kale durr
03/11/2013 7:29am

Though researchers have known for many years that certain flowers have evolved their colors to attract bees as their pollinators, the same had not been confirmed about those that solely depend on birds to do the job. Now, a report published in the March issue of New Philologist by a team of Australian scientists, reveals that this is indeed the case, at least for their local flowers. Student Mani Shrestha and associate professor martin bird from Victoria’s Monash School of Biological Sciences, involved collecting the spectral signatures of 200 flowering plants whose main pollinators were known to be birds and bees.

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Lillian Jacks
03/11/2013 7:38am

well i have herd of oapol town before but i forgot were maybe on ripleys believe it or not. well any ways opol is the product of aged gold and can be really exspencive up to 1,000 dollars or more. so in my case i think that it is a quaint town.

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Emily Livingston
03/11/2013 7:32am

Researchers Believe Flowers Evolved Their Color To Attract The Best Pollinators.By Meera Dolasia on March 9, 2013!I picked this because it's interesting because the flowers make different pollinators to come t there flowers.The most commom pollanators are bees and birds and people took flowers to see how man birds come and bees com to pollantate.The bird pollanate because the insects come and eat the insects thats pollanates the flower.The hummingbird is colar blind they could only smell the pollen of the flowers.Flowers change color to make birds come and pollanate them so they wont die and the flowers around the world change so they could have more insects come to pollenate so they won't die.The color red is better for the birds because they can see it better than any color of flower.therer is over 200 bees and birds that pollanate flowers.

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Christian Dinwiddie
03/11/2013 7:33am

Flowers change colors to attract different birds. Main pollinators are birds and bees. The more colorful flowers the better pollinators.

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Sarah Kavanaugh
03/11/2013 7:36am

I'm doing my artical review on the artical Researchers Believe Flowers Evolved Their Color To Attract The Best Pollinators by Meera Dolasia on March 9,2013. Researchers have known formany years the certain flowers attract bees. Now they know its the same with birds.

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Natalie Barker
03/11/2013 7:42am

Yay! Daylight Saving Time Is Here!
By Meera Dolasia
Finally winter is over that at least what the clocks are concerned. Most people in America and some other countries will “Spring forward” that means the clocks go ahead an hour. Also, known as daylight savings.
“First suggested by Sir Benjamin Franklin in 1784, the idea was not considered seriously until 1907, when British resident William Willet pitched it as a way to save energy. However, it still took another nine years to convince British officials to make it a law. The United States followed two years later, but only enacted it for a short period of time as a mechanism to provide soldiers more daylight, during World War One. The law was repealed as soon as the war was over, only to be re-instated for another three years, from 1942-1945, for the second World War.”
In 1966 the day light savings become permanent on the American calendar. It was used to conserve energy and give additional hours to farmers.
“Since then daylight savings has been moved several times. President Ronald Regan frist changed it in 1986. April to the first weekend. His successor, George W. Bush, not only changed that to the second Sunday in March, but also, extended the 'Fall Back' date out an extra week in November. While it was all done under the guise of saving energy and helping farmers, it has effectively cut down the long dreary months of winter, by almost five weeks”.

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Samantha Peebles
03/11/2013 7:47am

I’m writing about Coober Pedy – Australia’s Bustling Underground Town! This Article is written by: Meera Dolasia on March 9, 2013. I wanted to write about this article because it would be so cool to live in an underground town.
Walk into the small Australian town of Coober Pedy on any given day, and you probably will get the eerie feeling of an abandoned ghost town – one where even the structures seem to have been razed to the ground, leaving behind just barren land. So why even call it a town? Well because that’s exactly what it is, complete with 4,000 plus residents o 48 nationalities all of whom – Live underground.
This Underground Town is located in the Australian Outback about 846 km north of Adelaide, Coober Pedy was established in 1915, following the discovery of Opal. As people from across the country and world, flocked to mine the precious stone, they realized that while working under the ground was easy, living above is was not, thanks to the extreme temperatures.
They therefore did what humans do best when faced with a situation they cannot change – Adapt! In this case, it meant living underground, by converting old mines into homes and establishing the worlds first most likely, only underground town.
As years have gone by, the homes have become bigger and more sophisticated. There are now also several hotels and inns to accommodate the tourists that flock in from all over the world, to see this unusual town. And while the structures may be located underground, they are in no way inferior to their counterparts that lie above. Not only do the interiors take full advantage of the beautiful red rock hues, but they also, feature all the modern amenities like walk-in closets, modern kitchens and televisions. And if that is not enough, the town also has gift shops selling opal jewelry, a couple of museums and even, a church!

