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Weird Fish With Transparent Head

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February 23, 2009–With a head like a fighter-plane cockpit, a Pacific barreleye fish shows off its highly sensitive, barrel-like eyes–topped by green, orblike lenses–in a picture released today but taken in 2004.
The fish, discovered alive in the deep water off California’s central coast by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), is the first specimen of its kind to be found with its soft transparent dome intact.
The 6-inch (15-centimeter) barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) had been known since 1939–but only from mangled specimens dragged to the surface by nets.
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The beady bits on the front of the Pacific barreleye fish in this picture released February 23, 2009, aren’t eyes but smell organs.
The grayish, barrel-like eyes are beneath the green domes, which may filter light. In this picture the eyes are pointing upward–the better to see prey above in the darkness of the barreleye’s deep-sea home.
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The barreleye lives more than 2,000 feet (600 meters) beneath the ocean’s surface, where the water is almost inky.
The transparent- headed fish spends much of its time motionless, eyes upward, MBARI scientists discovered while watching the barreleye fish from a remotely operated vehicle
(NGC)


February 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

the winner in each category is highlighted

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost / Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Wall-E

DIRECTING
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
Gus Van Sant – Milk
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost / Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Frozen River
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Milk
Wall-E
MUSIC (SCORE)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Defiance
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
MUSIC (SONG)
“Down to Earth” – Wall-E (Peter Gabriel)
“Jai Ho” – Slumdog Millionaire (A.R. Rahman)
“O Saya” – Slumdog Millionaire (A.R. Rahman & Maya Arulpragasam)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water
DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
The Conscience of Nhem En
The Final Inch
Smile Pinki
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
La Maison en Petits Cubes
Lavatory – Lovestory
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Auf der Streke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
Spielzeugland (Toyland)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Der Bader Meinhof Komplex
The Class
Departures
Revanche
Waltz with Bashir
ART DIRECTION
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
COSTUME DESIGN
Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Duchess
Milk
Revolutionary Road
FILM EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost / Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
MAKEUP
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
SOUND EDITING
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
Wanted
SOUND MIXING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
Wanted
VISUAL EFFECTS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Iron Man
The Dark Knight

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Scenes from Antarctica 4


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Ross Island as viewed from Black Island, about 25 miles away. The glow of lights of McMurdo Station (US) can be seen, and the glow of the sun just below the horizon creates a sunrise which will last for weeks. (Chad Carpenter/National Science Foundation)


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Icebergs near the Antarctic Peninsula in September 2002. (Jeffrey Kietzmann/National Science Foundation)


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An ice cave near Palmer Station, Anvers Island, Antarctica seen on July 24, 2000. (Zee Evans/National Science Foundation)


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Adelie penguins launch themselves out of the frigid water onto the ice on December 31, 2005. (Patrick Rowe/National Science Foundation)


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U.S. Antarctic Program participants handle ropes to secure the docking of a ship at Palmer Station, Anvers Island, Antarctica in the darkness of June 8, 2000. Swirling snow is illuminated above by the ship’s lights. (Zee Evans/National Science Foundation)


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Soil biologist Dr. Diana Wall, Colorado State University, looks out across the Taylor Valley near Lake Hoare on January 17, 2006. Her group was conducting research on soil biota. (Emily Stone/National Science Foundation)


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Brooks de Wetter-Smith’ s photograph of an iceberg titled “Ice Tunnel” (Courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum)


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The polar plateau seen on April 20, 2008. The polar plateau is comprised of a flat white snowy landscape as far as the eye can see in every direction. This photo depicts what most of Antarctica looks like – the bedrock of the continent is more than 2 miles below this snow surface. (Keith Vanderlinde/ National Science Foundation)

 

 


 

    February 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    A. R. REHMAN WINS OSCAR

    A. R. REHMAN WINS OSCAR


    A. R. Rahman (Allah Rakha Rehman) wins the Oscar for Best Original score.

    A R Rahman, the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music, is the pride of the Indian nation and a role model for millions around the world.
    A R Rahman, hailed by Time Magazine as the ‘Mozart of Madras’, is one of the most successful artistes of all time and according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 100 million albums of his works comprising of music from movies.
    In 1991, noted filmmaker Mani Ratnam offered A R Rahman a movie ‘Roja’ which was a run-away success and brought nationwide fame and acclaim to the composer.
    The movie also led Rahman to receive the Indian National Award for the Best Music Composer, the first time ever by a debutante.
    Time magazine rated the soundtrack of ‘Roja’ in their top ten compilation of the all time 100 best movie soundtracks of the world.
    A R Rahman is widely considered as the man who single-handedly revived public interest in Indian film music in the nineties.
    A R Rahman has won:
    18 Filmfare Awards,
    3 MTV Awards,
    4 IIFA Awards,
    6 Tamil Nadu State Awards,
    6 Zee Awards,
    4 Screen Awards and lots more.
    A R Rahman has also been conferred the prestigious ‘Padmashree’, the highest civilian honour by the Government of India in the year 2000 for his outstanding contribution to the Indian film industry.
    AND sLUMDOG MILLIONNAIRE WON 8 OSCARS TOO
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    February 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    SLUM DOG MILLIONAIRE Wins 8 Oscars

    SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE in Oscar

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    An eighteen-year- old from the slums of Mumbai finds himself competing on the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” where the questions he must answer offer a look back at his earlier life. The show’s host, however, insists that he must be cheating and takes steps to force young Jamal to admit that a boy from such an impoverished background could not possibly possess the knowledge necessary to win the show’s top prize.

    Total Nominations (10)

    Achievement in Cinematography

    Achievement in Directing

    Achievement in Film Editing

    Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

    Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

    Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

    Best Motion Picture of the Year

    Achievement in Sound Editing

    Achievement in Sound Mixing

    Adapted Screenplay

    Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire (8)

    Best Picture:

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Frost/Nixon
    Milk
    The Reader
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Winner: Slumdog Millionaire

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    Best Director:


    Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
    David Fincher – Benjamin Button
    Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
    Stephen Daldry – The Reader
    Gus Van Sant – Milk

    Winner: Danny Boyle

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    Best Adapted Screenplay:


    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Doubt
    Frost/Nixon
    The Reader
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Winner: Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire

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    Best Motion Picture of the Year

    Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Christian Colson

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    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

    Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – A.R. Rahman, Sampooran Singh Gulzar(“Jai Ho”)

    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

    Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – A.R. Rahman

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    Best Achievement in Editing

    Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Chris Dickens Best

    Achievement in Sound

    Winner: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty

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    February 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    PHOTOGRAPHS OF 1900’S

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    Three sophisticated ladies enjoying a drive in an early version of the Ford Model T automobile.

    Date taken:
    1907

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    Czar Nicholas II of Russia (1868-1918) and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna wearing state robes during ball at the Winter Palace.

    Location:
    St. Petersburg, Russia

    Date taken:
    1904

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    Portrait of Russian monk Gregory Rasputin (1871-1916) who was also advisor to Russian Empress Alexandra, wife of Nicholas II.

    Location:
    Russia

    Date taken:
    1900

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    Portrait of Belgian King, Leopold II (1835-1909).

    Location:
    Belgium

    Date taken:
    1900

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    Newsboys hawking papers with stories of the surrender of Pretoria and the end of the Boer War

    Location:
    London, United Kingdom

    Date taken:
    May 1902

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    American financier J. Pierpoint Morgan (C) (1837-1913).

    Date taken:
    1901

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    Sepia portrait of Great Britain’s King Edward VII (Coronation 1902) in full royal attire and crown.

    Location:
    United Kingdom

    Date taken:
    January 22, 1901

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    Orville Wright taking plane for 1st motorized flight as brother Wilbur Wright looks on at Kitty Hawk.

    Location:
    Kitty Hawk, NC, US

    Date taken:
    December 17, 1903

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    Crowd gathered in front of buildings felled by massive earthquake which rocked the San Francisco area.

    Location:
    San Francisco, CA, US

    Date taken:
    April 18, 1906

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    Family proudly sitting in early motor car, a Ford Model A, while women look on from side of road.

    Date taken:
    1903

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    Famous blind deaf mute Helen Keller (L) touching face of her teacher Anne Sullivan (C) as actorJoseph Jefferson (R) looks on.

    Location:
    US

    Date taken:
    1902

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    Charles S. Rolls at wheel of Rolls Royce sedan w. front seat passenger Orville Wright & backseat passenger Wilbur Wright (in bowler hat)

    Location:
    United Kingdom

    Date taken:
    1909

    February 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    KEYBOARDS, NEVER SEEN BEFORE

    The roll-up keyboard

    roll-up keyboard

    These keyboards feature 104 keys in a standard QWERTY layout, but with a nifty twist of being the most portable keyboard seen to date. Simply roll the unit up when you’re done with it! A great tool for laptop users who miss their full-sized KB when on the road, or LAN party warriors looking to lighten their load.

