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Chimps and Bees Do It, But Is Democracy Natural?
Nature metaphors speak of top dogs, queen bees and kings of the jungle, but not many senators of the savannah are voter bees. Our own democratic system may be rooted in the instincts of our ape ancestors. But how natural is it?
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Feb 24

Chimps and Bees Do It, But Is Democracy Natural?

Nature metaphors speak of top dogs, queen bees and kings of the jungle, but not many senators of the savannah are voter bees. Our own democratic system may be rooted in the instincts of our ape ancestors. But how natural is it?

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THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Solar Storm Paints Stunning Northern Lights
“No words can describe the experience of the Northern Lights show tonight,” said Jónína Óskarsdóttir, who took this magnificent photo in Iceland last night.
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Mar 10

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Solar Storm Paints Stunning Northern Lights

“No words can describe the experience of the Northern Lights show tonight,” said Jónína Óskarsdóttir, who took this magnificent photo in Iceland last night.

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DISCOVERY
I found this man on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. He was leaning heavily on his cane, looking down, wearing a grimaced face. I felt bad for him, so I smiled and waved when I walked past. His face changed completely. He lit up, smiled wide, and gave me a cheery greeting. There was nothing forced about it. He seemed like a man who went through life looking for the smallest excuses to be happy.
I walked 50 feet down the sidewalk, turned around, and walked back to him. “I want to take your photo,” I told him, “because of how big you smiled when I walked by.”He said: “Well I saw someone smiling at me who I didn’t even know. So I thought: ‘By God! I Better do something!’”
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Apr 25

DISCOVERY

I found this man on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. He was leaning heavily on his cane, looking down, wearing a grimaced face. I felt bad for him, so I smiled and waved when I walked past. His face changed completely. He lit up, smiled wide, and gave me a cheery greeting. There was nothing forced about it. He seemed like a man who went through life looking for the smallest excuses to be happy.


I walked 50 feet down the sidewalk, turned around, and walked back to him. “I want to take your photo,” I told him, “because of how big you smiled when I walked by.”

He said: “Well I saw someone smiling at me who I didn’t even know. So I thought: ‘By God! I Better do something!’”

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(Source: humansofnewyork, via discoverynews)

Wood and leather prosthetic toe used to facilitate walking, dated 950-710 BC. Found on a female mummy near Luxor. Source: (BBC)
Ancient Egyptians were at the forefront of medicine. They are regarded as the first formal civilization to document practiced medicine. There were many specialties in Egyptian medicine, including what is known as modern day dentists, ophthalmologists, and proctologists.
Jun 14

Wood and leather prosthetic toe used to facilitate walking, dated 950-710 BC. Found on a female mummy near Luxor. Source: (BBC)

Ancient Egyptians were at the forefront of medicine. They are regarded as the first formal civilization to document practiced medicine. There were many specialties in Egyptian medicine, including what is known as modern day dentists, ophthalmologists, and proctologists.

(Source: valuablescience, via discoverynews)

"If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas? What language should I use?"

- Michigan state Representative Lisa Brown wonders why she was prohibited from using the medically correct term for her vajayjay on the House floor. (via Washington Post Style)

(Source: washingtonpoststyle, via discoverynews)

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Oct 23

What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

A time lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. Beginning over the Pacific Ocean and continuing over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.

Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the Earth’s ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite and the stars of our galaxy.

(via discoverynews)