The Hanging Coffins of the Ignot

The hanging coffins

Located in the Northern Luzon Province in the Phillipines lies the city of Sagada. For over 2,000 years, the indigenous Igorot tribe have practiced the unique funeral tradition of hanging coffins from a cliff deep in the dark gorge of Echo Valley.

The Igorots religious practice of the aerial coffins is thought to bring the dead closer to their ancestral spirits.  It also protected their loved ones bodies from being disturbed by headhunters of nearby tribes.  Practiced until the 1970’s, headhunters would seek revenge and display courage by collecting the heads of their rivals. A successful headhunter would often be commended and receive a distinguishing tattoo for their efforts.

The coffins, which are smaller than the traditional size, enclose the deceased who are buried in a fetal position. It is the belief of the tribe that people should leave the world the same manner that they were born.

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Abandoned Chinese Fishing Village Being Swallowed By Nature

Amidst the 400 islands near China’s Yangtze river, lies the lost fishing village of Goqui. Once a thriving community, the city has long since been abandoned and is slowly being reclaimed by nature.  Enjoy these hauntingly beautiful pictures taken by photographer Tang Yuhong.

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Huge Great White Shark!


A diver gets up close and personal with what could be the largest great white shark ever seen.  Filmed in Guadalupe Island, Mexico, a seasonal home to great whites, the newly released 2013 video shows the curious female investigating a diver’s roofless cage. It is estimated that enormous animal, nicknamed “Deep Blue”, is twenty-plus feet long and may be 50 years old.


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50 Of The World’s Most Breathtaking Restaurant Views

If you like to travel, these are some of the most beautiful views from restaurants around the world. Have you visited any of these?


Even the most amazing food in the world wouldn’t have quite the same clout if you were forced to eat it while staring at a brick wall.  A restaurant with a view can take a dining experience from mediocre to magnificent: giving it that lift that makes it a life-long memorable meal. Whether you’re looking out over a city’s silhouette, the glittering coastline or acres of rolling countryside, check out some of the world’s best restaurants with views, for memories that last long after your plate is cleared.

Asiate – New York, USA



Photo by Asiate

Dasheene – St. Lucia, West Indies



Photo by Ladera Resort

Ristorante Grotta Palazzese – Puglia, Italy



Photo by Grotta Palazzese

Skyline Restaurant – Queenstown, New Zealand


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Photo by Skyline

Caldera – Santorini, Greece


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Photo by Volcano View

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Rangali Island, Maldives


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Photo by Conrad Resorts

Elements – Scotsdale, USA



Photo by Sanctuary Resort

Le Panoramic – Chamonix, France



Photo by Chamonix

La View – Ubud, Bali



Photo by Kupu Kupu Barong

Sierra Mar – California, USA



Photo by Post Ranch Inn

Torre d’Alta Mar – Barcelona, Spain



Photo by Torre d’Alta Mar

Le Grand Canyon du Verdon – Aiguines, France


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Photo by Logis

Eagles Eye – Golden, Canada


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Photo by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Piz Gloria – Mürren, Switzerland


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Photo by Swiss Skyline

El Farallón – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


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Photo by Capella Hotels

Tosca – Kowloon, Hong Kong


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Photo by The Ritz Carlton

Different Pointe of View – Phoenix, USA


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Photo by Pointe Hilton

Le Jules Verne – Paris, France


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Photo by Le Jules Verne

Soho House – West Hollywood, USA



Photo by Soho House

The Grotto – Krabi, Thailand



Photo by Rayavadee

Sirocco – Bangkok, Thailand



Photo by Lebua

Crater Lodge – Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania



Photo by Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Adronis – Santorini, Greece



Photo by Adronis

360: The Restaurant at the CN Tower – Ontario, Canada



Photo by CN Tower

Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant – Diani Beach, Kenya



Photo by Ali Barbour’s

Canlis – Seattle, USA


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Photo by Canlis

Le Café du Jardin – Eze, France



Photo by La Chevre d’Or

Sydney Tower Buffet – Sydney, Australia



Photo by Trippas White Group

Fangweng – Yichang, China



Photo by China Tour Online

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck – Los Angeles, USA



Photo by Wolfgang Puck Group

Panorama Alm – Mauterndorf, Austria


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Photo by Peter Schlitter

Labassin Waterfalls Restaurant – San Pablo City, Philippines



Photo by Villa Escudero

The View – San Francisco, USA



Photo by Marriott

Pierchic – Dubai, UAE



Photo by Jumeirah

Hutong – London, England



Photo by Paul Winch-Furness

Topaz – Istanbul, Turkey


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Photo by Topaz

Hotel Edelweiss – Mürren, Switzerland



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Sky Restaurant 634 – Tokyo, Japan



