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2015-03-20 16:55:46 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Nice jump!

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2015-03-19 20:29:11 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

São Miguel, Azores
This image from over the Azores island of São Miguel features a volcanic complex called the Sete Cidades Massif.
The circular crater or caldera dominates the image and measures about 5 km across. The interior has lakes, volcanic cones, lava domes and maars – or shallow, flooded craters.
The Lagoa das Sete Cidades – or Lagoon of Seven Cities – is comprised of two ecologically different lakes that are connected by a narrow passage, visible at the center of the image. The lake to the north is known as the Blue Lake while to the one to the south is the Green Lake for the colors they reflect.

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2015-03-19 20:29:11 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

São Miguel, Azores
This image from over the Azores island of São Miguel features a volcanic complex called the Sete Cidades Massif.
The circular crater or caldera dominates the image and measures about 5 km across. The interior has lakes, volcanic cones, lava domes and maars – or shallow, flooded craters.
The Lagoa das Sete Cidades – or Lagoon of Seven Cities – is comprised of two ecologically different lakes that are connected by a narrow passage, visible at the center of the image. The lake to the north is known as the Blue Lake while to the one to the south is the Green Lake for the colors they reflect.

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2015-04-29 20:55:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I would enjoy exploring old shipwrecks on the bottom of a lake or ocean.  :))

I would enjoy exploring old shipwrecks on the bottom of a lake or ocean.  :))___

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2015-04-29 20:50:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I watch in amazement. :))

I watch in amazement. :))___

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2015-03-20 16:55:46 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Nice jump!

Nice jump!___

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2015-03-19 20:56:02 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Crabbing a Ride
Photograph by Nancy Leigh, National Geographic Your Shot

Crabbing a Ride
Photograph by Nancy Leigh, National Geographic Your Shot___

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2015-03-19 20:53:25 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A newfound species of vampire crab, Geosesarma dennerle, shows off its purple claws.
By James Owen, National Geographic
                                                                                         

A newfound species of vampire crab, Geosesarma dennerle, shows off its purple claws.
By James Owen, National Geographic
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2015-03-19 20:46:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Layered Rocks near Mount Sharp on Mars
What caused these Martian rocks to be layered? The leading hypothesis is an ancient Martian lake that kept evaporating and refilling over 10 million years -- but has now remained dry and empty of water for billions of years. The featured image, taken last November by the robotic Curiosity rover, shows one-meter wide Whale Rock which is part of the Pahrump Hills outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp. Also evident in the image is cross-bedding -- rock with angled layers -- which were likely facilitated by waves of sand. Curiosity continues to find many layered rocks like this as it continues to roll around and up 5.5-km high Mount Sharp.
© JPL-Caltech/MSSS/NASA               

Layered Rocks near Mount Sharp on Mars
What caused these Martian rocks to be layered? The leading hypothesis is an ancient Martian lake that kept evaporating and refilling over 10 million years -- but has now remained dry and empty of water for billions of years. The featured image, taken last November by the robotic Curiosity rover, shows one-meter wide Whale Rock which is part of the Pahrump Hills outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp. Also evident in the image is cross-bedding -- rock with angled layers -- which were likely facilitated by waves of sand. Curiosity continues to find many layered rocks like this as it continues to roll around and up 5.5-km high Mount Sharp.
© JPL-Caltech/MSSS/NASA               ___

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2015-03-19 20:34:38 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I'm sneaking in to steal your chocolate. 

I'm sneaking in to steal your chocolate. ___

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2015-03-19 20:29:11 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

São Miguel, Azores
This image from over the Azores island of São Miguel features a volcanic complex called the Sete Cidades Massif.
The circular crater or caldera dominates the image and measures about 5 km across. The interior has lakes, volcanic cones, lava domes and maars – or shallow, flooded craters.
The Lagoa das Sete Cidades – or Lagoon of Seven Cities – is comprised of two ecologically different lakes that are connected by a narrow passage, visible at the center of the image. The lake to the north is known as the Blue Lake while to the one to the south is the Green Lake for the colors they reflect.

