Photographer Jerome Guillaumot came across the scene of a Mongoose taking on FOUR lions… and winning!

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , , , , on September 2, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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They are known as being among the most dangerous predators in the world, but these four lions were left with their tails between their legs after they were brought down a peg or two by a brave mongoose.

Despite being much smaller than its four challengers, the aggressive mongoose growled at the big cats and even bit one of them on the nose.

Photographer Jerome Guillaumot came across the scene in the Masaa Mara National Park, in Kenya, after spotting the four young lions surrounding the terrified marsh mongoose.

It soon became apparent however that the carnivore, while being less than 2ft tall, could handle itself as it avoided each attack by dodging and growling at the lions.

The mongoose finally managed to escape from the predators into a nearby hole, but remarkably re-emerged to re-engage the confused cats.

Mr Guillaumot, 54, from Montpellier, in France, said: ‘She was watching out for the lions that were still around.

‘Then against all odds, she ran out of her hiding place and the fight resumed. Why did she take this risk? Impossible to know.

‘But she was still fighting fiercely. In some way, the confrontation changed. The lions seemed confused, uncertain what to do.’

After bewildering the lions further, the mongoose made its final escape into a covered area unscathed and the predators were left to lick their wounds.

A Car that Runs on Seawater with a Two 200-litre water tanks that can provide a range of 373 miles (600km)

Posted in 2014 with tags , , on September 2, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


Quant e-Sportlimousine’s top speed is 217mph – equal to a McLaren P1
The car uses a saltwater flow cell system to power four electric motors. Water passes through membrane in tanks creating an electric charge

Two 200-litre water tanks can provide a range of 373 miles (600km)
The four-seater is 5.25 metres (0.4ft) long and 2.2 metres wide (7.2ft). Price and sale date yet to be confirmed, but may cost more than £1m

Sports cars may not have the best reputation for being environmentally-friendly, but this sleek machine has been designed to reach 217.5 mph (350 km/h) – using nothing but saltwater.

Its radical drive system allows the 5,070lbs (2,300kg) Quant e-Sportlimousine to reach 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, making it as fast as the McLaren P1.

After making its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March, the saltwater technology has now been certified for use on European roads. 

Ecuador: Volcano called ‘Throat of Fire’ starts spewing ash 28,000ft into air

Posted in 2014 with tags , , on September 1, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


It was the latest eruption from the volcano after a period of calm.

Tunguarahua volcano erupted on 29 July, 4 August and then again on 19 August.

Homes nearby have felt the strength of the eruptions, with the blast causing windows and roofs to vibrate.

Over the weekend the volcano started spewing small pyroclastic flows, a fast-moving current of hot gas and rock which can reach speeds of 450mph and temperatures of about 1,000 C.

The volcano has been classified as active since 1999, with frequent powerful ash explosions producing ash plumes and dangerous pyroclastic flows part of the population around the base has been evacuated.

It is located in the Andes, 87 miles south of the capital Quito.

It’s a another blow for the aviation industry which is already reacting to thevolcano in Iceland, which last night downgraded its aviation warning back to orange from red, and an eruption in Papua New Guinea disrupting air travel.


Magnificent historical vessels set off along south coast for London in annual Tall Ships Regatta

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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With their towering sails billowing in the wind, this could have been a fleet from centuries past.

But these tall ships were yesterday making their way towards the start point for the race from Falmouth to Greenwich, south-east London, in the annual Tall Ships Regatta.

Forty-six vessels from throughout the world, including 11 magnificent square-sail ships, left Cornwall yesterday after four days of festivities.

More than 100,000 people flocked to the Cornish coast to wave off the vessels taking part in the event. About 1,000 pleasure craft allowed fans a close-up view. It is the fifth time Falmouth has hosted the tall ships since they first visited the town in 1966.

Ships comes from around the globe to take part the event, with vessels taking part in this year’s race travelling from Spain, Holland, Portugal, Poland and Russia.

Scientists observed 12 wolves’ behaviour for 254 hours over 5 months & Have proofs that empathy among animals is a common trait

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , , , , on September 1, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


Even though the study involved a small number of wolves, researchers said the findings offer initial evidence that contagious yawning is linked to wolves’ capacity for empathy.

Perhaps empathy is present in more species than previously thought, said lead author Teresa Romero, a researcher from The University of Tokyo.

‘In wolves, as well as in primates and dogs, yawning is contagious between individuals, especially those that are close associates,’ she said.

‘These results suggest that contagious yawning is a common ancestral trait shared by other mammals and that such ability reveals an emotional connection between individuals.’


After a long, long summer day, Arctic skies are darkening again, and in the sunset observers are seeing rays of green in the twilight blue

Posted in 2014, astronomy with tags , , , , on August 31, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


“I went out last night to catch the sunset–but mostly the auroras,” says Olsen. “Even before it was dark, the Northern Lights made an appearance.”

More lights are in the offing. NOAA forecasters estimate a 20% of polar geomagnetic storms during the next 24 hours. The odds of Arctic auroras are higher, however, because it doesn’t take a full-fledged storm to turn the twilight green at polar latitudes. Now is a good time to book a tour. Aurora alerts: text, voice

Chihuahua puppy winks at the camera as he relaxes on an electric neck massager

Posted in 2014, animals with tags on August 30, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame



Everyone deserves a break from the grind once in a while – including, it seems, puppies.

In a hilariously mesmerizing video originally posted by Facebook user Jenna Park, a tiny Chihuahua is seen chilling out on his back, his head resting on a massage machine and a Korean newspaper on his lap.

The dog looks oddly human as his head rotates side to side with the motion of the machine, causing his eyes to blink lazily.


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