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Wednesday, October 05, 2021

If you’ve ever wondered who would win in a throw-down between a Burmese python and an American alligator (and don’t act like you haven’t), the gruesome answer is: Neither.

A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried to swallow a live, six-foot alligator whole, authorities said.

The incident has heightened biologists’ fears that the nonnative snakes could threaten a host of other animal species in the Everglades…

The snake was found with the gator’s hindquarters protruding from its midsection. Mazzotti said the alligator may have clawed at the python’s stomach as the snake tried to digest it.

The experts are declaring a draw in this ecological duel, with the gators and snakes pretty evenly matched.

Regardless, I don’t think this matchup holds a candle to Adult Swim’s old Flying Shark vs. Flying Crocodile.

UPDATE: Wait, it gets even better:

To add to the macabre mystery, the snake’s head was missing.

[Everglades National Park biologist Skip] Snow’s theory: After the snake was dead, another gator got it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/05/2021 11:37:32 PM
Category: Florida Livin', Science
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Colleges and universities long ago woke up to the benefits of commercializing their faculty’s R&D efforts: Institutional prestige, academic achievement, and — oh yeah — big licensing money.

With that in mind, the University of South Florida’s Division of Patents & Licensing, under director Valerie McDevitt, has been aggressively bringing ideas to market, hoping to put the university on the map.

There’s plenty of competition, just in Florida; and there’s only so much licensing money to go around. Plus, it takes tons of fruitless research to extract the relatively small fraction of viable business concepts. In many ways, it’s an assessment process, which is why McDevitt’s background as a patent lawyer is critical.

Maybe this business buzzing will result in USF developing its own version of Gatorade. Bull-ade?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/05/2021 11:22:03 PM
Category: Business, Florida Livin', Science
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poetry on ice

5 Two screens of action
7 Lightning on hi-def TV!
5 I’m watching hockey

Hey, the best I can do while engaged in National Hockey League gawking. Besides, it’s at least as good as any other hockey haiku out there. (Well, perhaps not.)

And yes, I’ve got two television sets set up, both satellite-equipped (although only one with high-definition, but it’s all good). I’ve got pretty much every NHL game for this season at my disposal, and that’ll be the case every night this season.

It’s going to be a challenge to motivate myself to go out nights.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/05/2021 08:26:24 PM
Category: Hockey, TV
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