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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Today in History

1618 Sir Walter Raleigh is executed. After the death of Queen Elizabeth, Raleigh's enemies spread rumors that he was opposed the accession of King James.
1787 Mozart's opera Don Giovanni opens in Prague.
1814 The Demologos, the first steam-powered warship, launched in New York City.
1901 Leon Czolgosz is electrocuted for the assassination of US President William McKinley. Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot McKinley on September 6 during a public reception at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite early hopes of recovery, McKinley died September 14, in Buffalo, NY.
1927 Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff apparently uncovers the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert, a claim still in dispute.
1929 Black Tuesday–the most catastrophic day in stock market history, the herald of the Great Depression. 16 million shares were sold at declining prices. By mid-November $30 billion of the $80 billion worth of stocks listed in September will have been wiped out.
1945 The first ball-point pen goes is sold by Gimbell's department store in New York for a price of $12.
1949 Alonzo G. Moron of the Virgin Islands becomes the first African-American president of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.
1952 French forces launch Operation Lorraine against Viet Minh supply bases in Indochina.
1964 Thieves steal a jewel collection–including the world's largest sapphire, the 565-carat "Star of India," and the 100-carat DeLong ruby–from the Museum of Natural History in New York. The thieves were caught and most of the jewels recovered.
1969 The U.S. Supreme Court orders immediate desegregation, superseding the previous "with all deliberate speed" ruling.
1969 First computer-to-computer link; the link is accomplished through ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet.
1972 Palestinian guerrillas kill an airport employee and hijack a plane, carrying 27 passengers, to Cuba. They force West Germany to release 3 terrorists who were involved in the Munich Massacre.
1983 More than 500,000 people protest in The Hague, The Netherlands, against cruise missiles.
1986 The last stretch of Britain's M25 motorway opens.
1998 South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports condemns both sides on the Apartheid issue for committing atrocities.
1998 John Glenn, at age 77, becomes the oldest person to go into outer space. He is part of the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-95.
1998 The deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record up to that time, Hurricane Mitch, makes landfall in Honduras (in 2005 Hurricane Wilma surpassed it); nearly 11,000 people died and approximately the same number were missing.
2004 For the first time, Osama bin Laden admits direct responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US; his comments are part of a video broadcast by the Al Jazeera network.
2008 Delta and Northwest airlines merge, forming the world's largest airline.
2012 Hurricane Sandy devastates much of the East Coast of the US; nearly 300 die directly or indirectly from the storm.

These Goofy Halloween Skeletons Will Make You Shriek With Laughter

Steve Miller and Stacy Adams of Fort Mill, South Carolina own a set of poseable human skeleton replicas. Last year, they started putting them in scenes on the front porch of their home. They call their project the Baxter Skeletons.

Homemade Mystique Costume

Redditor drbonedaddy posted a picture of his girlfriend’s Halloween costume. She is the Marvel character Mystique, as portrayed in the X-Men movies. The process of constructing the costume went like this:
Wasn't easy at all. The spandex suit had to first be landmarked, then painted. Each side took three to four hours and had to be allowed to dry overnight. Applying the latex for the scales on her face and painting it took two to three hours as well. She dyed her hair for the costume which was another hour. So in total it was roughly a 10 hour process over the course of a few days. I'm sure there are some very intricate costumes posted on here, but it really was a painstaking process to make it come together
She even dyed contact lenses to make her eyes yellow! And what did drbonedaddy select for a costume? He was also an X-Men character, the lesser-known Gambit.


A Robotic Pilot To Fly Planes That Were Designed To Be Operated By Humans
In South Korea, researchers are developing a robotic pilot that could one day replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs configured for specific aircraft, the humanoid design of 'Pibot' robots would allow them to fly any type of plane. The project is based at South Korea's Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Cellular Movement

Amoebas aren’t the only cells that crawl: Movement is crucial

Mistakes Make Memory

Novel-storage-mechanism-allows-command-control-of-memoryIt’s better for memory to make mistakes while learning

… but only if the guesses are ‘close-but-no-cigar’ Toronto, Canada

Mental Disorders and Heart Disease

Cardiovascular health a problem in U.S.
People with mental health disorders 2x as likely to have heart disease, stroke

Study finds increased risk due to psychiatric medications, unhealthy behaviors

The Soothing Light of the Flickering Computer Monitor

The weather is perfect, so let's stay inside! Natural sunlight and unconditioned air have a certain appeal, but it's hard to watch Netflix from outside and I have to keep careful track of how many people have liked my status update.

