Heart What a MARVEL! The blue and red lizard with a striking resemblance to comic book superhero Spider-Man

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

One has to wonder whether this lizard's spider-senses are tingling. For the reptile bears more than a passing resemblance to the Marvel comic superhero Spiderman.
The lizard's amazing red and blue markings are strikingly similar to the suit worn by the crime-fighting, web-weaving daredevil.

And - as the reptile was captured crawling around on his rock - he appeared to strike an identical pose to Spidey's favoured crouching pose.

Strike a pose: The brightly-coloured Mwanza Flat Headed Agama lizard even mimics Spidey's famous crouch
The lizard is a Mwanza Flat Headed Agama, which are native to Africa and usually live in groups with one dominant male - usually the most colourful.
Rich Nunn from Nostalgia and Comics in Birmingham said the resemblance was uncanny.
He said: 'This is the only animal I have ever seen with colouring so unbelievably similar. It's especially like Spiderman in the chest, arms and legs.
'His colourings are extremely bright making him look like he's dressed in a suit - crawling around on the rock.


Your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman: The classic Marvel comic superhero in action
'I'm sure there are loads of comic fans who would want a lizard like this one because it looks so much like their hero.'
The colourful creature was captured on camera by photographer Cassio Lopes on a trip to the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya with his wife Alessandra.

The 38-year-old, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, said: 'We were on a photography workshop and on one afternoon we were parked for a couple of hours near Rongai river.

'It was dry at that time of the year and we'd been told a female leopard had been seen in the morning roaming around so we decided to spend some time there looking for it.

Lucky shot: The image of the lizard was captured by photographer Cassio Lopes (right) while he was on holiday in Kenya with his wife Alessandra (left)

Guess what's on the wall?

Solar Floating Resort

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Solar Floating Resort is a design concept for a comfortable and adventurous eco-conscious getaway at sea by Italy-based industrial designer Michele Puzzolante. The self-sustaining structure has a sleek and modern design, as these sorts of projects often do, that simultaneously serves as a luxurious yacht and an accommodating private hotel suite for six people.

 SFR is 20 meters in length and offers both a relaxing venue for laying out on a pristine deck by the water as well as a more exotic, underwater experience of marine life in its submerged "observation bulb."

The disc-like floating structure connects an upper deck to an underwater room enclased in a thick glass through a winding staircase. The submerged room offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding aquatic life that many tourists are keen to photograph and memorialize. 

There are a series of spot lights that circle the chamber for nighttime viewings of oceanic life. Up, at sea-level, guests are free to roam the expanse of the watercraft that boasts a chic Italian style, equipped with a six-person jacuzzi.

The design is built to function on solar power generated through the photo-electro-chemical-cells (PECCs) incorporated into the vacationing vessel's walls—both interior and exterior to absorb and store both artificial light and sunlight.

 Unlike traditional solar panels, which can be more expensive and less agreeable with a clean aesthetic, PECCs provide more flexibility in its price and its integration into architecture.

SFR is a conceptual project that has defined its prospective design and amenities, attributing most of the details to a fine knowledge of advanced industrial design techniques.

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