jay walking?

almost every morning, i wonder if they obey all the traffic regulations every where they go. whether its drilled into them that MPs have a ‘legal obligation’ to be lawful when they are in MP uniform. do they do it because they have a sense of pride? or because they could be court marshalled?

i know the importance of being in a uniform. the responsibility is greater when you are seen as a member of an organisation.

a policeman cannot choose not to question a wrong act, more so when he is in uniform.

a st john member cannot forestall his duty, more so when he is in uniform and sees someone who urgently needs first aid.

so what drives us? the idea of moral binding or the fear of punishment or fear or embarrassment?

being a layman is different from being recognised by a layman. certain behaviours must be established. if not for anything, at least for the fact that ppl are watching and judging everything you do, more so when you are in a position where you are recognised and associated by members of the public.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2010 in i-Lead, i-Reflect

 

flora and fauna in Cambodia (Part 2)

rearing crocs?

croc yawning! haha…

snake…

yellow-green frog.

ants…….. whats impressive, is that when you zoom in, you can see the eyes clearly… goodness gracious! thats the closest ive ever taken an ant shot!

a dead frog. decomposing from inside..

spider on rock carvings in Ang Kor Wat…

baby monkey milking from mother.

awwwwwwwwww…………. its a family picture…!

being groomed…..

a cockroach found in the leaf litter.

nice flower. im pretty sure ive seen this in singapore before…… the sepals look too familiar…

was wondering whether these were webs spun by spiders.. but, i checked, its not by trapdoor spider… so, its really just eerie and weird that spiders can spin webs that look like its a hollow, when its really just a trap…

a praying mantis!!!!! spotted by student. couldnt get any clearer a shot, cos the mantis seemed agitated by all the hustle and bustle of excited students from singapore!

another common bug we see in singapore. name’s not coming to my mind…

bug’s eggs?

grasshopper…….. can you see it?

pretty spider from the leaf litter……..

cashewnuts were seriously blooming in abundance. abundance. unlike the rare one of two fruits we see in our sch…

a villager’s pig… will probably be slaughtered soon i think…

and an interesting fruit. a student said it was some sort of gourd…

so interesting to travel the world and check out all the animals and insects and plants they have…….. (:

up next…………….. the other thing that i lurved…………………. sunrises and sunsets in cambodia… :)

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in i-Bio, i-Travel

 

flora and fauna in Cambodia (Part 1)

would it be wrong to say this was the most exciting part for me in Cambodia??? hehe… here’s half the pics of what i enjoyed so much!

mosquito hanging on a plant.

nice flower.

wood louse?

what is this plant??? the dried up fruit is below. didnt have the opportunity to open it up to see what the insides look like. looks like bitter gourd…

a type of beetle..

some larvae? or worm?

a spider, that has probably been eaten by some bird? or an insect… so, now you know how the spider looks on the inside… its my first time seeing this too!

cicadas were creating such a havoc! but i could not even spot 1! unlike in labrador, when tidechaser managed to get nice snapshots of the cicadas! all i could get was the cicada rain, which was in itself, a great thrill for me!

so anyway, all i could get here was the moult.

a doggy sleeping so cozily… awww….

a chihuahua…………. = paris hilton = gross…

a bug that landed on our dinner plate while we were eating at the orphanage.

nice flower. what is this called? anyone?

a bigger version of the flower..

my fav…… i want…. sunflowers are the only flowers that bring a smile to my face, no matter how sad i am………. they just wanna make me smile………. they deserve a smile from me, no matter how i feel… :)

more colourful flowers.

sea coconut.

caterpillar. which, i stroked. which on hindsight, maybe isnt such a good idea… cos i understand some caterpillars spray things when they feel threatened. so, unless i know which caterpillars spray things, i should probably “see, no touch”.

shore birds? of course.. when there are abundant fishes…….. why not..

perched on stilts.

more to come..

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in i-Bio, i-Travel

 

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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in i-Wish

 
 
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