São Miguel, Azores
This image from over the Azores island of São Miguel features a volcanic complex called the Sete Cidades Massif.
The circular crater or caldera dominates the image and measures about 5 km across. The interior has lakes, volcanic cones, lava domes and maars – or shallow, flooded craters.
The Lagoa das Sete Cidades – or Lagoon of Seven Cities – is comprised of two ecologically different lakes that are connected by a narrow passage, visible at the center of the image. The lake to the north is known as the Blue Lake while to the one to the south is the Green Lake for the colors they reflect.___

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2015-03-19 20:27:27 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The heavens open: Rare hole-punch clouds cause spectacle in the sky over Washington and British Columbia.

The heavens open: Rare hole-punch clouds cause spectacle in the sky over Washington and British Columbia.___

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2015-03-19 20:23:23 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Isaac Cohen - Wood Artist

Isaac Cohen - Wood Artist___

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2015-03-19 20:18:07 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford

Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford___

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2015-03-19 20:17:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford

Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford___

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2015-03-19 20:02:57 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Tree Silhouetted and Framed by the Sunset by Miles Wolstenholme

Tree Silhouetted and Framed by the Sunset by Miles Wolstenholme___

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2015-03-19 20:00:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sunset at the Crop Field by Luis Argerich

Sunset at the Crop Field by Luis Argerich___

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2015-03-19 19:59:29 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Manhattan Beach Pier by Pedrosz

Manhattan Beach Pier by Pedrosz___

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2015-03-19 18:54:51 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Underground blasts fire Indianapolis manhole covers into air.
Thank goodness everyone is doing fine after this blast. 

INDIANAPOLIS — Underground explosions shot manhole covers into the air at a busy downtown Indianapolis intersection on Thursday, disrupting commuters, closing businesses and raising concerns about safety as the city prepares to host the Final Four next month.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the blasts, though similar incidents in recent years have been blamed on equipment malfunctions and electrical short-circuits.
Firefighters and utility crews were on the scene and power was cut for several blocks as a series of blasts sent the metal covers, each weighing as much as 160 pounds, into the air. Several buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
No injuries were immediately reported, but fire officials said one person was rescued after beingtr... more »

Underground blasts fire Indianapolis manhole covers into air.
Thank goodness everyone is doing fine after this blast. 

INDIANAPOLIS — Underground explosions shot manhole covers into the air at a busy downtown Indianapolis intersection on Thursday, disrupting commuters, closing businesses and raising concerns about safety as the city prepares to host the Final Four next month.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the blasts, though similar incidents in recent years have been blamed on equipment malfunctions and electrical short-circuits.
Firefighters and utility crews were on the scene and power was cut for several blocks as a series of blasts sent the metal covers, each weighing as much as 160 pounds, into the air. Several buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
No injuries were immediately reported, but fire officials said one person was rescued after being trapped in an elevator when power was cut.
An Indianapolis Power & Light spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. The utility tweeted that it could take several hours to restore power to the affected area once repairs are made.
Thursday's incident follows a similar issue Monday night, when smoke and fire began spewing from a sidewalk grate along Massachusetts Avenue in the city's downtown business district. IPL said the fire was ignited when equipment in an underground electrical vault malfunctioned.
More than a dozen similar incidents have occurred in Indianapolis over the last decade. In 2005, at least three blasts occurred in a nine-day period, including one near the Indiana Statehouse that injured three people, damaged a bookstore and forced authorities to evacuate dozens of residents. Those blasts were blamed on a series of short-circuits in underground utility lines caused by heavy rains and freezing and thawing.
In 2011, IPL blamed electrical shorts for a half-dozen explosions that damaged vehicles and raised concerns about the safety of those planning to attend the 2012 Super Bowl. Those blasts prompted state utility regulators to commission a study examining the cause of the blasts and the utility's maintenance practices.
IPL that year installed about 100 new manhole covers near Lucas Oil Stadium that were designed to reduce damage from underground explosions and fires.
Indianapolis Department of Public Safety spokesman Al Larsen said Thursday that his agency would work with the utility to conduct safety inspections in key downtown areas once repairs are made from the latest incidents.
He acknowledged that the upcoming Final Four, scheduled for April 4 and April 6, creates a sense of urgency to ensure visitors' safety.
"We know we obviously have a very big event coming up in less than three weeks where we're going to have the world descending on Indianapolis," he said. "We want to make sure we've got it all buttoned up."___