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Tim
03/11/2013 7:48am

What they found was that while the colors of the flowers that are currently exclusively pollinated by birds had initially evolved, so that they were attractive to insect.

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MYA EPP :)
03/11/2013 8:14am

Nordic Babies Take 'Chilling Out' To A New Level.

"If you happen to visit the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden,Iceland, Norway or Denmark, you may encounter a rather strange sight - Babies napping in their strollers outside homes, daycare centers and coffee shops even, during mid-winter when temperatures are below freezing.

However, this is not because Nordic parents or nannies are negligent caretakers, but because they are strong believers that fresh air, even the freezing kind, is healthy for babies and that providing them with as much of it as possible, makes them less prone to catching colds and other illnesses. Not only that, they maintain that the babies sleep longer and better outside, compared to when they are put to nap in a warm room."

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selmer estenson
03/14/2013 8:42am

i read about the underground town. it is in australia and pople turned old mines into houses. they have tvs electricity and hotels. there is even a golf course.
it will be featered on amazing race. the contestants will have to playt a round of golf. or they can look for the city.
this is a badgers paradise. and also a meerkat's. the towns name is opal

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Angel Salcido
03/11/2013 8:16am

If I was freezing outside with a big coat on and boots and I went walking passed a baby in a stroller outside in the middle of winter I dont know what I would do. Beat the parnets up, call the police, or take the baby thinking that someone left it out to die. But I was suprised to what the babies can with stand!

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Olivia T and Chrissy
03/11/2013 8:17am

Nordic Babies Take 'Chilling Out' To A New Level

By Meera Dolasia

"If you happen to visit the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden,Iceland, Norway or Denmark, you may encounter a rather strange sight - Babies napping in their strollers outside homes, daycare centers and coffee shops even, during mid-winter when temperatures are below freezing."
However, this is not because Nordic parents or nannies are negligent caretakers, but because they are strong believers that fresh air, even the freezing kind, is healthy for babies and that providing them with as much of it as possible, makes them less prone to catching colds and other illnesses.
"Though this may seem counter-intuitive and even cruel, because parents in most other countries bundle their babies and huddle them into a heated room the minute they see the first flurry of snow, leaving their babies to 'freeze' has been part of the Nordic culture for many generations and, they are sticking to it!"






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Kayla Mcnellis:)
03/11/2013 8:19am

they are not sure of however, is if the flowers in Asia and Africa have also changed their color over time, to make themselves more attractive to birds that are native to those regions. If they can prove that to be true, they may have finally cracked the secret code plants use, to communicate with birds!

For those of you that are unsure of what spectral signature means, it is merely a scientific term to define what colors a person or animal can see. While most living creatures can only see colors from the visible spectrum, there are some birds and insects like bees that can discern ultraviolet rays too.

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Gunnar Berger
03/11/2013 8:20am

These babies are put i n extreme cold to get fresh air. Some think this is crazy but in this culture fresh air is key. They bundle the baby up and put in a stroller out side.
This method has been in there culture for years. Its done because the baby will sleep longer. the baby has more chance slleping better because one room is hot the outside is freezing. This has gone on for years and will probley go longer.

