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Old 01-06-2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Default Hornets are Solar Powered, it's found

"A study has found the Oriental hornet can harvest solar power through its shell. Previous research has shown Oriental wasps, unlike other wasps and bees, are active in the afternoon rather than the morning when the sun is just rising."


Hornets 'are solar powered' - Telegraph
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:11 PM   #2
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Interesting - more details can be found at Solar-Powered Hornet Found; Turns Light Into Electricity
It's been observed many times that some insects will passively absorb solar energy in order to 'warm up' before beginning activity; this appears to be a whole new ball game...
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Wowzers! Solar powered insects! Truly, truly amazing...

Is the hornet our key to renewable energy? Physicist discovers that hornet's outer shell can harvest solar power
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:52 AM   #4
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One of my girlfriends always took what she called energizer time...She felt the need to sit in the sun daily to rejuvenate herself.
Maybe there's more to this than it appears to be!
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:24 PM   #5
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daily periodic exposure to sun has a number of effects that are useful.

Getting up early, and immediately facing the rising sun for around 15 mins will (allegedly) do a hard reset on your circadian clock. The timer for when you are going to want to go to sleep at night for instance.
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The slightest amount of light wakes me. Even a very brief bolt of lightning. I read some thing a long long time ago about an area on your head that responds to light. Anyone recall something of the sort and what it's called?
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:56 PM   #7
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A cluster of only several thousand neurons called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) governs a wide range of 24-hour physiological variations in our body, ranging from changes in hormonal levels and body temperature to susceptibility to disease. Understanding the detailed workings of the circadian clock may explain why heart attacks occur more often in the morning and why the incidence of asthma is more common at night, for example.
HHMI's BioInteractive - Is There a Clock in Your Head?

A guy upstairs from my lab was working on this in Drosophila. I went to a few of his talks, interesting stuff.
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That's interesting reading but it's not really what I was referring to..
I'm thinking more like its an area on the skull that allows light sensation into the brain? A thinner or more receptive area?
Hmmmm.... the pineal gland?
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That's it.. The third eye!
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