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Brains of a tree
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Image by CameliaTWU
Compound fruit of Osage-orange, Horseapple, Bois d'Arc, Maclura pomifera (Moraceae) after a winter on the ground in the back yard.

"The fruit has a pleasant and mild odor, but is inedible for the most part. Although it is not strongly poisonous, eating it may cause vomiting. However, the seeds of the fruit are edible. The fruit is sometimes torn apart by squirrels to get at the seeds, but few other native animals make use of it as a food source. This is unusual, as most large fleshy fruit serves the function of seed dispersal by means of its consumption by large animals. One recent hypothesis is that the Osage-orange fruit was eaten by a giant ground sloth that became extinct shortly after the first human settlement of North America. Other extinct Pleistocene megafauna, such as the mammoth, mastodon and gomphothere, may have fed on the fruit and aided in seed dispersal. An equine species that went extinct at the same time also has been suggested as the plant's original dispersal agent because modern horses and other livestock will sometimes eat the fruit." (Wikipedia)


Edy Alvarez 1
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Image by Jeffrey Zide
Edy Alvarez is student at CSUN and a student activist who focuses on issues relating to the green party.

Transcribed Interview: The Green Party in California was established in 1990-1991, we modeled ourselves after the german green party after they established themselves, we were able to register 100,000 voters and we're now a ballot-qualified greparty in california. We've been able to qualify numerous states here in the U.S. The four key-pillars are: The first one is grassroots democracy, we get voters from the ground-up not top-down, we don't get money from corporations, we're funded by regular people and is local and self-funded, the second pillar is environmental stewardship, finding ways to reducing environmental degradation. combating global warming, finding solutions for sustainability for future generations. we are destroying ecosystems at the moment and many species are going extinct, the third key pillar is social justice, this refers to having a living wage compared to minimum wage, a living wage would be .50 now, animal rights, reducing animal experimentation and finding a better way to treat animals, increase living standards, full-employment for all, we have the money and resources, there are empty factories right now that need workers, tuition-free college, once again we have the money but' its the way funds are allocated, there are different reasons we've been squeezed out...healthcare for all, e.g, single payer, not Obama-care which mandates you to buy healthcare from a private insurance companies, healthcare means the government provides for healthcare for all citizens. The fourth pillar is non-violence and an end to wars, e.g, going to iraq on false premises and not finding nuclear weapons. How does this relate to CSUN students? Background on the green party being excluded in the united states and around the world: In the late 80's the League of Women voters used to hold the presidential debates every four years and then in 1988-1992 the democrats and republicans came together to form a corporation that would sponsor the debates that makes it impossible for other third party candidates to register and its why you don't see other candidates besides the democrats and republicans. Here in california we passed prop-14 which means you get to vote for either party but only the two top-vote getters are able to move-on and so you can have two democrats, or two republicans or one of which each and no other third party candidates. The assembly just passed a vote to eliminate write-in candidate, which means you can't write-in candidates if you don't agree with the candidates on the ballot. This brings me here to csun, where there is debate between incumbents Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. The way incumbents try to operate is to stifle competition and not debate if there is any third-party candidates and it amounts to an exclusionary undemocratic process. I'm trying to get a third party candidate at the CSUN debates, he is qualified congressional-candidate and is a former CSUN professor and I'm trying to get as much support as possible from everyone because if we can't get support at the local college level who can we have any support in california or at large, the U.S. audience.


Glyptodont Skull
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Image by Travis S.
This is a skull of a Pleistocene megafauna creature called a Glyptodont. These mammals lived in South America and went extinct about 10,000 years ago. While in Mexico I was fortunate enough to see a nearly complete articulated skeleton of the animal.

The zygomatic arch of this creature is odd. It has that projection that runs vertically down to the mandible. The only other animal I've seen with this morphology is the Giant Ground Sloth, which also once hailed from South America. I have a feeling these animals did a lot of chewing.

 
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