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Phlox Paniculata colours

I wonder how many different colours or variegations Phloxes have?

I have around 20 different in my garden...

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"This one is very special. We don't get too many like this."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes, an American-built, Canadian-owned sloop that sank in Lake Ontario more than 200 years ago, has been found, a team of underwater explorers said…
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"FOR MANY AMERICANS, the path to casting a vote is way rockier than it should be. Between (racist) new voter ID laws and government websites that haven’t been updated since the late Cretaceous, it hard to know how to register, where and when to vote, and what you need to bring. Heck, the rules were so confusing in New York during the primaries that even Ivanka Trump was unable to vote for her dad. That’s where Google’s newest search tool, which debuts this morning, comes in."
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"Google has been accused of deleting Palestine from Google Maps – but the truth is, it was never labelled by Google in the first place.

When searching for Palestine on Google Maps, it shows an outline, but with no label for Palestine and Israel labelled alongside it. While 136 members of the United Nations recognise Palestine as an independent state, the US and much of the west does not.

The representation of Palestine on Google Maps has not changed recently, but after the forum of Palestinian journalists released a statement condemning Google, word spread via social media and later news outlets. People began sharing their outrage using the hashtag #PalestineIsHere."
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"National attention is focused on Russian eavesdroppers’ possible targeting of U.S. presidential candidates and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Yet, leaked top-secret National Security Agency documents show that the Obama administration has long been involved in major bugging operations against the election campaigns -- and the presidents -- of even its closest allies.

The United States is, by far, the world’s most aggressive nation when it comes to cyberspying and cyberwarfare. The National Security Agency has been eavesdropping on foreign cities, politicians, elections and entire countries since it first turned on its receivers in 1952. Just as other countries, including Russia, attempt to do to the United States. What is new is a country leaking the intercepts back to the public of the target nation through a middleperson."
By James Bamford National attention is focused on Russian eavesdroppers’ possible targeting of U.S. presidential candidates and the Democra
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Can you spot the International Space Station? Seen from #Australia, this image was taken by amateur photographer Dylan O'Donnell as the #ISS passed by the #Moon at 28 800 km/h. At such speeds the weightless research laboratory was visible for only about a third of a second before returning to the dark skies.

Credit: Public domain - Dylan O'Donnell

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/07/Station_Moon_transit
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Indian peafowl
India,Rajkot,06-08-2016.

The Indian peafowl or blue peafowl (Pavo cristatus), a large and brightly coloured bird, is a species of peafowl native to South Asia, but introduced in many other parts of the world.
The male peafowl is predominantly blue with a fan-like crest of spatula-tipped wire-like feathers and is best known for the long train made up of elongated upper-tail covert feathers which bear colourful eyespots. These stiff feathers are raised into a fan and quivered in a display during courtship. Females lack the train, and have a greenish lower neck and duller brown plumage. The Indian peafowl lives mainly on the ground in open forest or on land under cultivation where they forage for berries, grains but also prey on snakes, lizards, and small rodents. Their loud calls make them easy to detect, and in forest areas often indicate the presence of a predator such as a tiger. They forage on the ground in small groups and usually try to escape on foot through undergrowth and avoid flying, though they fly into tall trees to roost.
The function of the peacock's elaborate train has been debated for over a century. In the 19th century, Charles Darwin found it a puzzle, hard to explain through ordinary natural selection. His later explanation, sexual selection, is widely but not universally accepted. In the 20th century, Amotz Zahavi argued that the train was a handicap, and that males were honestly signalling their fitness in proportion to the splendour of their trains. Despite extensive study, opinions remain divided on the mechanisms involved.
The bird is celebrated in Indian and Greek mythology and is the national bird of India. The Indian peafowl is listed as of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). [Wikipedia].[Photo© - Raju Karia].

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the sun, the moon, and the truth.

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#ICYMI: We bring space down to Earth with USAID, connecting our data to the villages of the world: http://go.nasa.gov/1KoCkvW 
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I'm 60 something, retired, with little money. I use the internet for news, music and art. I'm a movie maven also, IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) is great. I usually get showtimes there. I use Google+ as a news source and the added family and friend news is nice. I feel like I need to contribute, and since I'm not real active anymore I usually share news stories and videos I like, or feel should have a bit more exposure. Since the news stories have time limits more or less, I delete them in 12-24 hours. Video links I leave for a day or so depending. Some things, images and such are significant, so I leave them. And there are some quite interesting articles on Wikipedia that need a reminder, so I leave them indeterminately. Anything personal I usually put in the photo albums. I follow news outlets and musicians mostly. I'm relatively apolitical, though apparently center left. I'm a spiritualist, in the 19th century sense, maybe like Arthur Conan Doyle. I like Charles Fort also, the paranormal investigator. I like philosophy and metaphysics also. I do not own a 'smartphone', I use a laptop.
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Large-ish Meteor Hits Earth... But No One Notices : DNews
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If a space rock hits the atmosphere, and no one is around to hear it, does the tabloid press still report it as an Earth-shattering event?

PHEME: Computing Veracity – the Fourth Challenge of Big Data | Computing...
www.pheme.eu

About PHEME. The London Eye was on fire during the 2011 England riots! Or was it? Social networks are rife with lies and deception, half-tru

Chicago: Dry Weather to Rule This Week
www.accuweather.com

Umbrellas will gather dust in Chicago this week as the city experiences a stretch of dry weather.

Microsoft will charge for Windows 10 upgrades after one-year freebie off...
www.pcworld.com

It's official: If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 without spending a dime, you'll want to do so in the first year after it launches. After

Swarms of Mini-Drones Prepping for Remote Battle : DNews
news.discovery.com

The Cicada drones are being designed for a range of missions and can be outfitted with light-weight sensors, including microphones.

Russian Spacecraft Spinning Out of Control in Orbit : DNews
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The Russian space agency is scrambling to regain control of a robotic cargo ship that appears to have suffered a serious malfunction.