Selfish Nucleus

What are you doing, snooping around here? Do wish to read some nonsense? Then I have just the thing: The Selfish Nucleus is composed of many Selfish Genes. Eliminate your opponents and eat them. Grow stronger. Replicate. Eat more. Become a horrible parasite. Go to Ponyville. Assertive Fluttershy is here to stay!

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The American collegiate system in one gif set

that last gif made me all warm and fuzzy inside

Don’t forget this.

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Slowinski’s Corn Snake 
Pantherophis slowinskii (Colubridae), named after the American herpetologist Joey Slowinski (1963-2001), is a non venomous snake endemic to the south of the United States. Its range includes eastern Texas, western Louisiana, and southern Arkansas.
This uncommon, medium-sized snake is grayish-brown with a series of large, alternating, chocolate-brown blotches. These blotches are often bordered in black. 
References: [1] - [2] - [3]
Photo credit: ©Kyle L.E.
Locality: East Texas, US

libutron:

Slowinski’s Corn Snake 

Pantherophis slowinskii (Colubridae), named after the American herpetologist Joey Slowinski (1963-2001), is a non venomous snake endemic to the south of the United States. Its range includes eastern Texas, western Louisiana, and southern Arkansas.

This uncommon, medium-sized snake is grayish-brown with a series of large, alternating, chocolate-brown blotches. These blotches are often bordered in black. 

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Kyle L.E.

Locality: East Texas, US

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Bornean bristlehead: a rare bird from Borneo
The Bornean bristlehead, Pityriasis gymnocephala, is an enigmatic bird, meriting not only its own genus, but also its own family (Pityriaseidae).
It is a medium sized passerine, about 25cm in length, with many distinctive features: (i) the massive, hooked, black bill is disproportionately large, and has a subterminal rounded “tooth”; (ii) the feathers of the crown are sparse and modified into short, extraordinary yellow-orange skin tubercles; (iii) the ear coverts and feathers of the lower throat are stiff and bristly; and (iv) the face, throat, neck, and thighs are red in both sexes.
The Bornean bristlehead is rarely encountered and is considered to be uncommon even in its prime habitat. The species, regarded as Near Threatened, is endemic to the island of Borneo, where can be found in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia.
References: [1] - [2] - [3]
Photo credit: ©Robert Chong
Locality: RDC Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah, East Malaysia

libutron:

Bornean bristlehead: a rare bird from Borneo

The Bornean bristlehead, Pityriasis gymnocephala, is an enigmatic bird, meriting not only its own genus, but also its own family (Pityriaseidae).

It is a medium sized passerine, about 25cm in length, with many distinctive features: (i) the massive, hooked, black bill is disproportionately large, and has a subterminal rounded “tooth”; (ii) the feathers of the crown are sparse and modified into short, extraordinary yellow-orange skin tubercles; (iii) the ear coverts and feathers of the lower throat are stiff and bristly; and (iv) the face, throat, neck, and thighs are red in both sexes.

The Bornean bristlehead is rarely encountered and is considered to be uncommon even in its prime habitat. The species, regarded as Near Threatened, is endemic to the island of Borneo, where can be found in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Robert Chong

Locality: RDC Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah, East Malaysia

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HILARIOUS INFOGRAPHIC 

TRUTH FACTS BY MIKAEL WULFF AND ANDERS MORGENTHALER

True Facts About Everyday Life by Danish cartoon team of Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler 

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The science that stumped Einstein
In 1908, the physics world woke up to a puzzle whose layers have continued to stump the greatest scientists of the century ever since. That year, Dutch physicist Kamerlingh Onnes cooled mercury down to -450° Fahrenheit and discovered—to his astonishment—that it could conduct electricity perfectly. And then for the next 50 years, no one could explain why.
Ordinary wires, even really good ones like copper, lose up to a third of the electricity they carry over long distances. But these materials, called superconductors, don’t lose any energy. Ever. You could start a current in a loop of superconducting wire and it would circle around, theoretically, forever.
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The science that stumped Einstein

In 1908, the physics world woke up to a puzzle whose layers have continued to stump the greatest scientists of the century ever since. That year, Dutch physicist Kamerlingh Onnes cooled mercury down to -450° Fahrenheit and discovered—to his astonishment—that it could conduct electricity perfectly. And then for the next 50 years, no one could explain why.

Ordinary wires, even really good ones like copper, lose up to a third of the electricity they carry over long distances. But these materials, called , don’t lose any energy. Ever. You could start a current in a loop of superconducting wire and it would circle around, theoretically, forever.

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Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)
…a species of megapode (Megapodiidae) which occurs in southern New Guinea, northern Australia and many islands in Wallacea. M. rienwardt typically inhabits a wide range of forests and scrubland. Like other galliform birds orange-footed srubfowl are chiefly terrestrial and will forage for seeds, fallen fruit, and a range of invertebrates. In typical megapode fashion orange-footed scrubfowl do not incubate their eggs with body heat, but instead will build a massive mound of decaying vegetation and sand to keep their eggs incubated. 
Classification
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Image: Toby Hudson

astronomy-to-zoology:

Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)

…a species of megapode (Megapodiidae) which occurs in southern New Guinea, northern Australia and many islands in Wallacea. M. rienwardt typically inhabits a wide range of forests and scrubland. Like other galliform birds orange-footed srubfowl are chiefly terrestrial and will forage for seeds, fallen fruit, and a range of invertebrates. In typical megapode fashion orange-footed scrubfowl do not incubate their eggs with body heat, but instead will build a massive mound of decaying vegetation and sand to keep their eggs incubated. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Galliformes-Megapodiidae-Megapodius-M. rienwardt

