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Helaine Olen: Here's a GOP scandal that should be huge national news. Why isn't it?(Washington Post)
Out-and-out corruption and incredibly sleazy, potentially criminal sexual behavior are getting more and more normalized with each passing scandal. At a certain point, we risk that it will all become so much background noise - and we'll get used to it. We shouldn't. But it seems - incredibly - that we are doing just that. And that's the greatest scandal of them all.

Helaine Olen: "Memo to Democrats: A progressive economic agenda is popular" (Washington Post)
As for Democrats, there is no reason to choose between different groups of working-class voters. A progressive economic agenda can be emphasized with more reminders that it reaches many groups - that ensuring equal pay for equal work improves the prospects for everyone in a household, that retirement security is an issue for everyone from the lower to the upper middle class, and that no one deserves to watch their financial lives destroyed when struck down by an illness. As Madland said, "It's a clear winner."

Helaine Olen: New GOP tactics wage war on Obama-era protections (Washington Post)
In other words, it's possible that many other long-standing regulations will suddenly be in the cross hairs of Trump and Republicans. We will soon find out how much damage this clever new procedural tactic can do.

LELA NARGI: 19 Secrets of Public Librarians (Mental Floss)
The nation's first free public lending library opened in Massachusetts in 1790 with a collection of books donated by Benjamin Franklin, and public librarians have been helping Americans figure stuff out ever since.

Paul Krugman: Scam I Amn't: Voters and the Tax Cut (NY Times Blog)
I don't know what will happen in the midterm elections. But if Republicans pull it out - that is, if they lose the popular vote by a small enough margin that gerrymandering and the geographic concentration of nonwhite voters frustrate the public's will - it will be the result of tribalism. It won't be because the G.O.P. won voters over with a tax cut.

James Burton: How Philip K Dick redefined what it means to be (in)human (Independent)
His story 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', the basis for the Blade Runner films, is not just a story about realistic robots.

Katy Shaw: "Will Self: Why his report on the death of the novel is (still) premature" (Independent)
Literary fiction is robust enough to withstand the challenges the 21st century throws at it.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The gymnasium (Greek: gymnasion) in Ancient Greece functioned as a training facility for competitors in public games. The name comes from the Ancient Greek term gymnós meaning ____?____


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

C'mon - name the TV series.

       "The Partridge Family"                                                      Source

The Partridge Family is an American musical sitcom starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy. Jones played a widowed mother, and Cassidy played the oldest of her five children who embarked on a music career. It ran from September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974, on the ABC network as part of a Friday-night lineup, and had subsequent runs in syndication.

In the pilot episode, a group of musical siblings in the fictitious city of San Pueblo, California (said to be "40 miles from Napa County" in episode 24, A Partridge By Any Other Name) convinces their widowed mother, bank teller Shirley Partridge, to help them out by singing as they record a pop song in their garage. Through the efforts of precocious 10-year-old Danny they find a manager, Reuben Kincaid, who helps make the song a Top 40 hit. After more persuading, Shirley agrees that the family can go on tour. They acquire an old school bus, a 1957 Chevrolet Series 6800 Superior, for touring, paint it with Mondrian-inspired patterns, and head to Las Vegas, Nevada for their first live gig at Caesars Palace.

Subsequent episodes usually feature the band performing in various venues or in their garage. The shows often contrast suburban life with the adventures of a show-business family on the road. After the first season, more of the show's action takes place in their hometown than on tour.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   The Partridge Family

Mark. wrote:
   The Partridge Family.

Alan J answered:
   The Partridge Family.

mj said:
   An attempt
  To cash in on the success of the Cowsills. The Partridge Family.

zorch replied:
   The Partridge Family.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Partridge Family

Gene said:
   The Partridge Family

Adam answered:
   The Partridge Family.

Gary E.K. wrote:
   The Partridge Family.
  Have a good day to you and yours.

Jon L replied:
   That would be the Partridge Family. Tried to remember the characters' names; could only get Danny.

Deborah responded:
   Oh, this is easy: The Partridge Family
  A couple chilly mornings - it looks like spring, it just doesn't feel like it yet.

