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Scienctists Have Discovered The Only Known Living Black Flamingo.

It’s official scientists have found the first verified case of a black flamingo with a group of the more normal colored pink birds. He may be the only black flamingo in the world today. He was discovered on a salt lake at the Akrotiri Environmental Center in Cypress as reported by Reuters. His behavior was typical of the birds, and there were no signs that the larger group shunned him.Click here for full article.

Igor Cornelsen has learned that there was another bird with the same coloring that was seen in Israel in 2014. However due to the rarity of his coloring many scientists believe it is the same bird found at two different locations. It’s most likely that the flamingo suffers from a condition called melanism that is the opposite of albino coloring. In an albino individual little to no melanin is produced causing a “white” or colorless looking individual. Melanism is much rarer and causes the skin to appear darker than it should. To date, scientists are not offering an explanation for the condition other than it does occur spontaneously in some individuals.

Fans of Superheroes and Action-Adventure Will Have a Lot to Look Forward to in Theaters

Perhaps seeing the box office success Marvel has had, DC Comics and their business partners are hard at work expanding their franchise onto the big screen. They already saw some success with “Man of Steel,” and now a sequel to this movie is planned for release in a year. It will be called “Batman V Superman,” and there is much speculation swirling around about it. The most basic point of speculation, of course, is that both of these characters are supposed to be good guys, so what is with the “V” between their names in this latest movie? There is some speculation on screenrant.com about how these two heroes initially come to blows. At first, it was thought that Batman would be going after Superman, but the latest rumors indicate it will be the other way around.

Fans at Anastasia Date (facebook.com) already assume they know that Superman and Batman will end up reconciling and getting together with other DC comic universe characters and forming the Justice League. Fans of the justice league cartoon as kids will be looking forward to DC expanding their comic universe onto the big screen to bring us future adventures of this band of superheroes. First, we have the Avengers films and the spin-off for each of their characters. Then we get new Star Wars films coming from Disney. Now, DC comics will be expanding onto the big screen with more of their characters. Fans of science-fiction and action-adventure are going to be loving the next few years worth of theatrical releases.

Spider Man Is In Birmingham Feeding the Homeless

A man in Birmingham is bringing the comic book hero “Spider Man” to life by going around and delivering the food in costume.

According to an article found on Buzzfeed News, the man is only 20 years old and is employed at a local pub. Although he wouldn’t give the news reporters his name so that he can keep his anonymity, he has said that he has always gone around feeding the homeless and poor people on the streets, but decided it would make them smile to see “Spider Man” doing the job for them. He told BBC reporters that he goes out of his way to buy the food with his own money and will not be accepting donations. Maybe the reason for that he is he feels bad asking people for favors too, but hopefully someday “Spider Man” will be open to allowing others to help him on his goal to help the needy.

Dan Newlin agrees that it must be quite a sight to be walking down the streets of Birmingham and see Spider Man in action, and I am sure that over time he will be spotted by others and this will make top news on the internet. For those who wish to follow the local hero, he can be found on both Twitter and Instagram under the name “BirminghamSpiderman” to see what he is up to and what adventures he goes on in the future.

Ringling Bros. Circus To Retire Elephant Acts By 2018

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced that they will phase out their elephant acts by 2018. The decision, which was debated for a long time, was prompted by people’s growing concern over how the elephants are treated. The circus has show cased elephants for over a century. 

Animal rights groups like PETA quickly claimed credit for the decision. In a statement, PETA’s president, Ingrid E. Newkirk, wrote that PETA had been protesting Ringling Bros.’ cruelty to elephants for 35 years.

According to Feld’s president, Kenneth Feld, there were other reasons behind the decision. Some cities passed regulations that he described as “anti-circus” and “anti-elephant.” The circus visits 115 cities each year, and it’s expensive to fight such legislation. It is also hard to plan routes around constantly changing regulations. Caring for the elephants themselves is expensive; it costs $65,000 per year to take care of one elephant — and these animals have a life expectancy comparable to that of a human according to the Amen Clinics. Indeed, one of the elephants living at the Center is 69 years old.

