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socialjusticekoolaid:

Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)

The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover

KEEP POSTING I NEED TO KNOW! DONT STOP POSTING ABOUT THIS. IT IS NOT OVER!

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scienceyoucanlove:

Like an “icy finger of death,” this brinicle (aka brine icicle) grows from the ice sheet above in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Over the course of 12 hours, it descends to the seafloor below, then extends another 20 feet along the sea bed, trapping anything it touches in ice. Most creatures here move far too slowly to escape its path of death. A brinicle is formed when sea water freezes into sea ice, creating a super-salty brine. This brine percolates through cracks in the ice into the sea water below. The brine sinks because it’s much denser than the surrounding water. It’s also much colder, so sea water freezes on contact, forming a sinister tube of ice.
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scienceyoucanlove:

Like an “icy finger of death,” this brinicle (aka brine icicle) grows from the ice sheet above in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Over the course of 12 hours, it descends to the seafloor below, then extends another 20 feet along the sea bed, trapping anything it touches in ice. Most creatures here move far too slowly to escape its path of death. A brinicle is formed when sea water freezes into sea ice, creating a super-salty brine. This brine percolates through cracks in the ice into the sea water below. The brine sinks because it’s much denser than the surrounding water. It’s also much colder, so sea water freezes on contact, forming a sinister tube of ice.

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skunkbear:

The blooming of an Amorphophallus titanum (AKA corpse flower AKA titan arum) at The Huntington Library last week inspired me!

If you think humans jump through a lot of hoops just to reproduce, check out this plant. It waits 7-10 years, storing up starch in a giant tuber, just so it can bloom for a single day. Then it pretends to be a hunk of rotting meat to attract insect pollinators. Then, months later, it switches tactics to a produce a sweet fruit so birds will disperse it’s seeds.

If you have never smelled a titan arum but for some odd reason you would like to … you are in … luck? Scientists have identified the exact malodorous chemicals that come off these strange flowers to attract pollinators - so you can create the scent at home!*

*please, for your own sake, don’t try this at home.

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