David of Moon Valley said:
   i'm going with the Partridge Family...

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Guessing the TV series with that graphic is the execrable Partridge Family?

Daniel in The City answered:
   Easy one.. The Partridge Family

Harry M. replied:
   The Partridge Family

Dave responded:
   The Partridge Family. Ran Friday nights on ABC from '70-'74. Primarily remembered for making they young David Cassidy a huge teen idol. As far as the songs go, only the voice of David Cassidy and sometimes Shirley Jones were used, because the other kids cast as the musical family weren't singers. So session musicians and singers were employed.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "The Partridge Family."

Billy in Cypress said:
   The Partridge Family

Joe S     wrote:
   Let's see, a line of birds, like a mother and chicks, like a family. Birds resembling quail, or partridges, or chickens, let me see. I know, I'll do the math.

  Sorry, it doesn't compute

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2,000 new trees for San Francisco - and less carbon in the air, too - SFGate

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Opinion | How Big Forests Solve Global Problems - The New York Times

Conservative Pundit S.E. Cupp Hits Trump White House Right In The Balls | HuffPost

BBC - Culture - Pippi Longstocking and the subversive heroines children love

Grassley on special counsel bill: McConnell's views 'do not govern' his committee - CNNPolitics

Their DNA helps them dive deep on one breath, study says - CNN

Churches make a drastic pledge in the name of social justice: To stop calling the police - The Washington Post

To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs : The Two-Way : NPR

Not Everyone Feels Welcome Camping Out In 'Third Spaces' Like Starbucks : NPR

Funded by Republicans, Planned Parenthood Joins Effort to Spend $30 Million on Midterms

Trump Confidants: Michael Cohen Will Sing Like a Canary If He Faces Prison Time

After being sued, Alex Jones suddenly believes Sandy Hook actually happened

Not just Starbucks: LA Fitness profiles, ejects, bans longtime member for working out while black

Union representing 1.7 mil teachers dumps Wells Fargo over relationship with the NRA and gun makers

The Starbucks racism video is remarkable for just how unremarkable it is to black Americans

'One of the most important' sets of Middle East artifacts unveiled | Art and design | The Guardian

Gone too Tsar: the erotic period drama that has enraged Russia | Film | The Guardian

Expect President Trump to Fire Rod Rosenstein - The Atlantic

Get Yer Comey Memos Here - Lawfare

Behind James Comey's 'A Higher Loyalty' - Lawfare

Oh Rudy, You're So Fine, You're So Fine You DEAR GOD MAN WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR TEETH?

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Samantha Bee on Hannity, Serial Killer

Good one!

Samantha Bee Uses Sean Hannity's Own Tactics Against Him In Brutal Takedown | HuffPost

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Michael Cohen has many alleged links to organized crime: Does that mean he won't flip on Trump? -

Donald Trump Is The 'Dunning-Kruger' President For A 'Dunning-Kruger' Age - The Intellectualist

Why Samantha Bee Is Pretty Sure Sean Hannity Is a Serial Killer | Vanity Fair

GOP Congressman With No Science Experience Confirmed As NASA Head - The Intellectualist

NASA Nominee Jim Bridenstine Has Bold Vision for Space, Unclear Intentions for Science | American Institute of Physics

Jim Bridenstine, Trump's next NASA administrator, has no background in science - Vox

U.S. Healthcare Ranked Worst In The Developed World - The Intellectualist

Democrats crush House Republicans in fundraising - POLITICO

The Judge in the Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels Case Is Perfect - POLITICO Magazine

Trumpism Without Trump - POLITICO Magazine

Rudy Giuliani Isn't the Big Trump Legal Story - The Atlantic

DOJ delivers Comey memos to Congress - POLITICO

Trump threatens to cut funding from California troop deployment - POLITICO

The State Department's collapse, as explained by Rex Tillerson - Vox

First-time judge appointed by Trump issues his very first opinion. It's a doozy. - ThinkProgress

