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The Wonder of Science – Sparks of Interest http://tammymoroney.com Tammy Moroney Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:03:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.24 Seahorses http://tammymoroney.com/seahorses/ http://tammymoroney.com/seahorses/#respond Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:06:12 +0000 http://tammymoroney.com/?p=372 Seahorses are a very cool fish. Not the typical shape of a fish but unusual things doesn’t stop there. The males of this species give birth. Depending on the species the number of newborns can be from 10 to over a hundred, approximately 5mm in length.

Seahorses can also change their colour to suit their surroundings.

Their eyes can also work independently on each side of their head. The parents mate for life and greet each other each morning with a courting display.

The females have an area of about 100m square that they roam, where the males ‘stay put’, roaming around a 1m square.

Seahorse Breeding tank

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Early Australian Bathrooms http://tammymoroney.com/early-australian-bathrooms/ http://tammymoroney.com/early-australian-bathrooms/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:14:23 +0000 http://tammymoroney.com/?p=376 I took this photo of an early Australian bath tube in Tasmania. The farm in which this was originally located was still using this tube up until the late 1970’s in the shearers quarters.

there is a wood fire that heats the water storage unit, hot water spilling over into the tube.

 

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Pitcher Plants http://tammymoroney.com/pitcher-plants/ http://tammymoroney.com/pitcher-plants/#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2012 01:00:22 +0000 http://tammymoroney.com/?p=245

Insects attracted to the sweet smelling liquid at the bottom of these Pitcher plants are fooled into a liquid death. ¬†‘Digested’ / broken down into the solution some plant then can use the proteins, etc for themselves others allow the pitcher to drop off enriching the surrounding soil for the plant.

 

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Domesticated Cormorant http://tammymoroney.com/domesticated-cormorant/ http://tammymoroney.com/domesticated-cormorant/#respond Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:13:27 +0000 http://tammymoroney.com/?p=223

These beautiful birds are trained to catch fish, return them to the boat and releasing them to the fisherman. The birds have a tie or snare around their neck, this prevents them from swallowing large fish. This is not a common occurrence but interesting to see this practice in a remote Chinese village.

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Silk Worms http://tammymoroney.com/silk-worms/ http://tammymoroney.com/silk-worms/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:00:29 +0000 http://tammymoroney.com/?p=216  

Silkworms, after spinning their cocoons are gently steamed. The pupa passes away. Unfortunately, the pupa can not be allowed to reach maturity and cut its way free of the cocoon as it damages the single thread of spun silk.

To collect the silk the cocoons are placed in a small water trough located at the front of this machine and a large paint brush moves over the cocoons. This brush catches the single thread of each cocoon. This is then tied onto the previous thread and the machine begins to unravel the new cocoon. Once the continuous thread has been coiled onto the machine the process begins again with the next cocoon.

A very¬†interesting piece of machinery, “Silk thread loom”. I took this photo while in China in April 2012 at a Silk Factory.

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