* What slime molds have in common is a life cycle that superficially resembles that of the fungi. When conditions become unfavorable, these slime molds form sporangia - clusters of spores, often on the tips of stalks such as in the sporangium of a Physarum shown at right. Spores from the sporangia are dispersed to new habitats, “germinate” into small amoebae, and the life cycle begins again. Similarities in the life cycle do not, however, imply close relationship, especially when one considers that certain bacteria (the myxobacteria) and even an unusual ciliate have very similar life cycles, aggregating to form spores on a sporangium…
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Let me paint a picture for you. I lay in my room, reading a book, as I hear a baby Cooper’s hawk lounging about in one of the higher branches of a eucalyptus tree outside of my window. After an insufficient scanning of the tree, I was unable to spot him. In the meantime, I continue to read my book, listening to the jolly song of a house finch that frequents a branch neighboring my window. I should advise you never to separate yourself from your window when coopers are in proximity, because my eyes missed the spectacle that my ears did not: Sir house finch’s vocal demeanor transmogrified from humorous song to terrified cry as he was carried off into the distance. My heart goes with you, you crimson-faced stallion of a bird.
“I’m done,” I say as I place my sandwich on my plate. Hamdan raises his hand high above my food.. and then SMASHES it with his fist. “You don’t often surprise me, Hamdan.. But that time, you did.”
Actress Lucille Ball (1911-1989), date unknown.
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