Fish-eating spiders discovered by scientists – video

Spiders that can capture and eat fish have been discovered by scientists at the fringes of shallow fresh water. The study by a Swiss-Australian team appeared in the academic journal Plos One. It revealed that the amphibious creatures, more commonly found in warmer areas, can often swim and walk on the water’s surface and are able to kill fish bigger and more powerful than themselves.

For female fish, size matters

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A newly published study by a University of Ottawa researcher has concluded penis length exerts a measurable sway on females evaluating potential sexual partners.

“We found that flaccid penis size had a significant influence on male attractiveness,” concludes the study that was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Biologist Brian Mautz said he came to the study through curiosity over the evolution of male genitalia. Compared to other male primates, human endowment is generous.

“Another project I was on, looking at female preferences in genital size in fish, showed that females actually do discriminate in males before copulation even begins,” Mautz said. “That potentially influences genital evolution.”

You may read the complete article on CBCNews here.

Beer, fish and water. The tale of Prickly Pear Creek.

Relationship between fish and beer

 

 

 

 

 

 

With streams and rivers drying up because of over-usage, Rob Harmon has implemented an ingenious market mechanism to bring back the water. Farmers and beer companies find their fates intertwined in the intriguing century-old tale of Prickly Pear Creek.

View video on TED at this link.

Thelma and Ziggy, part deux

Thelma and Ziggy has been on Smashwords only a few days now and is doing surprising well. Thanks everybody!

Here are a couple of miniature sample pictures of the black and white pictures included in the appendix area of Thelma and Ziggy. The pictures in Thelma and Ziggy are full page size or nearly full-page size:

Golfing fish, from Thelma and Ziggy by Ted Summerfield

Butterfly from Thelma and Ziggy by Ted Summerfield

I include black and white pictures in all my ebooks for children so the pictures may be printed out and colored. I also included educational links for different animals in Thelma and Ziggy, so readers can discover more about the animals in the story.

You may read a free sample of Thelma and Ziggy, or purchase it for $0.99, here.

A Cookbook by Ted, Volume 2

My second cookbook contains 38 new recipes, mainly from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Oyster stuffed halibut steak, Pineapple Pie, Fish liver pâté, Uncooked rosehip jam, Baked salmon with mustard-dill sauce, Macédoine salad, Sourdough applesauce cake, Almond and Raisin Sauce, and Broiled chicken marinade are some of the recipes in this cookbook. Also includes lots of information on different herbs and spices. Enjoy.

You may view a free sample of my cookbook on Smashwords here. Link opens in new window or tab.

Cover of my second cookbook, now on Smashwords