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If there’s ever been any question about the power of Taylor Swift’s name to move records, this should dispel it. Some sort of glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes Tuesday morning led to the release of what was ostensibly a new track from her album. The record, for now titled only “Track 3,” is nothing more than 8 seconds of static, but that didn’t stop fans from taking it straight to No. 1.

As of this morning the 8 seconds of white noise—which we should have embedded for your pleasure shortly—remains at No. 1, where it sits just ahead, of course, two other songs from Taylor Swift.

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The great Jenny Slate sings Stevie Nicks’ ‘Landslide’ as Marcel the Shell.

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my new ORIGINAL CHARACTER DO NOT STEAL

they’re called Slate and their gender is unknown so use whichever pronouns you like…….. I hope the design looks alright

I’ve never seen a Sonic character that actually has a dark muzzle which is why I wanted to make one. though it does make the design kind of overwhelming :’o I’ll probably change something about their design sooner or later

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Coccosteus cuspidatus a rare 370 million year old armored fish from the slate quarries near Caithness, Scotland.  It’s 13 inches long on a 28x18 slab of matrix and is 100% natural with no restoration or repair. The preservation is impeccable and I can say it’s without a doubt one of the best specimens of these rare armored fish ever found. 

This specimen was acquired by a high-end collector back in the late 80’s who only sought out the finest specimens for his collection. He is now narrowing the focus of his collection away from fossil fish.  This specimen which is worthy of any museum collection is now available through FossilEra.com

More information: http://www.fossilera.com/fossils/museum-quality-armoured-fish-fossil-scotland

Despite funding cuts that have impacted the country’s byzantine and often insufficient health care infrastructure, vaccines against measles and other diseases are widely available. But in most regions of the country, they are optional, and many parents—under the influence of celebrities, political ideologues, and radical clerics—choose not to have their children vaccinated, due to the mistaken belief that the vaccines are dangerous. As a result, this prosperous nation now has a lower vaccination rate than Zimbabwe.

When it comes to drought in the West, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

That’s the conclusion from a new study that links an increasing risk of decades-long drought episodes in the western United States to human-induced climate change. The study predicts drought severity outside the bounds of what’s thought to have occurred over the past 1,000 years, based on local tree-ring records.

Smerdon’s study is the first to examine the future risk of “megadrought” in the southwest and central United States in the context of historical episodes of drought in the same regions. Smerdon’s study suggests that the coming years are likely to see droughts worse than the epic dry periods that are thought to have caused profound changes to human settlement in the region over the last millennium.

“They’re ‘mega’ because they are droughts that lasted in these regions for multiple decades,” said Smerdon in an interview with Slate. “We haven’t seen anything like this since at least the 1400s.” In comparison, the current California drought is four years old, though drought has been present in most of the last 15 years somewhere in the West.

Expect high prices of major food products: milk, cattle, lettuce, almonds, wine, grapes, cotton, marijuana, berries, etc.