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2015-03-19 18:47:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Prehistoric crocodile discovered in Chatham County
News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.
Richard Stradling
RALEIGH - When it came time to name the previously unknown prehistoric crocodile whose bones were found in Chatham County several years ago, paleontologist Lindsay Zanno went with something decidedly unsubtle.
She chose Carnufex carolinesis, Latin for "Carolina butcher."
"I thought it had a nice ring," said Zanno, a research professor at N.C. State University who also runs the paleontology and geology lab at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. "When I saw this animal, and when we reconstructed its skull, it was clearly an animal built for slicing flesh."
The discovery of the Carolina butcher will be announced Thursday in a paper in the journal Scientific Reports and with a public presentation at the science museum in downtown Raleigh starting at... more »

Prehistoric crocodile discovered in Chatham County
News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.
Richard Stradling
RALEIGH - When it came time to name the previously unknown prehistoric crocodile whose bones were found in Chatham County several years ago, paleontologist Lindsay Zanno went with something decidedly unsubtle.
She chose Carnufex carolinesis, Latin for "Carolina butcher."
"I thought it had a nice ring," said Zanno, a research professor at N.C. State University who also runs the paleontology and geology lab at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. "When I saw this animal, and when we reconstructed its skull, it was clearly an animal built for slicing flesh."
The discovery of the Carolina butcher will be announced Thursday in a paper in the journal Scientific Reports and with a public presentation at the science museum in downtown Raleigh starting at 11 a.m.
The presentation includes an artist's rendering of what the creature might have looked like, based on the few bones that were found and what's known about its closest relatives.
This specimen was about 9 feet long and was probably a top predator, feasting on armored reptiles and early mammals found at the time, about 231 million years ago. This is the beginning of what's known as the late Triassic Period, when what is now Chatham County was near the equator in a warm, humid environment of ferns and conifers.
Scientists know the age of the creature not from its bones but from the age of the rocks in which it was found, in a quarry more than a decade ago.
'Bits and pieces'
Museum curator Vincent Schneider found the bones mostly encased in rock and brought them back to the museum, where they remained a mystery for years.
"You could only see bits and pieces of the bones," Zanno said. "Researchers had come to look at it, but nobody had really been sure what this animal was."
That changed after Zanno came to the museum in 2012 and after one of her graduate students who was studying Triassic animals, Susan Drymala, got interested in the bones.
When they took the rock apart, they found parts of a skull, spine and upper forelimb of what's known as a crocodylomorph, the ancestors of today's crocodiles. The anatomy was different from known crocodylomorphs from the time and it was three to four times larger, Zanno said.
Zanno said Carnufex appears to be a missing link between creatures that stood on their hind legs and had skulls that resembled a Tyrannosaurus rex and later ones that moved around on all fours, like present-day crocs and alligators.
'Walking on 2 legs'
Scientists won't know for sure until someone finds Carnufex's hind limbs, but the animal's small forelimbs suggest that it walked on its hind legs, Zanno said.
"We decided to learn toward walking on two legs, instead of walking on both front and back," she said. "But we don't have enough of the skeleton to say for sure either way."
The Carolina butcher is the second new ancient crocodile ancestor found near Raleigh and identified at the science museum in as many months. Last month, Appalachian State University geology professor Andrew B. Heckert announced the discovery of a new kind of aetosaur from the late Triassic Period with a distinctive ring of armor plates around its neck.
The fossilized bones had been encapsulated in Triassic rock removed from one of the region's clay mines which, Heckert said, provide a steady supply of new fossils to discover.___

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2015-03-18 12:58:21 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is amazing. 

This is amazing. ___

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2015-03-17 20:59:23 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Nice artwork. 

Nice artwork. ___

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2015-03-17 20:57:07 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

We all feel this way at one time or another. 

