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Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Today in History

363 Roman Emperor Julian dies, ending the Pagan Revival.
1743 English King George defeats the French at Dettingen, Bavaria.
1833 Prudence Crandall, a white woman, is arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn.
1862 Confederates break through the Union lines at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill–the third engagement of the Seven Days’ campaign.
1864 General Sherman is repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
1871 The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.
1905 The crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin mutinies.
1918 Two German pilots are saved by parachutes for the first time.
1923 Yugoslav Premier Nikola Pachitch is wounded by Serb attackers in Belgrade.
1924 Democrats offer Mrs. Leroy Springs the vice presidential nomination, the first woman considered for the job.
1927 The U.S. Marines adopt the English bulldog as their mascot.
1929 Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York reveal a system for transmitting television pictures.
1942 The Allied convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel.
1944 Allied forces capture the port city of Cherbourg, France.
1950 The UN Security Council calls on members for troops to aid South Korea.
1963 Henry Cabot Lodge is appointed U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.
1973 Richard Nixon vetoes a Senate ban on the Cambodia bombing.
1985 The U.S. House of Representatives votes to limit the use of combat troops in Nicaragua.

Teen Girl Talent Listed As MLB Signing Prospect

The U.N. Investigated An Airline Accused Of Banning Employees From Getting Married

Here’s What They Found.

Addicted to Khat

Khat is a narcotic found in the leaves of the Khat shrub. Though its use dates back centuries, the drug has spread over the last few decades and is wreaking havoc on the country of Yemen. 

Over Exposure

Northern California man exposes himself to woman just minutes after registering as a sex offender

Skinny Jeans Damage

The woman regained the ability to walk unaided after being treated at a hospital for four days. 

Increasing Anxiety

Sedentary behavior may cause disturbances in sleep patterns, poor metabolic health and even social withdrawal. 

Fragile Masculinity

Whether it’s conveying superior strength at the gym, or showing off a nicer, more expensive car, stereotypes of masculinity are internalized by men who have been taught to both exert, and enforce their male prowess.

Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal

The finding of a cross-breed suggests that interbreeding with Neanderthals was more common than previously thought.

The Fetus and The Monk

The fetus was found inside the bishop's coffin -- tucked under his feet.

Zombie Fears

Burials recovered from an ancient Greek colony in Sicily reveal bodies that had been pinned down to keep them in their graves.

Picturing the Weather

These 16 stunning and astonishing images of our world's weather were chosen from over 2,000 submissions. 

Travel Antarctica

Step right up, folks, and witness the amazing shrinking continent before it's too late.

Brimstone Core

The mass of the Earth's solid inner core has been a thorn in our understanding of how the interior of our planet works.

First Tooth

An aggressive predatory fish covered with armor featured the most primitive teeth known to date. 

Doggone Ugly

Each canine contestant entered in the contest is so...unique.

Alien-Like Worm Invades US

by Stephanie Pappas
City Finding Creative New Ways To Combat Invasive Species
City Finding Creative New Ways To Combat Invasive Species
A bizarre invasive worm with its mouth in the middle of its belly has been found in the United States for the first time, according to new research.
The New Guinea flatworm (Platydemus manokwari) is only a couple of millimeters thick but grows to be up to 2.5 inches (65 millimeters) long. As its name suggests, the worm is a New Guinea native, but it has been spreading across the globe, hitching rides on exotic plants and in soil. The worm wraps itself around snails and ingests them with a mouthlike structure on its underside. As an invasive species, it's a threat to native snails — so much so that the Invasive Species Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists it among the 100 worst invasive species in the world.
The flatworm had previously been detected in the wild in 15 countries, as well as in a greenhouse in France, but this is the first time it's been found in North America. A multinational group of researchers, led by scientists at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in France, combed through flatworm specimens and photographs collected by locals around the world.
Spreading threat
Alien-Like Worm Invades USThe researchers discovered P. manokwari in five countries and territories where it had never been reported before: New Caledonia, a small collection of islands in the southwest Pacific; Singapore; the Solomon Islands, also in the southwest Pacific; Puerto Rico; and Florida.
A New Guinea flatworm discovered in Coral Gables, Florida. This is the first report of this invasive … The introduction of the species appeared to be recent in many of these cases. The worm probably arrived in Florida in or around 2012, the researchers reported in the open-access journal PeerJ. Since then, it seems to have established itself and can now be found in multiple places in Miami-Dade County.
In Puerto Rico, the worm showed up in San Juan, the capital, in 2014. The first discovery of the worm in the Solomon Islands also occurred in 2014, on Guadalcanal.
Wormy genetics
The researchers also discovered two genetic groups, or haplotypes, of the worm. These two groups are virtually indistinguishable except on the level of their genetic codes. One, dubbed the "Australian haplotype," was found only in Australia and the Solomon Islands. The other, dubbed the "World haplotype," has been found in France, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Puerto Rico. The specimens found in Florida also belonged to this World haplotype.
The genetic findings suggest that both haplotypes of worm exist in their native New Guinea, but that for unknown reasons, only the World haplotype has spread significantly, the researchers wrote.
The discovery of the flatworm in the United States is particularly concerning because the flatworm had previously been confined mostly to small islands, they added. From Florida, however, P. manokwari could easily spread to the rest of the United States and the Americas.

Faster Racehorses

Racehorse speed continues to go up, according to a new study that suggests breeding by humans could be changing horses at the genetic level. 

Animal Pictures