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Al Mahara – Dubai, UAE


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Photo by Jumeirah

Robert – New York, USA


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Photo by Robert NYC

Baan Rim Pa – Phuket, Thailand


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Photo by Baan Rim Pa

Felix – Kowloon, Hong Kong



Photo by The Peninsula

La Pergola – Rome, Italy



Photo by Rome Cavalieri

Maiden’s Tower – Istanbul, Turkey



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Kuklos – Leipzig, Switzerland


Photo by My Switzerland

Ristorante La Sponda – Positano, Italy



Photo by Le Sirenuse

The Signature Room at the 95th – Chicago, USA


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Photo by Scott Thompson

Two Oceans – Cape Point, South Africa


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Photo by Two Oceans

Duck & Waffle – London, England


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Photo by Duck & Waffle

The Rock – Zanzibar, Tanzania


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Photo by The Rock Zanzibar

Altitude at Shangri-La – Sydney, Australia


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Photo by Shangri-La

Nautika – Dubrovnik, Croatia


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Photo by Nautika

at.mosphere – Dubai, UAE


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Photo by at.mosphere

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Starbucks and ASU Expand College Achievement Plan – Full Tuition Coverage

If you are like most college students looking for ways to help pay for your education debt, it may be easier than you think.  Have you ever thought about working for Starbucks? Starbucks has announced that it has expanded it’s Starbucks College Achievement Program, first introduced in 2014. Now, available to all qualified part-time and full-time employees, Starbucks will offer 100 percent tuition coverage for over 49 online degrees from Arizona State University (ASU). Better yet, there is no obligation to Starbucks after you have obtained your degree.


The expanded Starbucks College Achievement Plan will be offered to more than 140,000 full-time and part-time partners (employees) and will also provide a remarkable additional benefit to the 10,000 Opportunity Youth Starbucks has committed to hire

Full tuition coverage is now available for all four years of college with access to 49 online degree programs, with no commitment to stay with Starbucks post-graduation

Nearly 2,000 partners successfully enrolled to date, Starbucks commits to at least 25,000 graduates by 2025.  Over ten years, Starbucks estimated investment could reach up to $250 million or more

SEATTLE and TEMPE, ARIZ.; April 6, 2015 – Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Arizona State University (ASU) today announced that Starbucks College Achievement Plan, first introduced in June 2014, will now offer 100 percent tuition coverage for every eligible U.S. Starbucks partner (employee). As part of its commitment to redefine the role and responsibility of a public company, Starbucks developed this program in partnership with ASU to create additional pathways to opportunity for its partners. Full tuition coverage was previously available to juniors and seniors, but now all eligible part-time or full-time partners can apply for and complete all four years of a bachelor’s degree through ASU’s top-ranked online degree program. In addition to partners receiving full tuition coverage, the company is offering faster tuition reimbursement – now at the end of each semester.

“Everyone deserves a chance at the American dream,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of Starbucks. “The unfortunate reality is that too many Americans can no longer afford a college degree, particularly disadvantaged young people, and others are saddled with burdensome education debt. By giving our partners access to four years of full tuition coverage, we will provide them a critical tool for lifelong opportunity. We’re stronger as a nation when everyone is afforded a pathway to success.”

Nearly 2,000 Starbucks partners have already enrolled in the program, and this significant expansion will offer a top-notch education to all full-time and part-time partners, with the opportunity to choose from 49 undergraduate degree programs through ASU Online. The company will invest up to $250 million or more to help at least 25,000 partners graduate by 2025.

Over the next three years, Starbucks has also committed to hiring 10,000 “Opportunity Youth,” a population of nearly six million disconnected youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not working or in school. With the right skills and training, Starbucks believes Opportunity Youth represent a huge, untapped talent pool for American businesses, and through employment and access to higher education, hopes to help create a sustainable future for these young Americans.

“The College Achievement Plan has been a powerful demonstration of what is possible when an enlightened and innovative corporation joins forces with a forward-thinking research university,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “This program is a clear expression of Starbucks commitment to its partners and ASU’s continuing mission to provide access to higher education to all qualified students.”

