Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.4.08)

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

You’ve got some ‘splainin’  to do, Wilford Brimley! Oatmeal might be a carcinogen?

Huge,weird-looking sea beasts have been found off the coast of Antarctica. National Geography has a new photo gallery of the creatures, which range from “Ack!” to strangely beautiful.

It sounds like something from “Star Wars” – the movie, or the Reagan-era government program – but this space laser is for finding “potentially habitable Earth-like planets.”

A new study found that animals may be “stuck in time” – that is, they can keep track of how long it’s been since something occurred, but they can’t form a memory of when it occurred. Which may be why my Boston Terrier is begging at the dinner table mere moments after being fed.

Creative Commons License photo credit: trespassers william

I’m thankful they’re at least moving the endangered tortoises, rather than rolling over them with tanks…apparently, the army is undertaking “the largest desert tortoise move in California history.” 

However, conservationists are protesting the evacuation, as the land set aside for the tortoises new home “is too close to an interstate highway and is plagued with off-road vehicles and illegal dumping that would disturb the animals.”

(As a sidenote – is there really someone who keeps those kind of records? “Eegads, sir! I never thought I’d live to see the day. You’ve topped the Great Desert Tortoise Evacuation of 1939 by exactly 3 tortoises!”)

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