Booming Legal Marijuana Business To Hit $23 Billion Per Year By 2020

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Marijuana’s medical benefits can’t seem to convince some of the more conservative and anti-drug members of the United States federal government to legalize it, but maybe its potential revenue can: The recently-released State of Legal Marijuana Markets 4th Edition report projects that legal marijuana sales will reach around $23 billion per year by 2020.
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Your World This Week: Mar. 20 – 26

This week in science: mysterious, prehistoric Tully Monster finally identified; two comets to fly close by Earth this week; memories “lost” to early Alzheimer’s may be retrievable, and scientists learn the startling early mortality rates of autistic individuals.

Scientists Finally Solve The Mystery Of The Tully Monster

Tully Monster Fossil

Tullymonstrum gregarium (Tully Monster) fossil. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Fifty-eight years ago, while combing the 307 million-year-old Mazon Creek fossil beds near Chicago, Francis Tully discovered the imprint of a strange creature. The squid-like aquatic beast sported a large, tube-like structure, something akin to a long neck, but not punctuated with a head, only teeth. The Tully Monster had never been seen before, hasn’t been found anywhere else since and could never be identified or even classified.

Until now. According to a paper published in Nature last week, researchers have scanned all available fossil evidence and determined that after 58 years of mystery, this alien creature is a vertebrate, just like us. Well, not just like us — vertebrates are a big, varied group. And the subsection with which the Tully Monster has the most in common includes some of the very strangest vertebrates, namely lampreys.

And if you know anything about lampreys, you know that, while this mystery may be solved, its solution doesn’t make the Tully Monster any less weird. See more at The Guardian.

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Video Of The Day: Watch A Seahorse Give Birth To 2,000 Babies In 30 Seconds

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The fact that seahorse birth is handled by the males, and not the females, is likely common knowledge, but still a strikingly rare thing in nature. In fact, seahorses are one of only two animal groups where the male is the one that gives birth (the other is the pipefish, a more ruthless male carrier that aborts embryos from ugly mothers).

No matter how fascinating you find that fact, actually watching a seahorse give birth on video can be a little off-putting, to say the least.

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