The Pentagon is planning a new generation of weapons, including huge
hypersonic drones and bombs dropped from space, that will allow the US
to strike its enemies at lightning speed from its own territory.
Argiope Aurantia, an orb-weaving spider, invariably
dies spontaneously during copulation, according to a study published
last week in the Royal
Society’s Biology Letters. The researchers speculate that the male’s
dead body acts as a temporary chastity belt, preventing the female from
mating again and giving his
sperm time to fertilize her eggs.
The camera aboard NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft currently
orbiting the red planet photographed Earth, the moon and Jupiter, as
seen in the evening sky of Mars, at 9 a.m. EDT, May 8, 2003.