Fun Fact Friday: How Do You Survive in the Big Empty? These Lagomorphs Use Superpower Adaptations, of Course.

By Nancy Patterson, Public Affairs Specialist, Greater Sage-Grouse Rocky Mountain Region

It’s wide open in the Big Empty of sagebrush country. For the more than 350 species that live here, hiding spots are few and horizons are long. When you’re a favorite food of lots of predators you need special adaptations to survive. Lagomorphs are adaptation champs in this ecosystem. The term lagomorph describes mammals in the order of lagomorpha, better known as hares, rabbits, and pikas. In sagebrush country, some lagomorphs you might see are jackrabbits, cottontails, and pygmy rabbits.

Rabbits and hares have big eyes set on the sides of their heads. This gives them a wide viewpoint to look around for threats. Their large ears act like giant microphones to capture the slightest sound. And their long back feet act as a speedy superpower. With them they can spring into the air and dart quickly in a jig-jag pattern to escape predators. Jackrabbits can run at speeds of 40 miles per hour and their powerful hind legs can propel them in 10-foot leaps with each bound. Imagine trying to keep up with one of these athletic racers!

But, it’s tough to survive on big feet, eyes, and ears alone. It also helps to have superpower hiding adaptations. And rabbits and hares have some that act just like invisibility cloaks.

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7 Reasons to Thank Your Vet

“As a pet owner, you rely on your vet to take care of your pet. But many vets are struggling to take care of themselves. The suicide rate among veterinarians is high: More than one in six veterinarians might have contemplated suicide since graduation, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study also showed that vets are more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders like depression than the general population. It’s a problem that the veterinary community is sadly aware of.“We have all lost at least one colleague to suicide,” says Heather Loenser, DVM, the veterinary advisor of professional and public affairs for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).But if this is news to you, that’s not really much of a surprise to Ron Del Moro, Ph.D., a licensed clinical counselor at University of Florida’s Veterinary Hospitals. “Everyone’s aware of it, but no one really talks about,” says Del Moro.Well, we’re here to talk about it. Here are some of the issues that veterinarians routinely face and ways you can show appreciation to your vet all year round.”

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Former astronaut John Glenn dies at the age of 95

Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. He was 95.

Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.

Glenn was the third U.S. astronaut in space and the first of them to get into orbit. He circled the Earth three times. The Soviet Union had put a man into orbit a year earlier in 1961.

Glenn then spent 24 years as a Democrat from Ohio in the Senate and briefly made a run for president in 1984. He returned to space in 1998, at age 77, aboard space shuttle Discovery.

He was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. (AP)

Photo credits: NASA/AP, AP, REUTERS/Cecil Stoughton/The White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, AP Photo/Scott Applewhite

See more photos of John Glenn’s life and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.
Paula Broadwell: It's a 'shocker' that Petraeus is considered for Trump administration

Paula Broadwell, the biographer of David Petraeus who had a much-publicized affair with the now-retired four-star general, said it was a “shocker” for her to learn that her former lover would be a candidate for a cabinet post in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

She also said Petraeus, who resigned as director of the CIA in 2012 after his affair with Broadwell became public, is “unequally qualified for many positions.” Petraeus pleaded guilty in 2015 to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials after admitting that he provided such materials to Broadwell.

In a pre-taped interview with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell that’s set to air Thursday, Broadwell questioned the fairness of Petraeus being given another chance while she has been unable to escape her affair.

“I think he’s unequally qualified for many positions but that’s not my position to say,” she said. “As I woke up to the news, you know, it was a bit of a shocker that he was being considered for a cabinet position. And I was both shocked that I’m still in this tenuous position and yet happy, because I think he should be able to go on with his life. He’s earned it, and so should his family. But then it begged the question of, why shouldn’t I be able to go on?”

One today is worth two tomorrows

Benjamin Franklin

One of the leading figures of early American history, Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and diplomat. Born into a Boston family of modest means, Franklin had little formal education. He went on to start a successful printing business in Philadelphia and grew wealthy. Franklin was deeply active in public affairs in his adopted city, where he helped launch a lending library, hospital and college, and garnered acclaim for his experiments with electricity, among other projects. During the American Revolution, he served in the Second Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War (1775-83). In 1787, in his final significant act of public service, he was a delegate to the convention that produced the U.S. Constitution.


The first American to orbit the Earth has died. John Glenn was the last surviving member of the original Mercury astronauts. He would later have a long political career as a U.S. senator, but that didn’t stop his pioneering ways.

Glenn made history a second time in 1998, when he flew aboard the shuttle Discovery to become the oldest person to fly in space. Glenn was 95; he had been hospitalized in Columbus, Ohio, since last week.

Glenn had been battling health issues since a stroke a few years ago. His death was confirmed Thursday by This was confirmed to NPR by Hank Wilson, communications director of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University.

John Glenn, First American To Orbit The Earth, Dies At 95

Photo: NASA/Getty Images

Earlier today an English Labour Party MP named Jo Cox was shot, stabbed and beaten while doing her weekly surgery (meeting with members of the public to discuss current affairs/issues) by a 52 y.o. white male who allegedly shouted “Britain First” (the name of a racist, xenophobic, far-right, fascistic “party” - think the Tea Party if they were all drunk uncles from Glasgow) during the attack and during his arrest.

She was airlifted to hospital. She died there.

Cox was an advocate for the Remain (in the EU) campaign and for accepting refugees into the country, and was married with two small children. She was murdered in the street by a right-wing terrorist. This is the first time a British MP has been killed in 26 years (though there have been attempts since). The last one? The victim of an IRA bomb.

