A giant moth – so heavy that it cannot fly – was found at an Australian school on Monday, 3 May 2021.
According to the Mount Cotton State School, builders found the giant wood moth while constructing new classrooms at the school in Queensland.
The school’s principal, Meagan Steward, called it an “amazing find”.
“Our new building is situated on the edge of a rainforest and during the build, the moth was found,” Steward told ABC Radio Brisbane.
She also said that while staff and students were used to seeing a range of animals at the school, the moth was unlike anything they had seen before.
The school shared photos of the giant wood moth on Facebook, where they generated a huge interest and registered hundreds of likes, comments and shares.
According to NDTV, the giant wood moth, also known as the Endoxyla cinereus, is found along the Queensland and New South Wales coast. According to Dr Christine Lambkin, Queensland Museum’s head of entomology, giant wood moths are the heaviest in the world.
“They fly very, very poorly. In most cases when they emerge, the females, they just crawl up a local tree or stump of a fence post and sit there and wait for males to find them,” Lambkin said.
“They’re very common on Queensland coast, [but that] is the biggest I’ve seen,” one social media user commented on Facebook. “How cool. Gotta say if it flew near me while I was gardening I would probably do a karate freakout!” said another.
The females, about twice the size of the males, can weigh up to 30 grams and boasts a wingspan of up to 25 centimeters.
Another social media user means that it is as big as an ‘eggplant’.
“Sweet mercy. It’s the size of an eggplant.”
Donald Trump said Wednesday it was a “total disgrace” for online giants to institute social media bans, after a Facebook board upheld the company’s restriction against the former US president which he argued infringed on his free speech.
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our country,” Trump said in a statement.
“Free Speech has been taken away from the president of the United States because the radical left lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” the Republican former leader said.
“The people of our country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our electoral process.”
Trump, who has been mostly ensconced in his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida since leaving the White House on January 20, has continued to peddle his false claim that voter fraud caused his defeat in last year’s election.
But he has also latched on to the largely Republican argument that big tech firms support Democratic politicians and have undue influence over political speech.
Republican lawmakers have threatened to go after the technology giants if Trump’s party regains a majority in Congress in the next midterm election, set for 2022.
“If they can ban president Trump, all conservative voices could be next,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted.
“A House Republican majority will rein in big tech power over our speech.”
The latest iOS update introduces a very useful feature to help users prevent their activity from being tracked in order to combat the onslaught of targeted ads.
From now on, each app will have to ask permission from its users in order to continue “tracking” them. Rather than disabling them one by one, there is a trick to ensure that no app collects this data.
Once iOS 14.5 is installed, you just have to go to the “Settings” of your iPhone, then go to the “Privacy” tab, select “Tracking” and uncheck the option “Allow apps to request to track.”
From then on, no application will ask you for permission to continue tracking your online activities, it will simply be cancelled.
If you only want to block the tracking of certain applications, such as Facebook (or others), don’t do this and just respond to the notifications you receive on a case-by-case basis.
This long-awaited feature was announced at the beginning of the year, causing an uproar among several app publishers, starting of course with Facebook, whose personal data collection is at the heart of its business model.
Facebook fears that this decision will harm all the companies that use it today to advertise and that derive a large part of their revenue from it.
Note that the launch of iOS 14.5 is also accompanied by other new features, such as the ability to unlock the device via recognition while wearing a mask (only if associated with an Apple Watch) and new emojis, including a heart on fire, new couples and a new syringe … more than topical with the current vaccination campaign related to the covid-19 pandemic.