We all feel this way at one time or another. ___

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2015-03-17 20:54:32 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I can't feel my leg!

I can't feel my leg!___

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2015-03-17 20:52:30 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

We're all special.  :))

We're all special.  :))___

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2015-03-17 20:48:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Amen

Amen___

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2015-03-17 20:46:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-17 20:44:36 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I'm still laughing at this one.  hehehehe

I'm still laughing at this one.  hehehehe___

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2015-03-17 20:43:33 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Best place for them.

Best place for them.___

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2015-03-17 20:41:18 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is so true. 

This is so true. ___

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2015-03-17 20:39:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Makes about three dozen bites

1 pound small or medium red potatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
12 ounces to 1 pound thick-cut bacon
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1-3 teaspoons hot sauce
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Wash and dry the potatoes. Chop them into 1-inch pieces, keeping the chunks roughly the same size even if they aren't the exact same shape. Put the potatoes in a medium pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Season the water with 2 teaspoons of salt. Once the water begins to boil, cook the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes, until you can stick a fork into them without too much resistance. You want the potatoes to be almost, but not fully, cooked through so... more »

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Makes about three dozen bites

1 pound small or medium red potatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
12 ounces to 1 pound thick-cut bacon
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1-3 teaspoons hot sauce
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Wash and dry the potatoes. Chop them into 1-inch pieces, keeping the chunks roughly the same size even if they aren't the exact same shape. Put the potatoes in a medium pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Season the water with 2 teaspoons of salt. Once the water begins to boil, cook the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes, until you can stick a fork into them without too much resistance. You want the potatoes to be almost, but not fully, cooked through so they won't fall apart during the next steps.
Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the rosemary, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper, and toss until the potatoes are evenly coated.
Cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each potato bite in a piece of bacon, securing it with a toothpick. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil spaced an inch or two apart. You may need to cook the potatoes in two batches.
Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes, then flip each piece. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and as crisp as you like it. Mix the sour cream and hot sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pile the potato bites on a plate and serve alongside the dip.___

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2015-03-17 20:35:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I think my insurance agent is just a little paranoid. 

I think my insurance agent is just a little paranoid. ___

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2015-03-12 21:34:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Massive starfish deaths prompt calls for emergency help
Rob Hotakainen
© Elizabeth Cherny-Chipman/Oregon State University/AP Photo
WASHINGTON — With millions of starfish dying all along the West Coast, Washington state Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives say it's time for Congress to intervene and find out why.
The outbreak, first noticed in the state by rangers in Olympic National Park in June 2013, has hit 20 species of starfish, also known as sea stars.
After getting lesions on their bodies, the sea stars begin curling up and soon lose their legs, shriveling up and disintegrating into mush.
Researchers fear the epidemic may be the result of a virus caused by climate change, with the disease showing its fastest progression in warmer ocean waters.
"There has never been an outbreak of disease in natural populations of animals that I know that'sbe... more »

