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>> Wednesday, October 8, 2008

So I didn't post yesterday even though I said I would post everyday in the month of October. It's also Wednesday, and I just do not have the inspiration to do my weekly Debate! again. Maybe it is because of all the political debates recently. I just don't have the patience for it. I do, however, have the energy to do a little bit of sciency news snippets! Here goes:

Fish with Fingers: Researchers have taken x-rays of a fish fossil, Panderichthys, and found that there are rudimentary fingers in the fins. This show that rudimentary fingers were first seen in development earlier than first thought. Weird, huh?

A "Nobel" Woman: The Nobel Prizes are being announced and this week the talk was all Chemistry. It seems to be on all the news sources. However, the award for physiology and medicine has already be granted and one of the winners was a woman! Françoise Barré-Sinoussi from France won the prize for her earlier work discovering HIV. I can't believe they are finally honoring her. Originally this was posted on Women in Science and apparently I missed it. (DOH!)

"Tubular" Solar Energy: A company in California, Solyndra, Inc., designs photovoltaic (solar) cells that are cylindrical in shape to capture light from many angles. This increases the amount of energy one can harness from the sun.

Life Saving Birds
: A study done at Washington University in St. Louis shows that areas high in bird diversity have lower risks of West Nile Virus. Yay for mosquito eating birds!

Going Glacier Gone: A study done by United States Geological Survey (USGS) show that Alaska's glaciers are disappearing despite people's assumptions that climate change is a farce. More than 99% of the glaciers in Alaska are retreating at an alarming pace.

Now you guys are all filled with science news! Happy Wednesday!

Photo of Panderichthys courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


Jennifer October 8, 2008 at 9:04 PM  

Hi, Oekologie has been revived. Just wanted to let you know! Please submit a few posts for the November carnival!


Cheryl October 9, 2008 at 2:06 PM  

Interesting post.....global warming is taken very seriously in the UK.....I have been following reports since the early 1980's and I personally think it is the biggest threat to our planet......

I will leave it at that as I know this topic often bores people......

Mimi October 9, 2008 at 3:35 PM  

@ Jennifer... Thanks for the heads up!

Mimi October 9, 2008 at 3:36 PM  

@cheryl... I too feel that way about global climate change. I don't think it is boring at all, unfortunately a lot of people don't believe it exists!

Wendy October 9, 2008 at 8:46 PM  

Fish fingers! Can I have fries with that? LOL! Just kidding.
Interesting tidbits today. And just why are you so surprised that a Woman got the Nobel Prize??? Hmmmmm??

It doesn't matter if you say you are going to blog daily and then you skip a day or two. This is your blog and you'll do what you what. Besides - Real Life sometimes gets in the way. LOL!

Mimi October 10, 2008 at 8:35 AM  

@wendy... I am just surprised that it took them 20+ years to honor her. Women have been snubbed a few times in the past for work that won Nobels... And you are so right. Life gets in the way sometimes.

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