United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, looks to this innovative model from Starbucks and ASU as an example for other industries and businesses. “Howard Schultz and Arizona State University President Michael Crow continue to do incredible work together,” said Secretary Duncan. “Today’s announcement from Starbucks and ASU is another win for students.  Partnerships like this one show how innovative strategies can expand access to college for thousands of students.  I hope more institutions and companies will take their lead to collaborate on ways we can all do more to make higher education more attainable and affordable.”

The value of higher education

There is a clear and demonstrated value of having a college degree, both the opportunity it affords and the measureable impact on earning potential throughout a lifetime.

The disparity between what U.S. college and high school graduates earn has more than doubled in the past 30 years (1). A typical bachelor’s degree recipient can expect to earn 66 percent more (compared with a high-school graduate) over a 40-year career (2).

The benefits are not limited to wages alone. On virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment—from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the percentage employed full time—young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education (3).  And, people with a college degree tend to be healthier, and they exercise more (4).

Those with college educations are even shown to live longer than their peers. Between 1990 and 2008, the life expectancy gap between the most and least educated Americans grew from 13 to 14 years among males and from 8 to 10 years among females. This gap has been widening since the 1960s. At age 25, U.S. adults with a college degree can expect to live nine years longer than those with only a high school diploma (5).

A college education promotes civic and community involvement. An individual with a bachelor’s degree is twice as likely to volunteer as a high school graduate (6), and adults with a higher level of education are twice as likely to vote as those with lower education levels.

College education is crucial to getting a middle-class job – millennials with only a high school degree are more than three times as likely to be unemployed as those with a college degree (7).

The fastest-growing jobs in America all require a college degree. By 2018, 63 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school (8).

As an independent, private foundation, Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with post-secondary credentials, and applauds this innovative program from Starbucks and ASU. “The value of a college degree only continues to increase. But so do the costs of achieving that degree,” said Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis. “Starbucks is not only recognizing the value of higher education, but is actively addressing the disparity in opportunity to achieve a college degree. By investing directly in their partners, they are also investing in the long-term success of their company and the nation.”

In addition to benefitting the individual, educated and employed individuals have a positive impact on the national economy. Persistent high unemployment among young people adds up to $25 billion a year in uncollected taxes. One unemployed 18-24-year-old costs federal and state governments more than $4,100 a year in forgone tax revenue and benefits received (9). Educating America’s young people and giving them the best opportunity for a sustainable future and continued employment is a benefit to our economy and society.

The benefit for Starbucks partners

Through this innovative collaboration, all benefits-eligible partners in the U.S., including Teavana®, La Boulange®, and Evolution Fresh™ partners, who do not already have a college degree, may choose from 49 undergraduate degree programs taught by ASU’s award-winning faculty such as electrical engineering, education, business and retail management. Partners will have no commitment to remain at the company past graduation. This is in addition to the full comprehensive package of benefits that Starbucks offers to its partners – including healthcare coverage, company stock for eligible partners and 401(k) matching.  Starbucks is one of the only retailers to offer a stock program that includes part-time retail hourly partners.

ASU’s online degree programs offer the highest quality and most flexibility, ensuring the best chances for success in achieving a degree. Each course is fully designed to make the most of online learning, and ASU’s highly-engaged faculty are retrained for effective online teaching. ASU is a leader in employing innovative educational technology to deliver tailored academic support. They also invest in the student support services that are critical to reducing drop-out rates, and are ranked first in student services by US News & World Report. The diplomas ASU awards to online students are identical to their on-campus degrees, and their session-to-session student retention rates and graduation rates are extremely strong.

“I know that there is an entire company standing behind me saying ‘You can do this.’ And that is an incredible feeling,” said Markelle Cullom-Herbison, a three-year Starbucks partner enrolled in ASU Online through the College Achievement Plan. “For me, working at Starbucks is the opportunity for a better future.”

Additional details on this announcement, as well as downloadable photo and video assets – including stories from partners currently enrolled in the College Achievement Plan – are all available on the Starbucks Newsroom

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University is one of the nation’s leading public research universities and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. Known for innovation and entrepreneurism, ASU has pioneered the model for a New American University with a focus on accessibility and quality education, training students to learn for a lifetime. According to its mission, ASU “will be measured not by who we exclude, but rather by who we include and how they succeed; pursuing research and discovery that benefits the public good; assuming major responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community.”

