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Evolved?

My favorite bit from National Book Award finalist (and rightly so) and YA nonfiction title Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith: They borrowed some novels from the library, starting a lifelong tradition of reading together–usually Emma read to Charles while he rested from his work. Charles liked novels with happy endings, and he …

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Don’t Sneeze!

Aliens may already be among us! Britain's Royal Society is on the case: One astrobiologist says the best place to look for aliens may be right here on Earth. Paul Davies of Arizona State University said Tuesday that extraterrestrial life may have found its way to this planet at several different times. If so, Davies …

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Weird Science

An article in today's WaPo says the Kepler telescope is detecting all kinds of fascinating things, including new "exoplanets": For example, Kepler found a star with a small orbiting object that is hotter than the star itself. The object is too hot to be a planet but is the wrong size and density to fit …

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What About Carhenge?

A new study has found that for centuries Stonehenge was a burial ground (perhaps also home to a drum circle or two?): "Stonehenge was a place of burial from its beginning to its zenith in the mid third millennium B.C. The cremation burial dating to Stonehenge’s sarsen stones phase is likely just one of many …

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Nice Digs

I could totally live in this house. Although I bet the plumbing repair isn’t cheap there either. Actually, I could live in most of these (this one‘s for Richard though). (Via Ellen Datlow.)

The Future is Now

Can this really be a good idea?* A "doomsday" seed vault built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters opened Tuesday deep within an Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. "The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is our insurance policy," Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told delegates …

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Shaky Hand, Many Moons

  Shaky Hand, Many Moons    Originally uploaded by gwenda I like the moon, but I’m not much of a photographer. You can always head over to NASA for that though. (Amusingly, I can hear a couple of Transy students trying to "find the eclipse" out on the street.)

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