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Chinese tourists at a buffet in Thailand

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(Image credit: Earyn McGee/SWRS/The Frog Conservation Project)

The tadpole titan affectionately known as "Goliath" is no more. The enormous polliwog died in 2019, according to a tweet written on May 26, 2020 by herpetologist Earyn McGee, who introduced Twitter to Goliath in 2018.

 

Researchers initially mistook Goliath for a fish when they discovered him in southeastern Arizona. The tadpole was about twice as long as a soda can, yet never matured into a bullfrog, likely due to "some sort of hormone imbalance," McGee said. While Goliath's size made him a more competitive eater compared to his tadpole kin (which tend to max out at about 6 inches in length), it also probably put him at a health disadvantage.

"The drawbacks of Goliath's size is that his respiratory and circulatory system may not continue to support his body size as he continues to grow," McGee said.

https://www.livescience.com/50717-amazing-images.html

Wow ... he was huge.

Picture dated 22 April 1989, shows several hundred of 200,000 pro-democracy student protesters face to face with policemen outside the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, as they take part in the funeral ceremony of former Chinese Communist Party leader and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang, during an unauthorized demonstration to mourn his death. Hu Yaobang's death in April trigged an unprecedented wave of pro-democracy demonstrations.

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The calm before the storm.

 

A US Secret Service counter assault team member carries a sniper rifle through Lafayette Park as US President Trump holds a photo opportunity in front of St John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House.  Photo @tombrennerphoto

 

Confronting to see ... the graffiti in the background is awful too.

 

Pregnant Nunniong brumby mare

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:) Great photo, thanks Toot.

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Researchers leading a clinical trial testing the efficacy of anti-­malarial drug hydroxychloroquine will proceed with admin­istering it to Australian corona­virus patients after international studies challenging the drug’s efficacy and safety were questioned.

The resumption of trials followed revelations that data relied on by scientific journals The Lancet and the New Eng­land Journal of Medicine was based on flawed data from a little-known US healthcare analytics company.

The resumption of trials followed revelations that data relied on by scientific journals The Lancet and the New Eng­land Journal of Medicine was based on flawed data from a little-known US healthcare analytics company.

Interesting.

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