Although hundreds of known species are endangered and disappear off the face of the Earth each year, it seems as though nature finds its way to adapt to the various man made conditions and destruction to still sustain others. Even more, scientists, in their tireless quest for the knowledge, announce to the world that new species are discovered annually, species that no one has classified, described or even seen before. From the amazing Amazon forests and heights of the Himalayan peaks to the most beautiful meadows and the darkness of the narrowest caves, we bring you the top 5 new species discovered.
The Bulbophyllum nocturnum is probably the most amazing orchid known today because of its unusual night-blooming cycle. Out of more than 25,000 species of orchids classified until today by botanists, this is the first orchid that flowers only at night. This orchid was discovered by a Dutch scientist while conducting his research in New Britain, somewhere near Papua New Guinea. When brought back to the research labs in the Netherlands everyone was taken aback by an unexpected thing: while the flower buds 2cm long seemed to wither during the day, just a few hours after dusk they opened up in all their splendour and closed back a few hours before dawn. Today, it is still a mystery why the Bulbophyllum nocturnum, which belongs to the largest group in the orchid family, only flowers at night, especially because of the pollinating aspect. Scientists speculate that nocturnal flies carry out this task.
Amongst the high mountains of Nepal, at an altitude of about 14000 feet, a group of botanists who were collecting plants “miles from human habitation”, risking their own lives during the heavy monsoon rains, discovered a stunningly beautiful Himalayan flower. Later on they named it Meconopsis autumnalisbecause this Nepalese Poppy blooms only during autumn.The surprising fact about this new species is that although it was collected from the Himalayan slopes on two other occasions – in 1962 by the plant hunter Adam Stainton and in 1994 by staff of the University of Tokyo – at that time it was not recognized as being new.
Crurifarcimen vagans is the genus name of a newly discovered African millipede and as it turns out, it translates in the more common name we know it by today – the Wandering Leg Sausage – which also describes it perfectly. Imagine a sausage-like shape with 56 fat podous rings, each with two pairs of legs. Crurifarcimen vaganswas found in Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains and it is currently known to live in eastern and western Usambara Mountain forests at altitudes of 940 to 1800 meters. It has also been declared the largest millipede, measuring about 1.5 cm in diameter and growing up to 15 cm in length.
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Although Pterinopelma sazimai has been discovered decades ago, during the 1970’s, by an intrepid Brazilian zoologist who first collected exemplars of this species, our top 5 includes it because today it is still one of the most beautiful tarantulas ever found and above all, because we can no longer find it in its natural habitat: the high tabletop Brazilian mountains. Commonly known as Sazima’s Tarantula – named in honour of Doctor Ivan Sazima – the Pterinopelma sazimai can be seen today only in national parks due to loss of habitat and over-collecting for the pet trade.
Diania cactiformis is the name that has been given to the fossilized animals found in the now famous Chengjjiang deposit in south-west China. This organism is about 520 million years old and it is thought to be the ancestor of arthropods, which is the most diverse group of animals on the planet. Diania received the nickname of the “walking cactus” because of its shape: a worm-like body to which spiny jointed legs are attached. Scientists also discovered that the Diania genus grew about 6 centimetres long and had ten pairs of robust legs. All the facts suggest that it belongs to an extinct group of animals known as Lobopoda.
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The year 2012 has truly been an amazing science ride for all those who have been reading the headlines. This year has given us a glimpse of what the future has in store for the entire human race by unveiling some of the most unexpected and mind-blowing breakthroughs in every field, starting with biology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, robotics, engineering, and finishing off with physics and astronomy. So, let us have a look at the top 5 science discoveries that I personally think will have a huge impact on our lives once they have gone mainstream.
On the 18th of December every journal in the world had on its front cover the story of a woman who although paralyzed from the neck down, could for the first time feed herself chocolate with the help of a robotic hand. The groundbreaking technology that has allowed her to experience this has been recently developed and the first try-outs have been more than promising.A team of doctors at the University of Pittsburgh have surgically implanted two micro electrode arrays into the left motor cortex and then connected the prosthesis. After weeks of training and pain staking efforts, Jan Scheuermann could move the limb with the power of her mind. This story has given many people suffering from a similar condition hope for a better, more autonomous life in the future.
The concept of augmented reality has been with us for a while now, but 2012 has literally taken it into the science fiction realm. This year Google unveils Project Glass which is a research and development program aimed at creating a HMD or an augmented reality head-mounted wear. The prototype has already been launched in June 2012 and the inner workings of it all are beyond what anyone ever imagined. First of all, the information display is in a smartphone-like format, both hands-free and able to interact with the Internet at all times via language commands. Suffice it to say that with a HDM one would stay connected 24/7 with the rest of the virtual world while exploring the real world. If this smart gadget invades our daily lives – just as I personally believe it will happen at some point – the concept of privacy will take on a totally different meaning.
Replacing human labor with perfectly synchronized error free robotic labor has been an endeavor of the tech communities – either private or not – around the world for many years now. The year 2012 will also be remembered as the year when the company Rethink Robotics has come really close to fulfilling the above mentioned endeavor. It has created a robot named Baxter that is equipped with sensors and software which promote human-like behavior such as learning and adapting to a new environment. For example, if it accidentally drops an object, Baxter will replace it with another one before carrying on with its task. And above all, anyone can train it to do any set of complex movements in less than 30 minutes.
We already know that the Human Genome Project has been declared complete in April 2003 with the release of the first rough draft of the human genome. However, the year 2012 is full of genome related articles such as: the development of synthetic DNA compounds, the successful genome sequencing of the Western gorilla and later on, of the bonobo. All things considered, the biggest headline of them all is the fact that genome sequencing becomes more accessible to ordinary people as costs plummet. Today there are a number of companies offering easy and relatively cheap ways to administer genetic tests which can show if you have a predisposition for developing a number of illnesses like: cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, liver diseases, hemostasis disorders and many, many others.
Another groundbreaking discovery made in the medical field, namely in neuroscience, has been achieved with the help of the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Specifically, patients suffering from complete paralysis can now spell words only by using their thoughts. The fMRI which is normally used to track brain activity can also indicate what letter from the alphabet a patient has chosen to use when trying to communicate with the outside world. This research –although still in its infancy – is both exciting and promising for the paralyzed patients all over the world who will most surely soon be able to spell words, make sentences and literally speak their mind.
The perfect way to begin work in the IT profession is by earning the Strata IT Fundamentals certification. Offered in the basic certification series by CompTIA, this certification is ideal for anyone entering the IT field for the first time or in/applying to a job that involves basic to intermediate computer processes. Although it does serve as the introductory certification for the specialty certifications, as well as the A+, Security+ and Network+ certifications, it can be earned as a stand-alone certification; there is no requirement to continue in the CompTIA certification program.
The basic series certification is exactly as its name implies. Basic, foundational IT and computer topics will be brought up. Comprehension of the functionality, compatibility, and components of PC’s will ensure your success in this program. Additional topics, such as Green IT and preventive maintenance measures, may also appear on the certification exam. The knowledge presented will be on a technical level but can be applied in any business setting.
Overall, this is a certification that represents a wide general overview of the IT program and computer involvement in such areas as networking, storage, and security. Whether you already have experience as an IT professional or are just starting out in the field (if you are a college graduate or are shifting careers), this is a certification that will become extremely useful in your career. The skills learned in CompTIA’s basic series are ones that you will carry with you regardless of what your future is in the IT field.