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Kayla Mcnellis:)
03/11/2013 8:21am

Researchers believe flowers evolved their color to attract the best pollinators.
Researchers have known for many years that certain flowers have evolved their colors to attract bees as their pollinators, the same had not been confirmed about those that solely depend on birds to do the job. Now, a report published in the March issue of New Phytologist by a team of Australian scientists, reveals that this is indeed the case, at least for their local flowers. The research conducted by PhD student Mani Shrestha and Associate Professor Martin Bird from Victoria's Monash School of Biological Sciences, involved collecting the spectral signatures of 200 flowering plants whose main pollinators were known to be birds and bees. The two then performed special phylogenetic analysis on the specimens to test how the colors of the flowers had changed over time.
They have found was that while the colors of the flowers that are currently exclusively pollinated by birds had initially evolved, so that they were attractive to insects, they had more recently changed course and geared their spectral signatures more toward the longer wavelengths i.e. hues of red which, can be more easily seen by birds. What was even more interesting is that it was not just any type of red reflection, but shades with the specific wavelengths that best matched the four color vision of many Australian native birds. Fortunately, they also happen to be the same colors that make the flowers inconspicuous to insects who have not prove to be very good pollinators. Given that hummingbirds have a similar color vision, the researchers believe that the same color change probably holds true for American flowers that rely exclusively on birds as their pollinators.
They are not sure of however, is if the flowers in Asia and Africa have also changed their color over time, to make themselves more attractive to birds that are native to those regions. If they can prove that to be true, they may have finally cracked the secret code plants use, to communicate with birds!For those of you that are unsure of what spectral signature means, it is merely a scientific term to define what colors a person or animal can see. While most living creatures can only see colors from the visible spectrum, there are some birds and insects like bees that can discern ultraviolet rays too.

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Tristen Taylor
03/11/2013 8:24am

If you are tired of e winter well guss what spring is coming. last night we had to move the clocks an hr forward. I bet it was a little hard to wake up this wornig hu. it was daylight saving time and it means start of spring.
the start of spring is a big deal no more cold but it wasent that cold in the first place. now mabe people will get off ther rer and do something. have a nice spring

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Chris#23
03/11/2013 8:25am

I read about the babies that were sleeping out side. I thought it was a rather strange article to. I thought so because they had their babies out side for a majority of the day if not all day.
I also thought the pictures were kind of funny. That was because it showed like 5 strollers outside of homes with babies just laying there asleep.
This article was interesting too. Some of the parents' theories made me wonder if they could possibly be true. I wonder who first thought of the idea in the countries of Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Denmark to put your baby in freezing clod weathr like they did.

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Riley Cathey
03/11/2013 8:25am

My article is about the locusts invading Cairo by Meera Dolasia. These locusts were supposed to bypass the city, but instead some strong winds blew them off course. The swarm is caused not because of invasion, but if the locusts do not get enough food they start to eat each other. This results in swarms whichis really just a bunch of locusts running away from each other.
The residents are concerned about these locusts, the reason being is farms. Farmers are especially concerned because the locust's droppings are toxic to humans, so when the do their business on a crop, it must be thrown away immidiately. So when the people see a large swarm, they are advised to contact officials so crop dusters can be spread. Some residents are burning tires that they think may shoo them away, but experts say this would probably only result in a neighborhood fire.
So to get rid of them, there are hopes of the winds that brought them here will blow them away. In the mean time, crop dusters are being spread to deal with them. If those winds do not blow them away, they are expected to land in Isreal, Lebanon, and Jordan. This is to stay on high alert.
I chose this article because I like animals and this article looked interesting. I want to know where they came from, and what their diet is. This could help me in the future if I live in Egypt.

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Chris#23
03/11/2013 8:26am

I read about the babies that were sleeping out side. I thought it was a rather strange article to. I thought so because they had their babies out side for a majority of the day if not all day.
I also thought the pictures were kind of funny. That was because it showed like 5 strollers outside of homes with babies just laying there asleep.
This article was interesting too. Some of the parents' theories made me wonder if they could possibly be true. I wonder who first thought of the idea in the countries of Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Denmark to put your baby in freezing clod weathr like they did.