The House repugican’s crumbling anti-Obama lawsuit

by Steve Benen
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the media during his weekly briefing at the US Capitol, September 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.Americans first learned back on June 24, more than four months ago, about the House repugican plan to file a lawsuit against President Obama. Two weeks later, John Boehner (r-Ohio) announced the basis for the case: the repugican cabal would sue to implement an obscure provision of the Affordable Care Act, which repugicans don’t actually want to see implemented.
When the case was announced, congressional repugicans made it seem as if they were headed to court as part of a bold move to preserve our constitutional system of government against the tyrannical moves of a lawless presidency. But four months later, it looks as if Boehner & Co. got lost on the way to the courthouse.
Josh Gerstein reports that the case hasn’t even been filed yet.
It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the Capitol to the federal courthouse just down the hill, but House repugicans haven’t managed to make that trip in the four months since they announced they’d be suing the president.
John Boehner came out swinging hard last June when he announced that his chamber would take President Barack Obama to court. The suit, charging that the president grossly exceeded his constitutional authority by failing to implement portions of the Obamacare law, was billed as an election-season rallying point for aggrieved repugicans. But days before the midterms, the House’s legal guns seem to have fallen silent.
Lawyers close to the process said they originally expected the legal challenge to be filed in September, but now they don’t expect any action before the elections.
The repugicans not only won’t file the case, they also refuse to say why they won’t file the case – cabal officials refused to explain the delay when asked by Politico for comment.
“I thought this was a constitutional crisis and the republic was in jeopardy because Obama overstepped his bounds. Now, they can’t even get around to filing it?” former Democratic House Counsel Stan Brand told Gerstein. “It, to me, emphasizes the not-serious nature of it.”
This arguably understates matters.
Simon Lazarus and Elisabeth Stein had this striking report over the weekend:
When, back in July, John Boehner secured House authorization to file suit against President Obama for “changing the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law,” cynical Democrats derided the planned litigation as a “political stunt,” a talking point for the fall campaign playbook. But a report by the apolitical Congressional Research Service (CRS), completed on September 4, but never released by the member who sponsored it, nor mentioned in the press, indicates that the Democrats were not cynical enough.
Now, three months after the party-line House vote to green-light the lawsuit, no complaint has yet been filed. If this stretched out delay means that Boehner has actually redirected his sue-Obama gambit toward oblivion, the reason may be this unnoticed six week old CRS report.
The non-partisan CRS, which effectively serves as Congress’ in-house think tank, found that the case is built on a faulty premise and would not succeed. Lazarus and Stein added that the CRS was apparently requested by repugicans “to give some color of legitimacy to their charges of rampant presidential illegality.” When the findings offered proof of the opposite, repugicans buried it. “[T]he result validates the lawyers’ maxim not to ask a question when unsure of the likely answer,” Lazarus and Stein noted.
This repugican cabal stunt was always rather pathetic. Now, however, the charade appears to be over.
As should have been obvious all along, repugicans were never serious about this litigation. The repugican cabal officials were so wholly invested in a ridiculous talking point – our rascally president has transformed into a dictator – they saw a lawsuit as a way to bolster a misguided public-relations campaign.
But it quickly backfired. The basis for the lawsuit was hard to take seriously; the case was going to cost American taxpayers money repugicans claim we don’t have; it actually motivated the Democratic base in an election year; the narrow focus of the suit only helped reinforce the belief that the entire p.r. push was a baseless sham; and even the Congressional Research Service told repugican cabal lawmakers not to bother.
The “constitutional crisis” was an election-year mirage, touted by con artists. The repugicans may go through with the litigation anyway – after the election, that is, once they’re no longer worried about a political backlash for their partisan antics – but as we were reminded a month ago, the case isn’t likely to go well.
It’s not too late for Boehner to concede this was a bad idea from the start. The repugicans can save us some time and aggravation, give up on the case, and play some other silly game.

