Even among ants , royal status is mostly an inherited affair. But for Indian jumping ants, a shot at wearing the crown is worth losing a bit of your brain for — especially as you'll always be able to grow it back later. Unlike other ant species, Indian jumping ants ( Harpegnathos saltator ) do not die with their queens. Rather, select females participate in monthlong antenna-boxing matches to decide who gets to be the new matriarch. The victorious female then expands her ovaries and shrinks her brain to three-quarters of its original size. So far, so bizarre, but scientists have discovered another surreal twist to the storied lives of the forest-dwelling, black-eyed, forcep-jawed critters — If a female is deposed from her queenly throne, she will revert back to being a worker, shrinking her ovaries, regrowing her brain and resuming her previous duties. Related: Gallery of crazy ants "We found that their brain returns completely to its previous size within a … [Read more...] about To become queen, these ants shrink their brains and balloon their ovaries (then, they reverse it)
The crown aint worth much
Our verdict: 77 per cent Unit efficiency 3.5/5 Unit size 4/5 Quality of fittings 4/5 Design 3/5 Variety of facilities 4.5/5 Quality of facilities 4/5 Surrounding amenities 3.5/5 Developer 4.5/5 Transport links 3.5/5 Driving accessibility 4/5 Upkeep of property 4/5 Price point 3.5/5 The Crest offers buyers a chance to own a home in a central location while enjoying unblocked views, but it's not exactly the most affordable option out there. What we like What we don't like Big pool 11-min walk to mrt Good facilities Could do with more deck chairs Bigger than usual units Project: The Crest District: 03 Address: Prince Charles Crescent Tenure: 99-year Leasehold No. of Units: 469 Site Area: 256,026 sqft Developer: Wingcrown Investment Pte Ltd TOP: 2017 ‘Life peaks at the top’. Now that’s a slogan that befits The Crest in more ways than one. Before I go into greater detail … [Read more...] about The crest condo review: Giant pool + bigger than usual units
WITH Mystic Meg-like foresight, David Cameron once predicted that political lobbying would be “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. It was 2009 and the then Tory leader hit out at the “far-too-cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money”, which he said had “tainted our politics for too long”. Now, the skies above Cameron’s shepherd’s hut in the Cotswolds are dark with the chickens coming home to roost. Instead of chillaxing with “his trotters up” — as EastEnders star Danny Dyer once memorably accused him of doing — Cameron is embroiled in the very scandal he predicted. The ex-Prime Minister stands accused of using his old contacts in government — notably the now Chancellor, Rishi Sunak — to try and get hundreds of millions in taxpayer-funded loans for a company he worked for. Mr Cameron had shares in the financial services firm Greensill Capital that he reportedly hoped could net him a £43million windfall. Accusations of Tory … [Read more...] about Will Greensill lobby scandal turn Heir to Blair into Dodgy Dave?
Nick Mason's Ferrari 250 GTO helped the legendary band make its late '80s comeback. Join us for a musical trip back to the 1980s. We're headed for 1987 and the heyday of the '80s glam rock scene, but leave your acid-washed jeans at home. The highest-grossing world tour of the decade wasn't rooted in glam rock at all. Rather, the prog-rock legends of Pink Floyd took the crown thanks to their epic Momentary Lapse of Reason tour, supporting their album of the same name. But there's a Ferrari twist to this story that needs telling. Pink Floyd rightfully holds a place among the greatest and most influential musical acts of the last 60 years, but things were a bit different in the late 1980s. After achieving superstardom with albums like Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall , tensions among band members saw keyboardist Richard Wright and bassist/founding member Roger Waters exit the group by 1985. Guitarist/singer David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason later reunited with Wright … [Read more...] about Pink Floyd Used The World’s Most Valuable Car To Finance A World Tour
Councils in Otago and Southland may face a $1.5 billion collective cost to upgrade water and Three Waters infrastructure in the next 10 years. And council debt levels are expected to substantially increase across the two regions. Consultants Morrison Low produced a draft report titled Cross Regional Current State Assessment, for the Otago-Southland Three Waters Office that was tabled at a Gore District Council meeting on Tuesday. It highlights issues facing councils relating to delivery of Three Waters services that include potential future affordability, borrowing capacity, large capital works programmes, the need to invest to meet increasing regulatory standards and monitoring, and resource constraints. READ MORE: Government thinks $110 billion needed to fix broken water system Council chief executive critical of Government water reforms Gore District Council votes yes to water reforms Marlborough to receive $6m signing on fee as Govt ramps up 'three waters' reform … [Read more...] about Billion dollar bill heading to Otago and Southland for Three Waters upgrades