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Carolyn Alexander
03/11/2013 8:26am

My article is about Nordic Babies Take ‘Chilling Out’ To A New Level By:Meera Dolasia. If you visit Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway or Denmark you would probably see babies napping in their strollers outside coffee shops or daycare centers when its below freezing. Its not because parents or nannies are negligent to the kids they just believe that fresh air even the freezing kind is healthy for babies and makes them less prone to catching illnesses.

The minute they see the first flurry of snow, leaving their babies to ‘freeze’ has been part of the Nordic culture for many generations and they are sticking to it! If you were part of the Nordic culture would you leave your baby out in the snow? The babies are of course bundled up and the strollers are weatherized so that they don’t let the cold air seep in.

So are these babies healthier than the ‘wimpy’ ones that are not allowed to get out even during mildly weather? Nobody knows because research has been done on either theory. Until then there is both sides will staunchly maintain that they are doing the healthier!

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Carolyn
03/11/2013 8:32am

If your kid was at a daycare and they had to put the baby outside in the freezing cold would you let them if you didnt live in that country? Its a good thing that the babie are all bundled up because they could possibley die. I am NEVER going to Nordic!!!

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Janessa jensen<3
03/11/2013 8:27am

If you happen to visit sweeden, iceand , nordic, and etc... You may notice babies sleeping outside! This act isnt of creulness or neglect. Nordic parents believe that if the baby sleeps out in fresh air it may have a healtheir lifestyle. You may think their crazy to put their babies out side in below freezing weather, but they still stick to what they believe. Although this hasnt yet been proven to help these young babies be healthy, this has been in their culture for a very long time.

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lexii prock ^___^
03/11/2013 8:33am

Nordic Babies Take"Chilling Out" To A New Leavel By:Meera Dolasia
If you visit Nordic countries. you may encounter a strange sight. babys napping in strollers out side?During the winter!this is not because the nannies or parents are negligent. its beacuse they think fresh air evern the cold kind is good for there babies.babies sleep loner and better out side!This may seem curle because parents in the other countries bundle there babies up.leaving the babies to freeze ha been apart of there culture forever.well the babies are budled in the strollers.i think its weird and that it would hurt the babies

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Cody D #32
03/11/2013 8:36am

I read Researchers Believe Flowers Evolved Their Color To Attract the Best Pollinators. It was written by Meera Dolasia. The articleis about how flowers change colors to attract birds.
Scientist have tested there theory and found it was right. Some flowers change colors to attract birds. They tested their theory by taking local flowers and seeing if the birds came. They did.
Scientist say now that if the birds do the same thing in Asia and Africa then it is true.
I read this paragraph because I thought I would learn something and I did. Ilearned that birds look for certain flowers for nectar.

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Tony Difonzo
03/11/2013 8:37am

I’m doing my article review over “Welcome To Coober Pedy - Australia's Bustling Underground Town By Meera Dolasia on March 9, 2013”. I’m doing this article because I think it’s a really cool thing. I mean who wouldn’t find an underground city cool?
Coober Pedy is a town with a population of 4,000 residents of 48 different nationalities. The first people to live here were ancient Indian tribes. However, over the years the homes have become a bit more sophisticated being inhabited by modern day society.
If you think this town sounds boring, think again. Coober Pedy offers a full size golf course and mini golf course, a public swimming pool, and a rock wall! This town was also the venue for contestants on the second season of the CBS television show ‘The Amazing Race’.

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Cody D #32
03/11/2013 8:37am

I read Researchers Believe Flowers Evolved Their Color To Attract the Best Pollinators. It was written by Meera Dolasia. The articleis about how flowers change colors to attract birds.
Scientist have tested there theory and found it was right. Some flowers change colors to attract birds. They tested their theory by taking local flowers and seeing if the birds came. They did.
Scientist say now that if the birds do the same thing in Asia and Africa then it is true.
I read this paragraph because I thought I would learn something and I did. Ilearned that birds look for certain flowers for nectar.

