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    Fun Facts

    It does not feel pleasant. Also it might not work if your bites are from something else like a spider. You fan the spoon a couple times and it cools it. ...You can pour boiling water into a glass cup without cracking it only if there's a metal spoon in the cup, because it absorbs heat
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    Biologists have long known that bones glow under ultraviolet (UV) light, but the researchers were astonished to learn that chameleons could harness this characteristic to display visible fluorescent patterns through their skin, study co-author Frank Glaw, a herpetology curator at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM) in Munich, Germany, said in a statement. "That animals use this phenomenon to fluoresce themselves has surprised us and was previously completely unknown," Glaw said. A panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) from Madagascar puts its best face forward. Credit: David Prötzel (ZSM/LMU) Fluorescence, in which special structures glow in the presence of light, differs from bioluminescence, a process that describes light generated by a chemical reaction between compounds in an animal's body. Fireflies, some types of fungi and numerous deep-sea creatures are bioluminescent, while fluorescent animals include scorpions, corals, jellyfish, a rare type of sea turtle, and now, chameleons. The study's authors looked at 160 specimens representing 31 species in the Calumna genus, a group of chameleons native to Madagascar, and 165 specimens from 20 species of the Furcifer genus, found in Madagascar and parts of Africa. They photographed living animals in their habitats as well as preserved specimens, using UV light to illuminate the chameleons and reveal their glowing patterns. Next, they turned to micro-computed tomography — 3D X-ray imaging on the microscopic level — to literally connect the dots, matching the glowing spots in the patterns to raised bumps in the lizards' bones known as tubercles, which provided the source of the glow. In the brown leaf chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris), tubercles on its skeleton generate glowing patterns of dots that are visible through its skin. Credit: David Prötzel (ZSM/LMU) Nearly all the species revealed previously unseen blue patterns on their skin when under UV light, the researchers discovered. Most of the lizards displayed patterning on their heads, but some showed fluorescent markings across their bodies, the study's first author David Prötzel, a ZSM doctoral student, said in the statement. The patterns appeared blue because the lizards' thin outer layer of skin serves as a filter, nudging the fluorescence toward the blue end of the spectrum, according to the study. The thin skin stretched over the bumps serves as a window, allowing UV light to reach the bone and then enabling the shine to reflect through the skin. In shadowy, humid forest habitats, intermittently-visible fluorescent patterns could allow the lizards to signal each other without drawing the attention of predators, the study authors wrote. Patterns tended to cluster around the chameleons' eyes and the front of their heads, areas known to be important for communication between individuals. On average, male specimens across species displayed more patterning than females; while it is still uncertain how the chameleons may use fluorescence, this male-skew suggests it may play a role in sexual selection, though further study will be required to say for sure, the scientists explained. "Fluorescence in terrestrial vertebrates has been underestimated until now, and its role in the evolution of ornamentation remains largely unexplored, but this is a promising avenue for future research," the study authors reported. The findings were published online Jan. 15 in the journal Scientific Reports. Original article on Live Science.
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    Fun Facts

    You can treat mosquito bites by applying hot spoons on bites as it breaks up the venom. It usually takes a couple applications. You can heat spoons in boiled water and cool slightly but it won't work unless its very hot.
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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

    ah- OK I'll reinstall it! Hmm I was deleting my duplicate post, tried the "split topic" option...
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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

    http://sficlan.net/invision/index.php?show...amp;#entry67901
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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6yBqRbt_II
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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Elite- the fun would be finally being able to do away with this monstrosity and bring hope to the people in these gulags and a people starving and cut off from the world. June 12th in Singapore- that's a fun time coming!
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    http://freekorea.us/camps/#sthash.oqb7BMiX.dpbs
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    If I may make note of one thing in today's news... 3 political prisoners are released by the government of N.Korea ahead of historic peace talks featuring de-nuclearizing and reuniting Korea after a 60 year war seemingly about to result in nuclear confrontation. I, if not the Nobel committee would like to congratulate our deplorable President Donald J. Trump for a dazzling foriegn policy success and a boon to the future of Mankind.
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    We're nothing at all at this point.
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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Elite Force 2 scores page [SFI]

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    Star Trek Behind the Scenes: Franchise in Retrograde

    Ah- I was going from the first Star Trek reboot movie... Scottie explains he was banished to the frozen outpost for super-transporting Admiral Archer's beagle, Porthos, and he hasn't yet re-appeared. That was supposed to be 10 years from Discovery, before the timeline divergence.
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    Star Trek Behind the Scenes: Franchise in Retrograde

    I guess Pahvo got destroyed anyway since they couldn't get the data to Starfleet after breaking the Klingon cloak. Saru will presumably never recover the peace he had being relieved of fear by the Pahvans. We can hope to see the Kelpian predator species at some point, the regular Universe- Lorca... Spock... maybe the several bridge officers who had appreciable roles as their Mirror selves will actually say consecutive sentences and do something in the story.
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