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Showing posts with label Science/Technology/IT. Show all posts

The Attractive Flower to Butterflies and Bees

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Duranta or Duranto repen is a shrub with blue, light blue and light purple colors. The flowers look like orchid flowers.

Fig 01- Duranta repen flowers

In addition to Duranta repen, this flower has several common names based on its characteristics, they are:

- Sky Flower

- Golden Dewdrop

- Pigeon Berry

- Geisah girl (Japan’s breed)

Why Duranta repen is one of attractive flower to butterflies and bees?

Fig 02- Lovely color of Duranta repen

One reason is that Duranta repen included in shrubs. The shrubs usually provide:

- succession blooming throughout growing seasons. In case of Duranta repen, the flower has long blooming, from spring to frost.

- good quality nectar

- pollen

This flower is easily found in many countries around the world as an ornamental plant in the gardens, especially in tropical and subtropical regions.

Fig 03- Duranta repen as a shrub

Even thought Duranta repen has been naturalized in many areas, the origin of flower from:

- Mexico

- other South American countries

- the Caribbean

Fig 04- A Butterfly flying

In the USA, this flower grow well in the states such as:

- California

- Arizona

- Texas

- Louisiana

- Mississippi

- Alabama

- Florida

Do you know about Duranta repen? Is there this flower in your place?

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Declining Population of Mammals with Cube Feces

Saturday, July 16, 2022

You may read previous posting about animal with square feces:

- Have you Seen Cube Feces Animals in Nature? | Tanza Erlambang Update

Fig 01- A décor bear, illustration

From searching through Google that there are 3 species of wombat living across the Australia continent:

- the common wombat

- the northern hairy-nosed wombat

- the southern hairy-nosed

Not surprise that wombats are enlisted as endangered species with population continue to decline since 1980s.

Fig 02- A wombat with a baby (credit to YouTube)

Fig 03- One of wombat cube poop (credit to Imgur)

Sadly, one species called as northern hairy-nosed wombat with scientific name Lasiorhinus krefftii is assumed extinct in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

The facts about wombat feces (sources from internet):

- feces was formed at the last part of intestines

- feces is dry, contain 60% water compared to human feces with 80% water

- cube shape is advantage than round feces to communicate, if placed on top of objects.

Finally, have you seen wombats and their feces in any places include zoos?

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Have you Seen Cube Feces Animals in Nature?

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Honestly, I never seen cube or square shaped poops or from any kind of animals in the nature.

Fig 01- A wombat and his cube feces (credit to VectorStock)

Actually, a wombat is an animal to produce cube shape feces in the world only. One wombat could produce around 100 feces a day. I think it is considered quite plenty.

This animal look like combines (cross breeding) of 3 animals. Two of them you might know very well:

- a bear

- a pig

- a gopher (burrowing rodent).

Fig 02- A pug, illustration only

The size of a wombat could reach:

- 40 inches (102 cm) long

- about 60 pound (27 kg) weigh

Fig 03- Green, just for illustration.

Male is larger than female in average. The short legs animals are found no other places except Australia.

Yes, they are endemic to Australia. Unfortunately, these animals are categorized as “pests” by settlers.

Hence the wombats to be subjects of persecutions and hunted in old times, but now, it is illegal to kill wombats.

It is estimated, the population mainly concentrates in the Epping Forest National Park in Queensland.

Finally, Have you Seen Cube Feces Animals in Nature?

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Database in Everyday Aspects of Life - Part 2

Thursday, June 23, 2022

You may read the previous posting (Part 1):

- Database in Everyday Aspects of Life - Part 1 | Tanza Erlambang Update

Fig 01- Purple Crape myrtle, just for illustration.

Then, in 1970s as said by Haadi (2010: The Evolution of Database) that E.F. Codd to propose the use of a relational database model to change the way people thought about databases.

Codd ideas open the era of relational database model (Relational Database and Database Management).

This model became the standard principle for database systems as we ever know.

Fig 02- Purple bell peppers

Whether we know or not very much about databases, their effect on our daily lives is extensive.

Fig 03- Public parking, illustration

Databases are everywhere in our society, include in:

- sports

- finance

- government and private organizations

- social media

- health care and even online game.

Thus, databases are as unavoidable in daily life as they are necessary for all of us.

What do you thinks?

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Database in Everyday Aspects of Life - Part 1

Thursday, June 9, 2022

We live in an information-rich society; thus our society relies on the availability of a huge amount of information:

- everywhere

- and at any time.

Fig 01- Database world illustration 
(credit to slideplayer/slide/10964329/)

Information means data.

These data then manipulated by computer science to produce what we call as database.

These systems are virtually everywhere, from such as:

- cell phone to TV

- vending machine in train station

- barcode scanners in super-market.

Fig 02- Flowers in the garden

As suggested by AJ Graham (2016: How Are Databases Used in the Real World?) that using of database is date back in 1960s.

Fig 03- A dog in neighborhood, illustration

It is because many companies believed that use of computers became a more cost-effective option.

However, database models not that many on that time, few of them are a network model called CODASYL and a hierarchical model called IMS.

In CODASYL, data are organized into record and set at different types. Both record and set have names.

IMS model makes people organize data (business data) using program and device independently.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Do You Know that Plants can Memorize Information? - Part 2

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

You may read previous posting (Part 1):

- Do You Know that Plants can Memorize Information? - Part 1

Fig 01- The plant with green and red leaves

Since plants have no brain, their ability to store “expertise” in weeks, even two months is beyond amazing.

Orchids have ability to trick insects, hence orchid called as a “clever” plant. They produce chemicals similar to female insects pheromones.

Pheromones is a wind borne chemical. This “aromatic” may affect on other insects behaviors.

Chemical combinations or concentrations of Pheromones stimulate pollinators to do pollination.

Fig 02- White flowers, just for illustration

In addition to Pheromones, many pollinators are attracted by orchid because of nectar and mimic foods.

Fig 03- An orchid, sold at Walmart

The number of insects includes:

- bees

- wasps

- flies

- ants

- birds

- moths

- butterflies

Do you know or aware a kind of smart plants around you?

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Do You Know that Plants can Memorize Information? - Part 1

Friday, March 18, 2022

No, plants do not have a “brain.” So, how do they memorize information?

They have cells to have “a sophisticated calcium based networks” like memory in animals.

Fig 01- A plant changes its leaves color

A report revealed when a certain plant was treated with several drops of water then its responds:

- at first drop, plant will react by wincing its leaf

- after a while, plant learned to understand that water was harmless, thus plant does not react to other drops of water.

How about with memory?

Fig 02- A plant in the plastic pot

Fig 03- Medium size trees

Fig 04- A plant with flowers

Another surprise that plants are able to “memorize.” In this context, plants could store previous experienced.

The ability to memorize is quite longer than expected, even compared to average animals:

- plant could memorize or hold new information for several weeks.

- insects have very short memory, could only from one to two days.

The plants remember or distinguish seasons as well.

They know or sense the winter, and then “happy” to produce flowers when spring is coming.

# To be continued to Part 2

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