Wow number 1
A cursory check hasn’t turned up any other blogs that deal with this one. So, here’s a link to BBC post about a fossil fish that presents evidence of live birth.
The 380 million-year-old specimen has been preserved with an embryo still attached by its umbilical cord.
The find, reported in Nature, pushes back the emergence of this reproductive strategy by some 200 million years.
In your faces, yet again, young earth creationists. Though I suppose it’s another of those incomprehensible god-tests where he sticks evidence that contradicts the book of genesis just to sort out those people who prefer evidence to myth so he can put their names in the “go straight to hell for doubting the magic words” book
Wow number 2
Monkeys have been able to control robot arms to feed themselves, using the power of thought alone.
I’m not the world’s greatest fan of messing about with the bodies and brains of animals but the implications of this research are pretty amazing.
Does this mean that we can finally carry out the 100 monkeys with typewriters experiment?
Wow number 3
Mars. How great that it looks like an abandoned farm planet.
Small whines.. I have to moan a bit about the false colouring, which makes the enterprise seem a little spurious. Why didn’t they use colour cameras? (Yes, space bandwidth, and so on. I don’t care. I want full-colour images.)
And I could have done with fewer pictures of the lander. It’s a bit like taking a holiday in Angkor Wat and then putting yourself in the foreground of every photo.
Aside from these tiny gripes about the presentation, seeing the surface of Mars is fantastic.