19 May 2009 | Misc
A Good Read
We have a lot of subscriptions to different magazines, but one of our staples is Harper’s. If you haven’t ever checked it out, you should- there are all kinds of articles about all kinds of things. Here are a few excerpts from the “Findings” section, which is just that- a collection of different findings, scientific and otherwise:
“Scientists built a handheld mosquito-killing laser that can be mounted on aerial drones, which will track the mosquitoes and shoot them out of the sky.
In the Gulf of Aden, a massive pod of dolphins thwarted a band of pirates.
Chinese scientists announced that stem-cell injections had repopulated with fresh eggs the ovaries of barren mice.
Rich parents favor firstborn children more than poor parents do.
People who live in the tropics are more likely to have baby girls.
Crabs remember being hurt.
Facebook may lower the grades of college students, and Twitter dulls compassion for human suffering.
Surgeons in Russia removed a fir sapling from a man’s lung.”
Just think about that.