Rumours of aliens are greatly over-rated. Ah, the faux intelligentsia…always ready to correct our bizarre thinking.
That antiquated piece of junk, the Hubble Space Telescope, provides historic first image of a planet orbiting another sun. Also – HST sees ladder of light around dying star. Good to get these pictures from the old girl, as she looks about to croak it.
Chinese textbooks are going through plenty of revision: Great Wall is indeed visible from space (Space.com image of the day). More meat in this Astrobio.net story.
Brood X: a swarm of billions, if not trillions, about to invade Washington. Not the latest Sci-fi film, but periodic cicadas about to emerge from the ground after their (prime number wait) of 17 years.
Australian cricket males can copulate 50 to 58 times within three to four hours with the same female, setting the world record for any creature within the animal and insect kingdom. That’s not Shane Warne by the way, we’re talking insects here.
Poisonous frogs generate their poison by eating certain ants.
Scientists say climate disaster movie is ‘flawed but useful‘. It’s a strange trend, this judging of movies as scientific or truthful. They’re movies people, pay your money, have some fun, go home with a smile on your face.
“Pray more,” the apparitions keep saying. Is there a race of beings who suck up the psychic energy of such prayers? Perhaps our major value in “their” eyes is our very stupidity. Everybody likes a nice clean fat pig. But a pig who asks questions about the square of the hypotenuse is an embarrassment to his own species, and an annoyance to his masters.