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What’s the Difference Between Poisonous and Venomous Animals? | Science | Smithsonian

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The first known venomous frogs, discovered in Brazil, raise some basic questions about toxic biology

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LEAKED: Official U.S. Navy Photos of Arctic UFO Encounter – Secrets of the Fed

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Amazing Black-and-White Photographs Show the World from Between the 1940s and 1960s Through Édouard Boubat’s Eyes

Édouard Boubat was born in 1923. He spent his childhood in Paris and studied typography and graphic arts at the École Estienne and worked for a printing company before becoming a photographer. He took his first photograph after the war in 1946 and was awarded the Kodak Prize the following year. From 1952 to 1967, he traveled around the world taking pictures, then worked freelance with the Rapho agency. His friend, the poet Jacques Prévert, called him the “correspondent of peace.” Boubat died on June 30th, 1999, at the age of 75.

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10 of the Sneakiest, Most Conniving Animals In the World

The sneakiest animals on the planet are featured here. The bird who pretends to be shade is, ehem, particularly shady.

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Scientists researching brain disorders create super-clever mice

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have genetically modified mice to be super-intelligent and found they are also less anxious, a discovery that may help the search for treatments for disorders such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers from Britain and Canada found that altering a single gene to block the phosphodiesterase-4B (PDE4B) enzyme, which is found in many organs including the brain, made mice cleverer and at the same time less fearful. “Our work using mice has identified phosphodiesterase-4B as a promising target for potential new treatments,” said Steve Clapcote, a lecturer in pharmacology at Britain’s Leeds University, who led the study.

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From US Marine to Zen Monk on Vimeo

*English, Japanese & Polish subtitles available Scott Mangis is a former US Marine who now lives his life as a Zen monk near Tokyo, Japan. We explore Scott’s life story and path that lead him to completely change his way of living.

The Fight for 15: One Organization Champions a Higher Minimum Wage, Unionizing Workers

The Service Employees International Union has had unexpected success raising the minimum wage in cities across the country. But how far can they take that success without adding new union members?

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Jason Koxvold photographs Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan in his series “BLACK – WATER.”

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Evolving a Defense, Mimics Save Themselves

Many animals make elaborate disguises to save themselves from predators. And the disguises often seem to be better than they need to be.

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Weegee, Dancing is Free in Central Park, July 1945 (644.1993)

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As far as new age social utopias go, it’s doesn’t get any more spectacular than the Rainbow Gathering. With members in the tens of thousands and a long spanning tradition in every imaginable alternative lifestyle, the Rainbow tribe certainly knows how to put together a happening. It began with the counter-culture “dropout” movement in the USA and a disappointed generation searching to start society from scratch by moving to remote rural areas, far from the reach of their corrupt industrial civilization (or Babylon as the Rastafarian fraction likes to refer to it). Temporary hippy villages started popping up all over the globe to accommodate the ever growing new age nomadic community, all the while maintaining an air of secrecy and mystique – locations and dates typically spread through word of mouth and are communicated in a romanticized tribal language of full moons, rivers and mountains.

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Columbus, Georgia, circa 1956. “Boys Club picnic.” RC Cola outlier on the left, and he’s armed.

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Watch What Happens to Your Luggage at the Airport | Mental Floss

There’s a little more turbulence, and a lot fewer people.

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A Guide to Chinese Intelligence Operations

Discussion of China’s intelligence threat often seems over-hyped if not disconnected from reality. Apart from cyber intrusions, little evidence suggests Ch

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Drought Is Causing California to Sink Fast

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Nowhere to go but down.

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Undercover Police Have Regularly Spied On Black Lives Matter Activists in New York

Nearly 300 MTA documents confirm that undercover officers attended numerous Black Lives Matter protests in New York and that police have tracked their movements and kept individual photos of them on file.

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Multiversal truths

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In our second brief on scientific mysteries, we ask whether the world might make more sense if other universes existed

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This is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising

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It takes a lot of hard work to stay in shape, which is why it’s important to exercise on a regular basis. But it’s not always possible to remain active, and sometimes a few days off can turn into a more… extended hiatus. Here’s what happens to your body when you suddenly stop exercising.

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A Tribute To The Majestic Animals Of This World

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Largest freshwater lake on Earth was reduced to desert dunes in just a few hundred years

Fossilized fish. The drying of Lake Mega-Chad reveals a story of 150629162542_1_540x360dramatic climate change in the southern Sahara, with a rapid change from a giant lake to desert dunes and dust, due to changes in rainfall from the West African Monsoon.
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—Researchers from Royal Holloway, Birkbeck and Kings College, University of London used satellite images to map abandoned shore lines around Palaeolake Mega-Chad, and analysed sediments to calculate the age of these shore lines, producing a lake level history spanning the last 15,000 years.
—At its peak around 6,000 years ago, Palaeolake Mega-Chad was the largest freshwater lake on Earth, with an area of 360,000 km2. Now today’s Lake Chad is reduced to a fraction of that size, at only 355 km2. The drying of Lake Mega-Chad reveals a story of dramatic climate change in the southern Sahara, with a rapid change from a giant lake to desert dunes and dust, due to changes in rainfall from the West African Monsoon.