    The virtual laser keyboard

    virtual laser keyboard

    The I-Tech Virtual Keyboard uses a light projection of a full-sized computer keyboard on almost any surface. Used with PDA’s and Smart Phones, the Virtual Keyboard provides a practical way to do e-mail, word processing and spreadsheet tasks, enabling users to leave laptops and computers at home.

    The wrist keyboard

    wrist keyboard

    Completely sealed, it can operate in the rain and other harsh environments. A curved back provides a secure and comfortable placement on the wrist. The keyboard layout is optimized to provide alphanumeric entry. Carefully positioned arrow keys ease menu-oriented tasks. The WristPC keyboard comes with an optional wrist strap to provide the capability of attaching it to your wrist.

    The frogpad

    frogpad

    The FrogPad mobile keypad with its innovative 20 full-size key layout optimized around the most frequently used characters sets a new standard in information access with superior portability and ergonomics, global adaptability, rapid learning and ease of use. Its unique patented keystroke algorithms enable it to be used in either a right or left-handed mode and with any international language set.

    Maltron 3D Ergonomic Keyboard

    Maltron 3D Ergonomic Keyboard

    These fully ergonomic two handed keyboards fit the shape of hands and the different lengths of fingers to reduce movement and tension.

    The Orbitouch Keyboard

    Orbitouch Keyboard

    The orbiTouch Keyless ergonomic Keyboard creates a keystroke when you slide the two domes into one of their eight respective positions. You type the different characters by sliding the domes to create letters and numbers. The orbiTouch Keyless ergonomic Keyboard also has an integrated mouse, so moving the domes gives you full mouse and keyboard capability!

    The Tidy Tippist

    Tidy Tippist

    The marriage of eating and tipping: the decorative tablecloth, made of felt, contains a textile keyboard. The electronic is woven into a fabric, which finds itself between layers of water resistant felt as sandwich material. The soft felt surface makes it a pleasure for fingers to tip a cozy keyboard.

    The SafeType keyboard

    SafeType keyboard

    This well thought at keyboard will allow you to type in a relaxed position, saving you the pain. All that despite its futurist look. The supplementary keypad allows the user to position the 10-key numeric pad with arrow keys anywhere that is most usable and comfortable. It can be on the left or the right, or even in your lap. We are constantly amazed by the tremendous variation in challenges and how people find solutions for their own problems.

    The Twiddler 2

    Twiddler 2

    The Twiddler2 is a pocket-sized mouse pointer plus a full-function keyboard in a single unit that fits neatly in either right or left hand. The Twiddler2 plugs into both keyboard and mouse PS/2 ports (USB port with the PS/2 to USB Adapter) on any computer that accepts standard PS/2 mouse and keyboard (or USB input). Combining major innovations in pointer and keyboard technology, the twiddler is designed to bring renewed enjoyment to current computer users and to attract newcomers to the world of personal computing.

    The datahand keyboard

    datahand keyboard

    The DataHand ergonomic keyboard offers a total of 132 keys (more than even extended flatkeyboards) through the use of five key switches clustered around the tips of each of the fingers. With four modes, shifted by the thumbs, hand movement is no longer required to perform keyboard work. Hand support results in the elimination of the major source of muscular-skeletal stress in hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, backs, and necks.

    Optimus Keyboard

    Optimus Keyboard

    Each and every key on the Optimus Keyboard is a stand-alone display that shows you exactly what it is controlling at the very moment.

    Das Keyboard

    Das Keyboard

    Where is the letters? Das keyboard believe with no keys to look at when typing, your brain will adapt and memorize the key position thus increasing typing speed.

    AlphaGrip

    AlphaGrip

    Claimbled to the most comfortable computing device. It is a gaming pad, a keyboard also comes with a mouse trackball.


    February 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    2008 Victoria’s Secret Angels Fashion Show(REALY EXCLUSIVE)

    CELL # 0092-300-2014194 2008 Victoria’s Secret Angels Fashion Show

    The Victoria's Secret Angels arrive at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach and hit the sand to get set for the the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. (stronga href=

    The Victoria’s Secret Angels arrive at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach and hit the sand to get set for the the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    The Angels enjoy one last laugh before it's down to business.

    The Angels enjoy one last laugh before it’s down to business.

    Television personality Martha Stewart, left, shows model Heidi Klum the picture she took of her during a hair and makeup session prior to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    Television personality Martha Stewart, left, shows model Heidi Klum the picture she took of her during a hair and makeup session prior to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    Victoria's Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr gets ready backstage.

    Victoria’s Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr gets ready backstage.

    Model Marisa Miller strikes a pose on the runway.

    Model Marisa Miller strikes a pose on the runway.

    A model presents a creation during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    A model presents a creation during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    Model Marisa Miller is true blue.

