Science is Fun Fridays!

This started out as a Fungi Friday search but it turns out slime mold is no longer considered part of that kingdom, (they are now considered Protista).  Slime mold is an informal name given to several kinds of eukaryotic organisms that can live freely as single cells but can also aggregate together to form multicellular structures.  Here we see the mold appearing to breathe - it is the cellular components "shuttling" around in a process known as cytoplasmic streaming, or shuttle streaming.  This is the mold coming together to form a multicellular structure, and it is usually done when food is scarce or to reproduce.Some scientists believe the molds have a capacity to learn from experience and change their behavior, even though they don't have a brain or central nervous system.  In fact, a study in 2016 did show that they learn to avoid caffeine, and they can pass on this knowledge to new cells that fuse with the structure. The yellow is the more common "dog vomit"…

Book Club - Halloween Read-Along

Since we got into some horror yesterday, I thought it would be a good time to discuss a read-along for us to share for Halloween.I have this Edgar Allan Poe book, "Complete Tales and Poems."  I've only read a few myself and it is my intention to eventually read them all.  So I wanted to see if any of you had a suggestion.It's been a while but I know I have read The Tell-Tale HeartFall of the House of Usher, and The Black Cat.  They're also the ones more known in pop culture, I think.The ones I've read more recently are The Masque of Red Death and The Murders in the Rue Morgue.  I feel like there's one I'm forgetting though....
I started watching the movie over the weekend, but didn't get it finished.So!  Let's stick with short stories and maybe we can throw a poem in at the end of the month.What say you??

Hump Day Horror

In the spirit of Halloween this month, I have some horror history to share today.
On November 13, 1974 Ronald DeFeo Jr entered an Amityville bar and told everyone his parents had been shot.  A number of people returned to the house with him, police were called.  Inside the home they found Ronald Sr, his wife Louise, and their children; Dawn, Allison, Marc, and John.On November 14, Jr confessed to the crimes, after claiming it had been a mob hit.On this day in 1975, his trial began.  His attorney argued for an insanity defense, but he was convicted on six counts of second-degree murder.The interesting thing is all six of the victims were killed in their sleep, with no sign of a struggle, and no neighbors reported hearing gunshots, even though the rifle did not have a silencer...
In December 1975, the Lutzes moved into the home.  They had been advised of the murders, and got a nice deal.  They only stayed 28 days before leaving everything behind, claiming that the house was haunted.Autho…

My Shots - Fall Throwbacks

Just a few throwbacks from around this time last year. Random Reno
A friend is celebrating her 1 year anniversary today.

Best Dressed - Week of October 12

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Letitia Wright
Lily-Rose Depp
Alexa Chung
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Science is Fun Fridays!

The Nobel Prizes have been awarded in all but Economics at this point, so let's go over the winners. PhysicsOne half awarded to Roger Penrose "for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity," with the other half jointly awarded to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy."Read More
ChemistryAwarded to Emmanuelle Carpenter and Jennifer Doudna "for the development of a method for genome editing," known as the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors.Read More
Physiology or MedicineAwarded to Harvey Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles Rice "for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus."  Highly sensitive blood tests are now available and have essentially eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis in many parts of the world.Read More
LiteratureAwarded to American poet Louise Glück "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere bea…