Friday, 30 May 2014

World’s Longest Traffic Jam

The world's longest traffic jam took place in Bejing, China, that started to form on August 14, 2010, mostly on China National Highway G110 and Beijing–Tibet expressway G6, in Hebei and Inner Mongolia. The traffic jam slowed down thousands of vehicles for more than 60 miles and lasted for more than 11 days. Several drivers were able to move their transport only 1 km per day, and some drivers being stuck in the traffic jam for five days. It is believed to be one of the longest traffic jams.
The cause of the traffic jam was a spike in traffic by heavy trucks heading to Beijing, along with National Highway 110's maintenance work that began five days later. The road construction which reduced the road capacity by 50% contributed heavily to the traffic and minor breakdowns and accidents were compounding the problem. You can imagine how would it be difficult to get the foods, and the locals near the highway sold numerous goods like water, instant noodles, and cigarettes at exaggerated prices to the stranded drivers. Even a bottle of water normally cost 1 yuan, but on the highway it was sold for 10 yuan.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Incredible Goat Climbers

Through a lifetime of climbing in the mountains, mountain goats reach this implausible virtuosity, excelling in the art of many other animals that seem more suited for this purpose. Live at high altitudes, up to 4600 m, thus escaping from predators. I'm afraid of unsecured heights and seeing this scares the mess outta me because I don't see away out after lunch. Interestingly if you turn the photographs sideways its looks like they fell to their death. If they can climb a vertical wall then that is amazing! It is just wonder how i never saw that before. This is without any doubt real and you can't say it is photo shop. This is Goat real life and it’s a mountain goat. We are way behind the abilities of most animals in speed strengths and agility even in aspects of telepathy. That’s why we should not be killing them but admires and harness their unique potential for our benefits and also theirs. Mountain goats can climb mountains. Search it up if you don't believe me.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Researchers have come up with a blue strawberry by splicing them with Fish genes!

Scientists are genetically modifying strawberries in order to let them to resist freezing temperatures better. They are doing it by artificial transfer of genes from a species of fish called the Arctic Flounder Fish. The Arctic Flounder Fish produces an anti-freeze that permits it to protect himself in freezing waters. They’re isolated the gene that creates this anti-freeze and introduced it to the strawberry. The result is a strawberry that looks blue and doesn't turn to mush or degrade after being placed in the freezer. Although they are not in production, research is ongoing.
The question is how did scientists make it blue and why, aside from the cool factor? When researchers discovered the Arctic Flounder Fish produces antifreeze to protect itself in frigid water, they surprised what’d happen if they introduced the gene that produces the antifreeze in to a strawberry plant.  They didn’t set out to make it blue, it just happened that way. Something else happened, too. They’ve discovered the blue strawberry plant can withstand freezing temperatures. This is an important discovery meaning it won’t turn to mush when placed in the freezer. This gives the idea that strawberries could be stored longer, increasing their shelf life.
We can imagine that it looks breathtaking, that atomic blue color is quite a novelty and is exceptionally attractive. But at the same time, would you feel safe eating it? Let us know in the comments, would you like to eat blue strawberries?

World’s Most Dangerous Pedestrian Track

Whatever may have been delightful Chinese tea, it’s not somewhat that is generally associated with a surge of adrenaline and fear of death. Nevertheless, Mount Huashan in China able to combine and tea, and adrenaline, because the most dreadful and perilous pedestrian track in the world, where travelers get straight to the tea house at an altitude of 2160 m. It is highly recommended that which thing is to watch where you’re going and it is better not to look down. Together, these five peaks form the petals of a lotus. Trails have been bit more strengthened in view of the fresh influx of tourists, but, however, they’re still extremely dangerous and have a bad reputation. According to some data gathered they say that these trails drops to 100 people a year.
Mount Huashan is foremost laces for Taoists from the 2nd century BC, when her foot was built Taoist temple. Since then, pilgrims and monks live on the mountain and around it. Entire network of trails lets them dangerous to get to five peaks, each of which built a religious building like a tea house. This dangerous path is the “glory” of its bad reputation, but it does not stop from multiple adventurers to test yourself. In various places, the natives also carved steps, making stairs with handrails. Of course, if adrenaline excitement still gripped you entirely, you can always take a break and relax in the chess house.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

