I shot this picture of Embattled Brazilian president Michel Temer at the United National General assembly last fall. It seems as if corruption and political instability are all around the globe. #Temer has said he will only leave office if forced out, despite facing growing calls to resign over a corruption scandal.
In an interview with the Folha de S Paulo newspaper, Mr Temer said he is innocent and will remain in office with the help of his shaken Congressional base until December 2018 so he can go forward with austerity measures and unpopular reforms.
He said: “I will not resign. If they want, force me out, because if I resign that will be a declaration of guilt.”
Brazil’s supreme court has opened investigations into Mr Temer for allegedly obstructing justice, passive corruption and being a member of a criminal organisation.
The move follows release of an audiotape that appears to show him endorsing the payment of hush money to an imprisoned former ally in exchange for silence.
Businessman Joesley Batista, who made the recording, also said in plea bargain testimony that he paid Mr Temer and his allies millions in bribes and illegal campaign funds.
Mr Temer has also been accused of negligence for failure to take any measures after hearing Mr Batista say he was paying bribes to two judges and a prosecutor.
Final python to post, just in case anyone missed them, a very interesting article in the @NYTmag dealing wit the snakes ability to deal with and process up wards of 50,000 calories in one meal.
The research has implications for several of humans main health issues connected to overeating;
heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Why do snakes stick out their? When a snake sticks its forked tongue out, it is not meant as an act of mockery or aggression. A snake’s tongue is a pretty cool tool that helps it know where it is going and what is lurking around it. Snakes are not able to see with their eyes as well as humans can, so they must rely on their other senses. All snakes have a special organ that humans do not have; it is called the Jacobson Organ. This special organ is found on the root of the snake’s mouth, and its sole function is to keep the snake aware of its environment. Check out the @NYTMag for an article I shot a few pictures for.
One more from the @nytmag assignment on the use and benefits of using #pythons instead of rats for advance laboratory work. Because of the unique make up of the python it may inform doctors how to deal with #heartdisease, #diabetes and the protective effects of gastric-bypass surgery.
Look for the article 'When the Lab Rat is a Snake", in this Sundays @nytmag. The Burmese #python is essentially a slithering digestive tract: (I love that description) One day, the python may be as central to our understanding of disease — or at least those illnesses that stem, in part, from overeating — as the laboratory rodent.
Happy to have some work in the NYTimes Magazine this weekend. nytimes Growing up in a farming area several hours from Kolkata, India, Amit Choudhary had always been afraid of #snakes. “I was told not to mess with those creatures,” he says. Now the @broadinstitute researcher realizes they might hold a cure for diabetes. The Burmese #python is essentially a slithering digestive tract: In the wild, it often spends up to a few months in silent ambush; then, when the moment is right, it wraps its coils around its prey and swallows it head first. A single meal for a full-grown python may contain more than 50,000 calories, a tidal wave of nutrients and fatty acids that could be deadly to another species. But the python has adapted to the overload. For the week or so that follows feeding, its intestine thickens; its liver and kidneys nearly double in mass; its insulin level shoots up; its temperature increases by 6 degrees Fahrenheit; its pulse triples; and its metabolism jumps. Then, once all the food has been absorbed, the python’s organs shrink back to their quiescent state. One day, the python may be as central to our understanding of disease — or at least those illnesses that stem, in part, from overeating — as the laboratory rodent. And eventually, in some respects, it might even overtake the mouse. Perhaps that would be fitting. @robertclarkphoto photographed this #Burmesepython while on assignment for @nytmag. Visit the link in our profile to read more about when the lab rat is a #snake. #
Take a look online or in the hard copy of the @NYTmag for some picture that I made of some #BurmesePythons.
The writer #DanielEnger describes pythons as, "a slithering digestive tract" they wait, attack, then eat it's prey ( head first), that meal can hold up to 50,000 calories. That amount of caloric intake could kill or harm other species but the python has adapted to the overload. This information might be good for humans.
From the article,
....In his lab, Amit Choudhary wondered if there might be something in a python’s yogurt blood that helps it undergo this protective transformation. He dabbed a few drops on a rodent’s pancreatic cells to see how they would respond. “The results were mind-blowing,” he recalled on a recent April afternoon in Boston, where he now does research at Harvard and M.I.T.’s Broad Institute.
The article is fascinating and delves into an area of #EvolutionaryBiology that I love to read about. Thank you for the work @amykellner & @kathyryan1
The nodosaur seems to flash a glare—an effect produced by the fossil's exquisitely preserved eye socket. @vaughnwallace
Some 110 million years ago, this armored plant-eater lumbered through what is now western Canada, until a flooded river swept it into open sea. The dinosaur's undersea burial preserved its armor in exquisite detail. It's skull still bears tile-like plates and a gray patina of fossilized skins.
