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5 fun facts about fireflies (aka your favorite summer bug):

Fireflies mate for a full evening and spend the whole night together. Awwww.

The lights you see from fireflies are courtship signals that males are sending to females.

But firefly romance is risky business. “Femme fatale” fireflies seduce males, and then suck their blood to get chemicals for their own survival.

Around 150 million years ago, the very first fireflies flew during the daytime and didn’t light up. Today, there are still some firefly species where only the females light up.

The chemical that makes fireflies light up first evolved as a warning sign to ward off predators — and it tastes terrible. Don’t eat the fireflies, folks. 

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“This is the kind of photograph that ends up in history books”

The protests in Ukraine have taken a deadlier turn this week, and one image in particular has captured the Internet’s attention: that of a blood-drenched father and son walking past a Ukrainian officer in riot gear.
Taken by a Reuters freelancer named Vlad Sodel, the photo highlights not only the devastation and violence in Kiev, but also how civilian and government forces have been pitted against each other.
Since the photo was posted online on Tuesday, it has gone viral on Reddit and Twitter, and has gone on to be used at news outlets such as the Atlantic, Business Insider and the New York Daily News to represent the horrors of “Bloody Tuesday.”
So who are the civilians in this photo? Internet sleuths have identified the father as Mykola Kuznetsov, a professor at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. It has not been determined whether Kuznetsov and his son were participating in protests, or whether they were just bystanders caught in the crossfire.
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policymic:

This is the kind of photograph that ends up in history books

The protests in Ukraine have taken a deadlier turn this week, and one image in particular has captured the Internet’s attention: that of a blood-drenched father and son walking past a Ukrainian officer in riot gear.

Taken by a Reuters freelancer named Vlad Sodel, the photo highlights not only the devastation and violence in Kiev, but also how civilian and government forces have been pitted against each other.

Since the photo was posted online on Tuesday, it has gone viral on Reddit and Twitter, and has gone on to be used at news outlets such as the Atlantic, Business Insider and the New York Daily News to represent the horrors of “Bloody Tuesday.”

So who are the civilians in this photo? Internet sleuths have identified the father as Mykola Kuznetsov, a professor at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. It has not been determined whether Kuznetsov and his son were participating in protests, or whether they were just bystanders caught in the crossfire.

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