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keec
03/11/2013 11:31am


My article is about the locusts invading Cairo by Meera Dolasia. These locusts were supposed to bypass the city, but instead some strong winds blew them off course. The swarm is caused not because of invasion, but if the locusts do not get enough food they start to eat each other. This results in swarms whichis really just a bunch of locusts running away from each other.
The residents are concerned about these locusts, the reason being is farms. Farmers are especially concerned because the locust's droppings are toxic to humans, so when the do their business on a crop, it must be thrown away immidiately. So when the people see a large swarm, they are advised to contact officials so crop dusters can be spread. Some residents are burning tires that they think may shoo them away, but experts say this would probably only result in a neighborhood fire.
So to get rid of them, there are hopes of the winds that brought them here will blow them away. In the mean time, crop dusters are being spread to deal with them. If those winds do not blow them away, they are expected to land in Isreal, Lebanon, and Jordan. This is to stay on high alert.
I chose this article because I like animals and this article looked interesting. I want to know where they came from, and what their diet is. This could help me in the future if I live in Egypt.

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Desserea
03/11/2013 11:32am

locests have invaded a countierys capitol and are now eating most of the food there. the ppl are having tire fires hoping that will scare the locest away but its not helping buz u need like smoke bombs to help scare or kill them away they say that if the wind dont put them somewere else the locests will go lower in north afarca

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Jacob Perryman ;)
03/11/2013 11:34am

the people of Egypt now have another thing to deal with One that they are almost helpless against A thirty million strong army of Desert locusts that showed up on March 2nd, 2013 in the Southern region.
Though the locusts who are on their annual Spring migration.were spotted on the country's Red Sea coastline almost three months ago, their visit to Cairo was a complete, unpleasant surprise. That's because experts had expected them to completely bypass the city, until a change in the direction of the winds, steered them off course, towards the Egyptian capital.
While they appear menacing especially in such large numbers, the insects are harmless to humans. They do however pose a threat to the farms that lie on the outskirts of the city, which is what has the residents, especially the farmers, really concerned.

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Tanner Pippins
03/11/2013 11:36am

nordic babies take chilling uot to a new level.

if you vist finlin you might see babys sleeping in the mid of winter.it is not because the parents dont care.it helps the babys sleep.it also helps them not get sick.most parent put there babys in warm rooms.its been a tardishen for years.they dont sleep in cold air ether they are bundled up

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austin
03/11/2013 11:38am

INVADING LOCUSTS! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. THEIR EVERY WHERE! Yep, that’s right folks. Poor Egyptians are suffering under the Al Qaeda of the insect world: swarms of locusts. Actually its just Cairo, but it may as well be all of Egypt. This article is by meera dolisia, and is brand spanking new and brand spanking hot.
The first and second ideas? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-ok. Lets get to business. The first main idea is to inform us about Earthly news. The second idea? Well that’s easy. The second main idea is to wow us. This is because Osama bin Laden was resurrected as a locust and is now taking revenge on those poor fellows who led the jews out of Egypt, who are currently living in Cairo. Nah, actually its just a swarm of locusts who were blown of course.
The final idea? Well, that’s easy, too. Its to educate us. This I because they tell us these fiends are just poor fellows who cant feed their kids, and just rresort to eating them and themselves.
Well that’s it. Thank u and good night, USA!

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jordan wilson
03/11/2013 11:39am

this week my article review is about baby outside in winter. information from dogonews.com

the people in iceland are leaving babbys outside and they say that it is helping them by keeping them from colds flues and other sicknesses. "Though this may seem counter-intuitive and even cruel, because parents in most other countries bundle their babies and huddle them into a heated room the minute they see the first flurry of snow, leaving their babies to 'freeze' has been part of the Nordic culture for many generations and, they are sticking to it!"
the baby strollers are wetherized.

