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I'm guessing the ant was named after the Institute in Finland and the rest is just poor science reporting. Which happens a lot.


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New / old ant species found!

What baffles me is the name.

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The new ant is named Martialis heureka, which translates roughly to "ant from Mars,"


"Heureka" means ant? Archimedes, upon making his breakthrough discovery, triumphantly shouted: "ANT!" ?
Are they sure?


Surely 'Martialis' in this case means 'soldier' not anything to do with the planet Mars. It does annoy me how little some journalists know about language, their main tool of the job.


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I'm givinv them the benefit of the doubt on "Martialis". I mean, "martial" does derive from the God Mars for whom the planet was named, so my Latin isn't good enough to pick it apart.


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I don't think it means "of Mars," or "from Mars," not with that construction, but considering that there's nothing in the species name that remotely resembles the word "ant," it's a definition that's flawed from the outset.


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considering that there's nothing in the species name that remotely resembles the word "ant," it's a definition that's flawed from the outset.


But there's very rarely anything in a species name that resembles the English word for a bit of fauna. Ants are often likened to soldiers so I deduced that was the meaning.


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If you look at a listing of scientific names for ants, it's pretty clear that there isn't one latin word that they regularly use to mean "ant", so it is likely that neither part means that.


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According to wikipedia, the Latin for ant is formica. Apparently, the tops of all the tables at my local pizzeria are made out of ants.


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I only know that one from D & D, which has a giant race of insectoid critters called "formians."

Weirdly, the tabletop material seems have adopted the name independently as a contraction of "formerly micarta," wher "micarta" is the material that formica was formulated from. They might've been thinking of the scientific term as well, but I can't imagine why.


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Study reveals: Bullies enjoy other people's pain.

Hm. I'm not sure how that's going to help them "work with juveniles inclined to aggression and violence.”


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simple associative learning. strap the bullies in. make them watch videos of other people getting hurt. slap them during the process. repeat. pretty soon they'll be cringing at the thought of other people being merely pinched.

what? ethics shmethics.


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A la Clockwork Orange!


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I've... errr... have never actually seen nor read a clockwork orange.... ::hangs head in shame::


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Theres an awesome scene where they use classical conditioning to force Alex to associate any sort of violently/sexually deviant thoughts or actions with intense physical pain and nausea.


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My geology teacher is not great at...teaching. Are there any good websites out there devoted to explaining geology?
 
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*puts out hal's favourite food and drink under a box propped up with a stick*

*attaches string to stick*

*walks strong back behind a clump of rocks*

*ducks down*

And now . . . we wait.


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*gets trapped in box thanks to Smaug*

sorry I've been in NZ with dial up!

Ah what do you want explained....

geology is very easy to understand and common sensey

I don't know about websites though!

it depends what you need to learn, what part of geology do you have trouble with?
 
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what's the deal with...rocks?


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Razz

what do you mean whats the deal?

they are composite structures of minerals, which in turn are structures made up of elements

80% of rocks on the surface of the earth are composed of silicates, or a combination of the elements silicon and oxygen.

The reason these are on the surface is because they are light and the heavy stuff is all in the centre of the earth as that is how planents and form due to gravity etc.
 
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But why do they float?

And why is the earth filled with gigantic geodes?


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looking for help to make a demensional transporter.. or something akin to the "door" in the third Matrix movie.. only activated by dna code and a knock pattern..


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