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‘The Evil Hours,’ by David J. Morris

The field of psychiatric studies exploded during World War0222-bks-PERCY-master315 II because of an influx of traumatized soldiers. War is a kind of grand opening for studies of the mind. Historically, interest in trauma studies rises sharply during wartime, then wanes in its aftermath. But this time, even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan recede from public attention, rates of post-traumatic stress disorder have continued to increase. PTSD is currently the fourth-most-common psychiatric disorder in America.
—“And yet,” David J. Morris, a journalist and former Marine infantry officer who suffered from PTSD, writes in his stunning new book “The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” “like many mental health disorders, there is a broad disagreement about what exactly PTSD is, who gets it and how best to treat it.” “The Evil Hours” is a provocative, exhaustively researched and deeply moving analysis of traumatic memory and how we make sense of it. This book will teach you that a failure to understand this disorder is a failure “to acknowledge that trauma is part of the human condition,” and that to turn away from its history is to make yourself complicit in a plague of American disengagement. “No other people in history is as disconnected from the brutality of war,” Morris writes, “as the United States today.”

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[repost] The Secret Photographs Adolf Hitler Wanted to Ban from the World Forever

These secret photographs are from an early propaganda pamphlet titled “Deutschland Erwache” (Germany Awaken) written in the 1930s that Hitler later disliked. Apparently an English soldier found the photos and his family hung on to them for years. They’re now set to be published in a book called The Rise of Hitler by Trevor Salisbury. You can kind of see why even a monster like Hitler was embarrassed by the photos, which include gems like this.

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Islamic State’s Architect Of Death

A Conversation with an ISIS Suicide Bomber Logistician

The terrorist, Ammar Ali (Abu Abdallah), General supplier with explosives to Baghdad, and has dozens of operations in Baghdad, and now it is one in prisons in, baghdad, Iraq. June 17 2015.

The terrorist, Ammar Ali (Abu Abdallah), General supplier with explosives to Baghdad, and has dozens of operations in Baghdad, and now it is one in prisons in, baghdad, Iraq. June 17 2015.


—The heavy gate slowly opened, but only after the guards had called in to headquarters to confirm the identity of the SPIEGEL team and its 10 p.m. appointment. Inside was an obstacle course of four-meter-high concrete walls with Humvees, equipped with mounted machine guns, parked at two different corners. Only then did the actual prison gate appear.
—The high-security facility is in Baghdad, but its name and exact location cannot be revealed. These were the conditions for an interview with its most prominent inmate: a gaunt man in his late 30s known by his nom de guerre, Abu Abdullah. For one and a half years, he was the head logistician for suicide attacks carried out by Islamic State in Baghdad. Abu Abdullah is one of the few Islamic State leaders to have been taken into custody alive. Most either blow themselves up or swallow the capsules of poison many of them carry so as to avoid capture. Or they die in a firefight. Being captured alive is not part of the terror group’s concept.

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The village where men are banned

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Only women are allowed to live in Umoja. Julie Bindel visits the Kenyan village that began as a refuge for survivors of sexual violence – and discovers its inhabitants are thriving in the single-sex community

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 The Slow Sad End of the Last House on a Sinking Island

The town of Holland Island was once a thriving fishing village off the coast in the Chesapeake Bay. In the early 1900’s, the island had 70 homes, stores, and other buildings. Now, due to a combination of factors including sea-level rise, coastal erosion, and settling bedrock from the ice age, the town has been completely submerged beneath the waters. In this sad yet beautiful series of photos, you can watch the process of this house as it slowly disappears into the ocean. In the early 1900’s, Holland Island was a thriving fishing village.

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How Hacking Team Created Spyware that Allowed the FBI To Monitor Tor Browser

In July of 2012, FBI contractor Pradeep Lal contacted the customer AP_100211138365-promosupport department of the Italian company Hacking Team, a maker of spyware for law enforcement and intelligence agencies worldwide. Lal needed help; he had used Hacking Team software to break into and monitor an investigative target’s computer, but the monitoring wasn’t working as well as Lal expected. It reported what addresses his target visited in normal web browsers, but not when his target used Tor Browser, software designed to mask sensitive web surfing.
—Lal described his problem succinctly, complaining on Hacking Team’s customer website that the company’s “URL collector does not collect web traffic on TOR browser,” according to a large trove of emails and other documents recently obtained by one or more computer hackers. He then outlined the steps someone might take to reproduce the problem he encountered with Hacking Team spyware:

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How books help us to be better human beings

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Is literature therapy, comfort food, or a route to self-knowledge? Four literary critics pick up where Montaigne left off.

