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You probably read the story already, but did you see the video? Tool using invertebrate powers, activate! (Watch through at least 1:05 to see him grip it by the husk).

Travel tip: Don't tell your Japanese co-workers that you don't eat Octopi because they're too smart. Neither the facts nor the humor will survive translation.
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The Pope recently published a book in which he comes out strongly against evolution, saying in part:
"But it is also true that the theory of evolution is not a complete, scientifically proven theory." Benedict added that the immense time span that evolution covers made it impossible to conduct experiments in a controlled environment to finally verify or disprove the theory. "We cannot haul 10,000 generations into the laboratory," he said.
He offered no explanation for why God would choose to deny to mankind the same biological advantages He apparently saw fit to give to drug-resistant viruses, pesticide-immune insects, or other sundry beasts.
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100 years ago today, a little known Swiss patent clerk had his third of three papers published by Annalen der Physik. The first explained the photoelectric effect, and won the author a Nobel prize for its proof of the existence of light quanta. The second explained Brownian motion, redefining kinetic theory and explaining an observed behavior that had long puzzled scientists. The third paper, On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, had less immediate practical impact, but can perhaps be forgiven this weakness, as it merely redefined our entire notion of space and time, completely, via an analysis so simple it can be explained in full to your average high schooler.

I'm raising a glass today to celebrate Special Relativity. And you should too.


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