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These two girls are not just sisters, they're twins

This is what diversity really looks like, and it’s a beautiful thing!

from NY Post:

There’s a set of biracial twins in the UK who are turning heads because one is black and the other is white.

Born in 1997 to a white father and a half-Jamaican mother, the sisters have grown accustomed to getting mistaken for being just friends — and they have even had to produce their birth certificates in order to prove they are in fact related, Barcroft Media reports.

“No one ever believes we are twins because I am white and Maria is black,” Lucy explained. “Even when we dress alike, we still don’t even look like sisters, let alone twins.”

After giving birth naturally, the twins’ mother, Donna Douglas, did a double-take as she looked at her daughters for the very first time.

“It was such a shock for her because obviously things like skin color don’t show up on scans before birth,” Lucy said. “So she had no idea that we were so different. When the midwife handed us both to her, she was just speechless.”

And when it comes to the girls’ personalities, they are nearly as different as their looks.

Lucy, who has red hair and a very fair complexion, studies art and design at Gloucester College, according to Barcroft.

Maria, who has brown hair with a caramel complexion, studies law and psychology at Cheltenham College. They have three siblings, who all have mixed skin color.

“All our older brothers and sisters have a skin color which is in between Maria and I,” Lucy said. “We are at opposite ends of the spectrum and they are all somewhere in between.”

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The science of twins is incredibly fascinating.  

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EVERYTHING’S FINE

Two divers look at a great white during a dive without shark cages in the waters off the coast of Mexico. Deep sea photographer Daniel Botelho took a series of pictures on a recent trip to a remote island off the coast of Mexico. The award-winning nature photographer insisted that while great white sharks are top predators they very rarely regard humans as food. He explained the key to safely diving with this notorious shark was to remain relaxed, keep eye contact with the shark and hold ones ground no matter how close the shark swims to the diver. Picture: Daniel Botelho/Barcroft Media

DARWIN’S BARK SPIDER
Caerostris darwini
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Darwin’s bark spider, is a 3/4” (19mm) a type of orb spider, weaves webs that span rivers and lakes — one web reached 82 feet (25 meters) in length, giving the species the title of the world’s largest web spinner. The length of the webs allow the Darwin’s bark spider to capture insects (30 mayflies and dragonflies noted in one web) in a niche otherwise unexploited by spiders.

The silk of the species is also the strongest biomaterial ever encountered. The web is twice as resilient as the next strongest silk and 10 times tougher than Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests.

Scientists will continue to study the Darwin bark spider. Some researchers believe the spiders could one day benefit humans. They think the silk could be used to create artificial muscle tissue. Source

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Sixty-stone Agee has formed an amazing bond with tamer Mark Dumas after he plucked her from a zoo as a cub to star in films and television ads.

The pair are so close they wrestle, kiss, nap and even go swimming with each other.

Mark is the only man who can swim with a polar bear.


Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3663072/Mark-Dumas-amazing-bond-with-polar-bear.html#ixzz1QYwQTE4J

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A polar bear appears to knock on the door of a wooden cabin – as onlookers peer out at their surprise guest. The inquisitive bear had been drawn to the lodge by the smell of food – and looked as if he was inviting himself to dinner, The pictures were taken by Terry Allen, a 72-year-old retired professor in Manitoba, Canada. Another curious animal joined the bear to prowl around the Seal River Lodge. But luckily the nosy bears were content to play in the snow and peer through windows rather than cause trouble.

Picture: Terry Allen / Barcroft Media

A storm drain in the sewer that was once the Westbourne River in London. Over time, rivers like this were hidden underground in tunnels and became important parts of the sewer system

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2178141/Urban-explorers-stunning-photographs-sewers-skylines-New-York-London.html#ixzz2HBo5wF4n 
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