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ALBINO SPIDER DISCOVERED IN AUSTRALIA

A white spider.

A new species of spider, nicknamed the ‘albino spider’, has been discovered in Australia.
A person found this strange-looking spider near his house, captured it in a jar, and sent it to the museum leaving the specialists in shock at this new discovery.

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2011/11/111108-new-spider-albino-australia-trapdoor-burrows-animals/

TO SEE PICTURES OF ALBINO ANIMALS CLICK HERE: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/06/weird-wild-pictures-albino-animals-revealed/

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FAINTING GOATS

 A silly but fascinating ‘fun fact of the week’ this week

‘The Fainting Goat’

This special breed of goat continuously ‘faints’ throughout its life.

HOW: The goat will collapse on its side for about ten to fifteen seconds when it becomes startled due to its muscles freezing and body stiffening.

WHY: This is from a condition called myotonia congentia caused by a combination of recessive genes.

WATCH: Click here to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we9_CdNPuJg

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BEES

Bees are the only insect that produces food eaten by man. The honey they produce is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning. The average worker bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live”~ Albert Einstein

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A PLANET MADE OF DIAMONDS


An exotic planet as been found in the Milky Way that could be made entirely out of diamonds.

Research has discovered that the planet, found in the Milky Way, has a very high density meaning that it can’t be made out of gases such as hydrogen and helium like most stars but heavier elements such as carbon and oxygen as a crystalline form like diamond.

The star is five time the earths diameter and lies about 4000 light years away.

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2011/08/110825-new-planet-diamond-pulsar-dwarf-star-space-science/


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A-LEVELS RESULTS 2011


A-level pass rates have risen to 97.8% – another record high. However a record number of young people are looking for university places in the UK through the clearing system with Ucas announcing that 185,000 candidates are chasing 29,000 unfilled places on degree courses.

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CHIMPANZEES


I am a huge fan of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies so now that ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ movie is out at cinemas I thought it would be interesting, for all you other fans out there, to give some chimpanzee facts.

  1. Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, sharing more than 98 percent of our genetic blueprint.
  2. Chimpanzees live in social groups called communities or unit groups that consist of up to 60 members.
  3. No other animal (apart from humans) uses so many different objects as tools.
  4. Chimpanzees can live about 50 years in the wild. In captivity, some chimps have lived more than 60 years.

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S BIRTHDAY TODAY

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Louis Armstrong, the famous American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, was born on the 4th of August 1901 making today his birthday

Here is a clip of the incredibly talented Louis Armstrong:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzJY96m3lkg

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