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Evolutionary novelties, are rare, but here's one that sings.

The bird voice box is one of a kind in the animal kingdom

"...a one-of-a-kind voice box called a syrinx... scientists...concluded that this voice box evolved only once, and that it represents a rare example of a true evolutionary novelty."

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/10/bird-voice-box-one-kind-animal-kingdom
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Outlander Screened the Season 4 Premiere at Comic Con and Yes There Was Sexy Stuff https://nym.ag/2PhLWjU
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Into The Badlands

Season 2, still completely enjoying this series. Beyond fabulous fight scenes (odes to Kill Bill). Decent story line that I haven't become bored with or irritated with.

#intothebadlands #watchingnow #season2
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As reaction to the loss began circulating on social media, many criticized the Canadian defender, saying her conduct was unsportsmanlike.
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"Do you really think these kids, these teenagers who spoke out after a shooting in their school are actors who are part of some kind of deep-state left wing conspiracy? If the answer is 'Yes,' your brain is not functioning," Kimmel said.
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'I feel bad, like I disappointed everyone.' From start to finish, Canada's Gabrielle Daleman's routine was full of errors, Rosie DiManno writes.
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Rather than wait for viruses like Ebola, SARS and Zika to become outbreaks that force the world to react, a new global initiative seeks to proactively identify, prepare for and stop viral threats before they become pandemics.

"We now have the ability to understand viral threats before they cause outbreaks," said Dr. Jonna Mazet, the paper's anchor author and Executive Director of the One Health Institute at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. "It is time to move from reactionary mode, chasing the last horrible virus, to a proactive one. We can and will finally be able to identify future threats and take the steps necessary to prevent the next pandemic."

Prevention less costly than reaction

Preventing outbreaks can cost less than reacting to one. For instance, the global economic impacts of the 2003 SARS epidemic was an estimated $10 billion to $30 billion. Yet, the cost of identifying the viruses in advance and preparing for them remains a significant challenge.

The Global Virome Project estimates that discovering most of the remaining viral threats and characterizing their risk of spillover would cost less than 10 percent of responding to just one major outbreak, like the West African Ebola epidemic.
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Bitten by a fairy?

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Svartskog, Norway

This otherwise perfect specimen has lost a chunk that will never be repaired and makes this mushroom look rather mutilated. Yet this is more the norm than not, which makes finding a perfect specimen difficult and requiring on a lot of luck.

This is from a ravenous slug having had a feast in the dark of night, which makes this frustrating as during the day they are nowhere to be seen and you can locate a beautiful specimen only to find it completely demolished the next morning.

Thus, as with life as a whole, never postpone. Never wait for a tomorrow, as now is when you have all the opportunities in the world to harvest what is available.

That said, I do find this artistic and beautiful as it is a beautifully carved bite and often a mushroom is crisscrossed with holes like a Swiss cheese and looking like a complete mess. This one is for a brief moment a piece of art.

This was shot in the very last minutes of daylight and I assume the slugs were already on their way to gnawing off another piece of the mushroom, making it much less of art and more of a disaster.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 08 September 2017 18:22
Altitude: 51 meters

#fungi #mushrooms #autumn #svartskog #norway
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