"However, this is not because Nordic parents or nannies are negligent caretakers, but because they are strong believers that fresh air, even the freezing kind, is healthy for babies and that providing them with as much of it as possible, makes them less prone to catching colds and other illnesses. Not only that, they maintain that the babies sleep longer and better outside, compared to when they are put to nap in a warm room"

the idea is to keep the kidz away to me LIGHT BULB idea opps brain fart thanks for reading my article review. now remember bundle them kidz up and dont let them out of your site that is one of the bad thing to do will you kids is outside and you are in side so lock them to a bick rack.


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Samantha G.
03/11/2013 11:40am

NORDIC BABIES TAKE 'CHILLING OUT' TO A NEW LEVEL!
A STRANGE SIGHT TO SEE BABIE SLEEPING IN THEIR STROLLER OUT SIDE HOUSES,DAYCARE AND COFFEE SHOPS. DURING WINTER WHEN THE TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW FREEZING. THEY DO THIS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A STRONG BELIEVER IN FRESH AIR. AND THIS HELP THEM WHEN THEM FROM GETING SICK WHEN THEY ARE OLDER.

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durr durr #30
03/11/2013 11:42am

Walk into the small Australian town of Coober Pedy on any given day, and you will get the eerie feeling of an abandoned ghost town - One where even the structures seem to have been razed to the ground leaving behind just barren landocated in the Australian Outback about 846 km north of Adelaide, Coober Pedy was established in 1915 following the discovery of Opal As people from across the country and world flocked to mine the precious stone they realized that while working under the ground was easy living above it was not thanks to the extreme temperature!



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zach faulkner
03/11/2013 11:42am

My article is about the locusts invading Cairo by Meera Dolasia. These locusts were supposed to bypass the city, but instead some strong winds blew them off course. The swarm is caused not because of invasion, but if the locusts do not get enough food they start to eat each other. This results in swarms whichis really just a bunch of locusts running away from each other.

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riley ward
03/11/2013 11:43am

i am doing my aticle review on the underground town.I think it would be cool to live underground.into the ground we go with little rooms that is made out of the rock all around them.it would not be that hard to heat and cool the room.

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03/11/2013 11:45am

Though researchers have known for many years that certain flowers have evolved their colors to attract bees as their pollinators, the same had not been confirmed The research conducted by PhD student Mani Shrestha and Associate Professor Martin Bird from Monash School of Biological Sciences, involved collecting the spectral signatures of 200 flowering plants whose main pollinators were known to be birds and bees. The two then performed special analysis on the specimens to test how the colors of the flowers had changed over time.about .

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03/11/2013 11:47am

This article is about daylight savings. Cool fact about daylight savings we actually get to sleep an hour later than normal and this started during World War One. This was first suggested by Sir Benjamin Franklin in 1784 but it wasn’t considered till 1907. It took another nine years to convince the British officials to make it a law than 2 years later America followed. A short period of time as a mechanism to provide more daylight during world war one. It was not till April 1966 that daylight savings was permanent fixture. However two states Hawaii and American Samoa as well as some cities in Arizona opted out. Since than daylight savings has been moved up several times

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Brody(Brodakiss#44)Bilyeu
03/11/2013 11:50am

Cairo Invaded… By An Army of 30 million Desert Locusts!
The Cairo invasion of desert locusts is actually very interesting. People in Egypt have another problem to with. People had thought that they were on their annual spring migration.
People in Cairo probably didn’t expect this to happen. They came here because of the wind direction that led them here. They came from the Red Sea.
They thought they would scare the locusts away by burning tires because of the smoke. It didn’t scare them off it only causes accidental of neighborhood fires. They wanted to call experts or officials so that more effective crop dusters can be dispatched.
The last time this happened was in 2004. The people thought the wind would take them back to the Red Sea. People might think little desert locusts couldn’t do much damage, well they can. This is my article review.