Pruitt prioritized giving speeches to Koch and Mercer funded groups in his first year at EPA - ThinkProgress

National Enquirer reportedly paid hush money to protect Trump while facing financial hardship - ThinkProgress

Watch Charles Blow Explain Why Trump's 'Breeding' Tweet Is So Dangerous for Minorities | Alternet

Trump Told Comey that Vladimir Putin Boasted About Having 'The Most Beautiful Hookers in the World': Memo | Alternet



from Marc Perkel

Marc's Guide to Curing Cancer

So far so good on beating cancer for now. I'm doing fine. At the end of the month I'll be 16 months into an 8 month mean lifespan. And yesterday I went on a 7 mile hike and managed to keep up with the hiking group I was with. So, doing something right.

Still waiting for future test results and should see things headed in the right direction. I can say that it's not likely that anything dire happens in the short term so that means that I should have time to make several more attempts at this. So even if it doesn't work the first time there are a lot of variations to try. So if there's bad news it will help me pick the next radiation target.

I have written a "how to" guide for oncologists to perform the treatment that I got. I'm convinced that I'm definitely onto something and whether it works for me or not isn't the definitive test. I know if other people tried this that it would work for some of them, and if they improve it that it will work for a lot of them.

The guide is quite detailed and any doctor reading this can understand the procedure at every level. I also go into detail as to how it works, how I figured it out, and variations and improvements that could be tried to enhance it. I also introduce new ways to look at the problem. There is a lot of room for improvement and I think that doctors reading it will see what I'm talking about and want to build on it. And it's written so that if you're not a doctor you can still follow it. It also has a personal story revealing that I'm the class clown of cancer support group. I give great interviews and I look pretty hot in a lab coat.

So, feel free to read this and see what I'm talking about. But if any of you want to help then pass this around to both doctors and cancer patients. I need some media coverage. I'm looking for as many eyeballs as possible to read these ideas. Even if this isn't the solution, it's definitely on the right track. After all, I did hike 7 miles yesterday. And this hiking group wasn't moving slow. So if this isn't working then, why am I still here?

I also see curing cancer as more of an engineering problem that a medical problem. So if you are good at solving problems and most of what you know about medicine was watching the Dr. House MD TV show, then you're at the level I was at when I started. So anyone can jump in and be part of the solution.

Here is a link to my guide: Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect

Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect





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Last Night

Rainy morning, sunny afternoon.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then the FRESH 'Meghan Markle: An American Princess'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are James Marsden and Coyote Peterson.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/5/18) are Jeff Goldblum, Marlon Wayans, and Jack Hanna.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Blindspot', followed by a FRESH 'Taken', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Anthony Mackie, Ralph Macchio, and Kiry Shabazz.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 4/3/18) are Emily Blunt, Zazie Beetz, Ryan Reiss, and Steve Smith.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Juno Temple, the Fever 333, and Kim Matula.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Once Upon A Time', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', then '20/20'.
Jimmy Kimmel is TBA.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Jane The Virgin'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior'.

MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.

A&E has 'Live PD', 'Live PD: Rewind, followed by a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'Jaws 2', followed by the movie 'First Blood'.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 21-The Arsenal of Freedom
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 24-We'll Always Have Paris
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Where Silence Has Lease
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Outrageous Okona
 [6:00PM]    LIVE AT THE BBC - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Sounds Like Friday Night
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Your Husband Is Cheating On Us', then the movie 'The School Of Rock'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'The Office', followed by the movie 'Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle'.