To paraphrase a friend, this is what happens when you allow fascists a platform. You can whine about free speech all you like, but when people are allowed to spread their hateful rhetoric, it will never stop at sound and noise. There will be victims. People doing their jobs, going about their lives, who will have the opportunity to go home to their families taken from them, violently, just because of deluded, violent people’s actions.

i dont know what else to say. i hope everyone is doing okay. hmu if you wanna talk


Confidence in Hillary Clinton to handle world affairs is generally high in the European and Asian countries we surveyed this spring. By comparison, few trust Donald Trump to do the right thing when it comes to foreign policy.

Clinton finds support in Europe, while Trump inspires little to no confidence in Europe or Asia


Last year we discovered that Chicago artist Jim Bachor (previously featured here) was filling unsightly potholes on the street of his city with beautiful custom mosaics of flowers. This year Bachor is back in action with a new series of art installations/pothole repairs entitled Treats in the Streets, featuring colorful ice cream and popsicles.

“My work consists mostly of subjects and ideas not traditionally seen in classic mosaic art.” Bachor explains, “I work in advertising so the idea of consumerism shows up in my work on a regular basis. I love the idea of turning this classic art form on its head and giving it a modern twist.”

Chicago gets very hot and humid in the summer, so we bet these cheerful installations are going to have people running for the nearest convenient store or ice cream shop at first sight.

Follow Jim Bachor on Instagram to keep up with his latest pothole mosaics.

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I write my country love letters but I don’t think she receives them

I’m told America ignores them;

doesn’t want them,

doesn’t want me

I say

She’s just shy; afraid of reactions to our affair.

They tell her

I’m a daughter of the enemy; I will hurt her

and betray her love

Daggers of antipathy and mistrust fly from their eyes and stab me;

my blood stains her like red punch on white carpet

and bruises complete my red, white, and blue.

I write my country love letters,

But I’m told to write apologies instead

the taste of postage stamps

lives on my tongue

and ink stained hands

wait for they day when they can hold

apology letters in red, white, and blue.

by Rawda Fawaz

We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.
—  C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Most Americans Who See Fake News Believe It, New Survey Says
An exclusive Ipsos poll conducted for BuzzFeed News found that 75% of American adults who were familiar with a fake news headline viewed the story as accurate.
By Craig Silverman, Jeremy Singer-Vine

Fake news headlines fool American adults about 75% of the time, according to a large-scale new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for BuzzFeed News.

The survey also found that people who cite Facebook as a major source of news are more likely to view fake news headlines as accurate than those who rely less on the platform for news.

This survey is the first large-scale public opinion research study into the fake news phenomenon that has had a sweeping effect on global politics, and that recently caused a gunman to threaten a DC pizza place. The results paint a picture of news consumers with little ability to evaluate the headlines that often fly toward them without context on social media platforms. They also — surprisingly — suggest that consumers are likely to believe even false stories that don’t fit their ideological bias. And the survey calls into question the notion — which Facebook has reportedly begun testing — that consumers themselves can do the work of distinguishing between real and fake news.

The new data comes from an online survey of 3,015 US adults conducted between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1. For more on the methodology, see the bottom of this article. A detailed summary of results to all questions can be found here. Additional calculations can be found here.

This is a long article and includes a lot of important data.


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A Man From U.N.C.L.E Fancomic
Written & drawn by Diigii Daguna

Napoleon Solo, charming and handsome U.N.C.L.E spy, is never shy about getting into trouble… because he knows that despite their differences, he can always count on his partner, Illya Kuryakin, to get him out!

But how can Kuryakin help when Napoleon himself doesn’t even know he’s in danger?

After he ends up the test subject for a mysterious new drug, Napoleon’s life depends on just how well his often-aloof partner knows him… and, more importantly, whether or not the private and particular Illya Kuryakin is willing to allow Napoleon Solo to know him back.

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I was listening to Hamilton for the 500th time, and I noticed something strange when I got to “Say No to This,” the song during which Hamilton has an affair with Maria Reynolds.  I thought, ugh, she ruined his life.  When the affair goes public, his political career crashes and burns and his wife understandably distances herself from him.  All because of Maria.

Then I realized….the song was decidedly not placing the blame on her.  So why was I?  My “internalized misogyny” bell started ringing in my brain, and I was horrified to realize I was doing what culture does best:  blame the woman.  After all, Alexander Hamilton is the hero of the musical.  We’ve seen him through years of his life, we’re rooting for him, and we want the best for him.  When something goes wrong, surely it’s someone else’s fault.  Surely it’s hers (because she seduced him, she corrupted him, she tempted him).  Surely she’s the slut, and Eliza is the saint.  Surely women exist as a dichotomy, served to bolster or destroy the male hero.

A lesser musical would have followed these old familiar tropes, but Hamilton is not a lesser musical!  Throughout the song, Maria is portrayed as a fully developed person and the onus of decision is placed firmly, and repeatedly, on Hamilton’s shoulders.

—  No Slut Shaming in Hamilton (It Is Trish – personal blog with a lot of other Hamilton posts!)

Project: Album + art

Album cover and classical painting mashups by Eisen Bernardo.

Eisen Bernardo is a Filipino graphic artist. A development communicator by profession, he works as a multimedia producer and writer at the Communication and Public Affairs unit of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. He has laid out publications and produced audiovisual materials for the local and international research organizations based in the Philippines.

We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.
—  C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory