The Flesh Of A Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus rexThis is incredible: soft tissue of a Tyrannosaurus rex was found:

…soft tissue that had seemingly resisted fossilization still existed inside the bone. This tissue, including blood vessels, bone cells, and perhaps even blood cells, was so well preserved that it was still stretchy and flexible.

I just read Tyrannosaur Canyon, a bad novel that revolved around that same premise, except the remains had a deadly bacteria that could kill everything.

Human Males Can’t Compete With Orchids

This is the headline story in CBC’s Health & Science section: Orchid does 360-degree twist to self-pollinate

An orchid growing in a harsh conditions defies gravity to twist its male sexual organs 360 degrees to fertilize its female organ, Chinese scientists have discovered.

I’m trying to figure out its signifigance as the number one story. I’m guessing they’re suggesting that human males are sexually incompetent because we can’t (well, *I* can’t) twist ourselves in knots to, uh, spread our seed.

Yeah, that’s it.

The Relative Size Of Your Insignificance

Relative size of things clipPowers Of Ten

…explores the relative size of things from the microscopic to the cosmic. The 1977 film travels from an aerial view of a man in a Chicago park to the outer limits of the universe directly above him and back down into the microscopic world contained in the man’s hand.

The Powers Of Ten website describes the film’s history; and don’t forget to mark October 10, 2006 on your calendar: it’ll be Powers of Ten Day.

Even better: the Simpsons’ version of it (direct link to MOV file).


Fight The Fight: Eat Plants

plants are evilPlants are evil:

That plants are evil is widely regarded as an inherently obvious fact, but this is clearly not sufficient as a basis for scientific research.
Nature tells us to destroy plants: Many animals have devoted their lives to the destruction of plants, most of them have in fact evolved in such a way that their main nutrition today consists of plants. An arbitrary, but particular example for such an animal is the cow, which does not only eat plants, but – as an expression of disgust – even chews them twice.
Most plants can easily be recognised by their green colour and their plant-like, immobile, somewhat pretentious appearance. It is in the nature of plants to be subtle (which is why plants generally choose to be motionless and unspectacular), and that adds to why they are so dangerous.

Vegetarians KNOW plants are evil; that’s one reason why they’re vegetarians, of course.