Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Smiling Gecko

This Gecko can’t stop smiling when he’s around his toy Gecko. The stunning images will make your day special having a hard day at work. Stop what you’re doing and take a moment to look at this smiling gecko. This Gecko has first brought to public attention by Youtuber Taylor Nicole Dean. This gorgeous little gecko and his toy are extremely BFF goals. They look so joyful in every pic; simply looking at them will make your day! See for yourselves below and be sure to follow this ray of sunshine on Instagram! Geckos are neat animals, having very chill and laid back. To all you naysayers,  he's still adorable​. Let a little light into your jaded souls.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Researchers Find The Cells At The Root Of Balding & Gray Hair?

PG Wodehouse once wrote about cure of gray hair, called Guillotine, but now scientists have found another way. Now they’ve recognized the cells that let our hair to grow, so long as further insight into the mechanisms that causes hair to turn gray and bald. Scientists say this could be used to make treatments for graying hair and balding in the near future. These new findings are published in the journal Genes & Development.

Thus, researchers explored stem cells deep in the hair follicles identified as hair progenitor cells, along with two proteins called KROX20 and stem cell factor (SCF). They’ve found that KROX20 “turned on" in skin cells that became the hair shaft; however hair progenitor cells then produced SCF, which is vital for hair pigmentation. Thus, if cells with both KROX20 and SCF are existing they move up from the follicle, interact with pigment-producing melanocyte cells, and grow into pigmented hairs.

Therefore, once the team “deleted” the KROX20-producing cells in mice, they didn’t grow any hair and became bald. Moreover, when they deleted the SCF gene in the hair progenitor cells in mice, their hair turned white. Thus, this new discovery was stumbled upon by coincidental, as KROX20 is naturally associated with nerve development. The scientists found the cells though studying a disorder called neurofibromatosis type 1, a rare genetic disease that causes tumors to grow on nerves.

Dr Lu Le, the lead researcher from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said in a statement, that this project was begin in an effort to comprehend how certain kinds of tumors form, as it ended up learning why hair turns gray and discovering the identity of the cell that directly gives rise to hair.  Hence, with this knowledge, we are confidence in the future to make a topical compound or to safely deliver the essential gene to hair follicles to precise these cosmetic problems and next step is to find out how both the KROX20 in cells and the SCF gene stop working correctly as people age, as well as their role in male pattern baldness. In the meantime, it’s time to start accept that gray streak or rocking the bald look.

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Life Changer Butte Nugget

If you have larceny in your heart, you are out of luck, a dream by its nature is usually etherial and vaporous, but that is not the case for an unknown person of Paradise. The “Butte Nugget” was found by a prospector in California in 2014 by using a metal detector. He dig up a piece of iron rubbish, but unearthed lifetime of this monster nugget. It is believed to be one of the largest gold discoveries in California in the past century, weighing more than five pounds of solid gold. The Butte Nugget confirmed weight was 75 troy ounces, it has no quartz inclusions and gold from this area is generally very high purity. Somehow the place of discovery was not revealed, but it was found somewhere in Butte County, which has always been a major producer of gold in the state. Many millions of ounces in gold have been found here since the early days of the gold rush. The Butte Nugget is the second largest extant placer gold nugget in California. The biggest nugget is the 100 troy ounces "Mojave Nugget." The estimates value put this as going for between $250,000 and $400,000.

Some of the primary mining districts in Butte County when it comes to producing gold are Magalia in Yankee Hill and Oroville District. The Yankee Hill district had the largest lode production between 1929 till 1959; approximately 30,000 ounces of gold were produced. Although substantial production took place during the 1800’s but very poor production records exist during that time. The Oroville District the southern part of Butte County production records 1964130 ounces of gold between 1903 and 1959. This impressive amount of gold that was found within the Oroville district made it the largest producer of gold in Butte County, primarily obtained because of bucket line dredge operations that worked the river gravels.

Friday, 5 May 2017

The Walking Palm Tree

There is a palm tree that has allegedly developed a rather unique ability unbecoming of a plant “the ability to walk”. The palm tree is “Socratea exorrhiza”, also nicknamed the “Walking Palm”. The scientists are incapable of elaborate the tree’s strange stilt-like roots. This palm tree can found in tropical rainforests of Central and South America, develops long and sturdy roots, grow outwards from the base of the tree, several feet off the ground, and take root in the soil around, giving it the appearance of multiple legs. It wasn’t long before people started to observe that palm tree roots actually act like legs enabling him to literally walk in the forest. This unbelievable story of the walking palm tree has been told by rainforest guides to visitors for many years, and appears in many sources both in social media and print. It is believed, tree “walks” from shade to sunlight by growing roots in the direction it wants to travel, and then letting the old roots to gradually lift into the air and die. This allows the tree to sluggishly move towards the side where the new roots are growing. This process takes couple of years, however, one palaeobiologist signifying the tree moves two or three centimeters per day. It’s such a fascinating story that many tend to believe it, like our palaeobiologist friend, unluckily; the walking tree is a myth. In 1980, John H. Bodley first present the idea of the walking tree, who thought this ability lets the palm to “walk away” from the point of germination if another tree falls on the seedling and knocks it over. Hence, this way the tree can move away from obstacles that are major hazards for immature palms. S. exorrhiza flowers mostly during the dry season and is considered to be beetle pollinated, seeds weigh around 3.5 g and are around 2 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, only around 45% of them germinate and around one quarter of these die. The palm tree trunk is used in the construction of houses and other structures, as well as hunting spears. It is usually split lengthwise before it is used, but it can also be hollowed out and used as a tube.

The Socratea exorrhiza, detailed study observed that the walking tree can't walk because its roots don't move. A few roots on one side or another may die off, but the trunk itself remains rooted to the spot. Some people want to see the Socratea exorrhiza walking. Also, no such time lapse movie exists. Hence, the belief of the walking palm is just a myth. The palm tree could actually track canopy light changes by moving slowly over the forest floor is a myth that tourist guides find diverting to tell visitors to the rainforest. This myth was also debunked in the December 2009 when no one is around trees walk the rainforest floor, it is a mere myth. However, researchers are still uncertain what role these exclusive stilt roots play. Some suggest that the multiple roots let the tree to be more stable in swampy areas, or when there is too much debris in the ground as they can avoid it by moving their roots. Moreover, it has been suggested that stilt roots let the palm to grow taller to reach light without having to increase the diameter of the stem, thus investing in less biomass in underground roots than other palms. Of course, none of these theories have ever been confirmed. Thus, the noteworthy point is that, nobody has seen these palm trees walk.