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Emmi Bailey
03/11/2013 11:57am

I am doing my article review on how people believe flowers evoloved their colors to attracted the best pollinators. Birds and insects have always been attrcted to bright colored flowers. The plants actual depend on the birds and insects to carry the pollen. This point is very active on a plant with bright colors.

Researechers named Mani Shestha and Martin Bird collect poolen from plants whos main pollinators are bees and birds. Colorful plants are more attractive to insects than birds."What was even more interesting is that it was not just any type of red reflection, but shades with the specific wavelengths that best matched the four color vision of many Australian native birds. Fortunately, they also happen to be the same colors that make the flowers inconspicuous to insects who have not prove to be very good pollinatorsare more app to fly to a red plant because they can see it better. "

Flowers fro all over the world have changed colors over the centuries. Scientist believe they have found a way to communicate with birds. Spectral Signintures mean what colors a person or animal sees. There are some birds who see more colos than people.

Thank you for reading my article review!!!!!!!Bye!!!

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Katie Clarke
03/11/2013 1:14pm

Researchers B wers Evolved Their Color To Attract The Best Pollinators.
Some flowers have known to attract bees with their colors.
A report published in March Of the issue New Phytologist by a team of Australian scientists.
The research was done by PhD student Mani Shrestha and Associate professor Martin.
The researchers believe that the same color change probably holds true for American flowers that rely exclusively on birds as their pollinators.
The birds has more recently change course and geared their spectral signatures which can be more easily seen by birds.
What is more interesting is that it was not just any type of red reflection, but shades with the specific wavelengths.
That best matched that the four color vision of many Australian native birds.
In Asia and Africa have also changed their color over time.

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Kristen Brawley(:
03/11/2013 3:19pm

The article I chose is called ‘Yay! Daylight Saving Time Is Here!’ By: Meera Dolasia. This article is about the spring forward. It also talks about how most people in America and as well as a number of other countries in the Northern Hemisphere turned their clocks an hour ahead an hour this weekend. This process is called the Spring Forward. It is spring….. according to the clocks anyways!
This idea is also denoted as Daylight Saving or British Summer Time. This tradition goes all the way back to World War One. This was recommended first by Benjamin Franklin in the year of 1784. Then the idea wasn’t actually well-thought-out until 1907. That was when a resident of Britain named William Willet inclined the idea as a way to save energy. Then it still took nine more years to convince the British leaders to make it a law. Then America did the same thing two years after Britain did.
However it was not until April 1966 that daylight saving became a fixed thing in our calendar. The law was added as a way to save energy. It also gave farmers additional daylight hours to conveyance fresh food to market. But some stated didn’t follow this law. The date on the calendar for daylight savings has been changed many times, so has the fall back date too.
Why I would need to know this is for later on in life. If someone was to come and ask me about daylight savings and how it came to pass I could tell them. I would also need to know this because for high school. I chose this article because it looked interesting to me. So I chose this one.

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Austin Harris
03/12/2013 3:59pm

I.m doing my article review on Nordic Babies Take "Chilling Out" To A New Level - By Meera Dolasic.
All I can say is I'm glad to have been born in the USA. Instead of a country such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland or Denmark, where they leave their babies napping in strollers outside. They do this even when the temperatures are below freezing. The Nordic parents believe that fresh air is healthy for babies. They provide the babies with lots of fresh air. Also, they say the babies sleep longer than when put in a warm room.
This has been part of the Nordic peoples culture for many generations and they are going to stick with it. Their stollers are well weatherized as not to let the cold get in. The babies are healthier than ones that are kept inside all the time. But of course this is their opinion. I would say, some cold is ok, but napping outside, when it is freezing. NO Way! Give me a warm room and blanket, I can sleep when I am warm.

