Indigenous only to Australia, when the first platypus specimen was sent to England in 1799, scientists thought that the Australians had attached a duck's bill to a giant rats body as a practical joke. One adamant zoologist. George Shaw, even tried to cut the duck-bill from the fur pelt and his scissor marks can still be seen in the original on display at London's British Museum of Natural History.
In 2008, the world-wide research of more than 100 scientists identified the gene map of this monotreme (an egg-laying mammal), which might explain how humans and other mammals, evolved from reptiles millions of years ago... and that's no joke.
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Although Cantonese and English are the de facto official languages of Hong Kong, Mandarin is the official language throughout all of The People’s Republic of China.
The word itself is actually Sanskrit-Portuguese
and means ‘commanders’.
1.051 billion people speak Mandarin, more than any other language in the world. 873 million speak it as their first language and 178 million as their second. By the year 2050, the number is expected to rise to 1.4 billion which is 14.7% of the world’s population.
The TGS students will be some of them.
Right now Sweden obtains 39.9% of its energy from renewable energy sources. Sweeden’s goal is to produce 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. With 1100 windmills planned, the government has approved construction of one of the largest wind power parks in all of Europe, Markbygdens Wind Power Project in northern Sweden’s, Piteå. It’s estimated to cost $6.9 Billion U.S., and is expected to be completed by 2025 and that’s not just some hot air they’re blowing.
Source: Barents Observer and www.nordicenergysolutions.org
As one story goes Ecuador got its name during an 18th century French geodesic expedition to determine the roundness of the earth. Tired of referring to it as the Viceroyalty of Peru, lead scientist Louis Godin, began calling it Ecuador, meaning Equator- the invisible line that divides the Northen and Southern hemispheres.