Joshua Tree spider species named for U2’s Bono

Updated 19 January 2013
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Joshua Tree spider species named for U2’s Bono

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, California: It appeared Bono and arachnids didn’t mix when his “Spider-Man” musical had a rough Broadway run, but that didn’t keep a biologist from naming an actual spider species after the U2 singer.
Jason Bond of Alabama’s Auburn University has identified 33 new species of trapdoor spider, including three of them in the California desert at Joshua Tree National Park. The park’s namesake is featured in the title and cover of U2’s 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree.” The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/UWsRjW ) reports that Bond named two of the spiders after Indian tribes and one, A. bonoi, after Bono.
Bond has named other spider species after Angelina Jolie, Cesar Chavez and Stephen Colbert. The trapdoor spider, found in the Southwestern US, is so-named because it makes a hatch to hide from prey.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy

Updated 27 min 58 sec ago
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy

  • Kate, the wife of Prince William, was admitted to hospital on Monday to give birth to the couple's third child and the latest member of Britain's royal family
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple are officially known, drove from their home Kensington Palace in central London to St Mary's Hospital in west London

London: Kensington Palace said on Monday the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child, a boy weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces (3.8 kilograms).
The palace says the child was born at 11:01 a.m. (1001 GMT), a few hours after Kate was admitted to London's St. Mary's Hospital in labor.
Prince William was present for the birth of his son, who is fifth in line to the throne.
The palace said: "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news."