Contrary to popular belief, this freshly bloomed Rafflesia keithii flower is not smelly or have foul smell like rotting meat or corpse! According to the owner of the property where this flowers can be found, this particular flower bloomed overnight when he checked on it early morning but it was not the morning before. We got news of it and decided to look it up since it was the last possible day for me to see it as I will be transferring out the next day. This particular flower was not smelly at all! According to the owner, the flower will last 4-5 days, possibly up to 7 days and it will only starts to be smelly from day 3 or 4 when it starts to fades/rots. In the vicinity of this flower, there were 10 other buds of various stages. We were told that it takes up to 9 months to bloom. Rafflesia keithii can be up to 1 meters in diameter, this particular flower was less than 1 meter, around 30 inches or 0.8 meters.
This Huia cavitympanum got its general name from the markings on top of its head as though it has a hole. Fairly large sized, this Frog is endemic to the island of Borneo. This Species is the only known species of Amphibians capable of emitting purely ultrasonic calls that are "structurally independent" rather than being harmonic elements of audible sounds (Arch et al. 2008). The only other vertebrate capable of emitting structurally independent ultrasonic sounds is the Blue-Throated Hummingbird, (Lapornis clemenciae; Pytte et al. 2004).
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.