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Yikes! Some Crocodiles Can Apparently Climb Trees

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Posted on Feb 13, 2014

According to a group of scientists, some species of the dreaded reptile can be found up trees; several vintage cars were swallowed by a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum; meanwhile, rich people make a large chunk of their money from investments, not wages. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Certain Species of Crocodiles Are Capable of Climbing Trees
It might sound unreal, but according to a new study carried out by an international group of scientists and published in the journal Herpetology Notes, certain species of crocodiles are adept at climbing trees.

Divergence at the Top
It is not just that the rich have pulled away from the average American. It is that the richer you are, the more you have pulled away.

eBay Co-Founder’s Media Company Launches Digital Magazine
NPR peers into First Look Media, a new news organization funded by Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire co-founder of eBay who wants to sustain aggressive investigative reporting.

7 Ways Earning a Ph.D. Is Like Training for a Marathon
Insert your preferred metaphor as appropriate.

8 Classic Cars Just Disappeared into a Sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum
A 40-foot wide, 25 to 30-foot deep sinkhole opened Wednesday morning beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., swallowing eight vintage cars into its depths.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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