Massive starfish deaths prompt calls for emergency help
Rob Hotakainen
© Elizabeth Cherny-Chipman/Oregon State University/AP Photo
WASHINGTON — With millions of starfish dying all along the West Coast, Washington state Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives say it's time for Congress to intervene and find out why.
The outbreak, first noticed in the state by rangers in Olympic National Park in June 2013, has hit 20 species of starfish, also known as sea stars.
After getting lesions on their bodies, the sea stars begin curling up and soon lose their legs, shriveling up and disintegrating into mush.
Researchers fear the epidemic may be the result of a virus caused by climate change, with the disease showing its fastest progression in warmer ocean waters.
"There has never been an outbreak of disease in natural populations of animals that I know that's been this large," said Drew Harvell, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University who's been studying the starfish deaths on the San Juan Islands, in northwestern Washington state.
Rep. Denny Heck, along with Washington state's five other House Democrats, wants the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare "sea star wasting syndrome" an emergency before the starfish becomes extinct.
"The truth of the matter is we have absolutely no system in place to respond. None," Heck, a second-term congressman from Olympia, said in a speech on the House floor.
Heck's bill, called the Marine Disease Emergency Act, would require federal agencies to create a rapid response plan and free up research money for scientists, though it's uncertain what it might end up costing.
For starters, Heck wants Congress to set aside $12 million to coordinate research among federal agencies. And his bill would create a marine disease emergency fund in the Treasury Department to accept public donations for the effort.
Democratic Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor, Wash., who teamed up with Heck in 2013 to create the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, said he wanted to back the effort because starfish were "turning into goo" and their survival was necessary for the health of the region's waters.
"They're a keystone species: You take them out of the sound or out of the Pacific Ocean and it hurts animals like fish and whales that are higher up on the food chain," Kilmer said in an interview. "We can't have essential species like starfish disappear. That would cause dire impacts."
Harvell said dead starfish had been discovered all along the West Coast, from Alaska to Mexico. She said the epidemic hadn't been studied as extensively on the East Coast but that sea star deaths had been reported in many states, including Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Louisiana and Florida.
"It's pretty horrific," she said in an interview. "They develop large lesions in the body wall and their organs start to fall out of those and their arms walk away. ... The first priority in any disease outbreak is to figure out what's causing it. It's something we're equipped scientifically to deal with. We have all the tools, but they cost money."
Heck introduced a similar bill last year that did not pass. Proponents of this year's legislation acknowledge that it will be a tough sell in a Congress that's getting little done beyond the basics.
"The biggest hurdle is not the bill. The biggest hurdle is that Congress is not exactly a legislative juggernaut right now, to say the least," Kilmer said. "But I think there's an understanding that this is an important issue."
Heck, who held up a rubber starfish when he promoted the bill in his speech on the House floor last month, said in an interview that backers of the legislation had one big weapon on their side.
"We're helped greatly by the kind of tragic visuals that come out of melting starfish," he said. And he hopes that the public's familiarity with starfish will boost the cause, too: "If you live anywhere near a coast, you've walked on that sand and picked one up."
With 12 co-sponsors backing his bill — including members from California, Florida, New Jersey and Oregon — Heck said it was proof that the epidemic was a national issue. He said his bill would create a national data repository to quickly disseminate any research linked to starfish deaths in all states. And it would set up a national volunteer working group to advise the federal government on marine disease emergencies.
"The origin of my passion dates to being a kid on the Washington coast and picking them up, seashells and sea stars," Heck said. "If you grow up here and your parents go camping on the coast, it's one of those wondrous things. ... It tugs at my heart. This is a massive kill-off, and we have absolutely no federal mechanism to respond."
Harvell is hoping Congress will change that.
"This is a start, and you've got to start somewhere," she said. "I've certainly done a lot of soul-searching about this: Why should people care about starfish when we've got some really huge human-related issues internationally? ISIS is just one small example, and poverty and food issues. But you know, starfish are sentinels about conditions in our oceans, which are a huge economic interest to us. Starfish are special."
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NATIONAL EMERGENCY FOR STARFISH?
Hoping to end a massive kill-off of starfish, Democratic Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., wants Congress to declare a national emergency to fight "sea star wasting syndrome."
His bill, called the Marine Disease Emergency Act, would:
Appropriate $12 million to coordinate research and require a response by the federal government within 120 days of being signed into law.
Create a "marine disease emergency fund" in the U.S. Treasury Department to accept public donations.
Set up a national data repository to aid the rapid dissemination of research.
Establish a permanent volunteer "marine disease working group" to advise the federal government on marine disease emergencies.
Heck has lined up 12 co-sponsors: Democratic Reps. Derek Kilmer, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene of Washington state, Lois Capps and Jared Huffman of California, Patrick Murphy of Florida, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Frank Pallone of New Jersey, and Republican Reps. David Jolly of Florida and Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey.
So far, no similar bill has been introduced in the Senate, but Heck said he'd asked for help from Washington state Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
Source: Office of U.S. Rep. Denny Heck.___

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2015-03-12 21:29:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Meet The 7-Foot Lobster Centipede Of Your Nightmares
Popular Science    Mary Beth Griggs

