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Workers of supermarket chain Market Basket are protesting at the company’s 71 New England locations after the board fired longtime CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

Demoulas is adored by employees because he believes in treating them well by providing solid benefits and a profit sharing plan. Thousands of people protested at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts on Monday after management fired lifelong employees for demanding the CEOs return. Communities across New England are electrified as workers are joined by shoppers and community supporters. Store shelves are going empty because truckers refuse to make deliveries.

UFO Friend, Foe, or Fantasy - 1966 Documentary

Presented by Walter Kronkite, this classic overly skeptical but still important to research one-hour documentary includes an interview with a 32-year old gum-chewing Carl Sagan. Although his presentation skills aren’t quite refined at this point (spit out the gum, Carl!), the early seeds of his scientific skepticism are quite evident!

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?

It does it through the process of chip grafting. After sculptor Sam Van Aken bought a failing orchard in upstate New York full of hundreds of different fruit trees, he began the pain-staking process of grafting several of the different varieties together into one tree. Six years later, the result is this 40-fruit bearing tree, which includes some heirloom varieties that are centuries old.

Image: Sam Van Aken

Sixth-Grader May Have Stolen Credit For Marine Biologist’s Lionfish Research

Sixth-Grader May Have Stolen Credit For Marine Biologist's Lionfish Research

There’s a new development in the story about 12-year-old Lauren Arrington’s remarkable science fair project about the invasive potential of lionfish. A marine biologist is now claiming that the project was based on published work he did back in 2011 — and that the girl is the daughter of his former supervisor’s best friend.

Stories of lead researchers stealing the work of their grad students is not uncommon, but this represents a major twist. It seems that in this case, a proud parent (and close friend of a college professor) encouraged his daughter to conduct a science fair project that was largely based on the work of that professor/friend’s graduate student. Arrington’s science fair project seems to have been inspired by the work of a grad student, Zack Jud, who published very similar results back in 2011 — work that Arrington’s father was an author on.

Since the story broke a couple of days ago it’s been picked up by numerous media outlets. The news eventually got the attention of Jud, who claims that his many years of groundbreaking work on lionfish in low salinity estuarine habitats is being completely and intentionally ignored.

Sixth-Grader May Have Stolen Credit For Marine Biologist's Lionfish Research

Zack Jud in 2010, when he first discovered lionfish occupying estuarine habitats — three years before Arrington’s”discovery”. Via his Facebook.

"At this stage in my career, this type of national exposure would be invaluable…if only my name was included in the stories," Jud wrote on his Facebook page. “I feel like my hands are tied. Anything I say will come off as an attempt to steal a little girl’s thunder, but it’s unethical for her and her father to continue to claim the discovery of lionfish in estuaries as her own.”

Unethical, indeed. Clearly, it’s important that this scientific work — which highlights a worrisome ecological problem — receives the media attention it deserves. But it’s also important that credit be given where it’s due.

And it appears that Jud has a strong case. Here’s what Fischer Aitchtuoh from the Central Florida Aquarium Society has learned:

D. Albrey Arrington, the father of Lauren Arrington, appears as an author on this paper released June 2011. He had absolutely nothing to do with the research however, he was clearly aware that lionfish were found in low salinity parts of the estuary years before the science fair project was carried out. By this time, Jud had planned on running salinity tolerance trials for quite a while before Arrington executed her project, invalidating the premise that any related research had been ultimately replicated or expanded upon by ecologists. Jud’s work further revealed wild lionfish in salinities in as low as 8 ppt, just a hair above the young girls 6 ppt “breakthrough” in captivity.

subsequent paper that Jud published in 2012 that documented movement patterns of lionfish within the estuary. The “discovery” was made years before the science fair project was carried out. Arrington’s project lowered the salinity bar from 8 ppt (Jud’s previous finding, which Arrington knew about) to 6 ppt. Jud subsequently demonstrated that lionfish could survive in salinities as low as 5 ppt for extended periods of time, and as low as 1 ppt for brief periods (in the wild, around low tide during the wet season).

