Size doesn't matter, at least not the size of the eyespots on a male butterfly's wings when female butterflies consider potential mates.Female butterflies go for sparkle -- not size -- when choosing to mate
Instead, females are attracted to the "sparkle" created by the ultraviolet reflectivity of the pupils, the white circles at the center of eyespots, according to new research from University at Buffalo biologists.
Iran's hardline parliament voted on Sunday to toughen up punishments for alcohol makers and traffickers, just days after their speaker had a run-in with Belgium about booze.Iran gets tough on booze
Official media said the new law, passed on its first reading, would leave producers and dealers of alcoholic beverages subject to between three months and one year behind bars, 74 lashes and fines.
London was the scene of carnage on Thursday after a series of deadly blasts but American R&B crooner Omarion, who suffered no injury or inconvenience, wants people to pray for him.In London, uninjured singer Omarion seeks prayers
"Omarion was in London during the tragic bombings that struck this morning," a statement by the singer's publicist AR PR Marketing, released hours after the bombings, said.
Making no mention of the fatalities or casualties of the blasts, the singer's statement concluded, "He would like his fans to pray that he has a safe trip and a safe return home. He appreciates your support."
He was in London for Saturday's Live 8 show, his publicist Shana Gilmore told Reuters from Los Angeles. Asked why anyone should pray for him, Gilmore said, "He wasn't hurt or anything, but just the fact that he was there and all that."
Omarion was the teenaged lead singer of the chart-topping band B2K before going solo. The 20-year-old's first solo album "O" debuted at No. 1 of Billboard charts earlier this year.
In Tehran, Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani used his Friday sermon to condemn the blasts, but reminded British Prime Minister Tony Blair of what he said was al Qaeda's parentage.Let's reverse this a bit. If we were killing them like they kill us, we'd be planting bombs in Iraqi buses, we'd be abducting and beheading Arabs here in the U.S., we'd be blowing up trains full of women and children in Afghanistan and we'd lie in wait to kill Palestinian kindergarteners on their way to school.
"You (Blair) should not forget that al Qaeda was created by big powers. America is the father and Israel is the mother of al Qaeda," he declared. "The aim of Qaeda's creation was to cause problems for Iran. Now it causes problems for its founders."
In Islamist Internet chatrooms, several users welcomed the bloodshed in London. "To those surprised by the killing of Americans and Britons in their countries, weren't you shocked by the killing of women and children in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan? As they kill us, we should kill them," one said.
Iran and Iraq agreed Thursday to set up a joint committee to combat terrorism, Iran's Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said.Ali Shamkhani, who repeatedly threatened Israel and the United States with Shahab 3 missiles, is now joining the 'new Iraq' in the war against terror.
"It has been decided as well to form cooperation committees to boost future ties in terms of military cooperation including the training, arming and modernization of the Iraqi army," Shamkhani told a news conference in Tehran after talks with Iraqi counterpart Saadoun Dalimi.