WASHINGTON — Scientists with the Smithsonian have discovered a new blood-sucker in the D.C. area — a previously unknown species of leech that has three jaws with up to 59 teeth.
The scientists with the Smithsonian recently published a paper in the Journal of Parasitology documenting their discovery of the leech, or Macrobdella mimicus. They said the leech is the first to be discovered on the content in over 40 years.
The male black-tailed dusky antechinus, discovered in 2014 on the Gold Coast hinterland, drops dead after an intense and stressful mating session.
“But one breeding period is all they are destined to have because the sperm competition also carries physiological baggage – a deadly cocktail of testosterone and stress hormone that ultimately ensures the organ failure and death of every male.”
So wrote iconic American author Jack Kerouac in the novel that inspired a million journeys, On The Road. It’s a book that lies close to the American heart, speaking to a love of adventure and the pursuit of happiness. To this day in Kerouac’s spiritual home of San Francisco, book vendors keep copies of On The Road behind the counter due to the frequency with which it is shoplifted by financially challenged travellers chasing the writer’s hedonistic dream. On the Road gave birth to the great American road trip. Long stretches of picturesque highway. Windows down and the stereo up. Historic Route 66.
It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss out on
The Northern Lights, the Earth’s natural display of colourful dancing light, are notoriously difficult to catch a glimpse of. They’re usually only visible during the winter months and in a handful of locations in the northern hemisphere. Being lucky enough to witness them is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so you want to make sure you’re heading to a location where a sighting is almost guaranteed. Here are the eight best places to be in with a chance of seeing the Northern Lights.