Paris Zoo Unveils Bizarre, Brainless ‘Blob’ Capable of Learning

—and Eating Oatmeal, says Smithsonian.

The Paris Zoological Park is home to some 180 species, many of which would be considered standard zoo fare: zebras, giraffes, penguins, toucans, turtles and the like. But this week, the Zoological Park will unveil a new exhibit featuring a bizarre creature that has surprised and puzzled scientists for decades. It’s formally known as Physarum polycephalum, but zoo staff have dubbed it the “blob.”

Sometimes these things just write themselves.

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Ruh-Roh Mr. Potato Head

You let Mrs. Potato Head pack for your business trip again, didn’t you?

Morning break at the SPUD-CO International annual Corporate Sales Meeting

Do ya think Mrs. Potato Head has Mr. Potato Head’s number?

But your Ding-A-Ling….Not a chance.

Chuck Berry “My Ding-A-Ling”

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Daily Darwin – Darwin’s High Biker Brigade

Darwin chortles a bit as he points out the obvious – the Darwin Biker Brigade member had to have been “high” to have gotten on that tall puppy. He also recommends that you hold on to your own genomes when the rider goes for the dismount.  He doesn’t want you to bust one of your ‘onliest’ nuts laughing at the result of said ‘dismount’.

Natural selection deems that some individuals serve as a warning to others. Who are we to disagree? The next generation, ever and anon, is descended from the survivors

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Making Kids Great Again??

As reported by the American College of Pediatricians, “Research on Disciplinary Spanking is Misleading.

 

In recent years, some medical organizations and many media outlets have claimed that disciplinary spanking causes emotional harm in children that predisposes them to aggressive behavior when they are older. Although parents sometimes misuse or over-use spanking, does science really show that ordinary spanking of persistently disobedient children causes irreparable harm? The answer may be found by examining the quality of the research behind this claim.

It turns out that most research against spanking uses methods so flawed that such studies would be rejected if they were being used to halt a medical procedure, such as chemotherapy for combating cancer.  The anti-spanking research suffers from three major fallacies or defects that invalidate its conclusions. These flaws are evident in a recent summary of research on spanking by Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff and her colleague, Dr. Andrew Grogan-Kaylor.1 This publication is an update to Dr. Gershoff’s previous meta-analysis that summarized decades of spanking research,2 and which is the source cited most often by anti-spanking proponents.3

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Daily Darwin – Power FAILure

Darwin’s lesson for today, kiddies, is called “The Path of Least Resistance.” He notes what you will learn is, indeed, shocking. He begins.

Contrary to popular belief, electricity takes all paths available in inverse proportion to the impedance of the paths. The magnitude of the current flowing in a path depends on the path’s voltage and impedance. The lower the impedance (assuming voltage remains constant), the greater the current. Conversely, the higher the impedance (assuming voltage remains constant), the lower the current.

Electrons take all available paths, and one of those paths is your 1000-ohm body.

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