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The giant salamanders of Japan and China are just two of some five hundred species of salamander. They are marvellous fellows and are found all over the world, from the tropical rainforests to the Siberian steppe. Indeed the Siberian salamander can survive temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees celsius. They happily snooze away in the ice as their body can produce antifreeze. It is not known how long they can do this for, though it is known they can do it for a long time, it has even been postulated that some of them may have been napping since the Ice Age. Indeed they have been found in ice fourteen metres deep from the Pleistocene era 12,000 years ago… but no one can guarantee that they didn’t just fall down a crack in the ice.







Just a reminder:the natural diet of these birds is BONES. Not just bone marrow; actual bone shards. They pick up huge freaking bones from carcasses and drop them onto rocks until they get spiky pieces and then they swallow them. Their stomach acid dissolves bone.

look me in the eye and tell me that’s not a fucking dragon

And they aren’t naturally red like that. That’s self-applied makeup. They find the reddest earth they can to work into their feathers as a status symbol.

And they don’t scavenge other parts of carcases, just the bones. 85-90% of their diet is exclusively bone. Hence why it’s only a myth that these birds would just pick up whole lambs and carry them off. It’s not true, but in German they’re still called Lämmergeier as a result.

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The Scully Effect

One of the most frustrating aspects of this scarcity is that we know just how significant an influence powerful female, scientist role models can have on young women.

Perhaps the most prominent example of this power has come to be known as the “Scully Effect.” Named for Special Agent Dana Scully, the medical doctor and FBI agent who was one half of the investigative team on “The X-Files”, the Scully Effect accounts for the notable increase in women who pursued careers in science, medicine, and law enforcement as a result of living with Dana Scully over the nine years “The X-Files” ran on Fox.

The show has been off the air for more than a decade. Yet the character of Dana Scully remains a powerful example of how a dynamic female character whose primary pursuit is science—not romantic relationships—can have a lasting impact on our culture.

— by Christopher Zumski Finke (x)

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