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  • The cosmos is full of incredible things

    What did you discover today?

    • If a bird’s feathers get too dried out, they become brittle. To prevent that from happening, most birds have a gland located above the base of the tail that produces oil. They use their beaks to massage oil from the gland into their feathers to keep them supple. A bird first grips a feather in its beak near the feather’s base. Then it slides its beak along the length of the feather toward the tip. This action smoothes together the tiny structures—called barbules—that make up the feather, while also removing dirt and small parasites. Learn more at BirdNote.org.

    • Can Sloths Fart

    • Those with the courage to explore the weave and structure of the Cosmos, even where it differs profoundly from their wishes and prejudices, will penetrate its deepest mysteries.
      ~ Carl Sagan (Cosmos, 1980)

    • The fossil record implies trial and error, an inability to anticipate the future, and is inconsistent with an efficient Great Designer.
      ~ Carl Sagan (Cosmos, 1980)

    • How You Move Through the Universe

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