Behold the visage of this 7-foot long, 480 million-year-old Aegirocassis benmoulae, a massive, segmented creature that is described as looking something like a lobster mixed with a centipede.
The fossilized remains of a spectacular Aegirocassis benmoulae found in Morocco were detailed in a Nature study published this week. The species belongs to a group of animals called anomalocaridids that are distant relatives of arthropods, and were poorly understood until very recently. This particular fossil is unusual in that it was preserved in three dimensions likely due to a storm or some other violent event that quickly buried the creature in the seafloor.
If you have any aversion to animals with segmented bodies and exoskeletons, this probably wouldn't be your first choice of a swimmingco... more »

Meet The 7-Foot Lobster Centipede Of Your Nightmares
Popular Science    Mary Beth Griggs

Behold the visage of this 7-foot long, 480 million-year-old Aegirocassis benmoulae, a massive, segmented creature that is described as looking something like a lobster mixed with a centipede.
The fossilized remains of a spectacular Aegirocassis benmoulae found in Morocco were detailed in a Nature study published this week. The species belongs to a group of animals called anomalocaridids that are distant relatives of arthropods, and were poorly understood until very recently. This particular fossil is unusual in that it was preserved in three dimensions likely due to a storm or some other violent event that quickly buried the creature in the seafloor.
If you have any aversion to animals with segmented bodies and exoskeletons, this probably wouldn't be your first choice of a swimming companion. But Aegirocassis benmoulae was a filter feeder who munched on plankton and used flaps along his segmented body to propel through the water.
Despite looking like a terror sent up from the creepy crawly depths, it is technically related to the lobster, and due to rigorous experiments we know humans are capable of eating bugs. So, the only question now is how many buckets of drawn butter would we need to go along with this guy?___

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2015-03-12 16:04:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Wow!

Wow!___

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2015-03-12 16:00:28 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Hug it out
Meerkats embrace each other in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
© Image Broker/REX               

Hug it out
Meerkats embrace each other in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
© Image Broker/REX               ___

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2015-03-12 15:59:35 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Big love
Two elephants play in their enclosure in Nairobi, Kenya.
© RADU SIGHETI/Newscom/Reuters               

Big love
Two elephants play in their enclosure in Nairobi, Kenya.
© RADU SIGHETI/Newscom/Reuters               ___

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2015-03-12 15:58:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Hold me
Prairie dogs appear to kiss and cuddle at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic.
© Jan Pelcman/Solent News/Rex Feat               

Hold me
Prairie dogs appear to kiss and cuddle at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic.
© Jan Pelcman/Solent News/Rex Feat               ___

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2015-03-12 15:56:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Royal love
Lions cuddle in their enclosure at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany
© CHARISIUS/Newscom/Reuters               

Royal love
Lions cuddle in their enclosure at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany
© CHARISIUS/Newscom/Reuters               ___

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2015-03-12 15:55:43 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A chilly affair
Polar bears appear to be hugging in Alaska.
© Oliver Smart/Solent News/Rex Fea               

A chilly affair
Polar bears appear to be hugging in Alaska.
© Oliver Smart/Solent News/Rex Fea               ___

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2015-03-12 15:54:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Shape of my heart
A pair of African swans.
© Design Pics Inc/Rex Features               

Shape of my heart
A pair of African swans.
© Design Pics Inc/Rex Features               ___

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2015-03-12 15:54:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Can't get enough of you
A pair of red squirrels in Minsk, Belarus.
© Siarhei Biazberdy/Solent News/Re               

Can't get enough of you
A pair of red squirrels in Minsk, Belarus.
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2015-03-12 15:53:14 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Shell we?
A pair of snails in Sambas, Indonesia.
© Roby Iwan/Solent News/REX               

Shell we?
A pair of snails in Sambas, Indonesia.
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2015-03-12 15:44:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Stunt pilots from The Immortals team fly past pyrotechnics as they perform at The Australian International Airshow in Avalon, Australia.
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Stunt pilots from The Immortals team fly past pyrotechnics as they perform at The Australian International Airshow in Avalon, Australia.
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2015-03-12 15:18:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

 Poor thing needs a coat to keep warm.  :))
A newly born chicken of Slovak breed Oravka is pictured in a homemade incubator on March 11, 2015, in Hviezdoslavov, Slovakia.
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 Poor thing needs a coat to keep warm.  :))
A newly born chicken of Slovak breed Oravka is pictured in a homemade incubator on March 11, 2015, in Hviezdoslavov, Slovakia.
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2015-03-11 20:36:00 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

If you skip up to the 1:25 mark the path has gaping holes in it.  Watching this made me weak in the knees. 

