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Sorta. The brains of dead pigs have been revived 4 hours after death. The Yale University research team says that none of the brains regained the organized electrical activity associated with consciousness or awareness, but….

NPR photos. Green indicates neurons. The untreated brain has few neurons, but the treated brain has many green neurons.

Am I going to write about this? Well, yeah.

 

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PANDOMONIUM

What is at least 80,000 years old—maybe a million years old? Hint, it weighs 6,000 tons and occupies 106 acres. It is male and lives 6,000 feet above the sea level. It is also known as the Trembling Giant.

It is a quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides, a clonal colony of aspens with a common root system in Utah—near Fish Lake. It is the heaviest known organism & possibly the oldest (I believe my mother-in-law is the oldest, if not the biggest). Wait till the sci fi channel hears about this—Pando Pillages Pennsylvania!

Run before Pando gets you! I just gotta write about this.

 

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One Tough Librarian!

Bookriders—1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky via horseback. The Bookriders and her customer have coats on, and the trees are bare. This is winter. Traveling on horseback in the mountains in winter had to be rough. Location—unknown Kentucky county. About 1938.

My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

 

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April 10, 2019: This is a supermassive black hole in the center of Messier 87 (M87), an elliptical galaxy, 55 million light-years from Earth. This black hole is 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun. Catching its shadow involved eight ground-based radio telescope (Event Horizon Telescope EHT) s around the globe, operating together as if one telescope the size of our entire planet. This is conjunction with the Chandra X-ray Telescope, NASA’s primary x-ray telescope. [NASA images & info]

Yes, I would love to write about such things!

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LAW WEST OF THE PECOS

Judge Roy Bean AKA Phantly Roy Bean, Jr. (c. 1825 – March 16, 1903) A Texas saloon keeper and justice of the peace, he was dubbed the Hanging Judge. He only sentenced 2 men to hanging, and one of those escaped. He was born near Maysville, Kentucky—Mason County.

He was always controversial: he served briefly in the Confederate Army and deserted his wife and family. But he gave money to the poor and brought supplies to the local school. He never had a jail, so most of his sentences were for whatever money the lawbreakers had on them—but he pocketed all the money. Horse thieves were given not hanged but were allowed to go free if they returned the stolen horses.

He died in an alcoholic binge. Just the kind of person I want to write about. [pictured is his saloon, the Jersey Lilly Saloon.]

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BANDIT QUEEN

Belle Starr AKA May AKA Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr, maiden name–Reed (Carthage, Missouri, February 5, 1848 – February 3, 1889, Eufala, Oklahoma). She was related to the West Virginia Hatfields of the Hatfields & McCoys.

She grew up in Missouri with the Jesse James gang and the Younger gang. She went on raids while riding side saddle! She married a Cherokee outlaw and became famous as the Bandit Queen.

Her murder remains unsolved. Something for me to write about? You bet.

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Bookriders Quartet!

Bookriders—1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky via horseback. These 4 Bookriders are in a shallow mountain creek. Why together? Safety? Location—unknown Kentucky county. About 1938.

My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

 

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