From Emperors to Monarchs….

first_imgIf lion is king, and penguin is emperor, who would have thought a dainty insect would be monarch?  EurekAlert posted a story earlier this month too good to pass up: monarch butterflies follow the light – ultraviolet light – to their breeding grounds.  Scientists at Hebrew University, working with monarchs in a specially-designed flight simulator (see 05/09/2005, 07/09/2002), found that UV light was the key to keeping them on course.  But that’s not all: “Further probing revealed a key wiring connection between the light-detecting navigation sensors in the butterfly’s eye and its brain clock,” the article states.  “Thus, it was shown that input from two interconnected systems – UV light detection in the eye and the biological clock in the brain – together guide the butterflies ‘straight and true’ to their destination at the appointed times in their two-month migration over thousands of miles/kilometers” (emphasis added).  Think how tiny a butterfly brain is to store that kind of programming.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

World Cup fever hits the road

first_imgThe People’s Bus includes flooring thatresembles a football pitch, seats coveredwith Bafana Bafana football jerseys andstriking South African artwork inside andout. MAN Truck and Bus workers celebrate thelaunch of the People’s Bus. The People’s Bus roadshow team will getSouth Africa in the mood for 2010.(Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zandile SkosanaIndigo Marketing+27 11 809 5599RELATED ARTICLES• Beetle mania grips World Cup• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• World Cup fever spreads abroad• Diski Striker spreads 2010 vibe Nicky RehbockWorld Cup fever has hit the road in the form of the People’s Bus – a mobile hub of football trivia and fan gear that will bring the fun, excitement and spirit of the tournament to as many South African communities as possible.The vehicle, a joint initiative between Brand South Africa and MAN Truck and Bus, set off on its nationwide journey on Friday, 19 February. It’s due to visit more than 50 locations between now and 11 June, when the long-awaited football spectacular kicks off at Soccer City in Johannesburg.The People’s Bus roadshow team will encourage South Africans to be good hosts, fly the flag, sing the national anthem with pride and learn the Diski Dance through dance workshops, music and fun competitions at each stop. Mini football matches and football clinics for schools are also on the agenda.The roadshow will help drum up support for the Football Fridays initiative and inspire confidence in South Africa’s national squad, Bafana Bafana.Photo essay: The People’s BusAn interactive journeyAt each stop the public will allowed to take a 15-minute tour of the bus, which offers a thrilling, interactive journey complete with 2010 Fifa World Cup team facts, foosball tables and a mini cinema showing unforgettable moments from previous tournaments.The visitors’ experience of the bus is enhanced through flooring that resembles a football pitch, passenger seats covered with Bafana Bafana football jerseys and striking artwork inside and out with a distinct South African flavour.Before stepping off the vehicle, visitors will also get the chance to wish Bafana Bafana the very best of luck for the tournament by slotting messages into a specially designed post box.Countrywide tourBrand South Africa and MAN have scheduled bus stops across all nine provinces and their smallest cities and towns, including Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, Upington in the Northern Cape, Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, and Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal.“Taking the People’s Bus into the country areas and smaller towns and cities will enable us to spread the World Cup experience to as many South Africans as possible,” said Brand South Africa Acting CEO Paul Bannister.The bus is also due to make stops at big sporting and cultural events around the country in the run-up to the World Cup – including the Comrades Marathon, the Rand Easter Show and the Cape Town Jazz Festival.MAN has generously donated the customised vehicle – which took 300 of its employees six weeks to convert – as well as a dedicated driver, fuel, insurance and audio-visual equipment for the duration of the roadshow. After the World Cup it will be reconverted into a standard passenger bus.last_img read more

Groundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

first_imgGeocachers from around the world celebrated ten years of geocaching at Groundspeak Headquarters in Seattle, Washington on July 4th, 2010.  The Lost & Found Celebration brought together thousands of geocachers, dozens of Lackeys, Groundspeak’s mascot Signal the Frog, the Bubbleman, a dunk tank and The Founders of Geocaching.com.Geocachers were also able to explore the Fremont neighborhood and earn a trackable HQ tag by completing a scavenger hunt.Groundspeak CEO, President and Co-Founder Jeremy Irish gets dunked.There’s more celebrating to come. Stay tuned for additional plans to commemorate ten years of geocaching.Tell us, how have you celebrated a decade of geocaching?You can see even more geocaching adventures by watching our Lost & Found video series here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – 6/3/2010May 22, 2010In “News”Geocaching Caption Contest 9 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJuly 21, 2010In “Community”last_img read more