Tuesday, March 27, 2012

World’s Smallest Women in Election

The world's smallest woman has disclosed her very big ambitions - after turning her hand to politics to become the world's smallest election campaigner.

Jyoti Amge, who stands just 62.8cm (2ft 6ins) tall, was seen supporting candidates of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party, ahead of the forthcoming civic election in Mumbai, India.

The 18-year-old was officially recognized as the world's smallest woman on her last birthday in December by Guinness World Records officials. Jyoti weighs just 12lbs (5.5kg) - only 9lbs more than she did at birth - and has a form of dwarfism call achondroplasia, which stopped her growing after her first birthday.

This was not Amge's first Guinness record. Until her 18th birthday she was considered the world's shortest teenager, but in turning 18 qualified for the new title.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Discovered New Species of Frog in US

A new species of frog has been discovered in the bustling city of amid the skyscrapers and subways, which scientists say is "nothing short of amazing."

"The species is completely distinct," said Leslie Rissler, programme director with the National Science Foundation.

The newly-identified animal is among more than a dozen distinct leopard frog species.

While it is fairly common to find new species of animals in the remote wildness or in rain forests, to discover one in marshes and ponds within an urban area such as New York is nothing short of amazing, Rissler, who is part of the team of scientists that found the species, was quoted as saying by CNN.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Amazing Interspecific Hybrids – Two in One

Interspecific hybrids are bred by mating two species, usually from within the same genus. The offspring display behavior and characteristics of both parents. The offspring of an interspecific cross are very often sterile; thus, hybrid sterility prevents the movement of genes from one species to the other, keeping both species distinct. Sterility is often attributed to the different number of chromosomes the two species have.

Hybrids are often named by the portmanteau method, combining the names of the two parent species. For example, a zeedonk is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. Since the traits of hybrid offspring often vary depending on which species was mother and which was father, it is traditional to use the father's species as the first half of the portmanteau. For example, a liger is a cross between a male lion and a female tiger, while a tiglon is a cross between a male tiger and a female lion.

There are some Amazing Interspecific Hybrids :