FX has the movie 'Jurassic World', followed by the movie 'Battleship'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH Ancient Aliens: Declassified'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Three Little Pigskins
 [6:15AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Listen, Judge
 [6:40AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Merry Mavericks
 [7:05AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-A Missed Fortune
 [7:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Of Cash and Hash
 [7:55AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Pest Man Wins
 [8:20AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Punchy Cowpunchers
 [8:45AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Rumpus in the Harem
 [9:10AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Scheming Schemers
 [9:35AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Scrambled Brains
 [10:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Grips, Grunts and Groans
 [1:00PM]    SUPERBAD
 [10:30PM]    SUPERBAD
 [1:00AM]    NIGHT FLIGHT-Heavy Metal & Punk
 [3:15AM]    SUPERBAD
 [5:45AM]    NIGHT FLIGHT-Heavy Metal & Punk     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:30am]    the andy griffith show
 [7:05am]    the andy griffith show
 [7:40am]    the andy griffith show
 [8:15am]    the andy griffith show
 [8:50am]    the andy griffith show
 [9:25am]    the andy griffith show
 [9:30am]    the andy griffith show
 [10:00am]    the andy griffith show
 [10:30am]    victor frankenstein
 [1:00pm]    criminal minds
 [2:00pm]    criminal minds
 [3:00pm]    law & order
 [4:00pm]    law & order
 [5:00pm]    law & order
 [6:00pm]    law & order
 [7:00pm]    law & order
 [8:00pm]    law & order
 [9:00pm]    law & order
 [10:00pm]    law & order
 [11:00pm]    law & order
 [12:00am]    law & order
 [1:00am]    victor frankenstein
 [3:30am]    the andy griffith show
 [4:05am]    the andy griffith show
 [4:40am]    the andy griffith show
 [5:15am]    the andy griffith show
 [5:50am]    the andy griffith show    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'National Treasure', followed by hours and hours of old 'Futurama'.

TCM spends the daylight hours celebrating Harold Lloyd, who was born on this day in 1893.
 [7:15 AM]      From Hand to Mouth (1919)     SILENT 
 [7:45 AM]      Haunted Spooks (1920)     SILENT 
 [8:15 AM]      Among Those Present (1921)     SILENT 
 [9:00 AM]      Grandma's Boy (1922)     SILENT 
 [10:00 AM]      Girl Shy (1924)     SILENT 
 [11:30 AM]      The Kid Brother (1927)     SILENT 
 [1:00 PM]      Movie Crazy (1932)
 [2:45 PM]      The Milky Way (1936)
 [4:30 PM]      The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
 [6:15 PM]      Funny Side of Life (1963)

 [8:00 PM]      The Thrill Of It All (1963)
 [10:00 PM]      Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
 [12:30 AM]      I Married a Woman (1958)
 [2:00 AM]      Red Sonja (1985)
 [3:45 AM]      Hercules (1983)
 [5:30 AM]      Boys Beware (1961)
 [5:30 AM]      The Corvair in Action! (1960)
 [5:30 AM]      Wild at the Wheel (1970)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  04/21/18

 [6:00 AM]      Smilin' Through (1941)
 [8:00 AM]      MGM Cartoons: Bear and the Bean (1947)
 [8:00 AM]      Red River Robin Hood (1943)
 [8:00 AM]      Martin Block's Musical Merry-Go-Round #1 (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      Let's Ask Nostradamus (1953)
 [9:30 AM]      Red Barry: Midnight Tragedy (1938)
 [10:00 AM]      Popeye: Sock-A-Bye, Baby (1934)
 [10:00 AM]      Tarzan Triumphs (1943)
 [11:30 AM]      Okay for Sound (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      The Bank Dick (1940)
 [1:30 PM]      The Young Philadelphians (1959)
 [4:00 PM]      4 For Texas (1963)
 [6:15 PM]      The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1974)
 [8:00 PM]      The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      Ocean's Eleven (1960)
 [12:15 AM]      Cry Danger (1951)
 [2:00 AM]      Mrs. Soffel (1984)
 [4:00 AM]      Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Statue Moving To Stock Exchange

'Fearless Girl'

The popular "Fearless Girl" statue, which has been staring down Wall Street's "Charging Bull" since last year, will soon move to face the New York Stock Exchange, the city's mayor said Thursday.

The bronze statue by artist Kristen Visbal -- seen by many as a defiant symbol of women's rights under President Donald Trump's administration -- appeared on the eve of International Women's Day in March 2017.

The statue was installed by State Street Global Advisors asset managers and marked the start of the firm's campaign to encourage companies it invests in to increase the number of women on their boards of directors.