Image: Toby Hudson

go look up the lynching of 18 year old Kody Ingham, found hanging from a tree in front of his white girlfriends house on July 15, 2013 (the same night as the Zimmerman verdict) in Athens, Texas. it was chalked up as a suicide and no investigation ensued, even though two hours prior he called his mother to pick him up from the site he died at. no newspaper article, just a four sentence obituary in the local papers and his family has been trying hard to make any mainstream news channel blow up the story to find the killers.

look up Frederick Jermaine Carter, 26 year old found hanging from a tree in Greenwood, Mississippi on December 3, 2011. ruled a suicide, saying while he was helping his stepfather paint a home, he wandered off, found a tree and proceeded to hang himself. the site of the lynching is ten minutes away from where Emmit Till was killed in 1955. no media coverage, family is trying desperately to get the medias’ attention through YouTube videos.

look up Roy Veal, 55 year old found hanging in Woodville, Mississippi in 2004. he originally lived in Seattle and went to his mother’s home in Woodville to help her fight for the rights to their family land against a white man, oil was found to be underneath the land. his head was covered with a pillow case and burned papers of the documented proof he had to prove his mothers’ ownership were found burned at his feet. ruled a suicide, family trying to get attention through YouTube.

look up Reynard Johnson, 17 year old found hanging from a tree on his front lawn on June 16, 2000 in Kokomo, Mississippi. ruled a suicide even though the belt around his neck was not his. authorities said since no hate group left a message by the body, there was nothing to investigate. his family members said the motive was his relationship with a white girl, he was constantly being harassed because of this. the family managed to get Jesse Jackson to talk on their behalf, but Jesse (just like Sharpton) only have imaginary powers, they are puppets of white supremacy who are only seen nationally when called upon by the white establishment, he wasn’t even able to get the murder national attention.

now this Kendrick Johnson incident in Valdosta, Georgia. look up how there are four surveillance cameras that can show him in the gym but all footage is being withheld by authorities. also there was blood found splattered on the wall of the gym that did not belong to Johnson, showing me he was able to wound one of the perpetrators.

Black people have fallen asleep in this politically correct post-Civil Rights society. Nothing has changed for you negroes, the only thing that is outlawed now is overt expressions of racism and hatred, that’s it. whereas 40 years ago, these white criminals would have come out and admitted they killed him and probably would have posed for a picture too alongside the dead body, now they have to be diplomatic about not hurting feelings. So for example when Bill O’ Reilly refers to young black men in the inner city who he really wants to call Niggers, he says instead “these kids”. don’t let the way words are put together fool you dumb mothafuckers, the hate is still burning.

In 1865, just after Emancipation, African Americans owned 0.5 percent of the total wealth of the United States. But today, a full 148 years after the abolition of slavery, Black Americans still possess only a meager 1 percent of national wealth. so why yall mod’fuckas sleeping and thinking it’s over, the only ”progress” made by blacks is the right to play sports alongside whites, eat next to them, and be their neighbor. there is not ONE black empire in this country that can transfer wealth, black businesses are branches of larger white corporations. don’t let that ”we got a black president” shit fool you

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The realest comment I ever read on WorldStar  (via sweetxdookiexplumxchunky)

Let the truth of this sink in for a minute, really sink in. This has to be the saddest post I’ve read in a very long time. I’ve known that racism was still a huge issue in this country, but I didn’t realize that African American’s were still being hanged - just for dating a white person or just for being African American. It enrages me that so many people are so stupid, so selfish, so ignorant that they NEED to be better than someone else just to make themselves okay. And it terrifies me that no one in a position of power is even taking any of this seriously.

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“It took Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts 12 years to round up and murder 6 million Jews, but their Teutonic cousins, the British, managed to kill almost 4 million Indians in just over a year, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill cheering from the sidelines. Australian biochemist Dr Gideon Polya has called the Bengal Famine a “manmade holocaust” because Churchill’s policies were directly responsible for the disaster. Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh. Author Madhusree Mukerjee tracked down some of the survivors and paints a chilling picture of the effects of hunger and deprivation. In Churchill’s Secret War, she writes: “Parents dumped their starving children into rivers and wells. Many took their lives by throwing themselves in front of trains. Starving people begged for the starchy water in which rice had been boiled. Children ate leaves and vines, yam stems and grass. People were too weak even to cremate their loved ones.””

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Remembering India’s Forgotten Holocaust. 

Sarah Waheed notes: “One of the students in my modern South Asia history class a few years ago, was extremely upset that the book we were reading referred to the Bengal famine as a holocaust, calling the author ‘biased’. When I asked him to clarify and elaborate upon what he meant by ‘biased’, he exclaimed, inflamed, “There was only one holocaust!” The rest of the students were, however, more open to the idea of the 20th century being a century of multiple holocausts. The terms ‘holocaust’ and ‘genocide’, however, continue to elicit trauma envy.”

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I was literally JUST talking about this. 

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I had no idea, jfc.

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lauranowlin:

I love this quote.

lauranowlin:

I love this quote.

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Scale Of The Universe

Scroll to your hearts content from the Planck length to the diameter of the observable universe - click on any object and it will open an info box - I can’t imagine how much work must have gone into this. A few surprising things: Pluto has a smaller diameter than the width of the USA and Vatican city can fit in central park multiple times.

Find it here

This is a beautiful, self-guided tour of micro to macro scale for you to introduce to everyone you know.

Warning: may trigger instant humility, sense of perspective, and invoke the cosmic perspective.