    Model Marisa Miller is true blue.

    Heidi Klum walks onstage while Usher performs.

    Heidi Klum walks onstage while Usher performs.

    Peek-a-boo! You'll definitely be noticed wearing this to a masked ball.

    Peek-a-boo! You’ll definitely be noticed wearing this to a masked ball.

    Flavia D'Oliveira can't tell if she's cold or warm! She pairs a winter hat and legwarmers with a sexy matching underwear combo.

    Flavia D’Oliveira can’t tell if she’s cold or warm! She pairs a winter hat and legwarmers with a sexy matching underwear combo.

    All the models line up to show off their stuff!

    All the models line up to show off their stuff!

    Alessandra Ambrosio waves to her adoring fans.

    Alessandra Ambrosio waves to her adoring fans.

    Victoria's Secret Angel Marissa Miller walks the runaway in a racy getup.

    Victoria’s Secret Angel Marissa Miller walks the runaway in a racy getup.

    This angel's got a tail! And a matching lingerie set.

    This angel’s got a tail! And a matching lingerie set.

    Angel Alessandra Ambrosio back in black . . .

    Angel Alessandra Ambrosio back in black . . .

     . . . and in black and white.

    . . . and in black and white.

    Karolina Kurkova models an ensemble during the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    Karolina Kurkova models an ensemble during the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    Karolina Kurkova models a flower-bedecked ensemble during the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    Karolina Kurkova models a flower-bedecked ensemble during the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    Alessandra Ambrosia sports a pair of golden wings at the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    Alessandra Ambrosia sports a pair of golden wings at the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    Miranda Kerr blows a kiss to the audience during the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    Miranda Kerr blows a kiss to the audience during the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    Selita Ebanks spreads her wings as musicians play in the background at the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    Selita Ebanks spreads her wings as musicians play in the background at the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    Confetti rains down on a model in a white hoop dress at the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    Confetti rains down on a model in a white hoop dress at the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    Model in red wings and plaid shorts struts the catwalk at the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    Model in red wings and plaid shorts struts the catwalk at the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    A model walks the runaway during the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

    A model walks the runaway during the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

    A model shows off an outfit inspired by athletic apparel during the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show...

    A model shows off an outfit inspired by athletic apparel during the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show…

    The same outfit is emblazoned with a parting message as she heads back to the dressing room.

    The same outfit is emblazoned with a parting message as she heads back to the dressing room.

    February 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

    THE ORIGINAL SIAMESE TWINS

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    Eng and Chang Bunker, The Siamese Twins

    There is an extremely rare form of identical twins that occurs perhaps in one out of every 75,000 to 100,000 births or 1 in 200 deliveries of identical twins, that of conjoined twins.

    Conjoined twins originate from a single fertilized egg so they are always identical and same-sex twins. The developing embryo starts to split into identical twins within the first two weeks after conception but then stops before completion, leaving a partially separated egg which continues to mature into a conjoined fetus. 

    changeng.jpg (9774 bytes) The most famous set of conjoined twins were Chang and Eng, the men who originated the term “Siamese Twins”. Eng and Chang were born in Siam (modern day Thailand) on May 11, 1811 to a Chinese father and half-Chinese, half-Malay mother. Thanks to their heritage, while growing up in Siam the boys were known as “The Chinese Twins”.

    Despite the fact that their birth was initially believed to be an omen of the end of the world, they brought celebrity to their small village. Their mother refused to allow doctors to attempt to separate the boys, fearing that to do so would result in the death of one or both. Instead she taught them to stretch the tissue that joined them so that they could stand side-by-side rather than always face-to-face.

    In 1824, Scottish merchant Robert Hunter discovered the twins by accident while they were swimming. He introduced himself and became a friend of their family. Later he asked the Siamese government for permission to take the boys to Europe, but his request was at first denied.

    In 1829 Hunter and his associate Captain Abel Coffin offered money to the boys’ mother for permission to take them abroad, then tried again with the government; this time they succeeded. In April, 17 year-olds Chang and Eng left for Boston, excited to see the world.

    After a successful and profitable tour of the States, the group then sailed to England where they became quite popular.

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    They were extensively examined by doctors and visited by royalty.

    Unfortunately, their next planned stop, France, did not receive them quite so well; they were denied entry by the French government. The rest of Europe, however, was not closed to them, so they toured extensively, continuing to pack venues.

    In 1832 Chang and Eng broke off their arrangement with Captain Coffin (Mr. Hunter having sold his share of the rights to Coffin while they were in Europe) when they realized that he was taking the vast majority of the money received for their tours.  This break led them to P. T. Barnum, with whom they toured until 1839, when they decided to quit the exhibition life and settle down.