The Ring-Necked Snake (Diadophis Punctatus)

The Ring-necked Snake or Ring-neck Snake, Diadophis punctatus, is a species of colubrid snake found throughout much of the U.S, central Mexico, and southeastern Canada. Ring-necked snakes are secretive, nocturnal snakes, so are hardly seen during the day time. They’re somewhat venomous, but their nonaggressive nature and small, rear-facing fangs pose slight threat to humans who wanted to handle them. They’re best known for their distinctive defense posture of curling up their tails, exposing their bright red-orange posterior, ventral surface when threatened. Ring-necked snakes are assumed to be fairly plentiful throughout most of their range, though no scientific evaluation supports this theory. Because scientific research is lacking for the ring-necked snake, and more in-depth investigations are greatly required. It is the only species within the genus Diadophis, and presently 14 subspecies are identified, but several herpetologists question the morphologically based classifications.
The physical description describes this snake is the defensive display of a San Bernardino ring-necked snake and are fairly similar in morphology throughout much of their distribution. Its dorsal coloration is solid olive, brown, bluish-gray to black, broken only by a distinct yellow, red, or yellow-orange neck band. A few populations in New Mexico, Utah, and other distinctive locations do not have the distinctive neck band. Moreover, individuals may have abridged or partially colored neck bands that are hard to distinguish; coloration may also be more of a cream color slightly than bright orange or red. Head coloration tends to be slightly darker than the rest of the body, with tendencies to be blacker than grey or olive. Ventrally, the snakes exhibit a yellow-orange to red coloration broken by crescent-shaped black spots along the margins. Certain individuals lack the distinct ventral coloration, but naturally retain the black spotting. Infrequently, individuals lack both the ventral or neck band coloration, so the use of those two characteristics is the simplest way to distinguish the species.
The snake size also varies across the species distribution. Naturally, adults measure 25–38 cm and in length, except for D. p. regalis, which measures 38–46 cm. First-year juvenile snakes are normally about 20 cm and grow about 2–5 cm a year depending on the developmental stage or resource availability. Ring-necked snakes have flat scales with 15-17 scale rows at midbody. Males typically have small tubercles on their scales just anterior to the vent, which are generally absent in females. Ring-necked snakes are fairly common throughout much of the United States extending into southeastern Canada and central Mexico. Eastern populations cover the whole Eastern Seaboard from the Gulf of Saint Lawrence continuous through the Gulf Coast of Texas. Distribution moves inland into northern Minnesota, ongoing diagonally through the United States to include all of Iowa, eastern Nebraska, and most of Kansas. In the western United States, the distribution is meaningfully less continuous, with spotty, distinctive population segments through most of the Pacific Northwest. Populations extend from south-central Washington continuing along the extreme West Coast into Mexico. Population segments extend inland into western Idaho, through southern Nevada, into central Utah, and continuing south through Arizona and central Mexico.
Ring-necked snakes occur in an extensive variety of habitats. Preference seems to be determined by areas with plentiful cover and denning locations. Northern and western species are found within open woodlands close to rocky hillsides, or in wetter environments with plentiful cover or woody debris. Southern species exist mainly within riparian and wet environments, particularly in more arid habitats. Stebbins in 2003 recognized the species as a snake of moist habitats, with moist soil conditions the preferred substrate. Ring-necked snakes cannot found above an elevation of 2200 m. In northern regions, dens are also important in classifying suitable ring-necked snake habitat. Dens are typically shared communally, and are identifiable by an existent subsurface crevasse or hole deep enough to avoid freezing temperatures. Since it is a woodland reptile, it can also usually be found under wood or scraps. Because of hot weather, they tend to make holes and burrows, or they hide under rocks or any appropriate material. They are generally found in flatland forests.