Armored dinosaurs’ trademark plates usually scattered early in decay, a fate that didn’t befall this nodosaur. The remarkably preserved armor will deepen scientists’ understanding of what nodosaurs looked like and how they moved. Check out my feed for more images. Photographed @RoyalTyrrell in Drumheller, Alberta. @natgeo
@ROBERTCLARKPHOTO on assignment for @natgeo an amazing fossil to say the least!
STUNNING DISCOVERY SOME 110 MILLION YEARS AGO, THIS ARMORED PLANT-EATER LUMBERED THROUGH WHAT IS NOW WESTERN CANADA, UNTIL A FLOODED RIVER SWEPT IT INTO OPEN SEA. THE #DINOSAUR’S UNDERSEA BURIAL PRESERVED ITS ARMOR IN EXQUISITE DETAIL. ITS SKULL STILL BEARS TILE-LIKE PLATES AND A GRAY PATINA OF FOSSILIZED SKINS.
SHIELDED FROM DECAY Armored dinosaurs’ trademark plates usually scattered early in decay, a fate that didn’t befall this nodosaur. The remarkably preserved armor will deepen scientists’ understanding of what nodosaurs looked like and how they moved. Thanks for the help @vaughnwallace Check out the link in my Bio. @royaltyrrell
@calacademy thanks for letting me visit... Hope to see you again soon.
The #Mariposa is part of the #ColorOfLife exhibition, which explains structural color and the importance of and the role that #color plays in the natural world.
The #Rainforest Morpho Butterfly (Morpho menelaus), are one of over 80 described species of butterflies that reside in the rainforests. They are neotropical butterflies found mostly in Central America as well as Mexico and South America. Morpho Butterflies dwell in the forest canopy layer and rarely come to the forest floor layers. On assignment for @natgeo
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The largest of the Asiatic Pheasants, the Grey-Peacock #Pheasant sports tail feathers dotted with ocelli, round markings that look like an eye, that appear to change color in different light.During the male birds mating dance, he directs is colorful feathers towards the intended partner.
The change in color is an example of the structural color. #Structuralcolor is the production of color by microscopically structured surfaces fine enough to interfere with visible light, sometimes in combination with pigments. This is inherent in some bird feathers. The light comes in to the structure of the #feather and the lite is sent back out as different wave length changing the #color.
The leading edge of this left-wing primary flight #feather of a #SpottedOwl has a serrated edge, while the trailing edge is purposefully tattered, dampening the sound of their wings as they fly through the air as they hunt for insects and small animals. The design costs the bird some speed, but in the dark of night, silence is the most important #weapon that the #bird possesses.
This expanded view of the Broad-Billed Sandpiper feathers shows the wide variety of feathers types that cover the bird's body from leading-edge flight wings to with a uniform shape to fluffy, irregular feathers that keep the Sandpiper warm & protect the bird's body from ocean spray in it's habitat. Eastern Africa through Australia Limicoka Falcinellus
Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, One of the most recognizable of the #Macaw, this bird is popular as a pet throughout the world thanks to their ability to talk and bond with humans. wild populations are found in South America and ranging as far north as #Florida. The Blue-and-yellow Macaw is not a light bird so the primary feathers have to be long and strong in order for the bird to be capable of sustaining flight. The Macaw's flight feathers are shaped with a shorter leading edge and a longer trailing edge. The leading edge is curved and forces air over the upper surface of the #wing creating lift during flight.
The #Superstarling's wing feathers are an eye catching green & blue, a beautiful sign of structural coloration.....The color is produced by microscopically structured surfaces that scatter the visible light. These iridescent birds live in large flocks where the females interbreed with multiple males for larger genetic diversity, while the males pair with a single female for life. See more about the amazing diversity of feathers in my book, #FeathersDisplaysofBrilliantPlumage
I am not sure how I missed DNA Day, I did....But it is never to late for Some good DNA. Charles Darwin came up with his theory of evolution by carefully observing the natural world. Yet on this day, 25 April, in 1953, the scientific community glimpsed new possibilities afforded by a microscopic way of understanding the natural world, when Cambridge researchers Francis Crick and James Watson published their paper, Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid, a molecule better known to us all as DNA. “Nothing has revolutionized the classification of species more profoundly than the study of their DNA,” explains Joseph Wallace in our new book, Evolution: A Visual Record. “The mapping of entire genomes (an organism’s complete set of genetic information) - which has been completed in hundreds of species ranging from sponges and sea anemones to birds and mammals - has, in some cases, clarified our understanding of species relationships, and in others thrown it into doubt and confusion.”