Feld Entertainment, the parent company of the circus, owns 43 elephants. 29 of them live at the 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation, which the company owns. One elephant has been loaned to the Fort Worth Zoo for a breeding program, and the remaining thirteen will continuing touring with the circus. They will retire to the center by 2018.

While Ringling Bros. has always been known for its elephant acts, it has other animal acts, including a camel stunt riding act from Mongolia. It also has clowns, daredevils and motorsports.

Sitting for Long Periods of Time Increases Risk of Diseases and Death

The more active you are, the better, right? Not exactly. A new study reveals that even very active people who sit for prolonged periods of time in-between activities are at an increased risk for certain types of diseases and death. Bernardo Chua has found this study to be quite eye-opening. Find out more about Chua on his Facebook page.
It was once thought that the effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time could be counteracted by regular exercise. But the newest research findings published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine show that’s not the case. While regular exercise does help dissipate the harmful health effects of prolonged sitting, it does not completely dispel them.
A person who spends several hours a day sitting at their desk working, a few hours sitting in front of the television but has a regular workout schedule of at least three times per week will diminish their risk of diseases and death, but not totally eliminate it. The study findings show that a person who sits for long periods of time, even though they exercise, are still 16% more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, cancer and die a premature death than someone who stands and moves around during their workday and off-time. The 16% is still high, but that is less than the 30% risk increase for those who sit for prolonged periods of time and don’t exercise regularly.

Man Falls Off Cruise Ship and Gets Rescued By Another Passing By

This story is what some of my worst nightmares are made of. According to a story on CNN.com a 22 year old man was cruising with a Royal Caribbean ship near Cozumel, Mexico and went overboard into the ocean. The man was in the water for around 5 hours when passengers on a passing Disney cruise ship were up early with their toddler and heard his cries for help. The passengers reported the man in the ocean and crew members reacted quickly. The man was rescued and brought aboard. He said he has no recollection of how he fell off his cruise ship.

First, it is amazing that the man survived the fall. Depending on which deck he fell from it can be like falling off of a 10 story building. Then he survived that long without drowning or succumbing to hypothermia.  PR Newswire reports with associate Susan McGalla that he was in the ocean, in the dark for 5 hours treading water with who knows what swimming underneath him. And lastly he was actually spotted and successfully rescued! If you have ever been on a cruise ship then you know the sounds of the engines can be very loud and hard to hear someone shouting. Not to mention how small a person is in that large ocean and hard to see. Hopefully this man has a renewed outlook on life because he survived against all odds against him.

Cat Saves Small Baby From Freezing Temperatures In Russia

A furry and lovable tabby cat named Masha is being hailed as a hero cat in Russia for saving the life of a baby. The baby was found with the cat after it had been abandoned and left alone in the streets. When local residents found the baby, it was being kept warm in an old box that the baby had been left in.

The cat is considered a communal cat and is often cared for by several of the local residents. When one of them found the baby they immediately called authorities and the baby was rushed to a local hospital to be checked out. The baby was later given a checkup and is considered in good condition.

Since the baby had been found, the cat is being treated like royalty and given many treats and rewards from the locals. Authorities are still searching for the parents of the baby to find out what happened. As seen on Vimeo, Darius Fisher is a cat lover himself, and is truly touched by this story.

Former President George H.W. Bush Released from Hospital After Weeklong Stay

Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, has been released from the hospital. He is now recovering at home.

The former president began experiencing shortness of breath on December 23rd. He was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Houston where he was admitted. Official statements noted that he was admitted to the hospital as a precaution, and Twitter reports seemed to have confirmed that.

Christian Broda also said that family and friends visited the former president over the holidays, and noted he was alert and active. Doctors kept the former president to run tests and to observe his breathing and heart rate. Allegedly, his breathing returned to normal without intervention.