Forget Ebola The Only Thing That Americans Have To Fear Is repugican Fear Mongering

One often wonders why and when Americans became so terrified of so many innocuous things such as who someone loves, how they worship, where they came from ...
GOP Fear
In America’s National Anthem, the last line in the refrain claims this country is the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” but it does not apply to a large segment of the population suffocated by irrational fear robbing them of their freedom. There are millions of brave Americans whose courage makes them truly free, but only because they have not played into the hands of cowardly repugicans who are terrified voters will notice their gross incompetence. No American is free when fear causes a change in their brain function and behavior, particularly when it induces cognitive paralysis, but that is precisely what is occurring in America. One often wonders why and when Americans became so terrified of so many innocuous things such as who someone loves, how they worship, where they came from, when a woman gives birth, the government, foreign religious wars, or an African virus; all things repugicans use to incite irrational fear and hatred for other Americans.
The repugicans certainly understand that the ignorance plaguing this nation allows them to fear-monger to great effect; particularly going into an important midterm election. Of course, the latest irrational fright is the death of one man from the African Ebola virus that repugicans have used to spread anxiety about a “deadly epidemic” and implicate President Obama for endangering Americans. The repugicans have had a great measure of success portraying Ebola as clear proof the Obama Administration cannot prevent Americans from succumbing to the alleged Ebola epidemic. In fact, as noted in the New York Times earlier this month, repugicans parlayed the death of one man and infection of two nurses into a campaign theme that because of Obama and Democrats, conditions in America are “decidedly grim” and that “the Democratic Party runs a government so fundamentally broken it cannot offer its people the most basic protection from harm.”
The repugicans have also spread fear among the population of immigrant children from Central America they claim are an existential threat to every white man, woman, and child in America. Since when have so many Americans been so terrified of children? Likely since repugicans claim they are infected with diseases like Ebola, or trained by ISIL to kill every white christian man, woman, and child to destroy America for islam. In fact, why are so many Americans so horrified of islamic extremists waging a sectarian religious war on the other side of the world to establish an islamic caliphate? It is simply because repugicans have convinced many Americans, mostly evangelical extremists, that muslims from halfway around the world are intent on forcing them to convert to islam or they will exterminate every christian in America; precisely what evangelicals want to inflict on muslims living halfway around the world.
There is no mystery about why repugicans are spreading fear; they desperately need to distract Americans’ attention away from their gross incompetence. Particularly because every so-called threat is due to either their obstructionism or anti-government policies; such as slashing NIH funding over the past ten years that prevented development of an Ebola vaccine that could have stopped the virus in its tracks in West Africa. They are also responsible for the rise of ISIL because shrub-repugicans invaded Iraq and assisted shia muslims to purge the country of sunnis that became the dreaded ISIL. The repugicans are also solely responsible for the shrub law that drove the influx of child immigrants from Central America who suddenly became an existential threat because an African American man is President.
There are millions of Americans who have a legitimate reason to be frightened, but it is not from ISIL, Ebola, or children emigrating from Central America and they are all due to repugican policies and obstructionism. Every day innocent Americans are shot dead due to the number of guns repugicans want in Americans’ hands to satisfy the NRA and repay gun manufacturers for their campaign donations. When President Obama and Democrats attempted to protect Americans, particularly after twenty innocent children were massacred, repugicans used fear of “Obama coming for Americans’ guns” to block simple and sane gun safety measures. Still, despite the spate of mass shootings claiming innocent lives since the Sandy Hook slaughter, something every American should be terrified of happening again, repugican fear-mongering prevails and innocent Americans perish.
Every American should be scared to death that their water and air is being poisoned by repugicans’ donors in the chemical, coal, and oil industries, as well as the repugican cabal’s attempt to eliminate the one government agency attempting to protect them from environmental toxins. In California, several cities are either on the verge of being out of drinking water, or suffer from fracking-poisoned wells. All the while repugicans campaigning for Congress are fear-mongering that their water woes are due to environmental protections, and unbelievably they are succeeding because irrational fear of “environmental extremists” supersedes their fear of being poisoned or being without life-sustaining water.
The list of legitimate fears repugicans are responsible for, and never call attention to, are numerous and yet Americans never go into panic mode because the wingnut corporate media focuses intently on whatever fright of the day repugicans need to keep Americans distracted. It is incredibly pathetic that such a large segment of the population seems to relish living in fear; fear of gays, women’s reproductive health, non-christians, a muslim sectarian war, Central American children, and an African virus that killed one man because a corporate hospital failed its mission.
The real epidemic in America, and there are many, is fear and it is driven by repugicans taking advantage of the overwhelming ignorance of an overwhelming number of Americans too stupid to understand the real threat to their existence is repugicans. The sad fact is that they are so distracted by irrational fear, they will dutifully vote for repugicans and hasten their own demise; something the Ebola virus, ISIL, or child immigrants can never achieve. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said 81 years ago, the only thing Americans have to fear is fear itself, and with the level of fear in the population today, Americans should be very afraid.

