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- spark /spahrk/
- revelation /rev-uh-LEY-shuhn/
- hallow /HAL-oh/
- tribute /TRIB-yoot/
- wavelength /WEYV-lengkth/
[noun] – a very small piece of fire that flies out from something that is burning, or one that is made by rubbing two hard things together, or a flash of light made by electricity
The campfire crackled and sent sparks dancing into the night sky, illuminating the faces of the campers gathered around.
[noun] – the act of making something known that was secret, or a fact that is made known
The unexpected revelation about the existence of a new species of butterfly sparked excitement among the scientific community.
[adjective] – having an empty space or cavity inside
The children discovered a hollow tree trunk that made an excellent hiding spot during their games of hide-and-seek.
[noun] – something that you say, write, or give that shows your respect and admiration for someone, especially on a formal occasion
The memorial service included heartfelt tributes to honor the legacy of the departed leader.
[noun] – the distance between two waves of energy, or the length of the radio wave used by a particular radio station for broadcasting programmes
The radio station changed its wavelength to improve its broadcast signal strength in mountainous areas.
The revelation was detailed in a study published on September 18 in the research journal ZooKeys. The team, which included Thai wildlife YouTuber JoCho Sippawat, who was also a co-author, located the species in a mangrove forest. This team previously identified another unknown type of tarantula, named Taksinus bambus, dwelling in the hollow stems of bamboo plants in Thailand last year. To draw attention to the discovery and raise awareness and funds for the indigenous Lahu people of northern Thailand, they auctioned the naming rights of the new species. The chosen name, Chilobrachys natanicharum, is a tribute to two executives from the winning company. The tarantula’s vivid blue color is due to special nanostructures, not pigments in its hair. These nanostructures manipulate light, creating the striking blue shade. Blue is rare in nature because it’s difficult for objects to absorb and reflect specific wavelengths of light. This species has distinctive metallic-blue and violet hairs on different body parts. Its habitat in tree hollows makes it tricky to capture, often requiring researchers to climb trees. Despite its adaptability, the electric blue tarantula is incredibly rare due to shrinking mangrove forests caused by deforestation.
- Have you ever participated in an expedition or research project focused on studying wildlife or natural habitats? If yes, what was your role, and what did you learn from the experience? If not, would you be interested in such an opportunity?
- Have you ever encountered a species of animal or plant that you later discovered was previously unknown to science? If yes, how did you come across it, and what was your reaction? If not, would you be excited by the prospect of making such a discovery?
- Do you think discoveries like the electric blue tarantula highlight the importance of preserving natural habitats and biodiversity?
- How might the discovery of the electric blue tarantula influence public awareness and attitudes towards biodiversity conservation, especially in regions like mangrove forests that face threats from deforestation?
- Considering the importance of biodiversity, what measures should be taken to protect and preserve unique species like the electric blue tarantula and their habitats?