Greenbird

A sail-car
A sail-car

It’s green. It’s a car. It has no engine. It uses wind-power only.

And it can travel at a speed of more than 200 kph!

Richard Jenkins from the UK designed, built and drove this car, and it just broke the world record speed for a wind-powered car.

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A jumping spider
A jumping spider

In the forests of Papua New Guinea it is thought that there are thousands of plants and animals which have never been seen by human eyes.

Recently a new kind of spider was discovered, a green jumping spider. In fact it is so new to humans that it doesn’t yet have a name. It is thought to belong to the Orthrus group of jumping spiders. There were only 4 species in this group, now we have 5.

Mountain cherry blossom

It is now the famous cherry blossom season in Japan, a time of change, a time to start anew. In many places there are avenues of cherry trees which come into bloom at the same time and provide a great place to have a picnic and enjoy the blossom.

But on the mountainside near my house I can see cherry trees in their natural environment, among the pine trees and bamboo groves, it is a gorgeous sight.

Actually it is a hill, 300m.
Actually it is a hill, 300m.

Pink Elephant

When we ‘see a pink elephant’  it is usually some kind of illusion or hallucination often caused by drinking too much.

This pink elephant is no illusion
This pink elephant is no illusion

However, although they are very rare, they do exist. The pink elephant in the picture lives in the jungle and wetlands of Botswana, and is thought to be an albino.

Apparently pink elephants often die at a young age because lack of skin pigment does not give enough protection against the sun’s rays. But observers of this particular pink elephant believe that it has adapted its behaviour to endure the fierce sunshine and its chances of survival are very good.

Brain test

Among all the coffee beans in the picture below is a man (yes, a man, no kidding).

If you can see this man in less than 3 seconds you are either a genius or lucky (or a lucky genius).

If you take less than 3 minutes then your brainpower is normal.

Bean looking long?
Bean looking long?

World’s highest structure II

In the past there has been a lot of debate about what is the world’s tallest building.

It was argued that it was the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada. But this is not a ‘building’, it is a ‘tower’ said many people. And I guess that is true. It is a concrete block with outside elevators, no floors, and a revolving restaurant at the top. However it is man-made and it is high.

So the CN Tower became the world’s highest structure. But wait a moment, if a tower is a structure then so is a TV mast. At more than 600m high a TV antenna/mast in North Dakota, USA is therefore the world’s highest structure.

After all this argument it is now a relief to report that the world’s tallest building/structure/ antenna/anything is the Burj Dubai, in (of course) Dubai. It is 818m high and has 162 floors and it looks like this:

This is where the money we spend on gasoline goes.
This is where the money we spend on gasoline goes.

I wouldn’t like to be the guy operating the crane at the top.