The "Fearless Girl" statue was supposed to be up for only a week, but became a tourist magnet and the temporary permit was extended to one month, and eventually one year.

Moving the statue to the pedestrian-friendly area outside the NYSE "will improve access for visitors and ensure that her message and impact continues to be heard," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

'Fearless Girl'



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Pulled Off Schedule

'Living Biblically'

After CBS yesterday wrapped its round of early pickups of the series it considered no-brainers for renewal, it has started to shed the weakest of the rest. Monday comedy Living Biblically has been pulled from the schedule effective immediately. Starting next week, it will be replaced by repeats of The Big Bang Theory.

The move is not a surprise. Living Biblically is CBS' least watched series this season and tied for last place in adults 18-49 (Live+same day). CBS earlier this season also pulled freshman Monday comedy Me, Myself & I off the schedule after several modestly rated airings. Neither is expected to return next season.

Through its eight airings to date, Living Biblically averaged 4.2 million viewers and a 0.65 18-49 rating (L+SD).

Living Biblically and Me, Myself & I have been part of a CBS' Monday lineup that has been struggling mightily this season, leading to the network leaving every single Monday series on the bubble, including 8 PM anchor Kevin Can Wait and drama Scorpion.

'Living Biblically'


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Warner Bros. Indoor Amusement Park

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi will open a $1 billion indoor Warner Bros. amusement park this July, officials announced Wednesday, the latest offering in a crowded market in the United Arab Emirates where one marquee park already faces serious financial problems.

The Warner Bros. World park, built by the Abu Dhabi government-owned Miral Asset Management, encompasses 1.65 million square feet (153,290 square meters) on Yas Island, a leisure destination for the Emirati capital.

Officials say the draw of the Warner Bros. brand, encompassing cartoons and comic books, will help them overcome the challenges faced by other theme parks in the Emirates, including a Dubai park that lost $300 million last year.

The large park looks like a big-box department store from the outside, though its bright yellow paint and massive stencils of Tweety bird and other characters give it away. Inside, the park is separated into Bedrock of "The Flintstones'" fame, Superman's Metropolis, Batman's Gotham City, Cartoon Junction and Yosemite Sam's Dynamite Gulch. Only two of the park's 29 rides have height restrictions.

The park, opening July 25, will sell tickets from 290 dirhams ($79) for adults and 230 dirhams ($63) for children.

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King Renames Swaziland


The king of Swaziland, one of the world's few absolute monarchs, announced on Thursday that his country had changed its name to eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence from British rule.

Meaning "place of the Swazi", eSwatini is the Swazi language name for the tiny nation landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique.

King Mswati III declared the name change during independence day celebrations at a packed sports stadium in the second city of Manzini.

"I would like to announce that Swaziland will now revert to its original name," he said, wearing red military uniform.

"African countries on getting independence reverted to their ancient names before they were colonised. So from now on the country will be officially be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini."



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Libel Suits

President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) personal attorney dropped a pair of libel lawsuits against BuzzFeed and investigation firm Fusion GPS amid the stir caused by an FBI search of the lawyer's files.

Michael Cohen had sued in New York City over publication of the unverified dossier detailing alleged ties between Trump and Russia. He dropped the suits late Wednesday amid a separate legal battle over the seizure of documents and electronic files from his home, office and hotel room last week in a federal investigation of possible financial fraud.

The dossier claims that Cohen met with Russian operatives in Europe for a meeting to "clean up the mess" over disclosures of other Trump associates' reported ties to Russia.

In a statement, BuzzFeed called the suit against it meritless.

"Today's news suggests that Donald Trump's personal lawyer no longer thinks an attack on the free press is worth his time," it said.

Libel Suits



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'Catastrophic' Coral Die-Off

Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffered a "catastrophic die-off" of coral during an extended heatwave in 2016, threatening a broader range of reef life than previously feared, a report revealed Thursday.

Scientists said some 30 percent of the reef's coral died in the heatwave from March to November 2016, the first of an unprecedented two successive years of coral bleaching along the 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) World Heritage-listed reef off Australia's northeastern coast.

