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Monday, June 1, 2009

Top 10 New Species Discovered in 2008

The website, "Scientific America" has just posted an article entitled, "To 10 New Species Discovered in 2008".

According to this article, "In 2007—the last year for which data is available—18,516 new species were described, according to this year's "State of Observed Species" report, which was released last week." (go to this link: to see this report. Warning: you need a program which reads PDF files (such as Adobe Acrobat) to read this report.)

Returning to the article, "Most people do not realize just how incomplete our knowledge of Earth's species is," Quentin Wheeler, an entomologist and director of the International Institute of Species Exploration (IISE) at Arizona State University in Tempe, said in a statement. "We are surrounded by such an exuberance of species diversity that we too often take it for granted," he continued.

To see a slide show of the Top 10 New species discovered in 2008 go to:

The top 10 new species according to this article are:

1.The Tahina palm (Tahina spectabilis),
2.Chan's megastick -an insect (Phobaeticus chani),image at:,

3.Satomi's pygmy sea horse (Hippocampus satomiae) image at:,

4.the Barbados threadsnake (Leptotyphlops carlae) which is not much bigger than an American quarter and is now the World's smallest snake:image at:

5.The ghost slug (Selenochlamys ysbryda), image at

6.The Opisthostoma vermiculum snail, image at:

7. the beautiful, Deep Blue chromis fish (Chromis abyssus), which is a type of damselfish, image at:

8.Live-Birth Fish-the oldest known vertebrate known to have given live birth (rather than via eggs). A fossil of this fish was found in the Kimberley Region in northwestern Australia,image at:

9.The charrier coffee plant (Coffea charrieriana) is the first natural caffeine-free java plant from Central Africa (image at:

and last but not least,

10.Microbacterium hatanois, new breed of bacteria that lives—and thrives—in hair spray!! (no image available).

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

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A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.