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Blue Whales – Tiny Food For World’s Giants

 

Blue whales are the largest and one of the most extraordinary creatures to have existed on Earth, even when taking dinosaurs into account. They easily measure up to 100 feet plus long and can weigh up to 200 tons. A blue whale’s tongue weighs as much as a full grown elephant and its hearts as much as a vehicle. Even the biggest one of all the dinosaurs is skinnier in comparison to the blue whales. There is possibly no way a blue whale could be a terrestrial animal as it requires water to support its weight. It would probably have crushed itself if it was on land.

 

Blue whales reach unbelievable dimensions on a diet almost exclusively composed of tiny shrimp-like animals called krill. They however, also take up small numbers of copepods at times. Blue whales are deep-water hunters which feed in the areas with highest concentration of krill, sometime eating up to 40 millions krill a day. Since krill move, blue whales descend during daytime in order to feed as deep as 500 meters and surface-feed at night. The dive during feeding is typically 10 minutes long and can go up to 20 minutes or more.

 

The whale feeds by lunging forward where groups of krill are present, and then takes gulps in the animals along with enormous mouthful of water. The water is then forced out through the animal’s massive tongue while filtering its main source of food behind i.e. the krill with the help of baleen, a row of these amazing fringed plates in the giant animal’s mouth. Once the water is out of the mouth, thousands of krill which remain behind, unable to pass through baleen, are swallowed by the whale.

 

It is not just the size of these animals that make them extra ordinary, but also the fact that they are timid, rarely seen mystical creatures which are very few in numbers. In fact this vulnerable underwater heavyweight animal remains on the endangered species list. Commercial whaling, which was only came to an in 1986, caused a severe depletion in the numbers of Blue whale. Experts believe that about 99% of the blue whale population was wiped off through whaling.

 

Blue whales are found in all the oceans of the world, specifically more in the Southern Hemisphere. Average estimated lifespan of a blue whale ranges between 80 to 90 years. Due to their dependence on one kind of species for food, Blue Whale may suffer as a result of any depletion in the population of krill by fishing or global warming.

 

 

FULBRIGHT 2019 – Apply Now for a Graduate Scholarship Program in USA

Fulbright is now accepting applications for the year 2019. The deadline to apply is May 16, 2018.

About Fulbright:

Fulbright is a scholarship program that funds Masters and PhD degrees in the United States. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) managed by United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP). The scholarship covers tuition fees, living stipends, airfares, health insurances and required textbooks. The Fulbright scholarship holders study at one of the best universities for graduate scholarship program in USA.

The Fulbrighters, after completing their studies, will be expected to return to Pakistan to serve the country and share their U.S experienced and knowledge with colleagues and community members in Pakistan. They will be ready to acquire leadership positions in their fields.

Eligibility:

  • Pakistani working residents with good academic backgrounds who must be determined to returning and serving Pakistan are encouraged to apply.
  • All academic fields are allowed to apply except clinical medicine. Applicants are especially encouraged to apply in disciples like Health, Education, Energy, Water and Agriculture.
  • Candidates applying for Masters degree program must have either a four-year Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor’s and Master’s combination (16 years of formal education) from a recognized university. Candidates applying for PhD program must have a Master’s M.Phil or comparable degree (18 years or more of formal education) from a recognized university.
  • Candidates must have taken Graduate Record Examination (GRE) before applying. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be needed for all short-listed candidates.

It is a nation-wide program. However women, people with disabilities and individuals from FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, AJK, Baluchistan, Northern Sindh and Southern Punjab are highly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

For detailed information on the program and to download the application form, visit:

http://www.usefpakistan.org/fulbright

The application package including the form and all other required documents must be submitted online. Paper applications will not be accepted.


Note: Any sort of plagiarism and misrepresentation in the application may lead to disqualification from the program.

 

Top Five Web Hosting Companies and their Packages

After analyzing and testing a variety of well known web hosts based on their uptime, load time, support quality, cost and other factors; we were able to pick out the following top five web hosting companies and their best performing web hosting services:

  1. SiteGround

SiteGround has officially been recommended by WordPress.org, Drupal and Joomla. It was founded in 2014 by a single person and now hosts about 800,000 domain names worldwide. It has thousands of servers across three continents of United States, Europe and Asia.

SiteGround is rated as our number # 1 web hosting company because of their outstanding user satisfaction ratings and amazing technical support. It also offers several extra features and lets you alter your hosting plan as per your requirements. It can be easily called the best ‘all rounder’ one of all.

Uptime: 99.98%                Load time: 585 ms           Cost: $3.95/mo                 Support: Live Chat

Recommended for: WordPress and Small Businesses and blogs

www.siteground.com

  1. BlueHost

Founded in 2003, BlueHost is one of the world’s most popular web hosts. It does simple shared hosting and has suited plans for all: whether it is cloud hosting or WordPress hosting. It hosts more than 2000,000 websites. BlueHost was officially recommended by WordPress as well.

Furthermore the customer support team of BlueHost is available round the clock to help you fix any issue in your website and run it in minutes again.

Uptime: 99.98%                Load time: 521 ms           Cost: $2.95/mo                 Support: Live Chat

Recommended for: Blogs

www.bluehost.com

  1. Hostgator

Hostgator is simply best value for your money as it offers fast cloud hosting at extremely affordable rates. The plans it offers are quite economical and include all the features one would expect such as 24/7 customer care support in different local and international languages, an included website builder, one-click app installs etc. You can set up a website with Hostgator in no time.

It was founded in 2002 and hosts over 600,000 domain names. It is one of the most reliable web hosts concerning average uptime and load time.

Uptime: 99.99%                Load time: 565 ms           Cost: $2.99/mo                 Support: Live Chat

Recommended for: Individuals and small businesses

www.hostgator.com

  1. InMotion

InMotion is a US based hosting company founded in 2001 and hosting over 300,000 domains worldwide. It offers a number of hosting options such as shared, VPS etc. Its salient features include fast SSD servers, free backups and round the clock customer care support  from WordPress experts. It is obvious why quite a number of small businesses select InMotion as their web host as it has been rated A+ from the Better Business Bureau and its customers’ base. InMotion offers advertising credits, a free domain with 90-day money back guarantee.

Uptime: 99.97%                Load time: 701 ms           Cost: $2.95/mo                 Support: Live Chat

Recommended for: Small businesses

www.inmotionhosting.com

  1. IPage

This web host can be easily called the best budget choice among the hosting options available. It has been hosting websites over ten years and has amassed over a million websites now. This web host puts forward shared, VPS and other dedicated services at extremely affordable prices. It is great for beginners as it offers a very easy-to-use hosting experience.

Some of its prominent features include free daily backups, free domain, 24/7 technical support, 30-day money back guarantee and WordPress integration.

Uptime: 99.97%                Load time: 908 ms           Cost: $1.99/mo                 Support: Live Chat

Recommended for: Cheap option

www.ipage.com