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Cream of the Cool

Before bothering with this, check out What is the plan? - March 2017 by jaybonci if you haven't already. It's exciting to see this kind of real progress being made, and to know that there are plans for e2 to get modernized, and hopefully to become bigger and better. jaybonci is underselling the amount of effort he's putting in here: I count 135 separate code check-ins on GitHub starting on March 11th, which is better velocity than I get out of some coders who are paid for their…

Rear fanged snakes are, simply, snakes that have their fangs in the the back of their mouth. This is rather awkward, and requires the snake to open their mouth very wide (~170 degrees) in order to inject the venom.

The rear fanged snakes are a polytypic group, and are all classified in the wastebasket taxon of Colubridae, a family in which all unclassified snake taxons are dumped. It appears, in fact, that originally all snakes were rear fanged snakes, and some…

Oda Nobutaka (15581583) was the third son of the great Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga and a concubine from a low-ranking family named Sakashi. When his father and older brother were assassinated by Akechi Mitsuhide at Honnōji temple in 1582, the 24-year-old Nobutaka was away leading an invasion of Shikoku and thus survived to become the de facto head of the Oda house.

Although Nobutaka raced back to Kyoto and fought alongside another of his father's generals,…

At the Cornell Bird Laboratory, the Northern Cardinal is the “WTF?” bird. That is, hardly a week goes by that someone doesn’t call them up and want to know what this gorgeous bird is in their backyard. It’s all red, and has a little peak on its head like a cockatoo and it sings really loud. Man, it must be like, ultra-rare or something, I’ve never seen anything like it before, and it, like has been flying around for several days now…
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