(1) David H. Autor, Associate Department Head, MIT Department of Economics and author 

(2) U.S. Department of Labor 

(3) Pew Research Center

(4) The College Board 

(5) Center on Society and Health 

(6) Bureau of Labor Statistics, (2015), Volunteering in the United States, 2014 

(7) Baum, S., Jennifer, M., Payea, K., (2013); Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current population, Pew Research Center

(8) Carnevale, Smith and Strohl, “Help Wanted” at 13. full article 

(9) In This Together: The Hidden Cost of Young Adult Unemployment (January 2014)

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Research vessel has ‘extremely rare’ encounter off Louisiana coast

Video of a rare encounter with a sperm whale off the Louisiana coast nearly 2,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico.




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Diet rice? Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories

Many cultures, from Chinese to Spanish, use rice as a cheap, filling staple of their cuisine. However, at over 200 calories per cup, the starchy grain may not always be the healthiest choice. This is a very interesting article on how scientists have found a new way to dramatically cut the calories in rice. This simple discovery could eventually affect the way the entire world eats.

Lower calorie rice

Lower calorie rice

Rice, the lifeblood of so many nations’ cuisines, is perhaps the most ubiquitous food in the world. In Asia, where an estimated 90 percent of all rice is consumed, the pillowy grains are part of almost every meal. In the Caribbean, where the starch is often mixed with beans, it’s a staple too. Even here in the United States, where people eat a comparatively modest amount of rice, plenty is still consumed.

Rice is popular because it’s malleableit pairs well with a lot of different kinds of food—and it’s relatively cheap. But like other starch-heavy foods, it has one central flaw: it isn’t that good for you. White rice consumption, in particular, has been linked to a higher risk of diabetes. A cup of the cooked grain carries with it roughly 200 calories, most of which comes in the form of starch, which turns into sugar, and often thereafter body fat.

But what if there were a simple way to tweak rice ever so slightly to make it much healthier?

An undergraduate student at the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka and his mentor have been tinkering with a new way to cook rice that can reduce its calories by as much as 50 percent and even offer a few other added health benefits. The ingenious method, which at its core is just a simple manipulation of chemistry, involves only a couple easy steps in practice.

“What we did is cook the rice as you normally do, but when the water is boiling, before adding the raw rice, we added coconut oil—about 3 percent of the weight of the rice you’re going to cook,” said Sudhair James, who presented his preliminary research at National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on Monday. “After it was ready, we let it cool in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. That’s it.”

How does it work?

To understand what’s going on, you need to understand a bit of food chemistry.

Not all starches, as it happens, are created equal. Some, known as digestible starches, take only a little time to digest, are quickly turned into glucose, and then later glycogen. Excess glycogen ends up adding to the size of our guts if we don’t expend enough energy to burn it off. Other starches, meanwhile, called resistant starches, take a long time for the body to process, aren’t converted into glucose or glycogen because we lack the ability to digest them, and add up to fewer calories.

A growing body of research, however, has shown that it might be possible to change the types of starches found in foods by modifying how they are prepared. At the very least, we know that there are observable changes when certain foods are cooked different ways.

Potatoes, for instance, go from having the right kind of starch to the less healthful kind when they are cooked or mashed (sigh, I know). The process of heating and cooling certain vegetables, like peas and sweet potatoes, can also alter the amount of resistant (see: good) starches, according to a 2009 study. And rice, depending on the method of preparation, undergoes observable chemical changes. Most notably, fried rice and pilaf style rice have a greater proportion of resistant starch than the most commonly eaten type, steamed rice, as strange as that might seem.

“If you can reduce the digestible starch in something like steamed rice, you can reduce the calories,” said Dr. Pushparajah Thavarajah, a professor who is supervising the research. “The impact could be huge.”

Understanding this, James and Thavarajva tested eight different recipes on 38 different kinds of rice found in Sri Lanka. What they found is that by adding a lipid (coconut oil in this case, because it’s widely used in Sri Lanka) ahead of cooking the rice, and then cooling the rice immediately after it was done, they were able to drastically change its composition—and for the better.

“The oil interacts with the starch in rice and changes its architecture,” said James. “Chilling the rice then helps foster the conversion of starches. The result is a healthier serving, even when you heat it back up.”

So far they have only measured the chemical outcome of the most effective cooking method for the least healthful of the 38 varieties. But that variety still produced a 10 to 12 percent reduction in calories. “With the better kind, we expect to reduce the calories by as much as 50 to 60 percent,” said James.

