Posted: December 19th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Entomology, Favorite New Thought, Geology, Outside the Box | Tags: Ant Hills, Australian Landmark Research, Cankler Science News, CSIRO, Dr Aaron Stewart, Gold Termite Mounds, Mineral Exploration | Comments Off on There’s GOLD in Them There Hills, Termite Hills That Is…
Those superneat boffins at Australia’s science-factory – The CSIRO – have found that termite mounds could indicate where gold or other mineral deposits lie beneath the surface.
Researchers believe that even small termite mounds could be reliable markers, and that termites themselves may be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly means of finding new mineral deposits.
Termite mounds are abundant across Australia’s north, and the largest ones can stand up to five metres tall. The research was published in science journals PLoS ONE and Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, found that at a test site in the West Australian goldfields termite mounds contained high concentrations of gold. This gold indicates there is a larger deposit underneath :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 15th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Entomology, Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: Australian Journal of Entomology, Beyoncé Knowles, CSIRO, Scaptia Plinthina Beyonceae Fly | Comments Off on CSIRO Reveals Bootylicious Beyoncé Fly
CSIRO researchers have paid a mealymouthed compliment to US pop sensation Beyoncé Knowles – naming a rare horse fly after her in honour of its bootylicious golden behind. The Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae fly, which is found in far north Queensland, sports a spectacular gold patch on its abdomen which CSIRO insect expert Bryan Lessard says makes it the “all-time diva of flies”.
“It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyoncé as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species,” Mr Lessard said in a statement released on the CSIRO blog.
The rare Scaptia plinthina horse fly was collected in 1981 from the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, in far north Queensland. the fly was discovered in the same year the former Destiny’s Child singer was born. Read the full article »»»»