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Martin Luther King's "street sweeper" speech

YouTube link.

Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain), Peru

Located just 3 hours from Cusco, but comparatively unknown until recent years when climate change caused the overlying snow to melt and reveal the colorful formation.  More photos at Google Images.

Class action lawsuits

If you have purchased a milk product in [any of the states highlighted above] since 2003, you are eligible to share in a $52 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that accused milk cooperatives of conspiring to raise prices.Applications can be filed online at  You don't have to give details of your purchases.  You have until the end of January to file your claim.  More information at the Wisconsin State Journal.

Correlation is not causation

  More examples here.  Please share the link, because way WAY too many people do not understand this fundamental principle of science.

Anne Frank's biography viewed as pornography

Gail Horalek, the mother of a 7th-grade child in Michigan in the US, has made international headlines by complaining that the unabridged version of Anne Frank's diary is pornographic and should not be taught at her daughter's school.

True to life

From the archives of The New Yorker.

The "Children's Blizzard" of 1888

This week marks the anniversary of the "Children's Blizzard" (also known as the "Schoolhouse Blizzard." When the storm hit, it caught so many settlers by surprise that between 250 and 500 people died that weekend, according to estimates by newspaper editors in Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and the Dakota Territory...

Less-expensive injectable epi now available. But...

As reported by CBS Boston: CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.

Mimicry (that's not a fish)

"In many respects, freshwater pearly mussels look like any other bivalve mollusc, but what sets some of them apart (notably Lampsilis spp.) is the unusual extension of their fleshy mantle that grows beyond the confines of the protective shell valves to wave around in the water.

"Dog whistle" politics defined

"Dog-whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup.

"Snow day" at the Oregon Zoo

YouTube link.


Security cam documents the incredible reflexes of a father saving two children.  Note how he runs toward the danger.

That's not what I meant...

From the archives of The New Yorker.

Siblicide as a survival strategy

I examined the growth of surviving nestlings in broods of the cooperatively breeding laughing kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae, which has complex patterns of brood reduction.

Not on my bucket list - updated

YouTube link. "See firsthand what it's like to rip down one of the heaviest downhill mountain bike tracks ever created, through he GoPro view of the creator himself, Dan Atherton.

The rise and fall of the penis bone

From cats and dogs to primates and rodents, the males of many mammal species have a special genital bone called the baculum...

A revised "Girl's Life" cover

Putting her graphic skills to work, in just a few minutes, Katherine [Young] swapped out the cover girl for Olivia Hallisey, the 2015 Google Science Fair Grand Prize winner, and photoshopped in some new, inspired and empowering headlines.

The U.S. dropped over 26,000 bombs last year

An average of 3 per hour, 24 hours/day, every day during the final year of the Obama administration. President Obama did reduce the number of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he dramatically expanded the air wars and the use of special operations forces around the globe.

"I Will Always Love You"

YouTube link. YouTube link.   One of my favorite pieces of music, sung by the incomparable Dolly Parton.

A truly shocking video of "defensive electrocution"

YouTube link. A corny title, yes.  But this really is an amazing video.  It shows electric eels coming out of the water to attack prey (or potential predators).  Read on for a more detailed explanation, but if you just watch the video, don't stop with the slo-mo.  Continue on to see the attack in real time.  Awesome.