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Amber Peall
I'm English, Egalitarian and Pastafarian.
I'm English, Egalitarian and Pastafarian.

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This comes under the heading of "I told you so" - when the stress of bills is alleviated, people want to use their time well, to help themselves and others. If you're not familiar with the concept of UBI, now is a good time to have a look - it's a cool idea and is proving very effective. 
The most important result to look out for in Universal Basic Income experimental results is 'impact upon local consumer demand levels', not because other factors, such as impact upon job seeking, job availability or startup formation are any less important, but because putting money directly into the hands of the poor through the introduction of more established welfare-based programs ALREADY has a great track record of increasing local trade, so UBI can be measured against a directly comparable intervention benchmark against which economic sustainability can be judged.

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Does what it says...!

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Surprisingly effective at finding the right page...

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Oh yes! That's exactly right - and some days, you're lucky enough to get buffs and regen bonuses!

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3 new Chameleon species identified from central Africa!

University of Texas at El Paso doctoral candidate Daniel Hughes liked to catch lizards when he was little, but never imagined he would be catching and discovering new species of chameleons. The Ph.D. candidate in UTEP's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program has discovered three new species of chameleons. The reptile trio, historically thought to be a single species, was found in different parts of the Albertine Rift in Central Africa.

The findings recently were published in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

"We are hopeful that the formal descriptions of these three endemic chameleon species will be used to increase conservation awareness and galvanize transboundary protection efforts across these irreplaceable regions," Hughes said.

The specimens were collected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 2009 and 2014, mainly by Hughes' mentor Eli Greenbaum, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences. The location is rich with biodiversity, but because of political unrest, researchers have been reluctant to go there. Greenbaum has been traveling and conducting research in the area for about 10 years.

"We had this really nice dataset with samples collected all throughout the range of a particular species which meant we could really figure out its true diversity," Hughes said. "We took to the next step and ultimately described three new species."

Hughes joined Greenbaum three years ago in the field, and specifically came to UTEP to study under Greenbaum in 2013. The new scientist was able to describe the three new chameleon species after carefully analyzing geographical, morphological, and DNA data; a process that was followed by nearly two years of external confirmation.

Two of the new chameleons, Rugege Highlands Forest Chameleon (Kinyongia rugegensis), and Itombwe Forest Chameleon (Kinyongia itombwensis), are named after the mountain ranges in which they're found. The third chameleon, Tolley's Forest Chameleon (Kinyongia tolleyae), is named after herpetologist Krystal Tolley. Tolley, principal scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town, South Africa, has contributed significantly to chameleon research and first taught Hughes how to catch chameleons in Uganda...

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Geoff advises me that this computer is inoperative. He's tried everything - he's stomped on keys, stuck his head under the wires, and licked the touchscreen. He's not wrong - that is indeed a broken computer.

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+Daniel Carelli​ said something interesting - he is tired of "denouncements" and wants religions to do more to stop poor behaviour/terrorism/abuse.

How could this be done?

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Desert lizards use body oscillations to dive into sand - In the desert, the sand surface can become extremely hot during the day, up to 70ºC. In order to escape these temperatures, some desert lizards adopt a fascinating strategy: They dive a few centimeters under the sand surface where it's much cooler (around 40º C). This is also a good strategy to hide and to escape from predators. But diving into the sand is a difficult task which requires a large force to overcome sand friction. In ord...
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