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Today in History

1152 Frederick Barbarossa is chosen as emperor and unites the two factions, which emerged in Germany after the death of Henry V.
1461 Henry VI is deposed and the Duke of York is proclaimed King Edward IV.
1634 Samuel Cole opens the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts.
1766 The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act, the cause of bitter and violent opposition in the colonies
1789 The first Congress of the United States meets in New York and declares that the Constitution is in effect.
1791 Vermont is admitted as the 14th state. It is the first addition to the original 13 colonies.
1793 George Washington is inaugurated as President for the second time.
1797 Vice-President John Adams, elected President on December 7, to replace George Washington, is sworn in.
1801 Thomas Jefferson becomes the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
1813 The Russians fighting against Napoleon reach Berlin. The French garrison evacuates the city without a fight.
1861 The Confederate States of America adopt the “Stars and Bars” flag.
1877 The Russian Imperial Ballet stages the first performance of “Swan Lake” in Moscow.
1901 William McKinley is inaugurated president for the second time. Theodore Roosevelt is inaugurated as vice president.
1904 Russian troops begin to retreat toward the Manchurian border as 100,000 Japanese advance in Korea.
1908 The New York board of education bans the act of whipping students in school.
1912 The French council of war unanimously votes a mandatory three-year military service.
1914 Doctor Fillatre of Paris, France successfully separates Siamese twins.
1921 Warren G. Harding is sworn in as America’s 29th President.
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated to his first term as president in Washington, D.C.
After the success of Big Week, which results in Allied air superiority in Europe, the USAAF (U.S. Army Air Forces) begins a daylight bombing campaign of Berlin.
1952 North Korea accuses the United nations of using germ warfare.
1963 Six people get the death sentence in Paris plotting to kill President Charles de Gaulle.
1970 Fifty-seven people are killed as the French submarine Eurydice sinks in the Mediterranean Sea.
1975 Queen Elizabeth II knights Charlie Chaplin.
1987 Reagan takes full responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair in a national address.

Small-Town Carpenter Won

Food Allergy - 3 out of 4 are not

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​You might not need to avoid the peanut butter after all

Social Insecurity

Your Fat Color Matters

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Do You Know Why Your Fat Color Matters?
New revelations about fat color percentages could change the way we treat diabetes and obesity

Give Up Sugar

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What Happens When You Give Up Sugar for Good?
​One Swedish woman tried it and got a huge surprise

‘I want to die’

Eight-year-old Gizzell “Gizzy” Ford’s life was so miserable, she wanted to die. Written in the pages of a rainbow covered diary were heartbreaking tales of abuse at the hands of her grandmother, who was found guilty today of her murder.

Teen Sleep and Crime Reduction

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​A new study finds an alarming new long-term consequence of sleep deprivation in teens

Houston Refuses to Arrest People for Pot

'Stand Your Ground' Everywhere

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Plants and Spread of Civilzation

Predatory Plants

Hey, wait a minute… is that plant eating your gerbil?
Carnivorous plants developed a taste for flesh over 200 million years of evolution. Here’s how it happened: All over the world, in areas where the soil is low in nutrients (particularly swamps and marshes), some plants had to make up for the nutritional shortfall. So they developed the ability to capture and eat insects, fish, small reptiles, and even the occasional small mammal. Here are some of our favorites.
These plants have jawlike, hinged leaves that act like a trap. The leaves are lined with rows of fine trigger hairs that, when touched by an insect, cause the lobes of the leaf to close, capturing the prey inside. The two lobes then form a seal to create a temporary “stomach,” where the hapless bug is digested over a couple of weeks. When consumption is complete, the lobes reopen to set another trap. The leaves repeat this cycle three or four times and then become inactive as new leaves sprout and take over.
The best known in the snap-trap category is the Venus flytrap, native to the Carolinas in the United States. Another member of the family, the waterwheel plant (named for its shape), lives in the waters of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

These predatory plants have a complicated underground leaf chamber that, for microscopic organisms, is easy to enter but impossible to escape. The best example of this category is the corkscrew plant, which has a Y-shaped leaf filled with twisting corridors that lead to a final stomach-like chamber, where tiny protozoan creatures are digested.

These grow in the rain forests of South America. The most prominent member of this group is the pitcher plant. Its leaves curl inward, like a piece of paper that’s been rolled into a cone. Insects (and in some cases rodents) climb into the pitcher’s “mouth” only to find they can’t get out. The walls inside are slippery, and the cavity is filled with a liquid that drowns and digests any critter unlucky enough to venture in.
As their name suggests, these plants use sticky stuff— a gluelike substance known as mucilage— to trap their prey. The leaves of the plants are studded with fine glandular tentacles that secrete the mucilage. Once an insect comes into contact with the gumminess, there’s no escape. A trapped bug eventually dies from asphyxiation or the exhaustion of flailing around trying to free itself.
The most widely distributed flypaper plant is the sundew, which includes almost 200 species across every continent except Antarctica. Their beautiful glistening leaves make them a favorite ornamental plant, though they’re difficult to keep alive in a home garden— no matter how many bugs you feed them.
Another flypaper plant is the butterwort, which produces an antibacterial enzyme that prevents its captured prey from rotting during digestion. Hundreds of years ago, farmers in northern Europe started using this enzyme to heal sores and wounds on their cattle. Butterwort is also used in Norway to make tjukkmjølk, a thick curdled milk.

These come in just one variety: the bladderwort. But more than 200 species of bladderwort grow in either water or wet soil and can survive almost anywhere fresh water can be found. The plants feature bladders that pump out liquid, which in turn creates a vacuum whereby prey, mainly insects, are sucked in through a sort of trapdoor on the bladder. (Larger species of bladderwort are big enough to capture and digest fish and tadpoles.) Scientists consider the suction trap one of the most sophisticated structures in the plant kingdom.

Robot Amoeba

First Artificial Mouse 'Embryo'

Wild Hogs

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Gruesome Blood Sports Of Shakespearean England

You know those crazy pit fights you see in the movies where a bear is forced to battle a pack of dogs in the arena for the amusement of a bloodthirsty crowd?
Those sick shows were extremely popular in England back in Shakespeare's day, and all manner of fearsome creatures were forced to fight in a spectacle that seems revoltingly barbaric to anyone who cares about animals.
They called it "baiting", and the gruesome blood sport most commonly involved bears and bulls battling other animals to the death in a theater setting, one of the most popular nicknamed "Bear Gardens".Baiting was so popular in the 16th and 17th century that Queen Elizabeth I and other royals could be seen in the crowds, and even though it fell out of popularity by the 1700s baiting wasn't banned in England until 1835.

Wooly Mammoth Dying

Animal Pictures