Millions of baby spiders seemed to be falling from the sky, covering the vegetation with their silk!
According to NBC News, millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were suddenly covered with not only the creepy critters, but also mounds of their silky threads. But that’s not where the frightful news ends: Experts say that such arachnid rains aren’t as uncommon as you might think.
This month’s spider downpour in the country’s Southern Tablelands region is just the most recent example of a phenomenon commonly known as “spider rain” or, in some circles, “angel hair,” because of the silky, hairlike threads the spiders leave behind.
“Ballooning is a not-uncommon behavior of many spiders. They climb some high area and stick their butts up in the air and release silk. Then they just take off,” Vetter told Live Science. “This is going on all around us all the time. We just don’t notice it.”
The reason people don’t usually notice this ingenious spider behavior is that it’s not common for millions of spiders to do this at the same time, and then land in the same place, said Todd Blackledge, a biology professor at the University of Akron in Ohio.
“In these kinds of events [spider rains], what’s thought to be going on is that there’s a whole cohort of spiders that’s ready to do this ballooning dispersal behavior, but for whatever reason, the weather conditions haven’t been optimal and allowed them to do that. But then the weather changes, and they have the proper conditions to balloon, and they all start to do it,” Blackledge told Live Science.
Dorothy Police Search
Banksy’s Dorothy Police Search canvas is yet another piece featuring a pop-culture figure to help express a message. Much like the beginning portion of the Wizard of OZ, the piece is in typical Banksy style, done in a black and white stencil. The only exception to this is the officer’s gloves, which are presented in a blue-latex material.
In the piece, Banksy creates this 2D storyline. It appears that the police official is stopping Dorothy without probable cause. The blue-latex gloves handling the basket imply the officer is searching for something. Dorothy and Toto’s efforts to get home are being delayed by the search.
I Remember When All This Was Trees
Location: Detroit, Mich.
Banksy’s take on Detroit created somewhat of a firestorm. The work originally stood on a brick wall outside of the Packard Plant in Detroit until members of the 555 Gallery took it upon themselves to dismantle the newly discovered piece. The work of the anonymous artist was then transported to the gallery in southwest Detroit. Since the piece was put up on the downtrodden remains, however, no one could truly claim ownership of the work.
The piece is a take on Detroit’s financial deprivation, quite evident by the placement of the work. The Packard Plant has fallen into abandon since the automotive market left Detroit. The words “I remember when all this was trees” stands beside a dejected child, referring to the scene of many squatters and homeless individuals within the Packard Plant.
Photo by USGS.
In 1980 a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in the state of Washington, United States. The eruption was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California. The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on the mountain’s north slope. An earthquake at 8:32:17 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 1980, caused the entire weakened north face to slide away creating the largest landslide ever recorded. This suddenly exposed the partly molten, gas- and steam-rich rock in the volcano to lower pressure. The rock responded by exploding a hot mix of lava and pulverized older rock toward Spirit Lake so fast that it overtook the avalanching north face.
An eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states. At the same time, snow, ice and several entire glaciers on the volcano melted, forming a series of large lahars (volcanic mudslides) that reached as far as the Columbia River, nearly 50 miles to the southwest. Less-severe outbursts continued into the next day, only to be followed by other large, but not as destructive, eruptions later in 1980.
Fifty-seven people were killed, including innkeeper Harry R. Truman, photographer Reid Blackburn and geologist David A. Johnston. Hundreds of square miles were reduced to wasteland causing over a billion U.S. dollars in damage, thousands of game animals were killed, and Mount St. Helens was left with a crater on its north side. At the time of the eruption, the summit of the volcano was owned by the Burlington Northern Railroad, but afterward the land passed to the United States Forest Service. The area was later preserved, as it was, in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Don’t get me wrong, as a single guy I love technology and any tech that gets to meet new single hot women is a plus for me. So, when I heard Hilary Duff aka Lizzie McGuire was on Tinder I was super excited, but let’s face it, even though she says she wants to date a normal guy, there’s no chance.
According to USA Today, she downloaded Tinder as a joke with all of her friends.
She told Ryan Seacrest that she’s gone out with her first Tinder dude, Tom, to a bowling alley. He brought a friend and she brought friends, because, as she said, “I had my Tinder training wheels for my first date.”
Though Seacrest was dubious about the dating app, telling Duff, “It’s never gonna happen. You cannot meet the love of your life on Tinder,” Duff is still going for it and wants to fall in love. And probably not with an actor.
Already, she has a date planned with another regular guy. She told Seacrest she’s going to this one solo, and she’ll call in to the show Thursday to report back.
Are you on Tinder? How do you feel about using Apps or Dating internet sites to find love or dates?
Photo Credit: All Voices
According to Engadget, NASA’s New Horizons probe has just taken its first snapshots of those new satellites, something of a miracle considering it was 55 million miles away and Styx is only 4 to 13 miles across. It required 10 second exposures from the probe’s sensitive Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and copious image processing to reduce background glare, resulting in the animation above.
The photo is a sign of things to come, as New Horizons will carry on toward Pluto until it it passes within about 10,000 km (6,200 miles) of the dwarf planet around July 14th this year. At that point, it’ll map out Pluto’s surface and study its largest moon, Charon, which is actually about half the diameter of Pluto. It’ll also search for evidence of cryo-geysers that scientists think could be active on Charon. The probe will produce the highest resolution images yet of Pluto (Hubble has taken the best photos so far, above) — giving the snubbed planet a chance to finally get to strut its stuff.