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Monthly Archive: December 2007

Dec 03 2007

Please, Australia!

Deep-Sea News reports that my cousins the Giant Australian Cuttlefish may be in serious trouble. It seems they had the lack of foresight to evolve in an area where featherless bipeds would eventually discover uranium, copper, and gold. As of this writing, the link to the original Australian source is down, so you will have …

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Dec 02 2007

Tuber magnatum Pico

I’d like to report, for the gluttons among us,A story about a remarkable fungus;An auction today caused a giant kerfuffleAnd set a new record—the costliest truffle.A truffle dog found it near Pisa last week(although hunting with pigs is another technique);Weighing 1.5 kilos (or 3.3 pounds), It’s the largest discovered by pigs or by hounds.An artist …

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Dec 01 2007

Knit me a brain!

A tip of the cuttlecap to Shelley of Retrospectacle for reporting on the Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art We’ve got sweaters to mend; we’ve got socks we can darn,So pull up a chair, and I’ll spin you a yarn;It’s a song with a Scarecrow-of-Oz-like refrain:Please pick up your needles and knit me a …

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