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Friday, March 31, 2006

Recent photo in the news (2)

An entry in a German science-photo competition, this image shows a fly sporting a set of "designer" lenses crafted and set in place with a cutting-edge laser technique. The glasses fit snuggly on the fly's 0.08-inch-wide (2-millimeter-wide) head.
Manufacturing firm Micreon GmbH submitted the insect's picture for the Bilder der Forschung (Photos of Science) 2005 competition. Selected images were on display last week in a Munich shopping center.
Micreon, based in Hannover, Germany (see map), created the fly's eyewear using ultrafast laser micro-machining. The firm notes on its Web site that the process can create objects with high precision at scales of less than a thousandth of a millimeter.
From National Geographic

Recent photo in the news (1)

Golden coin turtle found in China. According to press reports, the turtle's two heads cooperate well and can even eat at the same time. Its owner says the reptile eats more than one-headed turtles do and has grown over the past year.
The creature most likely developed its unusual anatomy while still in the egg. Its embryo began to split in two√Ęthe process that gives rise to identical twins but then failed to fully separate.
Experts say survival rates for two-headed animals tend to be lower in the wild. But in captivity such animals can prosper.
From National Geographic

Thursday, March 30, 2006

New interesting CDs

From Norway
Theatre of Tragedy - "Storm"
Official Website

From Sweden
Katatonia - "The Great Cold Distance"
Official Website

From Finland
Kalmah - "The Black Waltz"
Official Website

Picture of the day

A view of total solar eclipse is seen from southeastern island of kastellorizo in Greece March 29, 2006.

29 Mar 2006 REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

My album of the month

From Israel
Orphaned Land
"Mobool: The Story of the Three Sons of Seven"
Official Website

News about Emanuele

According to accurate quantum mechanical calculations, the 7th month of pregnancy started yesterday. Emanuele is stronger and stronger and he is growing quickly now :)
It looks like he is reacting to Maurizio's voice, who is very excited about that!!!
Maurizio has also the power to calm Emanuele down when he seems for some reason too excited.
Let's hope that this power will be useful also in three months time...

Website Upgrade

My website (www.loredanavalenzano.net) will be soon updated. No main differences will be noted at first sight: the most important will concern Flash slideshows of the pictures (to avoid not permitted downloading).

Let's start...

...with my blog.... STAY TUNED!!!