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10 Remarkable Similarities Between Ancient Civilizations That Offer Proof Of Universal Prehistoric Knowledge

There are many reasons why ancient history should be re-written.
—In this top list we display ten remarkable similarities that clearly offer proof prehistoric civilizations shared a universal scientific and technological knowledge.

1. Mystery Of Ancient Metal Clamps – Advanced Lost Technology Modern Science Still Cannot Explain

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When Blooms the Coffee

Forget roses or lilies…. for millions of people around the world these are, perhaps unknowingly, 143699175631883the most important flowers in their lives. Without them mornings would most likely be quite different. The urge to sleep might not be foiled, the two-glasses-of-wine-too-many pounding at the temples would not be relieved and almost certainly the amount of work-based homicides would rise. Some people might not manifest any discernible personality at all throughout the entire day.This is the coffee flower and upon its gentle bloom civilization as we know it depends. Not only that, it’s gorgeous.Image Chip and AndyImage flypigThere is a pleasing order to the way the coffee flowers extend in neat rows along the branches of the coffea plant, as if some invisible arranger had been at work or play or both. Untidy, chaotic nature has cleaned up its act. The glossy green leaves highlight the pure whiteness of the Coffea arabica flowers (globally the most cultivated variety), arrayed in immaculate natural ranks. These particular white lines are destined to become the morning medication of countless numbers of people. Yet that is still some way off. The flowers must inevitably wither, to be replaced by the berries and their seeds which must then undergo a number of processes before they become the familiar roasted coffee of our cupboards, restorer of lucidity, guardian of sanity, keeper of peace.Image flypigYet for a brief period of time these resplendent flowers represent everything that coffee is but give promise, too, of everything it will become. When blooms the coffee, nations persevere.

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School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell): Chuck Berry

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Heroin, painkiller addictions go hand-in-hand

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Heroin use in the US has increased 63 percent in 10 years. And, 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids.

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Dustin Hoffman stands outside his home on West 11th street. The house next door was destroyed by the Weather Underground who accidentally detonated a bomb they were assembling in the basement, 3 Weathermen were killed, the blast blew a hole in Hoffman’s living room wall. March 6, 1970.

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Holt Cemetery

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In a city that can often feel like one giant necropolis, New Orleans’ Holt Cemetery sets itself apart in that 99 percent of its dead are buried below ground – despite a legendarily high water table.
—For years the land had been informally designated as a site for potter’s graves before Dr. Joseph Holt officially established the cemetery in 1879. Primarily belonging to African-Americans, the plots have been handed down for generations, and remain in the hands of family members so long as they are well maintained. Family members are buried in wooden caskets that rapidly decompose, allowing for quick and continued reuse of the tiny plots.
—Grave markers are handmade. ranging from everyday items like PVC pipes and garden fences, to painted fence posts and astroturf, to plastic headstones adorned with adhesive lettering. Mouldering teddybears and plastic flowers are common, chilling decorations left for children.

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The Hunt for Narco Subs

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If Colombian narco sub busts are so rare, how many drug-loaded semi-submersibles go by undetected?

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Late Excursions Through the London Streets – Berfrois

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At the end of the seventeenth century a new literary genre or subgenrenightwalking1 emerged in England, one that might be characterized as the nocturnal picaresque. Its authors, who were moralists or satirists or social tourists, or all of these at the same time, and who were almost invariably male, purported to recount their episodic adventures as pedestrians patrolling the streets of the metropolis at night.

These narratives, which often provided detailed portraits of particular places, especially ones with corrupt reputations, also paid close attention to the precise times when more or less nefarious activities unfolded in the streets. As distinct from diaries, they were noctuaries (in his Dictionary of the English Language [1755], Samuel Johnson defined a “noctuary” simply as “an account of what passes at night”).1 These apparently unmediated, more or less diaristic accounts of what happened during the course of the night on the street embodied either a tragic or a comic parable of the city, depending on whether their authors intended to celebrate its nightlife or condemn it as satanic.
—The nocturnal picaresque, composed more often in prose than verse, was a distinctively modern, metropolitan form that, like several other literary genres that emerged in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, comprised a response to the dramatic social and architectural transformations of the metropolis after the Great Fire of 1666.

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Ten books that changed the world

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From Euclid’s Elements to Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, and from Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex to Shakespeare First Folio … 10 authors choose books ‘not of an age, but for all time’

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The Grandest Art of the Ancients by Ingrid D. Rowland

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Among the ancient world’s most famous bronzes there were images of gods, like the colossal Athena Promachos who guarded the Athenian Acropolis (the glint of her spear could be seen from Cape Sounion, more than fifty kilometers distant), an early work of the great Pheidias, designer and master sculptor of the Parthenon, and the still-larger statue of Apollo known as the Colossus of Rhodes. But bronze, with its warm sheen and its flexibility, lent itself above all to the portrayal of human beings.

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