Black lesbian couple found murdered in Galveston, TX
March 10, 2014
The bodies of two Houston women, a lesbian couple, were discovered near a dumpster in Galveston County, Texas. Crystal Jackson and her girlfriend Britney Cosby, both 24, had been together for two years and lived together. Their bodies were found Friday morning next to a convenience store dumpster, reports Houston’s ABC 13.
Relatives say the two women went to Galveston for Mardi Gras. Detectives believe they were killed elsewhere and their bodies moved. Reports also indicate that they were murdered in different ways. It’s currently unclear whether this was a hate crime or there was some other motive for the murder.
“That was her girlfriend, that was her soulmate,” James Randle, neighbor to Britney Cosby, told ABC.
Investigators are looking for a silver 2006 Kia Sorrento with paper tags–a car the couple recently purchased together. It is missing and whoever took it may be the same person who took their lives, reporters say.
Anyone with information regarding the victims’ deaths or the stolen vehicle is asked to call the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 866-248-8477.
Rest in power.
ash you fucking idiot
How I feel about religion. God should be presented as what he is, love and kindness. Stop using his name to justify your racism, homo phobia and sexesim
Not gonna lie, this is pretty cute.
I really don’t want to sound mean, but honestly, I think that you’re misguided if you have to use your personal interpretation of a single, nonhuman being of questionable existence to justify anything, good or bad. Teaching people ideas and getting them to accept those ideas based on their faith alone (a stance championed by religion in general) is not only a violation of logic, but is, in reality, counterintuitive to the long term proliferation and acceptance of those ideas. The fact that christians argue with one another about their own religion is indicative of this.
If you want people to be guided by tolerance, acceptance, kindness, love, charity, etc., then keep religion, and the principles off of which it is based, out of the picture. It opens up opportunities for the formation of people who, once they stray and start preaching doctrines of intolerance, will be that much more impervious to the logical discourse and argumentation that may lead to the acceptance of new ideas.
I’ve recently decided to freeze myself to -273℃. My friends think I’ll die, but I’ll be 0K.
I see what you did there. Very cool.
"you’ll get ink poisoning"
haha funny thing is, its actually impossible to get ink poisoning this way. the only way to get sick with ink is to eat around 16 pens full of ink to even be slighty harmful
when I was a kid, I actually ate the ink of a pen or two. Worried, my parents called animal control. Turns out that pens are soy based, so you really can’t get sick from eating them. That doesn’t mean you should try though.
Wait, why did your parents call animal control?
was wondering the same thing^
Everything about this was good.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!
Mister Rogers says goodbye. x
Before the first birds could take flight, they needed a lift from an unexpected source: colourful feathers. As well as giving birds the most colourful plumage on earth, it seems pigment factories in their feathers primed their feathery dinosaur ancestors for flight by creating feathers of many different shapes. The same pigment factories may also have turbocharged the proto-birds’ metabolism, helping them into the air.
This insight comes from a study of cellular pigment factories called melanosomes from the feathers, hairs and skin of 181 living birds, mammals and reptiles, plus 13 fossils of ancient lizards, turtles, dinosaurs and pterosaurs.
Julia Clarke of the University of Texas at Austin and her colleagues found that melanosomes suddenly became much more diverse in the lineage leading to birds. This happened at the same time that feather-like appendages appeared in maniraptoran dinosaurs, the forerunners of birds. These “pinnate” feathers resembled the familiar branched structure of modern bird feathers, and contained vastly more diverse melanosomes, in terms of their length, width and shape than the samples from ancient lizards and dinosaurs….
But it’s not just about feathers. The melanosome diversity explosion may also have led to higher metabolic rates in the forerunners of birds. Such rapid metabolisms are essential for powered flight.
"Many of the genes involved in the melanin colour system are also involved in other core processes such as food intake, stress responses, reproductive behaviour and more," says Clarke. That means the change in pigment could be linked to larger changes in the animals’ energetics and physiology.
This is corroborated by the modern animals, where melanosome diversity is linked to metabolism. “Only in living warm-blooded terrestrial vertebrates which independently evolved higher metabolic rates did we find the melanosome diversity we also see in feathered dinosaurs,” says Clarke.
(via New Scientist)
Photo: Analysis for the distribution of shapes of melanin-containing organelles (melanosomes) in fossil and living amniotes shows that fuzz-covered dinosaurs like Sinosauropteryx share similarities with living lizards, turtles and crocodilians. In these living taxa color and the shape of the melanosomes are not linked in such a way that color can be reconstructed from melanosome shape alone. Melanosomes in Sinosauropteryx don’t presently tell us if this animal was brown, blackish or grey. However, feathered dinosaurs are similar to birds, and we can estimate their color. Credit: Li et al. (authors).
Journal reference: Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature12973
In which Jimmy Fallon nails it.
This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree
It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.
The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.
Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.
At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).
And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)
and they’re so pretty too
Well most “algae” that can fix gaseous NOx species into organic molecules are immotile cyanobacteria, which will settle at the bottom of the container unless properly agitated. So if you’re worried about power consumption, there’s another thing to focus on, besides the light.
Also, the lamps can’t be on all night, otherwise they’d interfere with the circadian rhythms that the algae/cyanobacteria use to regulate their metabolisms.