My Tailless Whip Scorpion named Gloria

The creature you see here is my pet named Gloria. She is a tailless whip scorpion. Latin name of her species and order is Damon diadema and Amblypygi respectively. You are probably asking yourself: how do I know that it’s a girl and not a boy? Well, most species of tailless whip scorpions are easy to sex. If the first pair of legs – those claw–like extremities – are longer than the joints of the first pair of their walking legs, then it’s a male. If they barely meet the joints or if they are shorter, then it’s a female.

Despite their name, tailless whip scorpions aren’t scorpions and as such don’t possess a stinger. And even though they look somewhat similar to larger species of spiders, they aren’t spiders either. They neither have venom glands nor do they have anything resembling venom fangs. Even though their appearance messes with our lizard brains – which is why most people perceive them as being disgusting or terrifying – they are completely and utterly harmless.
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Google’s PhotoScan app for digitizing old photos | Is it any good?

Google recently released a free and interesting Android app called PhotoScan for all those who don’t have a real scanner or don’t have the time or patience to scan their family photos. It is meant to be user friendly and it really is quite easy to use. But, it is not perfect yet. There are some minor glitches and some missing features which will hopefully be ironed out with an update. Also the image quality is sufficient for online use and printing of smaller photos, but not for enlargements. Check it out in my following video.

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