Frustratingly, there’s actually a petition going around demanding that Arrington’s name be added as an author to Jud’s most recent scientific publication.

Jud is now trying to figure out what to do about the situation without doing anything to discourage the girl.

"Most of you are aware of the massive amount of time I put into exposing kids to science, and I obviously don’t want to do anything to diminish this young lady’s curiosity or enthusiasm," he writes. "I’m thrilled that she chose to look at lionfish for her science fair project, but encouraging an outright lie is poor parenting and a horrible way to introduce a youngster to a career in the sciences."

Read more at Jud’s Facebook page and CFLAS.

Top image Albrey Arrington via Sun Sentinel.

This giant duck could provide solar and hydro power


Inspired by Florentijn Hofman’s giant Rubber Duck sculpture, which graced Australian waters back in 2013, a team of UK designers have developed Energy Duck, an energy generator.

Hundreds of photovoltaic panels will cover this 12-storey high floating solar farm, which also has hydro turbines to produce energy at night. According to Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network, Energy Duck is also a reminder of “how climate change has adversely impacted the breeding habitats of the common elder duck, a large sea duck found in the northern coasts of Europe and North America.”


Image: Land Art Generator Initiative

The ‘duck’ will be constructed from a lightweight steel frame and will be installed at Refshaleøen, a former industrial site that’s across Copenhagen Harbour’s most famous public art statue—The Little Mermaid. 

Energy Duck has been designed to transmit all the energy it produced to Copenhagen’s public grid. According to Gizmag’s Bridget Borgobello, “the giant structure has been designed not only to generate clean electricity for the local residents of Copenhagen, but also to provide a unique visitor centre”.

According to Mother Nature Network, Denmark’s capital aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.

The largest aquatic insect in the world has been discovered in China, with a wingspan of 21 cm. And those enormous tusks? They’re for mating. via ScienceAlert

Who can tell me whose balcony this once belonged to?? Hint: it was his birthday today! This picture was taken when I went to the Keys a few years back :)

Helloooo Monterey Bay :D

The Faceless - Planetary Duality (I & II)

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Gaza conflict: Five dead at hospital hit by Israeli strike

At least five people have been killed and 70 injured by an Israeli strike on a hospital in Gaza, Palestinians say.Map of Gaza

The Israeli military said it had targeted a cache of anti-tank missiles in the hospital’s “immediate vicinity”.

Overnight, more than 30 members of two Palestinian families died in Israeli strikes, Gazan health officials said.

On Monday evening Israel said seven of its soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of Israeli military dead to 25.

Two Israeli civilians have also died in the recent violence.

The Palestinian death toll from the two-week conflict has now passed 550, the majority of them civilians, according to Gaza’s health ministry. The UN says more than 100,000 Gazans have now been displaced.

Israel says it has killed more than 170 militants since Thursday night, when it launched the ground offensive phase of its two-week old operation to end rocket fire from Gaza.

Ten militants were killed on Monday after using tunnels to get into Israel near the town of Sderot.

Push for ceasefire

Palestinian television showed footage of wounded people being treated after the strike at the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Doctors say several Israeli tank shells hit the hospital’s reception, intensive care unit and operating theatres.

Most of the wounded were doctors, according to Palestinian officials.

Appeals have been made to the Red Cross to help evacuate patients from the building, the BBC’s Yolande Knell reports from Gaza.

Israel had told residents of neighbouring areas to head to Deir al-Balah for their own safety as its ground offensive continues to target neighbourhoods to the east of Gaza City for a second day, our correspondent adds.

The Israeli army said it had “successfully targeted” a cache of anti-tank missiles in the area.

"Civilian casualties are a tragic inevitability of [Hamas’] brutal and systematic exploitation of homes, hospitals and mosques in Gaza," it said in a statement.

Israel says that approximately 131 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel on Monday, of which at least 108 hit Israel and 17 were intercepted. No casualties were reported from these attacks.

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