The study published Thursday in the journal Nature found that coral, which serve as habitats for other creatures, were particularly hard hit by the rising sea temperatures caused by global warming.

Terry Hughes, a report co-author and head of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at Australia's James Cook University, told AFP the most susceptible to heat exposure were branching corals -- table-shaped creatures that provide nooks and crannies for fish nurseries and fisheries.

Corals that were more likely to survive the warmer sea temperatures were smooth and melon-shaped, he said. While they were good calcifiers that add volume to reefs, they were "not very useful as habitable providers".

Great Barrier Reef


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Canadian Pacific Waters

Bottlenose Dolphins

A large group of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have been spotted in Canadian Pacific waters - the first confirmed occurrence of the species in this area. The sighting is reported in a study published in the open access journal Marine Biodiversity Records.

On 29 July 2017, researchers from Halpin Wildlife Research, in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada and the Department of Environment and Climate Change, Canada, observed a group of approximately 200 common bottlenose dolphins and roughly 70 false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens). The sighting occurred off the west coast of northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and may be the northern most recording for this species in the eastern North Pacific.

Luke Halpin, lead author of the paper, said: 'It is surprising to find a warm-water dolphin in British Columbian waters, and especially to find such a large number of common bottlenose dolphins within the group."

Halpin added: "The sighting is also the first offshore report of false killer whales in British Columbia. To see the two species traveling together and interacting was quite special and rare. It is known that common bottlenose dolphins and false killer whales seek each other out and interact, but the purpose of the interactions is unclear."

Both common bottlenose dolphins and false killer whales typically live in warm temperate waters further south in the eastern North Pacific, but this sighting suggests that they will naturally range into British Columbia, Canada when conditions are suitable. There has been a warming trend in eastern North Pacific waters from 2013-2016 and the authors hypothesize that the trend may be the reason behind this unusual sighting.

Bottlenose Dolphins



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Dodo Was Murdered

'Alice in Wonderland'

Dodos went extinct more than 300 years ago, but scientists are only now opening up a cold case after learning that one of the birds - the prized dodo specimen that likely inspired author Lewis Carroll to create a dodo character in the 1865 book "Alice in Wonderland" - was brutally murdered.

After recently loading the famous dodo into a micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) scanner, researchers noticed that the scans showed weird fleck marks in the flightless bird's neck and the back of its head.

A closer inspection revealed that those flecks were tiny lead pellets, meaning that someone shot the dodo from behind, killing the wildfowl, the researchers announced Friday (April 20).

The murderous finding came as a complete surprise, said Paul Smith, the director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in England, where the dodo specimen - called the Oxford dodo - is on display. For years, curators thought that the specimen was the same bird that was brought to London in 1638, when the animal was still alive, Smith said. This famous dodo was a curiosity show, and people could pay to see and feed it.

It was thought that the curiosity-show dodo died and the remains of its body was later acquired by John Tradescant the Elder, whose family provided the founding collection for the University of Oxford museums. But the great performing dodo was never shot (at least that we know of), which raises the question: Where did the Oxford dodo come from if it's not the same one that performed in the London curiosity show so many years ago?

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An eccentric art dealer who claims to have hidden treasure worth millions of pounds in the Rocky Mountains says 350,000 people have tried and failed to find to find the riches.

Forrest Fenn, 87, warned it could be "1,000 years from now" before hunters discover the whereabouts of the chest filled with gold nuggets and precious gems.

He revealed in 2010 that he had concealed the bounty somewhere in the 3,000-mile mountain range, and in a subsequent memoir he published a map and a poem said to contain nine clues about the location.

Four men have died looking for the treasure, thought to be worth about about $2m (£1.4m).

Mr Fenn, whose gallery in the New Mexico city of Santa Fe attracted frequent visits from celebrities in the 1970s and 80s, initially planned to bury himself with the treasure when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1988. But after he recovered, he conceived the treasure hunt and dropped clues in a 24-line poem in his self-published memoir The Thrill of the Chase.

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