Friday, February 27, 2009

The amazing deep-sea fish with a transparent head

This amazing barrel eye fish really does have eyes in the back of his head.Accustomed to living in the pitch black of the deep sea, the animal has developed a unique and incredibly useful ability to spot predators trying to sneak up on it, as well as potential food - through its own head.

Viewed from the front, the creature appears to be just like an average fish.But the differences immediately become clear when looking at it from the side or from above.While its body is mostly dark, the top part of its head is transparent, and its eyes are clearly visible.

Scientists believed the barrel eye fish could only look upwards, but they have recently discovered the creature can also look forward to align its mouth with its eyes.During its evolution, the Macropinna microstoma has developed so its head is transparent and its eyes are able to move themselves inside its own head to look out in different directions

According to evolutionary biologists, it developed such a powerful sense of sight as a result of the harsh environment it lives in.The fish, which is only a few inches long, lives a great depths just below the line to which sunlight can penetrate the water.This means that creatures around it cannot see it clearly. Predators lurking above it cannot spot it either, but it can look upwards to hunt for the small fish and plankton it lives on.

Teenage sacked for moaning on Facebook about her 'totally boring' job!

Like many teenagers, Kimberley Swann was underwhelmed by the menial tasks she was given in her new job.But while other 16-year-olds might have confided in friends and family about the filing, stapling and hole-punching, she decided to let off steam by posting comments on the social networking website Facebook.

Three weeks later, the words 'first day at work. omg !! So dull!!' came back to haunt her when her boss discovered them as he surfed the net.Another posting two days later complained, ' all i do is shred holepunch n scan paper!!! omg!', while another fortnight of apparent misery produced the moan, 'im so totally bord!!!'

Swann was called into Stephen Ivell's office and fired on the spot before being marched from the premises in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Swann, from Clacton, had worked as a waitress and in a call centre before being taken on by Ivell Marketing & Logistics, a product development and sourcing company, on February 2.

On Monday this week, she was called in to see Mr Ivell who handed her a letter explaining her employment had been terminated.It said: 'Following your comments made on Facebook about your job and the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy and do not enjoy your work, we end your employment with Ivell Marketing & Logistics with immediate effect.'Mr Ivell said his firm had done everything by the book.