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Ants Eating Gecko

Although it's hard to tell for sure because of the quality of the video, Dr. Mark W. Moffett, a biologist, photographer and the author of the book Adventures Among Ants, postulates that the insects seen tearing apart the dead gecko are red imported fire ants, a species native to the floodplains of northern Argentina. According to Moffett, they are "highly bred for warfare against each other."

"Fire ants have a sting and operate en masse to incapacitate prey. They could indeed have killed something the size of this lizard, although this particular specimen appears to have been dead from the start," Moffett wrote via email.

According to Moffett, the red fire ant is an invasive species, having "proliferated subtropical habitats worldwide because of its proclivity for stowing aboard ships." The U.S. Department of Agriculture has mapped the spread of red imported fire ants through many southern and southeastern states.

Red fire ants can leave a nasty sting, but Moffett insists they're not the worst "when it comes to cutting flesh." That distinction is reserved for African driver ants, "which have knife-blade jaws and have killed cattle... and babies in cribs," according to Moffett.

Driver ants are among 200 species commonly referred to as "army ants," which are known for their nomadic lifestyle and aggressive behavior while foraging in groups. During their raids, groups of more than 100,000 individual ants attack prey, using their sheer numbers and powerful jaws to overrun and kill animals much larger than themselves.

Original source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/28/ants-eating-gecko-video-mark-moffett_n_2566866.html
Video: http://youtu.be/R3Mt2E1M6dU
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What is the True Size of the Web?

Nice analysis from +Bostjan Spetic at +Zemanta using several data sources. It would seem that the long tail of referral traffic is likely to be small: http://www.zemanta.com/blog/size-of-the-web/
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10 Old SEO Methods You Need to Stop

SEO has changed a lot since the multiple Panda and Penguin updates. Many widely known link building techniques and on-page optimization strategies no longer work. Some of the techniques might even be hurting your rankings.

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Article submissions and reciprocal linking. Ignoring social signals and too much focus on ranking. Optimizing only for Google and creating content that’s thin. These are a few of my least favorite SEO...
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I've never had much belief in Klout, and this analysis by a data scientist confirms my sense that the thing isn't worth your attention, much less trust.
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Would you like to live on Mars? For the rest of your life? Mars One is a privately funded (or in the process of being funded?) company. Their goal is to send colonists to Mars, with no return ticket. They hope to achieve this by 2023. So if you're 20 now, and 31 then.. You'd have a good 30 or 40 years to live on Mars.  They want to send 4 people at first, and more astronaut / colonists every 2 years.  The greenscreen video seems a bit "under-produced" but this is an interesting idea, for sure. Their website: http://mars-one.com/  And a news story on them: http://yhoo.it/MdKKbQ

Would you sign up? :-)
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I develop marketing plans and strategies for clients with both large and small websites. This includes onsite and offsite SEO strategies; link building, social media, email marketing and PR. I ensure each website is programmed correctly for SEO, evolving marketing campaigns and thorough analytics tracking.
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