Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Massive Spider Webs Created an Ideal Home

On the banks of a creek near Jerusalem Israel, stands a captivated forest, where its trees shrouded by huge cobwebs woven by long-jawed spiders. The Soreq creek covers treated sewage that is full of nutrients that help the proliferation of mosquitoes. These serve as a source of food for improbable web-spinning spiders which then replicate in multitudes, weaving captivating and eerie webs above the water.

It's an exceptional case, as millions of long-jawed spiders shaped the webbing that envelops the forest, a marvel rarely seen in the Middle East. But while spider egg sacs and spider lings are everywhere along the banks of the creek, the future is bleak. Moreover, the colder temperatures will soon cause a radical drop in the mosquito population that sustains the web-weavers. So when the summers end, the spiders mate and the female will lay eggs before dying. The long-jawed spiders are found in clammy or swamp habitats all over the world. They usually have long slim bodies with shiny abdomens; sit in their web or on a close plant and wait for prey to fly into their trap. They feed on flying insects, including moths and leaf-hoppers. Their scientific name is “Tetragnatha”, which literally means four jaws.

Therefore, when the male mates the female he has to lock his jaws onto her to stop her from eating him. Like most spiders, they shed their skin as they grow and usually live for less than a year. In 2009, long-jawed spiders made a giant web in a Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant.  According to the researchers, the webbing was so heavy it even damaged light fixtures and clumps of web were, in few places, as thick as a fire hose. Source:

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Plants You Need in Your Bedroom to Beat Tight Chests, Insomnia and Colds

NASA scientists say, that you need to keep plants in your bedroom to beat different diseases, i.e. colds, tight chests, insomnia. Although plants look very beautiful in gardens but scientists maintain that we can reap plenty of health benefits of plants by bringing them in indoors. The researchers have long preached the benefits of house plants, that popping some greenery on your bedside table can boost your sleep and health. The plants may decrease your anxiety, depression, stress and helps with the removal of airborne pollutants. Elle Decor and The Joy of Plants delved into research from NASA and the American College to determine which houseplants are best suited to your bedroom - and the benefits they provide. Indoor plants can also elicit a number of physical health benefits, including the removal of airborne pollutants, both particulate and gaseous, which lead to better indoor air quality and associated improvements in physical health.
A review of the scientific evidence suggests that workers are more productive when their office is filled with greenery - and hospital patients are even thought to tolerate pain better if there is a plant on the ward. Perhaps most importantly, plants also trap and filter pollutants that are linked to thousands of deaths a year. The experts from the Royal Horticultural Society say that ‘bringing the outdoors inside’ can recreate some of the natural benefits lost in the process. Plants reduce stress levels, improve mood and filter polluted air, they say.  
Here’re top 10 lists of plants which helps to improve your health.
1. Areca Palm: Madagascan areca palm leads the way in efficiency at “mopping up” pollutants. Researchers say that the palm is excellent for anyone prone to colds and sinus problems because it releases moisture into the air. This, in turn, makes it much easier to breathe so will support you nod off quicker.
 2. Aloe Vera: This plant is very easy to keep and aesthetically pleasing in any home, the aloe vera plant has been named as one of the best plants for air purification by NASA. It releases oxygen incessantly throughout the night, making it an ideal bedroom addition. It also fights benzene which is found in detergents and plastics and formaldehyde (in varnishes and floor finishes) so helps keep the air super pure.
3. English Ivy: It is commonly grows up your house is actually perfect for your bedroom. Certainly, researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found that English ivy in particular removes 78 per cent of airborne mould in just 12 hours.
4. Dwarf date palm: This plant is hardy, drought-tolerant and long-lived and it's excellent at removing indoor air pollutants - particularly xylene.  
5. Boston Fern: This nice-looking plant has graced indoor landscapes since Victorian times - and for good reason. However, this plant ranks 9th in NASA’s list of 50 air-purifying plants, being particularly adept at removing formaldehyde.
6. Chinese evergreen: This has been dubbed the easiest houseplant because it grows well in low light and areas of the home where other plants won't grow like a dark bedroom. The best part about it is that it removes more toxins as time and exposure continues.
7. Peace lily: This beautiful plant can cleanse air and improve it by 60%. It also absorbs mould spores through its leaves and circulates them its roots to use as food.
8. Spider plant: This houseplant grows super quickly and can remove up to 90 per cent of the toxins from the air in your bedroom in just two days. It's especially great for people with dust allergies.
9. Lady palm: This houseplant is one of the most effective plants at cleansing the air of formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene.
10. Weeping fig: This houseplant is the best at beating pollutants that are emitted from carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.