Cooking that can change the world

The prospect of lower calorie rice is a big deal. Obesity rates are rising around the world, particularly in the developing world, where people rely more heavily on cheaper food staples. China and India, which are already seeing rising obesity problems, are huge consumers of rice. Rice, of course, is not the sole cause of weight gain. But reducing the amount of calories in a cup of rice by even as little as 10 percent could have an enormous impact for future generations.

“Obesity has been a problem in the United States for some time,” said Thavarajah. “But it’s becoming a problem in Asia, too. People are eating larger and larger portions of rice, which isn’t good.”

The researchers still have to test the remaining varieties of rice, including Suduru Samba, which they believe will produce the largest calorie reduction. They also plan to experiment with oils other than coconut oil, like sunflower oil.

A world where commercially sold rice comes pre-cooked and with much fewer calories might not be that far off. People should already be able to replicate the process at home, although James warns the results might vary depending on the type of rice used. And there’s good reason to believe the chemistry could be applied to many other popular but less-than-healthy foods.

“It’s about more than rice,” said Thavarajah. “I mean, can we do the same thing for bread? That’s the real question here.”

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Tony Chachere’s Bloody Mary Biscuits

Tony Chachere' s Bloody Mary Mix

Tony Chachere’s Bloody Mary Mix


Tony Chachere’s has become world-known for it’s Creole spice blend. The company, located in Opelousas, Louisiana, has expanded it’s brand to include dinner mixes, sandwich sauces, marinades, and even their very own Bloody Mary Mix. Here is an original recipe from Jude Tauzin, their test kitchen chef, which uses the Bloody Mary Mix in an unusual way.

Tony Chachere’s Bloody Mary Biscuits


4 cups biscuit mix

1 cup Tony Chachere’s Bloody Mary Mix

1 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 stick butter



Melt 1/2 stick of butter in sheet pan. Combine Bloody Mary Mix, sour cream, and biscuit mix in mixing bowl. Fold in cheddar cheese. Portion mixture into biscuit-sized dollops on sheet pan, as desired. Butter tops of biscuits with the remaining 1/2 stick of butter. Bake at 475 degrees for 10 minutes, or until golden-brown.


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Massive Swarm Of Sharks Filmed Off Louisiana Coast

As sharks begin their yearly migration from the south, a gam of sharks was filmed near an oil rig 30 miles off the coast Grand Isle.


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Discovery of Enormous Ancient Crocodile That Walked Upright

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Carnufex carolinensis Jorge Gonzales

A new scientific study has reported that fossil remains of a large, upright-walking crocodile have been found in Chatham County, North Carolina.  The study, published by Scientific Reports this week, shows that this ancient ancestor of the modern day crocodile was about nine feet long and lived on land. It had ferocious teeth and hunted along side earliest dinosaurs.  It’s razor sharp teeth and supreme hunting ability contributed to what the scientists’ have now nicknamed, “Carnufex carolinensis,” or the “Carolina butcher“.

Fighting for survival among the earliest dinosaurs, the “butcher” roamed Pangea during the late Triassic period. However, a mass extinction 200 million years ago, led to predatory dinosaurs becoming the dominant predator of the time.

From partial unearthed bones of the skull, teeth, ribs, and vertebrae, scientists from North Carolina State University used high resolution scanners to recreate a 3D computer model of the reptile’s skull. The computerized reconstructed skull depicts the found pieces in white, while the gray areas show missing elements which have been constructed from close relatives.

Reconstructed computer model of the skull of Carnufex carolinensis photo by Lindsay Zanno

Reconstructed computer model of the skull of Carnufex carolinensis

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Alligator Tire Art

These amazing alligator sculptures by Eric Langert are made from recycled tires. You can see more of his art at

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Alligator sculptures from recycled tires

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Fast Fish Cleaning

This could be the easiest and fastest way to clean fish!

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Retired LDWF Alligator Research Pioneer Honored in Lake Charles, LA 

Ted J Award 2014


Ted Joanen, late investigate personality during a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, was famous during a Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) assembly May 26-31 in Lake Charles.

Joanen, a wildlife biologist for over 30 years, was respected with dual superb investigate awards in tolerable use management. His bachelor’s grade alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU) in Hammond, presented an enclosed professorship to serve studies in tolerable mire government and charge of wetlands.

Dr. Chris Beachy, conduct of a SELU’s Biology Department presented a $100,000 endowment on interest of a University and benefactors. A commercial from Louisiana State University (LSU), where Joanen finished his master’s degree, determined a “Ted Joanen Outstanding Research Award in Sustainable Marsh Management.”