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Caleb Little#12
03/14/2013 8:32am

Welcome To Coober Pedy - Australia's Bustling Underground Town

Walk into the small Australian town of Coober Pedy on any given day, and you will get the eerie feeling of an abandoned ghost town - One where even the structures seem to have been razed to the ground, leaving behind just barren land. So why even call it a town? Because that's exactly what it is, complete with 4,000 plus residents of 48 nationalities all of whom - Live underground
It is located in the Australian Outback about 846 km north of Adelaide, Coober Pedy was established in 1915, following the discovery of Opal. As people from across the country and world, flocked to mine the precious stone, they realized that while working under the ground was easy, living above it was not, thanks to the extreme temperatures
They therefore did what humans do best when faced with a situation they cannot change Adapt In this case it meant living underground by converting old mines into homes and establishing the worlds first and most likely only underground town
For those that need some physical activity, the town offers a golf course - One of the few signs of civilization that is situated above the ground. But even then, it is no ordinary course. In lieu of grass and trees, it comprises of a huge sand trap and nine holes dug in mounds of sand, diesel and oil

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Kyler Lindsay
03/14/2013 8:39am

Nordic Babies Chilling Out Crazy!!
In countries of Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway or Denmark you might find babies outside napping in their strollers. Nannies and parents think getting fresh air, even in below freezing weather is good! The coldness lets them get used to the cold so they don't get a cold or any other illnesses, not only that they also let the baby get used to being outside in the cold and sleeping better. The babies are well covered and have weather proof strollers.

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Olivia Dill
03/14/2013 8:42am


Nordic Babies Take 'Chilling Out' To A New Level

By Meera Dolasia on March 6, 2013

In the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway or Denmark, you might see a weird sight. Babies sleeping outside, in their strollers, at homes, daycare centers and even coffee shops in the middle of winter!
Nordic people are believers in the fresh air. They think the freezing, fresh air is healthy for babies. They also think that the more the fresh air the less prone the babies are to catching illnesses. The babies also sleep longer and better when they are in the cold to when they are in a warm room.
This is a tradition of the Nordic culture for many generations. But don’t worry the babies are bundled up tightly. They also have special strollers to keep then warm. I loved this article. I think knowing what goes on in other countries is interesting. Although I would hate to sleep in the cold weather. I think ill stick to my warm bed!

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Cole Howerton
03/14/2013 2:01pm

Cairo Invaded . . . By An Army of 30 million Desert Locusts!
By: Meera Dolasia

Though people in Cairo are worrying about government problems, their greatest concern is a swarm of locusts attacking them. The locusts cannot cause harm to humans, they can severly damage crops.

Many people try to shoo the locusts away by lighting tires on fire. They were told by officials to stop because this would only cause fires to start.

As said before locusts do not harm humans, but their waste is poisonous. This means all crops eaten by locusts must be disposed of immediately.

I chose this article because it is important to know what is going on in other countries, so if nothing else, one can sympathize. Another reason I chose this article is because I wanted to learn how effective a swarm of locusts actually was.

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Maddie Archer
03/17/2013 12:35pm

Nordic Babies Take ‘Chilling Out’ To a New Level

If you ever go to any of the Nordic countries such as Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, or Denmark, you will see tons of babies just napping in their strollers outside of homes, daycares, or stores in the middle of winter when temperatures are below freezing! This article is by Meera Dolasia.

Nordic parents are not trying to be mean to their babies when they do this. They have a very strong reasoning for why they do this. They believe that by putting their babies outside to nap in the cold air is very healthy for young babies and that it even keeps colds and illnesses away. They also think that babies sleep longer and better outside in the cold than if they were put in a warm room. This tradition of putting their babies outside during winter has been in the Nordic cultures for many generations.

The babies are of course bundled up well and the strollers were specially made so that the cold air doesn’t get in, but the thought of babies being outside in temperatures below freezing is pretty crazy!! So, nobody knows if what the Nordics believe is really true, (that their babies will be healthier all because they choose to put them out in the cold), but the Nordics will probably always stick to their tradition!

I chose this article because I wanted to see why anyone would want to put their babies out in the freezing cold! I learned a little bit about what the people in different countries believe in and about why they believe what they do. I think knowing this information will help us in the future if we ever take any classes and need to know this or if we would ever want to study other countries.

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