The repugican cabal continues its assault on science in the most insane way possible

Meet Lamar Smith (r-TX). He authored the SOPA bill that everyone loved a few years ago. He's a climate denier with all kinds of science sense.While Smith admits to having studied some science in college, most of his science credentials come straight from Congress: he's already served on the science committee for the past 26 years. His votes reflect a pattern of opposition to climate change and alternative energy efforts, sympathy to large industry in matters of copyright and patent law, deference to law enforcement on privacy issues, and moral policing of the internet.
Smith's record on energy and the environment represents one of his most controversial policy arenas. He voted to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, voted no several times on tax credits for renewable energy and incentives for energy production and conservation, voted against raising fuel efficiency standards, and rejected implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. Opponents of the appointment have observed in recent days that Smith, like his predecessor Ralph Hall (r-TX), have expressed skepticism about man-made global warming-a question that suffers no serious objection in scientific literature, but has become a contentious topic of debate after conservative groups cast it as a social problem in the 1990s.
He continues his crusade to make America safe from science and its commie scientists. He's been sending staffers to pour through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) material related to projects that the NSF has funded over the past decade. They've been by 4 times this summer alone:
The visits from the staffers, who work for the U.S. House of Representatives committee that oversees NSF, were an unprecedented-and some say bizarre-intrusion into the much admired process that NSF has used for more than 60 years to award research grants. Unlike the experts who have made that system work so well, however, the congressional staffers weren't really there to judge the scientific merits of each proposal. But that wasn't their intent.
The repugican aides were looking for anything that Lamar Smith (r-TX), their boss as chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, could use to support his ongoing campaign to demonstrate how the $7 billion research agency is "wasting" taxpayer dollars on frivolous or low-priority projects, particularly in the social sciences. The Democratic staffers wanted to make sure that their boss, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the panel's senior Democrat, knew enough about each grant to rebut any criticism that Smith might levy against the research.
The most immediate problem with all of this is that Smith is threatening the NSF's promise to researchers that its peer-review process remains confidential. The fundamental principal of research is the ability to make mistakes, to follow theories, unabashedly, and then take the harsh reviews and critiques of your scientific community. Here's how Smith goes about it all:
How did things get to this point? For the past 18 months, Smith has waged a very public assault on NSF's storied peer-review system. He's issued a barrage of press releases that ridicule specific awards, championed legislation that would alter NSF's peer-review system and slash funding for the social science programs that have supported much of the research he has questioned, and berated NSF officials for providing what he considers to be inadequate explanations of their funding decisions.