LSU connoisseur students will be authorized for annual grants to serve studies and investigate focused on mire and tolerable use management. A first account of $30,000 was donated to a connoisseur studies program. Additional contributions can be done to a LSU Alumni Association by Jamie B. Bueche, Accountant, LSU Alumni Association, 3838 West Lakeshore Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70808.


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Fallen Heroes

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My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to those family and friends who have been affected by the Black Hawk helicopter tragedy. May God bless the American heroes who lost their lives. We thank you for your service.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr. 37, of Delhi

Chief Warrant Officer George David Strother, 44, of Alexandria

Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40, of Thibodaux

Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26, of Baton Rouge

Capt. Stanford H. Shaw III, 31, of Basking Ridge, N.J.

Master Sgt. Thomas A. Saunders, 33, of Williamsburg, Va.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif, 26, of Holland, Mi.

Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol, 27, of Warren, Mi.

Staff Sgt. Kerry Michael Kemp, 27 of Port Washington, Wi.

Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock, 29, of Lake Orion, Mi.

Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn, 33, of Queens, N.Y.

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Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries – 2015 Family Fish Fests

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Family Fish Fests

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Family Fish Fests

For the second year, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries is sponsoring Family Fish Fests. The program provides opportunities for families to fish together, while learning successful fishing techniques. There is a $10 registration fee per family, and each participant will receive a T-shirt and lunch.

Register early for each event! The first 50 registrants will receive a rod and reel combo, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Additionally, all registrants will be entered in the raffle of prizes.  Awards will also be given for the biggest fish among a host of species.


2015 Family Fishing Fests Schedule

April 11 — Louisiana Oil & Gas Park, Jennings
May 16 — Ivan Lake Recreation Area, Cotton Valley
June 13 — Myrtle Grove Marina, Myrtle Grove
July 11 — Elmer’s Island, Grand Isle
Sept. 26 — Waddill Wildlife Refuge, Baton Rouge ( As part of the National Hunting and Fishing Program, no registration required for this event.)


For more information, or to register for a Family Fish Fest, visit Registration is now open for the first event in Jennings.


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KFC Introduces the Edible Coffee Cup

The Scoffee Cup - KFC's edible coffee cup

The Scoffee Cup – KFC’s edible coffee cup

Fast food giant, KFC, announced today the invention of their next menu item, and it’s probably not what would you would imagine.  No, not a new pink Easter basket-shaped chicken sandwich, or, even Doritos flavored chicken nuggets. Those ingenious devils have invented an edible coffee cup. Yes, edible.

The cup, which will be available this summer in the U.K. only, has teamed up with Seattle’s Best Coffee to create what they are calling the Scoffee Cup.

While the cup looks like any other normal coffee cup, it’s actually made up of a cookie shell, lined with white chocolate. Even the outside wrapper is made of edible sugar paper. As the warm coffee melts the chocolate inside, the cookie softens so that it melts in your mouth, but not in your hand.

While they taste good, they smell good, too. The cups are infused with different scents, known to influence moods. Your cup can come in enticing scents such as, Coconut Sun Cream, Freshly Cut Grass, and Wild Flowers. According to food scientists and collaborators at The Robin Collective, the scents were added to evoke positive memories of sunshine and holidays.

KFC unveils the UK's first EDIBLE coffee cup

KFC unveils the UK’s first EDIBLE coffee cup

Thank you KFC for making my coffee not only a drink, but also a snack.  It’s delicious and  eco-friendly.

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Shrimp and Mirliton Soup – recipe

Are you looking for a warm dish to serve during this cold and dreary day?  Try this satisfying shrimp and mirliton soup.  It’s quick and easy to make and it’s perfect for Lent.

  • 2 medium mirlitons
  • 2 lbs. medium whole shrimp
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tbs. diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced carrots
  • 2 Tbs. diced onions
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1/4 cup thinly-sliced leeks
  • 1/2 Tbs. chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup of green onions
  • 1/2 cup sweet white wine (Riesling, Chenin Blanc, etc.)
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid crab boil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • hot sauce to taste

1. To prepare the broth, peel the mirlitons skins and remove the cores. Peel the shrimp of the shells and heads and devein. Put the trimmings, shrimp shells and heads, and the bay leaf into a small saucepan with two cups of water. Bring up to a light boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, during which you can do the next step.

