For Bug Week, Atlas Obscura has rounded up some of the world’s largest insects. From the goliath beetle to the Amazonian giant centipede, they all have one thing in common: they are the behemoths of their species.
Archive for June, 2016
Tags: Amazonian giant centepede, Asian Giant Hornet, Atlas Moth, Biggest Bugs, Cecropia Moth, Deinacrida heteracantha, elephant beetle, giant spiny stick insects, Goliath beetle, largest insects, Lord Howe Island stick insect, luna moth, weta, Wetapunga, wildlife
Tags: Composting, currency, damaged currency, dollar bill, federal reserve, New Orleans, recycling, shredding money, video
Tags: 100 years old, 100th Birthday, 1916, Bernice Grimes Underwood, centenarian, Gladys Ware Butler, Leona Barnes, lifelong friends, milestone birthday, Ruth Chatman Hammett, Washington DC
It’s not every day that someone turns 100 years old. And it’s really not every day that three childhood best friends hit the centenarian mark together. On Saturday, three D.C. women, best friends for nearly a century, celebrated reaching triple digits during a ceremony at Zion Baptist Church in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington — the church they have all regularly attended since childhood. They were all born in June or July of 1916. They had hoped a fourth close friend, Leona Barnes, would be able to take part in the festivities, but she died in May, two months shy of her 100th birthday. The ceremony paid tribute to Barnes, and a large portrait of her sat on the church bench beside her friends throughout the 90-minute service.
Tags: Akinobu Izumi, Artist, miniature, models, tiny world, world in a bottle
Tokyo-based artist and architectural model maker, Akinobu Izumi, has created the series “A Tiny World in a Bottle”. Using intricately cut paper, little pieces of cork and when necessary, liquid paraffin for a floating effect, he fills thumb-size bottles with creatures, ships and curious scenes. He sells a variety of these miniature works of art in his Etsy shop.
Tags: Animal, awareness, brain, Brooklyn College, cephalopod, Frank W. Grasso, intelligence, octopi, Octopus, perception, Psychology, science, umwelt, video, wildlife
Tags: FreeFile Review, freeware, GFXplorer, software, system info, system information, utilities, Windows, Xtreme-LAb
GFXplorer is a utility that gathers information about your Windows PC along with shortcuts to many Windows tools and utilities. It is only available for Windows. The program has a clean, simple, tabbed interface. The first three tabs contain information about the software and hardware on your computer. An ‘Export’ button allows you to save all of this info as a text document. The fourth tab, ‘Tools’, is the really interesting one. It has shortcuts to 18 of Windows’ tools and utilities.
The good – The ‘Tools’ tab is what makes this application a keeper. All of these tools are built into Windows, but finding them without a program like GFXplorer can be challenging. Some of the tools, such as ‘Display color calibration’ and ‘Malware Removal Tool’, are incredibly useful ones that Microsoft has decided to hide. Having all of these tools in one location can be a great time saver. The.zip download is a stand-alone program that doesn’t require installation; just unzip and run.
The bad – I found nothing to dislike about GFXplorer, but I have two suggestions to improve it. More system information (such as Windows keys and more details about storage drives) could be displayed. Since the ‘Tools’ tab is most useful, it should be the first tab, the tab that the program opens to.
— — — — The Bottom Line — — — —
Every Windows user should have GFXplorer. Having all of these tools available in one location is very handy. Shortly after I installed GFXplorer, I pinned it to my Start menu. I rarely pin programs to my Start menu, so that is a very strong endorsement from me. Get it today.
Download GFXplorer HERE
Tags: FMEJ, Moroccan Federation of Newspaper Publishers, Morocco, New Media, newspaper, Old Media, sharing media
It is a familiar sight in any pub, cafe or train carriage – newspapers being left on seats for others to read, passed from friend to friend, or even handed over to curious strangers. But in Morocco, the practice has been banned after publishers complained they were losing millions in revenue because people kept sharing them. Members of the Moroccan Federation of Newspaper Publishers (FMEJ) said the habit of “leaving newspapers behind in public places” was costing their industry $150m each year in lost revenue.