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Monday, July 17, 2017

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Today in History

France defeats England at Castillon, France, ending the Hundred Years’ War.
Peter III of Russia is murdered and his wife, Catherine II, takes the throne.
France limits the importation of goods from Britain.
National Guard troops open fire on a crowd of demonstrators in Paris.
Ottoman forces, supported by the British, capture Aboukir, Egypt from the French.
The U.S. fleet arrives in Tripoli.
Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort, France.
Andrew Jackson becomes the governor of Florida.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis replaces General Joseph E. Johnston with General John Bell Hood in hopes of defeating Union General William T. Sherman outside Atlanta.
U.S. troops under General William R. Shafter take Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel is wounded when an Allied fighter strafes his staff car in France.
Chinese communists attack the Nationalist army on the Yangtze River.
American pilot Francis Gary Powers pleads guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court.
Ho Chi Minh orders a partial mobilization of North Vietnam to defend against American airstrikes.
Lt. Col. Oliver North and Rear Adm. John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress regarding the Iran-Contra scandal.

Redneck Revolt

Can social media make you rich?

Every tech savvy person living in the 21st century is well aware of how they can use social media as a platform to get their opinions across, meet new people and connect with old acquaintances or simply get entertained. But there is another important use of mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube that is not known to many – making money. 

How to avoid a 'dadbod'

Wedding vows traditionally account for the possibility of bumps in the road ahead. For richer for poorer is an admirable sentiment. But they rarely mention a couple’s changing fortunes when it comes to body mass index (BMI). It is not unusual for newlyweds to notice their waistlines expanding. And research has shown that marriage does indeed make men fatter.

The Rights of Those Accused of Raping Women on Campus

While the "automatic assumption of guilt" with such accusations DOES need to be changed ... this is not the person to do it. However with roof of guilt those guilty need to be castrated just for starters (and yes that includes women who rape men - which happens more frequently than you might imagine).

Preparing for Doomsday

‘I’m going somewhere wonderful’

The skydivers wife raced to the hanger -- but it was too late.

Colorado's monthly pot sales are getting even higher

The Biomass Industry's Hollow Self-Regulatory Scheme

Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed

7 Things Selling Like Hotcakes Since Dumbaas Trump Stole Office

Black Tennessee woman says white doctor greeted her as ‘Aunt Jemima’

A Memphis, TN woman was appalled and hurt to be greeted by her white physician as “Aunt Jemima” at a recent appointment and says she is still trying to process the insult.

Idaho TV station forced to apologize

A TV station in Idaho has issued an apology after they illustrated a local story abut a bank robbery with a photo of Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson.

This Week In 'Cops Behaving Badly'

A new theory about fluorescent coral

It has been known for some time that some shallow-water corals use fluorescence as a protective mechanism:
...the pink and purple fluorescence in shallow waters act as a kind of sunscreen. The fluorescent pigments absorb damaging wavelengths of light and emit it as pink or purple light, protecting the single-celled organisms called zooxanthellae that live symbiotically inside coral. Zooxanthellae are photosynthetic and they provide the coral with food in exchange for shelter.
But now the phenomenon has been observed in coral at low-light depths:
Coral may be converting blue light into orange-red light that penetrates deeper into the coral tissue, where photosynthetic zooxanthellae live. Fluorescence, by definition, is the absorption of light in one color and the emission in another... Blue light may be good at penetrating water and for photosynthesis, but it doesn’t penetrate the coral’s tissues well. And zooxanthellae can live deep inside coral...
Mikhail Matz, a coral scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, says he’s not yet convinced this completely explains the function of the fluorescent pigment in deep water corals. As humans with eyes, we tend focus on the light coming from these coral. But maybe the glow isn’t the point. “The fluorescence may not be the important aspect. It could be a side effect,” he says. It could be that fluorescent proteins are actually there just to absorb light as the part of some metabolism, and the glow that we see is incidental to its true purpose.
More at The Atlantic.   The paper is at Proc Roy Soc B.

Cat serial killer jailed for 16 years

The Role of Cats & Dogs in Victorian Cases of Spousal Abuse

A blog post from Mimi Matthews is an overview of cases from the Victorian era of pets defending a woman from spousal abuse. It opens with the trial of George Amey, who assaulted his estranged wife, Isabella. George no longer lived with Isabella, but visited her in the home he had left, where she lived with her cat Topsy. An altercation began, and George threw Isabella down and started to strangle her.
George might have killed Isabella if not for Topsy’s sudden—and rather unexpected—intervention. Upon seeing her mistress being ill-used, the faithful cat sprang into action. As the Illustrated Police News relates:
    “The wife told the warrant-officer Roskelly that while on the ground and screaming, a favorite cat, named Topsy, suddenly sprang on her husband and fastened her claws in his eyes and her teeth in his face. Her husband could not tear the cat away, and he was obliged to implore her to take the cat from him to save his life.”
George was arrested, charged, and ultimately sentenced to prison for one month.
This is just the first of three cases that explain why women alone tend to become cat ladies or dog ladies. Although, in one case, it was the man's own dog that prevented him from killing his wife.

Fighting Mosquitoes with More Mosquitoes

Verily, the science division of Google, is conducting a field study of a plan to rid Silicon Valley of yellow fever mosquitoes -which can also carry dengue fever, malaria, and Zika. It involves releasing 20 millions more mosquitoes.
Verily is working with Fresno’s Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District to release 1 million male mosquitoes every week for 20 weeks, starting now. These mosquitoes have been rendered essentially sterile by infection with a bacteria called Wolbachia pipientis, which naturally colonizes mosquitoes and other insects in the wild. In time, if the local females continue to mate with the sterile males, the population should drop. The effort will ramp up to the full 1 million mosquito capacity over the next week, Kathleen Parkes, a Verily spokesperson, told The Verge in an email.
This wouldn't work in a species where a female mates with multiple partners before laying eggs, but apparently mosquitoes aren't like that. Of course, the first question is, what could possibly go wrong? It's not like we haven't tried "fixing" our environment by introducing new creatures who became invasive, and in this case, it's both mosquitoes and bacteria. Of course, the yellow fever mosquitoes are invasive already, but introducing one critter to take care of another critter has gone wrong before. The second thought one has is sympathy for the poor grad student who had to sort millions of male mosquitoes from the females. Read more about this project at the Verge.

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