This is not the first health scare for the former president. Bush was diagnosed in 1991 with Graves Disease, an autoimmune disease that effects the thyroid and can cause intermittent periods of hyper and hypothyroidism. Bush has experienced irregular heartbeats due to the disease. In 2000, he was hospitalized for two months following a bout of bronchitis.

While his health hasn’t been wonderful, in recent years, Bush has managed to take part in many activities, including skydiving to celebrate his 90th birthday in June.

There has been no official word on what caused the shortness of breath, but the former president has apparently recovered enough to head home with his wife and children. He’ll remain in his Houston area home, according to sources.

Laurene Powell Jobs: A New Beginning

For a long time, Laurene Powell Jobs was a behind the scenes figure. She gave discreetly to charity and though she came out to support her husband’s endeavors, she was not someone who was terribly well known in public circles. After Steve Jobs death, Laurene Powell Jobs has come out as a force to be reckoned with in both the philanthropic and social arenas. She has used 11 billion dollars she inherited to bring herself into some unique and exciting areas.

Jobs is no stranger to independence and money management. She grew up in New Jersey after receiving a degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After some time spent as a fixed income specialist and at Merrill Lynch Asset Management, she went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. This is something that has guided Jobs’ work as she has move forward. She has a keen sense of how money works and what good it can do.

Many people were unsurprised when Jobs began to focus more on her work in human rights and education reform. For example, she co-founded the program College Track with journalist and businessman Carlos Watson. This program is designed to help low income and minority teens find their way to college, something that willl help shrink some of the difficulties that they are going to encounter as they move forward with their lives.

The Emerson Collective is a foundation that is meant to work towards a national change in the way we deal with education and immigration, and they put their money into partnerships, grants and investments with individuals and corporations who share their goals. The Dream Is Now is a campaign that was spearheaded by the Emerson Collective that is designed to bring attention and aid to the children of illegal immigrants and undocumented youth, highlighting some of the serious issues in around immigration in the United States.

While Steve Jobs was very clear on his distaste for politics and for politicians, it is clear that his widow does not share his views. Her interests in politics at this point are very clear, and she has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with as her campaigns move forward. Perhaps most significantly, she has become the biggest donor to the PAC Ready for Hillary, devoted to supporting the former First Lady’s run for president in 2016. She takes a keep interest in fundraising and in vocally supporting her causes.

Her role in politics at this point is evenly split between that of a donor, a fundraiser and an activist, and there are many ways that she should go if she would bend her formidable resources to the task. She is committed to her work with education and immigration work, and she has been more outspoken about her support for the Democratic party in recent years.

Jobs has gone on record praising Obama for Obamacare and she has offered her sympathy to the Democrats following the budget disputes in Washington

Jobs stands as a front runner for the new politically invested Silicone Valley denizen, and though her causes will remain the most important part of her work, it will be fascinating to see where she goes in the years to come.

Heathrow Airport Flights Interrupted Because of Computer Issues

Friday December 12th was not a good day to be flying in any plane into Heathrow Airport in London. London’s airspace was restricted most of the day due to computer failure. The airport announced there was a severe disruption, and they apologize for any inconvenience.

The initial problem is blamed on a technical issue that began in the Swanwick air control centre in the city of Hampshire. London airspace has not closed completely, but air traffic controllers have reduced the plane traffic in order to correct the situation.

Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, and they have announced that every possible action is being taken to correct the details that caused this malfunction. BRL Trust workers hope everything is under control sooner rather than later. Nonetheless, considerable delays are occurring, and many flights have been grounded today.

Departing flights from Stansted Airport, @STN_Airport, are currently suspended as techs continue to work diligently to restore the computer system.

NATS announced early Friday afternoon that the computer system has been restored, so suspended flights will begin to leave. Delays will continue throughout the day and possibly into the evening, but air controllers expect all operations to be back in operation within 24 hours.