2. Dice the peeled and cored mirlitons. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Stir into a blond roux and cook for two minutes. Add all the vegetables, except the mirlitons, and cook over low heat for five minutes, or until soft.

3. Stir the shrimp and mirlitons into the vegetables. Add the wine and bring to a boil for two minutes. Strain the stock from the shrimp shells. Add the stock to the saucepan, along with the crab boil.

4. Warm the cream and stir into the soup. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the salt, pepper, thyme, and hot sauce to taste.


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New Land Off Louisiana Seen from Space

With years of news reports that show how Louisiana’s coastline is disappearing, finally comes good news.  Recent satellite imagery now shows that areas around Wax Lake Outlet and the Atchafalaya River are continuing to grow.

Louisiana’s coastline has been rapidly disappearing due to natural processes, as well as, dams and levees causing less sediment flow down the Mississippi River.  Extraction of oil, gas, and extraction of groundwater all play a major factor, too. You can read more about how the coastline has changed here.

For the first time in the 1950’s, geologists began noticing small areas in the Atchafalaya Bay that were forming above the waterline. The Atchafalaya delta now grows at about 0.6 square miles per year.  The Wax delta is growing at a slightly slower rate of .46 square miles per year.

Landsat satellite imagery acquired on Nov. 7, 1984, shows emerging specks of land at the mouth of Wax Lake Outlet (left) and the Atchafalaya River (right) in Louisiana. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Landsat satellite imagery acquired on Nov. 7, 1984, shows emerging specks of land at the mouth of Wax Lake Outlet (left) and the Atchafalaya River (right) in Louisiana. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.


The 30 year satellite shows the difference that sediment accumulation can make. By 2014, you can see that the Atchafalaya River shows a thick tributary, and a smaller, more natural shaped delta near Wax Lake. This is because the Atchafalaya is dredged, whereas Wax Lake is not, making it thinner and more symmetrical.


Landsate satellite imagery acquired on Oct. 25, 2014, shows the difference 30 years of sediment accumulation can make. Both the Wax Lake Outlet and Atchafalaya River deltas continue to grow. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Landsate satellite imagery acquired on Oct. 25, 2014, shows the difference 30 years of sediment accumulation can make. Both the Wax Lake Outlet and Atchafalaya River deltas continue to grow.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.


This proves that the coastal erosion that plagues the Louisiana “can be slowed by diverting significant portions of the water and sediment from the main channel of the Mississippi River into adjacent wetland, lakes, and bays.”, says Harry Roberts, Louisiana State University coastal erosion researcher.


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Forget Bourbon Street: 7 natural wonders of Louisiana

For those that come to town to enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities, you will certainly get what you came for.  The obligatory walk down Bourbon Street, your first taste of a real Hurricane from Pat O’s, and more beads than you can pack in your carryon.

Yet, there is so much more that Louisiana has to offer. Venture outside the city limits and explore the all the wonders the state has to offer.

