Monday, September 25, 2006

Hallucinations of the north

I have been hibernating for almost a month now. Silly dreams, dual processors in my mind and feeling of levitation - Yes, I have been hallucinating under burning temperatures of 104'C for a week and then falling into eyes that see only Yellow!

Back on my feet again now, but feel weak . . Have missed a lot of things while i was down recuperating. The great Corocodile hunter was bid a tearful farewell .. I watched it on TV and got emotional myself when Mandy, his daughter came forward to read a few lines abotu her father. The hunter was hunted in the end (.)

"RIP Mate"

Been a flicker finger changing channels on TV and Radio .. So many choices . .
Something interesting about the animals in the north! The way they adapt -

Wood Frog Freezing Survival

The North American wood frog survives the winter with a heart-stopping strategy. To survive winter's freezing temperatures, the frog doesn't fight the temperatures; it just freezes from the outside-in. At the first sign of ice in late fall or early winter, the frog freezes solid as a rock.

"That touch of ice immediately sets off signals inside the frog that pulls water away from the center of its body, so the frog's internal organs are now wrapped in a puddle of water that then turns to solid ice"

The frog's heart stops beating, its kidneys stop functioning and its respiration ceases--for months. The frogs endure this suspended animation by producing a type of antifreeze made with glucose, keeping the water in their cells in a liquid state at temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius).

When warmer spring temperatures trigger the frog to thaw, its heart and brain thaw first, followed by its body, all in perfect synchrony. "A spontaneous resumption of function." Within 10 hours, the frog is fully functional.