Northern Hemisphere Penguin

Penguins live in and around the Antarctic in the southern hemisphere, and polar bears live around the Arctic in the northern hemisphere, so they never meet in the wild.

But there is one kind of penguin that lives north of the equator in the northern hemisphere.

Galapagos penguin
Galapagos penguin

The equator runs through Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and some of the islands in this mysterious chain are in the northern hemisphere, and are home to the Galapagos Penguins.

As far as we know there is no Galapagos Polar Bear, so this doesn’t alter the fact that wild penguins and polar bears never meet.

Teddy Bears in Space

No worries about the vaccuum for these astrobears
No worries about the vaccuum for these astrobears

This is a real photo, no CGs here.

These teddies were lifted into space using helium balloons by Cambridge University students, who were testing new insulating material for spacesuits.

And the bears made it safely back home!

English rainbow

Which end has the pot of gold?
Which end has the pot of gold?

Hawaii is known as the ‘rainbow state’, and you can see rainbows there almost every day, usually in the afternoon.

But, of course rainbows can occur anywhere in the right weather conditions of rain and sunshine.

The one in the photo appeared in Hertfordshire, in the centre of England, beautiful isn’t it?

Natural crop art

Samurice
Samurice

This is not a crop circle, and it is not the work of aliens. This is a paddy-field of rice in Japan.

Romantirice
Romantirice

This romantic rice field is in Yamagata prefecture, showing the 16th-century samurai Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife, Osen.

So how do they do it? (This rice has not been painted)

The secret is in the planting
The secret is in the planting

Different varieties of rice have differently coloured blades. The farmer has chosen three varieties, one green, one a creamy-white, and another a purple colour. Then he carefully plants the seedlings in order to create this natural crop art.

International Space Station

Seen from the space shuttle Endeavour
Seen from the space shuttle Endeavour

The International Space Station is a place for scientific research about 350 km form the Earth.

It is not small, about 73m long and 108m wide, about the size of a soccer pitch. It travels so fast that it orbits the Earth in 90 minutes.

Triplane

Very ingenious
Very ingenious

An airplane normally has two wings of course. But some planes have four wings in two layers, and are known as biplanes. ‘bi’ simply means ‘two’, as in bicycle, bilingual or binoculars.

And a plane with six wings (three layers) in called a triplane. ‘tri’ means ‘three’ as in trio, triple, and trillion. It doesn’t look the safest plane to me, but the one in the picture, which was taken last week, is almost 100 years old.