    They chose Wilkesboro, North Carolina where they began the life of farmers. In 1839 they became United States citizens, but lacking last names they were simply listed as “Chang and Eng, Siamese Twins.” In 1844 they decided to remedy that by petitioning to adopt the name Bunker, although it is not known for sure where this came from.

    Chang and Eng began to date Adelaide and Sarah Ann Yates, two of nine daughters of local farmer and part-time clergyman, David Yates. The townspeople disapproved, so Chang and Eng scheduled a separation surgery in Philadelphia. Their fiancées found out and quickly stopped the proceeding, and in April, 1843, Chang was married to Adelaide and Eng to Sarah Ann in a double wedding.

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    During the course of their marriages, Eng fathered six boys and five girls; Chang seven girls and three boys. All were normal except for a son and daughter of Chang’s who were deaf mutes.

    In January, 1874, Chang Bunker died after a severe case of bronchitis, possibly from a cerebral clot. Eng died two and half hours thereafter (most likely of shock.)

    After their deaths it was determined they could have been successfully separated, a medical option that was never offered to Eng and Chang during their lives.

    Although Eng and Chang’s fame helped coin the phrase ‘Siamese Twins’, they were not the first pair of conjoined twins recorded in medical annals as there were probably about 100 such pairs known by the time of their 1811 births, a fact which helped the King of Siam reverse an early death sentence on the brothers. In fact, conjoined twins were recorded as early as 945 in Armenia and the first pair of successfully separated twins took place in 1689 by German physician G. König.

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    This photograph shows them with their wives, the Yates sisters and two of their children.
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    Eng is the quiet, studious one on the left. Chang, slightly shorter, likes to have fun, but don’t offer him a drink.

    In their homeland they’re known as In-Jan, and there’s a monument to them near their birthplace, but few Thais these days know much about the conjoined brothers who became world famous a century and a half ago as Chang and Eng Bunker, the Siamese Twins.

    The conjoined twins Eng and Chang Bunker fathered 21 children and now have 1,800 descendants – and every July many of them come together in Mt. Airy, NC., where the twins settled.


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    February 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Scenes from Antarctica

    Down in Antarctica, November marks the end of spring, the beginning of austral summer, and the beginning of Antarctica’s cruise season. The Sun just rose for the first time in 6 months on September 22nd, and is now visible in the sky all the time. Recent studies in Antarctica have brought new insights into the origins of deep sea octopus species (a 30 million-year- old ancestor from Antarctic waters), volcanic contributions to disappearing antarctic ice, and the effects of increasing numbers of icebergs scouring the seafloor. Collected here are 32 photographs of Antarctica from the past several years. (32 photos total)


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    After waiting for over two weeks for his mate to return from the sea and relieve him of nest duty, this Adelie penguin’s hunger helps him make the decision to abandon his egg in search of fish and krill in the sea. Photo taken December 12, 2002. Known populations of the Adelie penguin have dropped by 65% over the past 25 years. (Melanie Conner/National Science Foundation)

    2
    A killer whale (viewed from above) swims amid floating ice in the Ross Sea in January of 2005. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center were studying the whales to determine if there are three separate species of Antarctic killer whales. (Donald LeRoi, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center/National Science Foundation)


    3
    Palmer Station seen from the ocean on June 10, 2006. Palmer Station is the smallest of the three U.S. Antarctic Program research stations, located on Anvers Island, near the Antarctic Peninsula. (Glenn E. Grant/National Science Foundation)


    4
    A molting emperor penguin seen on January 3, 2007. (Carlie Reum/National Science Foundation)


    5
    Sculptured iceberg in North Bay, Rothera Point, Adelaide Island, Antarctica. (© Pete Bucktrout/British Antarctic Survey)


    6
    The Calkin Glacier, seen on November, 2003. The glacier is located in the Taylor Valley in Victoria Land, named for Parker Calkin, US Antarctic Program geologist who conducted research in the area during the 1960-61 and 1961-62 field seasons. (Brian Johnson/National Science Foundation


    7
    The aurora australis over the Dark Sector at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on June 3, 2008. The Dark Sector is so-named due to the absence of light and radio wave interfence. The bright spot above the ground shield in the foreground is Jupiter. The white streaks of light going up are the Milky Way. (Keith Vanderlinde/ National Science Foundation)


    8
    Penguins on a massive iceberg near the Antarctic Peninsula on November 28, 2003. (Kurtis Burmeister/National Science Foundation)

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