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Brown Lives Matter (1/27/15): The police have done it again. They have taken the life on another unarmed teenager, this time a 16-year old girl by the name of Jesse Hernandez. After shooting her multiple times, they dragged her lifeless body out the car and proceeded to cuff and search her, rather than seek medical attention. The death harkens back to another young, unarmed Latin@ the Denver police killed last year, Ryan Roquillo. The officer in that death was eventually cleared. Prayers for peace and justice to this young girl’s family. #staywoke #farfromover

Every episode with a Joe and Barry scene is gold, it just is. They’re so good together and you can see it – that love between them, that’s not only acting but that’s also between Grant and Jesse. There really is a father-son dynamic in real life too. That’s the heart of the show and you don’t want to mess with that. There’s enough pain and heartache everywhere else.
—  Andrew Kreisberg on Joe and Barry’s endearing dynamic (x)
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Moss Gives Away the Secrets of the North Sea’s Largest Landslide and Tsunami

About 8,000 years ago one of the world’s largest mass wasting events occurred in the chilly North Sea. A submarine landslide, known as the Storegga Slide, rattled the ocean off Norway, displacing 3300 cubic km of sediment over an area approximately the size of Scotland. It is not known what exactly triggered this slide but we do know that it generated a massive tsunami that flooded areas of northern Europe.
Tsunami deposits in Norway and Scotland are found above structures from ancient civilizations, causing many to wonder what happened to the people living here. Were ancient communities severely impacted by the tsunami? Were lives lost? Homes destroyed?

The answer presumably lies in the time of year the tsunami occurred. The Mesolithic (“middle Stone Age”) people living here would have spent most of their summers in the highlands hunting for reindeer and most of their winters near the coast where it was slightly warmer. A tsunami that occurred in the winter would have been much more devastating than one occurring in summer when inhabitants were safe in the mountains.

To determine the season of this event, a recent study investigated one of the humblest of plants—moss. Many Storegga tsunami deposits contain a species of moss called Hylocomium splendens. This species has a unique growth pattern in which new segments branch off from growths that occurred the previous year. These specimens showed growth patterns typical of October-December maturity. Many were also still green—meaning that they were buried while alive.

What does the moss tell us? That this tsunami was probably a catastrophe. The growth patterns suggest the tsunami occurred in late autumn, at a time when the Mesolithic people would have been retreating from the mountains and settling in for winter. Therefore, the Storegga tsunami was both large and unfortunately timed, undoubtedly wreaking havoc on the lives of Europe’s ancient peoples.

-CM

For the original paper: http://bit.ly/15GnBNE
Photo credit: British Geological Survey http://bit.ly/1B6aDAC
National Oceanography Centre http://bit.ly/15GnNfX

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