Louisiana: Jean Lafitte
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Barataria Preserve
If you’re visiting New Orleans, consider taking a day trip to the 23,000-acre Barataria Preserve. Located only a half hour away from the Big Easy, this preserve filled with bottomland hardwood forests, swamps and marshes is one of the most important natural and cultural places in the state. Whether you decide to explore on foot or by canoe, keep your eyes open for the area’s most popular residents: alligators and nutria.
Did you know this beautiful preserve is actually a park within a park? Barataria Preserve is one of six distinct locations that make up the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Named after the famous French-American pirate, this national park was established in 1907 to protect the natural and cultural legacy of Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta region. The other five sites are the French Quarter, the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, and three separate Acadian-Cajun cultural centers located throughout southern Louisiana.
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Louisiana: Breton Wildlife Refuge
Photo: Greg Thompson/USFWS
Breton Wildlife Refuge
Established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904, Breton Island is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the country (second only to Florida’s Pelican Island). Roosevelt was prompted to take this action after learning of the ongoing destruction of the island’s birds, nests and eggs.
More than 100 years later, the island has transformed into a thriving, low-impact bird watching and fishing destination. The NWR has worked hard to rehabilitate the ecosystem’s threatened and endangered species, such as the pipin plover and the brown pelican, though if the damage of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is any indication, there is still much work to do.
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Louisiana: Kisatchie
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Kisatchie National Forest
This may be the only national forest in Louisiana, but rest assured, Kisatchie really packs a punch amidst the state’s vast stretches of swampland. Designated in 1930 by President Herbert Hoover, this beautiful 604,000-acre stretch of woodlands is filled with a combination of longleaf pines and bottomland hardwoods.
The forest is home for many animals, the rarest of which include the Louisiana black bear, the red-cockaded woodpecker and the Louisiana pine snake. If you consider yourself an outdoorsy person, then you’ll be delighted to learn about the variety of recreational activities, which include camping, horseback riding, boating, fishing, mountain biking, swimming and more.
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Louisiana: Cypress Island Swamp
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Cypress Island Preserve
Known for its thriving rookery, this preserve protects 9,500 acres of cypress-tupelo swamp and bottomland hardwood forest just outside the city of Lafayette. While hiking the preserve’s levee and boardwalk trails, it’s not uncommon to encounter a variety of wading birds, including blue herons, roseate spoonbills, cormorants and a variety of egret species. Although the preserve is open year-round, plan to visit the rookery between March and June, which is the peak gathering season for these magnificent avians.
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Louisiana: Ouachita
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Ouachita River
Named for the indigenous Ouachita tribe, humans have traversed the waters and banks of this river for thousands of years. Originating in Arkansas and running 605 miles south into Louisiana, this is the 25th longest river in the country.
Today, it is mainly utilized for commercial purposes, though certain parts of the river are popular hunting and fishing areas. One area through which the Ouachita runs is Louisiana’s Boeuf Wildlife Management Area, which was set up to preserve the forest and help control deer populations.
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Louisiana: Pass a Loutre
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Accessible only by a 10-mile boat ride, Pass-a-Loutre is a 66,000-acre wetland that is located just outside of New Orleans in Plaquemines Parish. With its scenic marshlands, manmade canals, natural bayous and channels, it is an exceptionally scenic place for all kind of activities, including both freshwater and saltwater fishing, crabbing, camping and even houseboating. As a wildlife management area, the hunting of migratory game birds, waterfowl, rabbits and deer is permitted.
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Louisiana: Atchafalaya
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Atchafalaya River Basin
Meet the country’s largest wetland and swamp. That’s right. Squeezed roughly between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, this sweeping wetland ecosystem in south-central Louisiana is comprised of a whopping 260,000 acres of cypress-tupelo swamps, bayous, marshland and open water.
To experience this remarkable place, visit the Atchafalaya Wildlife Refuge, which is located smack dab in the middle of the basin between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. To get to the refuge, you must travel across the second-longest bridge in the country — the 18.2-mile-long Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.

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BOUDIN King Cake – recipe

Twins boudin king cake

Have you heard the big news?  Boudin King Cake is a real product and foodies all over Louisiana (and beyond) are rejoicing.

The original concept was invented by Robert Carrker, the man behind and His websites are dedicated to rating boudin and king cakes, so, I suppose, it’s only natural that the two Louisiana delicacies would merge. Be prepared. This not the usual cinnamon and sugar king cake that you grew up on.  This is a savory concoction of braided bread, stuffed with boudin, topped with cracklin crumbs, and, just for good measure, drizzled with Steen’s Cane Syrup.

When Carriker originally announced the availability of his new king cake on his website, he had no idea the impact it would make.  After his post went viral in just a few short days, he quickly realized he couldn’t personally fulfill all the orders he was getting.  His next step was to partner with a local Lafayette bakery, Twins Burgers and Sweets, and, ever since, the king cakes are flying out the doors ever. Most days, it’s  not unusual for the cakes to be sold out before lunchtime. If you are not lucky enough to get your hands on one, mail orders can be placed by emailing The cakes range from $27.99 for  a small to $46.96 for the large. However, do note there are hefty shipping charges for frozen, overnight delivery.

If you’d rather not pay the shipping charges, you can always make your own. There are only a few ingredients needed and you are sure to be voted “Most Favorite” at your next King Cake party.


Boudin King Cake – from

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  • 1 Box of Pilsbury Country White Bread Mix (dough prepared according to directions)
  • 3 Links of your favorite boudin, steamed and crumbled
  • crushed cracklins
  • Steen’s Cane Syrup


Prepare bread dough according to package directions. Divide dough into 2 sections.  Roll each section out lengthwise and then flatten to make a bed for the boudin. Sprinkle boudin along the center of the bed, keeping it away from the edges.

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Fold the bed over to form a tube and seal the edges closed. Repeat with the other half of dough. Twist the two tubes together and form into a circle.

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 Bake according to bread package directions.

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 Drizzle with Steen’s Cane syrup.

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 Make new friends!

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