If you skip up to the 1:25 mark the path has gaping holes in it.  Watching this made me weak in the knees. ___

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2015-03-06 21:04:08 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Hike among Bryce Canyon's hoodoos
At the top of the geological ‘Grand Staircase,’ which extends south all the way to the Grand Canyon, sits Bryce Canyon. Surrounded by aromatic pine and juniper forests, it’s best known for its iconic hoodoos, weathered spires of rock that reach up to 10 stories high. Viewpoints along the national park’s main road are stirring, but take time to wander on foot down into the canyon for some gasp-worthy spectacles. One popular hiking route, the Navajo Trail, starts from aptly named Sunset Point.
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Hike among Bryce Canyon's hoodoos
At the top of the geological ‘Grand Staircase,’ which extends south all the way to the Grand Canyon, sits Bryce Canyon. Surrounded by aromatic pine and juniper forests, it’s best known for its iconic hoodoos, weathered spires of rock that reach up to 10 stories high. Viewpoints along the national park’s main road are stirring, but take time to wander on foot down into the canyon for some gasp-worthy spectacles. One popular hiking route, the Navajo Trail, starts from aptly named Sunset Point.
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2015-03-06 21:03:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Angel's Landing and the Narrows in Zion National Park
Its name bestowed by Mormon settlers who found it utterly heavenly, Zion National Park is an oasis in the desert. Here a meandering river snakes between dizzyingly high canyon walls, and secret springs and emerald pools hide in shady grottos. For postcard-worthy photos, there are really only two directions to go: up or down. Choose up, and you’ll be tackling the vertiginous hiking trail to the top of Angels Landing (5785ft). Pick down, and you’ll strap on a helmet to rappel in twisted slot canyons before splashing down into the dramatic Narrows of the bubbling Virgin River.
© Michele Falzone/Getty Images               

Angel's Landing and the Narrows in Zion National Park
Its name bestowed by Mormon settlers who found it utterly heavenly, Zion National Park is an oasis in the desert. Here a meandering river snakes between dizzyingly high canyon walls, and secret springs and emerald pools hide in shady grottos. For postcard-worthy photos, there are really only two directions to go: up or down. Choose up, and you’ll be tackling the vertiginous hiking trail to the top of Angels Landing (5785ft). Pick down, and you’ll strap on a helmet to rappel in twisted slot canyons before splashing down into the dramatic Narrows of the bubbling Virgin River.
© Michele Falzone/Getty Images               ___

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2015-03-06 21:02:27 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Canyonland's Island in the Sky
Words can’t do justice to Canyonlands National Park’s desert wilderness of twisting canyons, eroded buttes and sheer cliffs painted in pastel hues. For a bird’s-eye perspective, follow the scenic drive through the Island in the Sky district, a series stunning overlooks. Get out of the car to hike into the cinematic landscape, or gear up for a 4WD adventure along rugged backcountry White Rim Rd.
© Alan Majchrowicz/Getty Images               

Canyonland's Island in the Sky
Words can’t do justice to Canyonlands National Park’s desert wilderness of twisting canyons, eroded buttes and sheer cliffs painted in pastel hues. For a bird’s-eye perspective, follow the scenic drive through the Island in the Sky district, a series stunning overlooks. Get out of the car to hike into the cinematic landscape, or gear up for a 4WD adventure along rugged backcountry White Rim Rd.
© Alan Majchrowicz/Getty Images               ___

