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The Spidersaur: Largest Ever Fossil of Jurassic-Era Arachnid Found Perfectly Preserved After 165m Years

But despite the amazing nature of this spider, it’s very sad to see the creature was not nearly giant enough, and was “roughly the size of the spider’s modern-day descendants, with a body one-inch long and more than half an inch wide, and legs that stretch to 2.5in.” It’s a fantastic article, with comparisons to modern day spiders, plenty of information- and a little bit of gross.

So there we go, check it out, but beware – i you really want giant spiders, and other truly scary giant bugs, insects and arachnids – you’re better off checking out the interactive story “Attack of the Giant Bugs.”

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What can I say, Lilly and I are suckers for science on TV 🙂

There’s nothing more fun than science on tv – except for science with comedians, I’ll have to check out his book – but if you love science and you love fantasy…why not check out mine?

A.J. Ponder

Author of The Frankie Files & Miss Lionheart’s Laboratory

 

Celebrating science, Kate the Chemist teaches Stephen Colbert how to breathe fire – and a little something about fireworks.

I hope you enjoy

Please note these death defying acts are being done with the help of an experienced (mad) scientist – in order to demonstrate just how fun Chemistry can be – with the appropriate laboratory equipment.

A.J. Ponder, author of fun science fiction including Miss Lionheart, The Frankie Files, Attack of the Giant Bugs and more. 

 

 

 

The Joy of Invention

Posted: June 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

When you do things just because you love them, something wonderful can happen!
Have fun inventing, people! Just like Frankie and Lilly and Squidge  – but maybe with a little more care for health and safety! 🙂

I hope you enjoy this fun video for inspiration

A.J. Ponder

 

The Frankie Files is for younger inventors-check out the look inside:  http://bit.ly/FrankieFiles

Miss Lionheart is for more sophisticated readers who love madcap science fiction, and cute but very dangerous animals :  http://bit.ly/1BLF2VQ

 

 

Attack of the Giant Bugs

Posted: April 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Bugscover3.jpgChoose adventure, choose fun… Miss Lionheart would adore this book. It’s got everything she likes, science, adventure and fun.

YOU are Greenville’s only hope. You choose which path you take. You can fail your mission or succeed your wildest expectations. But beware, within these pages lies great danger – giant bugs, ants, ladybirds, praying mantises and more. You might come to a grizzly end, or be transformed but whatever happens a real hero keeps fighting, even after they fail.
Are you ready?
Warning: this story contains a mix of real and fictional science. One of the authors has a Bsc Hons and is married to an entomologist who specialises in spiders.

A great story at a tiny price – with over 24 endings and a glossary of insects at the back – scroll down or buy now to support a young inquisitive mind, and two amazing authors, including Sir Julius Vogel award winning A.J. Ponder, and young up and coming author and Wellington cosplayer, Eli Ponder.

And don’t be frightened to comment below or leave a review – to tell us what you think. We’d love to hear from you! 🙂

The team at Phantom Feather Press

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Amelia Sirvid, A.J. Ponder, Eileen Mueller & Eli Ponder

 

It’s all fire and ice with this bit of unnecessary science. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

Miss Lionheart approves 🙂

 

 

Miss Lionheart has been bundled into a super secret underground bunker.
Can she create these magnificently deadly creatures and escape certain death?

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as Lilly and I enjoyed writing it – A.J. Ponder

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6pm 17 August, Rona Gallery 151 Muritai Rd, Eastbourne
RSVP A.J. (Wellington) 562 8062 or on Facebook

Come and have a blast at Rona Gallery as Lilly and Frankie launch The Frankie Files and Miss Lionheart (better late than never). It’s going to be a celebration, with Lilly and Frankie helping out with fun, and handing out FrankieFilesFrontCoverprizes for the best Mad Scientist &/or Monster costumes! Don’t worry, costumes are completely optional – most scientists look just like ordinary people!

A.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery during 3-20 August are part of the “Ponder This” exhibition supporting Te Omanga Hospice. 

For previews of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death  and The Frankie Files click on the respective titles.

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see you soon,

A.J. and Eli Ponder

P.S. The Frankie Files ebook and softcover are available online.

 

PechaKucha Night and Wizard’s Guide to Wellington, Old St Pauls, 15 Oct 2016

I’ve calendarwgbuildingpacked my bag, sorted through some pictures, and I’m ready to talk at what looks to be a fun event. Most of all I’m looking forward to meeting some of my fans, and of course Jan Wigmore’s speech on Reading the Brain for Learning. and all the other presenters.

PechaKucha is a global series of live events where people can meet, inspire and get inspired, based on a format that is fast-paced and fun. PechaKucha Night (PKN) Wellington features up to 14 presenters that delight and inspire with their narratives using a specific format where each person speaks to 20 images for 20 secs/image. Total presentation time: 6 mins & 40 secs.

Get your ticket here, or at Old St Pauls on the night.

Confirmed presenters for PechaKucha Night Wellington @ Old St Paul’s include:

Pete O’Connell // Rhysonic: Acoustic music with power tools
Rebecca Rice // Artists in Wonderland // Curator all things arty and historical at Te Papa //
Lindsay Smith // Richter City: A decade of Wellington Derby // Skanda Lass //
Graham Bathgate // A Centenarian Remembers
Pinaman Owusu-Banahene // ABSOLUTELY ADJOAA // The Accidental Creative Entrepreneur
Jan Wigmore // Reading the Brain for Learning //
Anya Satyanand // Divine Inspiration: Te Aho Tapu //
Mandi Lynn // What the Fark is a Chakra // Master Photographer & Mojo Midwife //
 Joe O’Callaghan // Roaming Robots //
A.J. Ponder//Wizard’s Guide to Wellington //
Diego Saez Ibarzabal // Ex Tenebris In Lucem (From Darkness into light) // Architect & Lighting Designer//

To find out more go to www.facebook.com/pechakucha.welly or see www.pechakucha.org for information about PechaKucha Nights in over 900 cities around the world.

Have fun…

A.J.