Chris Christie Doubles Down on Koch Fueled Cluelessness About The Minimum Wage

Chris Christie refused to let Faux News save him from himself as he doubled down on his misinformed opinion that the country doesn't need a debate about the minimum wage…
Chris ChristieChris Wallace, hosting Faux News Sunday, tried to toss repugican Chris Christie (NJ) a lifeline on Sunday, asking him to clarify his comments that he was “tired of hearing about the minimum wage”. But Christie wasn’t having any of that; he knows how to hang himself with Faux rope.
Ignoring his plunging approval ratings in his state and the fact that just days ago he was claiming that he had been misunderstood, Christie announced that he knows what the country needs, and it’s not a discussion about the minimum wage. “What we need to do in this country is not have debate over a higher minimum wage. We have to have a debate over creating better-paying middle class jobs in this country.”
Oh. And here logic thought that raising the minimum wage would equal a better paying job. Apparently not in repugican fantasy world.
Wallace tried to help Christie dress up his tax cuts to big business and cuts to pensions in “concern”, explaining to the repugican that people earning the minimum wage feel a few bucks would be a big deal for them, “For people making $7.25 an hour — the minimum wage now, they say that getting an increase to $10 an hour would make a big difference in their lives, and you were being cavalier about it.”
But Christie, who knows nothing about living on the minimum wage due in part to his big government salary funded ironically by the people whose pensions he cut, wasn’t buying what the people report about their own experiences of trying to make $7.25 an hour work.
He dismissed their concerns with his trademarked Christie sneer, “I’m saying it exactly as I see it. What we need to do in this country is not have debate over a higher minimum wage. We have to have a debate over creating better-paying middle class jobs in this country.”
This explains why last year Christie vetoed a proposal to increase New Jersey’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25/hr. You see, “better paying jobs” are not had with better pay. Please try to keep up.
It’s odd for a repugican to claim that we need “debate” about job creation, especially as a member of the party that in Congress refuses to pass any job creations bills just because Obama wants them. Adding salt to their “trickle down” wounds is the fact that under President Obama, private sector job growth continues to shatter the record set by the last President to set records for private sector job growth. That president was also a Democrat — Bill Clinton.
Christie doesn’t exactly have a banging record on job creation in his state. Josh Israel at Think Progress pointed out:
… New Jersey’s 2009 unemployment rate of 9.7 percent mirrored the national average — but the current 6.5 percent rate is 0.6 percent higher than the 5.9 percent rate unemployment nationally. Over that time, as Wallace noted, the state has had its credit rating downgraded more times than under any other governor in New Jersey history, and to the second lowest level in the nation.
Christie then tried to dismiss people making the minimum wage as the “political elite”, “If that somehow doesn’t comport with what people in the political elite want, well, I’m sorry.”
That’s called moving the Koch goal post. A lot.
If Christie doesn’t care about the people’s plight, maybe the economy? Days ago, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez tried to explain to Christie that “70 percent of GDP growth is consumption”, apparently to no avail. Studies show that repugicans are associated with lower rates of growth, while state spending has a positive impact on growth, so Christie’s refusal to face economic realities is not new.
Sorry, facts, but Christie doesn’t require evidence or reports of real life experiences before rendering decisions. Thanks anyway.
It’s unclear why repugicans feel they need more debate on how to create jobs, since they promised everyone that their tax cuts to millionaires and big business would trickle down. Years later, as that has not happened, and indeed states with repugican in control are doing worse than the national average, it’s high time to ask them why they expect the people to keep letting repugicans bang their head into the same brick wall and expecting different results.
There was no “debate” over repugicans’ tax cuts for the top 2%. Yet they feel we need more debate about decent paying jobs. In which the word “debate” means duck and dodge for the Koch Brothers’ agenda. It is inevitable that repugicans who carry Koch water will end up making fools of themselves as they try to justify policies that don’t make any sense and fly in the face of facts.
And this is how Chris Christie managed to take a Faux lifeline and toss it overboard with his surly immunity to facts and obtuse sense of being invincible.

Chilean President: 'Latin America Has More Women in High Office than Europe'

Interview Conducted by Helene Zuber
Chilean President: 'Latin America Has More Women in High Office than Europe'  In an interview, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet discusses her effort to remove the last vestiges of the Pinochet dictatorship and her desire to create a better social system and import German-style vocational training to South America. More

Random Celebrity Photos

Lauren Bacall wearing an Adele Simpson tango crepe with peplum attached to the white surplice top, and black satin swathing her slim waist, 1945.
Lauren Bacall, 1945.

Ten of the World's Deadliest Tourist Destinations

Acapulco was a wildly popular tourist destination from the late 1920s and peaking in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The warm, beautiful waters, inviting temperatures and interesting sightseeing remains a draw for tourists today.
Yet today, Acapulco tourists risk the high crime rates of the city, which are nearly 30 times higher than the average in American cities. In 2013, the murder rate was 142 in 100,000; in January and February of that year, there were 200 murders. Also in 2013, six Spanish female tourists staying in a vacation home together were raped when masked gunmen broke into the property and tied up the men present.
The United States Department of State’s Mexico travel warning is strict, and the U.S. government will only allow its employees to stay in two Acapulco hotels, and bans people from leaving them after dark. How sad it is that such a beautiful place is so fraught with risk.
Read about other dangerous tourist destinations here.

Town Struggling over Alcohol Prohibition Law Discovers That the Law Doesn't Actually Exist

Hanover is a small town south of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For as long as anyone can remember, it's been a dry town. That means that people aren't allowed to buy or sell alcoholic beverages. Town officials enforced this law, which was not entirely popular.In 2006, the town held a referendum to repeal the law. By a 30-vote margin, the town upheld the alcohol prohibition statute.
The town held an election last Wednesday. The alcohol law was once again up for referendum. But as they were preparing for the election, town officials discovered an important piece of information: the law didn't exist.
Everyone had assumed that alcohol sales were illegal in the town. But no one could find the actual text of the law. Lawyers poured through records going as far back as 1880 and found no alcohol prohibition law.