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2015-03-06 21:01:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Bonneville Salt Flats
Dazzlingly white and so flat that they feel as if they could go on forever, the Bonneville Salt Flats are a ghostly apparition at the Utah-Nevada border. At the speedway, world land speed records have been set and broken. Race events are still held there every year, all free to show up and watch. You’ll be amazed simply by the sight of this lunar landscape as you whiz by on Interstate 80. Even better, turn off onto the marked access road for a meditative walk into the otherworldly vastness.
© Dmitriy Kostyuchenko/Getty Images               

Bonneville Salt Flats
Dazzlingly white and so flat that they feel as if they could go on forever, the Bonneville Salt Flats are a ghostly apparition at the Utah-Nevada border. At the speedway, world land speed records have been set and broken. Race events are still held there every year, all free to show up and watch. You’ll be amazed simply by the sight of this lunar landscape as you whiz by on Interstate 80. Even better, turn off onto the marked access road for a meditative walk into the otherworldly vastness.
© Dmitriy Kostyuchenko/Getty Images               ___

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2015-03-06 21:00:37 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Rafting on the Colorado River
The mighty Colorado River, which carves the Grand Canyon as it flows from the Continental Divide toward the Pacific, also winds through Utah. Get a keen sense of its epic scale and timeless beauty by getting your feet wet on a rafting expedition. With outfitters in Moab, join a family-friendly float through the Fisher Towers or commit to a hair-raising paddle through the whitewater rapids of Cataract Canyon.
© Dean Fikar/Getty Images               

Rafting on the Colorado River
The mighty Colorado River, which carves the Grand Canyon as it flows from the Continental Divide toward the Pacific, also winds through Utah. Get a keen sense of its epic scale and timeless beauty by getting your feet wet on a rafting expedition. With outfitters in Moab, join a family-friendly float through the Fisher Towers or commit to a hair-raising paddle through the whitewater rapids of Cataract Canyon.
© Dean Fikar/Getty Images               ___

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2015-03-06 20:59:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sunset over the Great Salt Lake
Covering almost 1000 square miles, the Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the hemisphere. Shimmering on the horizon, it looked like a mirage to early pioneers. Dotted across the lake are several islands, and one of them – Antelope Island – is open to the public as a state park. Go swimming in the mineral-rich waters or follow hiking and mountain-biking trails with panoramic lake views that are most unforgettable at sunset. The island is also a perfect place to spot wildlife, especially migratory birds, desert bighorn sheep and even American bison.
© Scott Stringham/Getty Images               

Sunset over the Great Salt Lake
Covering almost 1000 square miles, the Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the hemisphere. Shimmering on the horizon, it looked like a mirage to early pioneers. Dotted across the lake are several islands, and one of them – Antelope Island – is open to the public as a state park. Go swimming in the mineral-rich waters or follow hiking and mountain-biking trails with panoramic lake views that are most unforgettable at sunset. The island is also a perfect place to spot wildlife, especially migratory birds, desert bighorn sheep and even American bison.
© Scott Stringham/Getty Images               ___

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2015-03-06 20:59:02 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Monument Valley on horseback
Spanning the Utah-Arizona border, Monument Valley is one of the most photographed places in the USA. Located on Navajo tribal land, soaring sandstone buttes tower up to 1000ft above the valley floor. The landscape is instantly recognizable from countless classic Hollywood Western movies. You’ll best appreciate the gargantuan scale of this place on a guided horseback ride. To savor the sight at your leisure, The View Hotel perches on the very edge of the valley, and every room comes with its own east-facing balcony to catch a glorious sunrise.
© Stefan Mendelsohn/Getty Images               

Monument Valley on horseback
Spanning the Utah-Arizona border, Monument Valley is one of the most photographed places in the USA. Located on Navajo tribal land, soaring sandstone buttes tower up to 1000ft above the valley floor. The landscape is instantly recognizable from countless classic Hollywood Western movies. You’ll best appreciate the gargantuan scale of this place on a guided horseback ride. To savor the sight at your leisure, The View Hotel perches on the very edge of the valley, and every room comes with its own east-facing balcony to catch a glorious sunrise.
© Stefan Mendelsohn/Getty Images               ___

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