Flipping Tortoises

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A couple of our contributors have connections to tortoises through the Galápagos Islands, or at least from reading about them in the news. We’d always been aware of the danger for tortoises if they were flipped on their backs, but had never given the issue much evolutionary thought to consider the variations in the animals’ shells. Now, scientists at the University of Belgrade have published a paper on the self-righting ability of Hermann’s tortoises, which live in the Mediterranean. Matt Walker writes for the BBC:

Depending on your point of view, it is one of life’s great questions.

How does a tortoise that has flipped onto its back, get up again?

It’s not a rhetorical question, and it goes beyond being a metaphorical or metaphysical query, or a subject for drunken debate.

For a tortoise it is a deadly serious matter; being…

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A Night of Lightning Thunderstorms June 23 2013 Video

Striking Photography by Bo

Day in the life of a storm catcher, photographer Bo Insogna,  www.TheLightningMan.com.  A Night of Lightning Thunderstorms June 23 2013 Video and time lapse.

This was not originally shot to do a time lapse, therefore there is some flickering in the video, but I hope you enjoy it any way.
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The images  used in this production are  Copyright James Bo Insogna, and may not be used or reproduced in any way without permission.

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Lava Jato deve limpar partidos aliados e de oposição ao governo federal | Blog da Cidadania

A aposta da mídia e da oposição em que a Operação Lava Jato seria ruim para o PT e o governo federal pode – e deve – sair pela culatra, pois essa operação deve atingir gente como Eduardo Cunha, que atrapalha muito a governabilidade do país apesar de se abrigar em uma sigla governista.

Source: www.blogdacidadania.com.br

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Descaminhos e esparrelas de um suposto “Estado mínimo”

A segurança pública é um caos. A violência, endêmica. A sensação de insegurança é onipresente. Faltam policiais nas ruas, os presídios estão superlotados e sob o comando de facções criminosas. Furtos e roubos aumentam nas ruas

Source: www.brasil247.com

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