Woman detained at airport with €55,000 in her stomach

Officials in the Dominican Republic arrested a woman on Friday who was carrying more than €55,000 (£43,500, $70,000) in her stomach and a further €54,602 hidden inside her suitcase.
According to the National Drug Control Agency spokesman Dario Medrano, the money in the woman’s stomach was divided up among 16 capsules and the cash is likely linked to drug trafficking.
Medrano said the woman, 40, and whose name was not revealed, was arrested at the Punta Cana International Airport after arriving on a flight from Brussels.
Dominican authorities say this is the first time they have arrested someone who was smuggling money in their stomach.

Man shot during argument over dog poo

An argument between residents over a dog pooing in a yard led to a man in Florida being shot on Friday afternoon. Police say the shooting happened at about 12:40pm in Tampa.
Police say the suspect; whose name they have not released was irritated about dog poo in his yard and asked his neighbors to clean it up. Seconds later there were gun shots.
Police revealed that Dante Roberson, 30, was shot and taken to Tampa General Hospital. He is reported to be in stable condition. The dog is not believed to belong to Roberson.

Police claim they have a good idea of who the shooter is but have not released his name and say he ran from the scene. “They've been complaining about that dog since they moved to this neighbourhood,” said Shanetria Thompson, a friend of Roberson. “They're shooting over anything nowadays,” added Thompson.

Dead in the Corn

The remains of an Italian WWII pilot who died in a dogfight with US pilots 70 years ago have finally been unearthed -- still sitting on the parachute in the cockpit.
The remains of an Italian World War II pilot who died in a dogfight with U.S. pilots 70 years ago have finally been unearthed.

Nineteenth Century Photography


Wild Bill Hickok, Texas Jack, Buffalo Bill
L-R: Wild Bill Hickok, Texas Jack, Buffalo Bill

Gladiators' Energy Drink

This ash beverage was served after fights and maybe also after training to help ease body pain.

The Supervolcano and The Neanderthals

Neanderthals disappeared from Europe 40,000 years ago, about the same time as the region's biggest volcanic blast. But don't blame the volcano.

What Does A Comet Smell Like?

Mix the aroma of rotten eggs with a whiff of horse stables, throw in a hint of ammonia and formaldehyde, and you've got eau de Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Scientists at the University of Bern in Switzerland discovered the comet's pungent scent by analyzing a mixture of molecules detected in the comet's coma, the cloud of particles and gases around the space rock's nucleus.

Amateur paleontologist accidentally digs up 500,000-year-old fossil in his backyard

An amateur paleontologist recently made the discovery of a lifetime in his backyard.
While digging a well on his land in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Carlos Manduga accidentally unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant ground sloth, AKA scelidotherium leptocephalum. The budding paleontologist then took his discovery to nearby Lorenzo Scaglia Natural History Museum, where he was informed that the remains were 500,000 years old.
Fossils of this kind of sloth are pretty common, reports say, but this particular specimen contains something rarer: a skull with teeth. That will let scientists study "almost everything about its DNA," said Alejandro Dondas, a director of museum.
Armed with huge claws used to dig intricate tunnels systems, the giant ground sloth once was ubiquitous around Argentina, but went extinct due to "climate change and over-hunting by humans about 8,000 years ago," Dondas said.

Chimp Breakfast

md_young_chimpmale_infigtree_smallChimps plan for a good early breakfast

New research by the University of California, Davis, shows that

Glasswinged Butterfly

This article at The Ark in Space features a nice photo collection of the lovely glasswinged butterfly, scientific name Greta oto. This beautiful species is typically found from Mexico and south through Panama and Columbia, though they have been sighted in Florida as well. The species lays eggs mostly on toxic tropical plant Cestrum, on which the caterpillars also feed, likely rendering them toxic to predators. See the link above for additional photos and information.

Deer that made late check-in at hotel shot dead by authorities

The Pennsylvania Game Commission had to kill a deer after it had made an unexpected late check-in at a hotel in State College early on Friday morning.
The deer found its way into the Days Inn hotel by entering through the automatic doors by the lobby at about 3:45am.

Surveillance video showed the deer sprinting past the check-in counter as an employee watched, before it became trapped in the bathroom hallway of the adjoining Mad Mex restaurant.
Pennsylvania Game Commission officers were called to handle the animal. After attempting to tranquilize the deer but failing, officers were forced to “dispatch the deer.” No damage to the properties was reported.

The Hellbender

Giant Salamander Of The United States
When you think about where giant salamanders come from, most people would normally associate them with China and Japan. Yet while it is true that almost all members of the giant salamander family, the Cryptobranchidae, originate in Asia there is one species which calls the eastern United States its home.
It is Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, known otherwise and popularly as the hellbender.

Animal Pictures