Monday, July 17, 2017

The Indestructible Tardigrade, Disneyland's Terrible First Day, Why Censors Are Targeting Winnie-the-Pooh in China and More

 
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Disneyland's Terrible First Day Didn't Stop the Crowds From Coming
 
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At 100, Andrew Wyeth Still Brushes People the Right (and Wrong) Way
 
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On this day in 1918, Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks. The circumstances surrounding the Imperial Romanov family's demise remains hotly contested to this day. Find out how in 2015, DNA testing on the remains of the bodies of Prince Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria opened a new chapter in what we know about what happened almost a century ago.
 
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This is my favorite Black Skimmer photo that I have taken in all the years following a little-known colony.  At this nest, another baby was born a day or so before the one pictured.  Because of the time advantage the other baby bullied the little one by always eating first, stealing meals and pecking the little one to death until he left the shade under the parent.  To get out of the Florida heat the baby often used the shadow I casted from lying down near the parent.  After getting into position, one hour prior to sunrise, and lying there for another hour a parent flew in directly to the smaller baby giving him the meal first.  The baby was inches away from me, so I couldn't get the feeding photo.  However, after the baby gobbled down the fish, I captured him running up to the parent and displaying the behavior pictured.
 
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