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Fish leaps from lake to catch bird in flight

The fish managed to catch a passing swallow. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Lip Kee Remarkable footage has captured the moment a fish jumped out of the water to catch a passing bird. While the sight of a bird swooping down to catch a fish might not raise too many eyebrows, a research team filming an African lake recently caught on camera the odd spectacle of a Tigerfish leaping out of the water to catch a low-flying bird.”The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happens so incredibly quickly that after we first saw it, it took all of us a while to really fully understand what we had just seen,” said Nico Smit of the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.The film will go down in the history books as the first time a freshwater fish has been recorded jumping out of the water to catch a bird in flight.

Paul Hellyer: ‘aliens live among us’

Paul Hellyer upon Russia Today. Image Credit: Russia Today / YouTube The former Canadian defense minister has detailed his unorthodox beliefs in a recent TV interview. The 90-year-old has become well known for his controversial views upon extraterrestrial life ever since he first revealed his beliefs back in 2005. In this latest interview with Russia Today, Hellyer claims that advanced alien races would be more willing to share their technology with us if it wasn’t for our obsession with waging war upon one another.”We have a long history of UFOs and of course there has been a lot more activity in the last few decades since we invented the atomic bomb,” he said. “They are very concerned about that and that we might use it again, because the whole cosmos as a unity, and it affects not just us but other people in the cosmos, they are very much afraid that we might be stupid enough to start using atomic weapons again.”Hellyer claims that there are as many as 80 different species of aliens visiting our planet, some of which being visually indistinguishable from humans. “I would say that approximately all are benign and benevolent and they do want to help us, there may be one or two species which do not,” he said.The former defense minister also suggested that extraterrestrial civilizations are a part of a cosmic ‘Federation’, a bit like in Star Trek, with their own ‘Prime Directive’ to prevent them from interfering.The full interview can be viewed below:

100,000 bats rain from the sky over Australia

The heat is proving too much for the bats. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 USFS A heatweave of epic proportions has had a devastating impact on Australia’s bat population. A heatwave described as “catastrophic” has not only been making things hard for the human population of Australia but for the country’s many colonies of bats as well. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 of the flying mammals have died due to heat exhaustion with witnesses reporting hundreds of them literally raining down from the sky in some areas.”The heatwave was basically a catastrophe for all the bat colonies in south-east Queensland,” said RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty. “That’s obviously going to have a beautiful disturbing impact on those colonies and those colonies are indispensable to our ecosystem.”Local councils have taken to organizing special collections to come and carry away piles of dead bats from the base of trees before the heat causes them to rot.Some parts of the country have experienced soaring temperatures as high as 48C.

UFO disrupts airport in Germany

Officials failed to identify the encroaching object. Image Credit: PD – Wiki An unidentified flying object over Bremen prompted cancelled flights and a formal police investigation. The object turned up over Bremen on Monday night and was picked up on radar three times between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Concerned officials were forced to cancel and delay several flights over safety fears and local police were called in to investigate.Witnesses of the object, including officers in a patrol car, described lights similar to those found on a conventional aircraft but reported that it had made a much louder noise. Air traffic control personnel were able to view it from their control tower with binoculars but were unable to determine what it could be.A police helicopter was later sent out to track down the object but was unable to find

Great white sharks can live up to 70 years

great whites are responsible for many unprovoked attacks upon humans. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Terry Goss The lifespan of the infamous great white shark appears to be far longer than previously believed. One of the most feared animals upon the planet, the great white shark has been a staple of well-liked culture ever since Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie “Jaws” brought the world’s most prolific man-eating fish to the attention of the masses.Now thanks to new research, scientists have discovered that these behemoths of the deep live a lot longer than anybody thought. Previously believed to have a lifespan of around 30 years, the great white shark appears to be capable of living up to 70 years or more.”Everyone thinks they know these animals so well, and the public perception is that they’re either loved or hated,” said researcher Li Ling Hamady. “But in terms of the science, we’re only just now beginning to comprehend what they eat, where they go and how long they live.”This remarkable new locate means that great white sharks are now considered to be one of the longest-lived cartilaginous fish ever recorded.

What color were ancient sea creatures ?

A mosasaur skeleton. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 L’eau Bleue Scientists have discovered traces of skin pigment in the fossilized remains of prehistoric sea beasts. While we know from the discovery of fossils what many species of prehistoric ocean dwellers would have looked like, determining precisely what color these creatures would have been is proving to be something of a challenge.Scientists have been able to gain some insight in to this by examining microscopic structures called melanosomes to determine coloration, but this technique doesn’t provide a full portray.Now a team of researchers have been able to take this one step further by identifying melanin, the pigment responsible for color, in the fossilized remains. The discovery has shown that the skin of many prehistoric sea creatures would have been very dark indeed.Three specimens were examined as part of the research, a mosasaur dating back 85 million years, a leatherback turtle dating back 55 million years and a 190-million-year-old ichthyosaur.”Determining colour in an ancient organism is more than a intellectual trick,” said Professor Mike Benton. “For many animals, colour is crucial for sexual signalling, for camouflage, or for warning – think of stripy snakes – and so contributes hugely to the success of the evolution of the groups.”

Scientists seek time travelers on Twitter

Have time travelers been posting online Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Junior Melo Scientists have been using social media in an effort to see for time travelers from the future. The research was based on the prediction that if humans ever did discover a way to travel back in time, they would depart subtle clues about future events on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.To test this idea, a team from Michigan Technological University picked search terms relating to recent news topics and searched the Internet to see if anyone had posted references to them before they had taken place.Unfortunately despite the team’s best efforts, the project entitled “Searching the Internet for Evidence of Time Travelers” ultimately came up empty.”In our limited search we turned up nothing,” said study lead author Robert Nemiroff. “I didnt really think we would. But Im nevertheless not aware of anyone undertaking a search like this. The Internet is essentially a immense database, and I thought that if time travellers were here, their existence would have already arrive out in some other way, maybe by posting winning lottery numbers before they were selected.”

Did the Nazis have a school for talking dogs?

Can you train a dog to chat Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Bodlina Reports recommend that the Nazis attempted to train an army of talking dogs, but just how true is this One of the stranger stories to come out of World War II, the idea that the Germans were training an army of clever dogs is based upon the activities of Margarethe Schmidt who in 1930 owned a dog that gave birth to a litter of five puppies.According to reports, the Schmidts had somehow managed to teach the dogs to chat and to perform feats of clever reasoning that would seem to be impossible. The training was said to be so effective in fact that the dogs were eventually sent to work for the Nazis by giving the soldiers an edge in the battlefield.If all this sounds far-fetched then that’s probably because it is. While the Schmidts likely did train dogs to perform tricks, their feats would have been more like those of circus animals.Feats of intelligence from the dogs were attributed to the ‘smart Hans effect’ in which the animal is simply responding to subtle clues in the body language of its owner. The dogs didn’t talk either, according to witness reports.Ultimately, Margarethe Schmidt herself is said to have admitted that she had received no money from the Nazis to train the dogs and that their tricks were little more than a circus act.