Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.14.08)

So here’s what went down since you logged off.

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Take that, redwoods! Your paltry several thousand years of existence is no match for this 8,000 year old tree just discovered in Norway. Whippersnappers…

I’m not saying you need to start thinking about a shower or anything, but even stink bugs smell better than you do. (And in the process, they’re redrawing the entire tree of life. What are you doing today?)

It’s like NASCAR – but with rockets.

Proving that no, it’s not actually a man up there, no matter how much you believe – and that the Moon has more Uranium than green cheese, JAXA just released these amazingly detailed maps of the Moon’s surface.

NASA has just released this amazing new Web site.

I guess if we’re going to be creating long-term relationships with them, this is a great way to start: four robots were recently inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame.

It’s not really news, but it is really fun: check out the lyrics to “Round and Round,” a song about black holes by Angelo Parisi and the Big Bang Band. And, in case you’re wondering, “Why Does the Sun Shine?” – and no it’s not “because of you…,” They Might Be Giants has the answer. As in, “The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a giant nuclear furnace!” This is a literal explanation, set to music. Awesome.

And finally, Wired wants to know – what kind of geek are you?

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