A tiny Amazonian bird has become a world-record breaker thanks to its "ridiculously loud" mating call.The white bellbird, which lives in a remote mountainous rainforest in the northern Brazil's Amazon, has the loudest recorded bird call, according to scientists. Its mating song is noisier than a plane taking off, even though the creature weighs a quarter of a kilogram.By heading deep into the mountainous forest, researchers were able to record the mating songs of two species of contingas birds: the white bellbird and the screaming piha. The latter previously held the record for the loudest bird call. When the pihas sang, they hit up to 116.1 decibels (dB), while the white bellbirds reached 124.5dB. That is louder than the sound of a plane taking off.The researchers also learned about the song styles. While the piha performed one type of song, white bellbirds had two, with one more common than the other.Researchers watched the birds singing in a range of scenarios, including when they … [Read more...] about Tiny Amazonian Bird’s Record-Breaking Mating Call Is Louder Than a Plane Taking Off
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The first question, on entering the completed interior of the church of Sagrada Família, is: "Is it really there?" We have been so long accustomed to the idea that Barcelona's most famous landmark is a permanent ruin, unfinished and unfinishable, that it comes as a shock to find it is now keeping out the weather, for the first time in its 130 years of making. The canned ecstasy of the Hallelujah Chorus plays on the PA system and sunbeams pierce its forest of columns with such dazzle and precision that, you think, they must be digital. It is like walking into the Colosseum and finding it all there, with awnings, crowds, sand, blood, beasts, gladiators and thumb-turning emperor which, being clearly impossible, would most easily be explained as a video game in three dimensions. The second question is: "Is it really Gaudí?" The great Catalan architect famously adjusted his buildings as he went along, modifying details in response to unusual stones found in the quarry and forever … [Read more...] about Sagrada Familia: Gaudí’s cathedral is nearly done, but would he have liked it?
Verizon is offering a year of Disney+ on them (then $6.99/mo after) to customers on the unlimited plan or new Fios Home Internet or 5G Home Internet. This deal is available to new and existing wireless customers on Unlimited plans. New Fios broadband or 5G home wireless internet customers can also enjoy this deal. Even Verizon customers who have pre-purchased a Disney+ subscription can take advantage of the one-year offer. The pre-purchased subscription will be paused for one year and then kick back in after the 12-month free period is over. Disney+ is a streaming service that is regularly priced at $6.99* per month. The service gives you the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. You also get unlimited downloads of any TV show or movie on up to ten devices. You can also stream four different shows on four different compatible devices at once. Included with Disney+ is a whole library of Disney+ originals — never-before-seen new movies, … [Read more...] about Get a year of Disney+ on Verizon Wireless Unlimited or Fios Home Internet
Vietnam recorded a year-on-year rise of over 2.7 per cent in consumer price index (CPI) in the first four months of this year, marking the lowest rate of increase seen in three years, according to the General Statistics Office. The CPI in April was some 0.3 per cent higher than in the previous month and 1 per cent higher than in December 2018, representing growth of nearly 3 per cent year on year. The CPI growth in April and the average growth in the first four months this year showed the stability of Vietnam’s economy even as the world faced price fluctuations and petrol price increases. In April, some goods and services showed low levels of price growth due to the State Bank of Vietnam’s flexible monetary policies. The GSO said core inflation – which is the CPI excluding food items, energy products, and State-managed healthcare and education services – in April increased nearly 0.1 per cent against March and some 1.9 per cent year on year. – VNA VNA … [Read more...] about Four-month CPI growth lowest in three years: GSO
Waleed Aly has admitted to being 'surprised' at being nominated for a Gold Logie for a third time. Three years after winning the coveted award, Waleed, 40, has also been shortlisted for the Most Popular Presenter accolade alongside his co-host Carrie Bickmore. 'Having been through the process a couple of times before, you kind of assume there's a window and that window has passed,' he told 10 Daily. Taken aback: Waleed Aly(pictured) has admitted to being 'surprised' at being nominated for a Gold Logie for the third time The recognition of Waleed's role in Australian television comes after he conducted an emotional interview with Jacinda Ardern in the wake of the Christchurch attack. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'I'm not saying that!' Waleed Aly clashes with Chris Pyne... From Egg Boy to an explosive interview on live TV: Here are... The irony! Tom Gleeson nominated for Gold Logie Award... 'How are all these women wearing activewear just for fun?'... … [Read more...] about ‘You assume that window has passed’: Waleed Aly admits he is ‘surprised’ to receive a Gold Logie nomination …three years after winning the coveted TV award
Walking the grasslands of what is now Greece 4 million years ago was a dangerous proposition: Lurking among the vegetation was the largest venomous snake ever known to man.Laophis crotaloides measured between 10 and 13 feet (3 and 4 meters) long and weighed a whopping 57 lbs. (26 kilograms). Today's longest venomous snakes, king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah), can grow to be about 18 feet (5.5 m) long. But at typical weights between 15 and 20 lbs. (6.8 to 9 kg), king cobras are scrawny compared to Laophis.What makes Laophis even stranger was that it achieved this bulk not in the tropics, where most large reptiles live today, but in seasonal grasslands where winters were cool."We've got something that, for its latitudinal placement and the climate reconstruction, it's massively out of proportion," said study researcher Benjamin Kear, a paleobiologist at Uppsala University in Sweden. [See Amazing Photos of Giant Snakes Around the World]Lost fossilsThe tale of the enormous viper begins in … [Read more...] about Biggest Venomous Snake Ever Revealed in New Fossils