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Plants colonized the earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought

(University of Bristol) A new study on the timescale of plant evolution, led by the University of Bristol, has concluded that the first plants to colonise the Earth originated around 500 million years ago -- 100 million years earlier than previously thought.

6 Trends Driving Vehicle Electrification in 2018

The numbers are in, and in the U.S. alone, electric vehicle sales increased 21 percent last year -- from 158,614 vehicles sold in 2016 to 199,826 vehicles sold in 2017. December 2017 also marked the 26th consecutive month of year-over-year...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker ericacbarnett: "What is the item in your house/apartment that you've hung onto the longest?"I have a plushy lamb that has a wind-up music box inside of it. When you wind up the music box, it plays a tune, and the lamb slowly moves her head back and forth. Her name is Lambie-Pie, and I have had her since I was born.

Monday Links!

This list o' links brought to you by purses.Recommended Reading:Jeanne Marie Laskas at GQ: [Content Note: Guns] Inside the Federal Bureau of Way Too Many GunsR. O. Kwon at BuzzFeed: I'm Korean American, and I Can't Watch the Pyeongchang...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Mass shooting; indifference to gun violence.] Unnamed White House official: "A lot of people here felt like [the Parkland shooting] was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled. But as we all know,Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Olivia loves to stand on her back legs, leaning on my knee, and it's always so cute. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

We Resist: Day 396

One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have...Show More Summary

Red Sox reach agreement with J.D. Martinez, per source

J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement. The slow dance between the free agent slugger and the power-deficient team wrapped up Monday when they settled on a $110 million, five-year contract. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press...

Film Corner: Black Panther

The much-anticipated Black Panther had an amazing opening weekend, pulling in $192 million (!!!) at the box office, giving it "the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever, not accounting for inflation. The only films with a higher grossing opening weekend are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World, and The Avengers. Show More Summary

Ex-Kings player Voynov playing for Russian hockey team after pleading no contest to domestic abuse

Blood seemed to be everywhere when Redondo Beach police officer Gregory Wiist toured the master bedroom of the multimillion-dollar home on Avenue C. Around the bed. In the shape of a handprint on the wood floor. On the comforter. In a trail leading to the bathroom. Marta Varlamova sobbed as Wiist...

An Observation

[Content Note: Guns.] I've spent my life listening to Republicans justify their bigotry and defend their privilege on the basis of "protecting the children" from imagined threats and conjured boogeymen. Now that children truly need protection from gun violence, the GOP is full of naught but fuck you. Show More Summary

The Latest on Gates

On Friday, I noted that Rick Gates, former Trump campaign aide and longtime Paul Manafort associate, was reportedly close to finalizing a plea deal with Special Counsel Bob Mueller.Over the weekend, the LA Times and CBS News reported...Show More Summary

What’s wrong with the new NIH study on transgender kids?

Shoddy, agenda-driven “research” can be produced to justify a lot of bad ideas. And transgenderism is a very bad idea.

Kansas Republicans vote to ‘oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity’

The party now affirms 'God’s design for gender as determined by biological sex and not by self-perception.'

‘Black Panther’ and the New Expectation of Black Excellence

With the film's release, Black people are once again seeing a future that inspires us at a time when we need it most. The post ‘Black Panther’ and the New Expectation of Black Excellence appeared first on Rewire.

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