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Looming out of the sky, its wings outstretched in the glare of the sun’s rays, it looked like there was an angel watching over Russia. But as quickly as it appeared, it faded away — it was the latest stunt from flying daredevils the Russian Knights. The haunting angel was the finale of a dazzling display to mark the team’s 22nd birthday over airfields in Kubinka, on the outskirts of Moscow.
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Coloboma of the iris may look like a black, round hole located in or next to the iris. It can look like a black notch of different depths at the edge of the pupil. This gives the pupil an irregular shape. It can also appear as a split in the iris from the pupil to the edge of the iris.
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Massive beehive falls through the ceiling of a home just three hours before the beekeeper arrived.
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Tree burial is a Tibetan tradition most commonly practiced with infants, though children as old as thirteen have been entombed this way. The body is cleaned with salt water before being placed in a vessel in a fetal position. The family then hangs the deceased from a tree. Some trees have only one or two vessels, where other have upwards of fifty.
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Lividty pattern showing both the outline of the arm that was pinned between the body and a hard surface. Lividity starts when blood flow ceases after death. The blood that was formerly flowing through the body is drawn to the lowest point in the body by the influence of gravity. Typically, postmortem lividity appears as a bluish-purple or reddish-purple color in the regions of the body that are in close contact with the ground. Areas that are further removed from the ground can be pink at the periphery of the discoloration.
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Fasciated Veronicastrum Virginicum. The distortion, known as fasciation, is a freak of nature, and often looks like several stems have been fused together. It’s a rare phenomenon and does the plant no lasting harm. It can develop on a range of shrubs, flowers and perennials. The cause could be environmental, such as the weather, or a pest attack that causes physical damage to the plant. Some fasciated plants are actually quite attractive and have led to varieties known as cristates. These include forms of ferns, cacti and succulents.
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Crassula capitella ssp. thyrsiflora grows in compact, symmetrically shaped “towers”. During summer the leaves can get a red blush or become brown-red when they are in direct sunlight. The tiny white flowers, just about 3mm in diameter, appear in late summer and autumn between the leaves in the towers.
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