The world’s earliest known farmers weren’t humans, but Fijian ants

“The story is unique,” Brian Fisher, entomologist-in-residence at the California Academy of Sciences, told NPR. “We already have ants that disperse seeds, and have ants that feed plants, but we’ve never had a case where they farm a plant they can’t live without.”…more:

The Holy Qur’an: ” And there is no creature on [or within] the earth or bird that flies with its wings except [that they are] communities like you. We have not neglected in the Register a thing. Then unto their Lord they will be gathered.”(6:38)

‘Hero’ Muslim cop, her son harassed by bigot in Brooklyn who shouted ‘I will cut your throat’

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A Muslim off-duty NYPD officer, hailed by the mayor as a hero, and her 16-year-old son became the city’s latest hate crime victims Saturday when a bigot in Brooklyn yelled at them to “go back to your country,” police sources said.

Officer Aml Elsokary, who was off duty and wearing her hijab, dropped off her 16-year-old on Ridge Blvd. and 67th St. in Bay Ridge just before 6 p.m., the sources said.

‘Clown Of Aleppo,’ Who Brought Joy to Syrian Kids, Killed by Airstrike

In a country besieged by death and violence, Syrian social worker Anas al-Basha worked Syrian social worker Anas al-Basha, the ‘Clown of Aleppo’ Ahmad al-Khatib / AP

“He lived to make children laugh and happy in the darkest most dangerous place,” Mahmoud al-Basha, who identified himself as Anas’ brother, wrote on Facebook.

The death of the 24-year-old clown came as Syrian government forces continued their all-out assault to regain control of what was once the country’s biggest city, which is now a massive pile of ruins where 250,000 people have been struggling to survive — 100,000 of them children…more:nbcnews.

Army Corps Denies Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline about half a mile south of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The decision is also a victory for the thousands of demonstrators across the country who flocked to North Dakota in protest. “Our prayers have been answered,” more: NPR