Friday, January 13, 2012

From the Aerophant newswire

Astronomers have peered through a telescope 13 billion light-years into the past and spied a cluster of five galaxies in the earliest stages of cosmic infancy.

A Danish marine biologist has identified a new life form, Mesodinium chamaeleon, that is half plant, half animal.

A study published in the journal Science finds that pigeons -- and probably all birds -- are on a par with monkeys and apes when it comes to math skills.


The Querulous Squirrel said...

Pigeons predominated in BF Skinner's behavioral research. He was still alive when I was in graduate school at Harvard. A feisty classmate would peck at the numbers with her nose whenever we were in the elevator with him. What a great view!

Tai said...

I've read that Skinner invented the pigeon-guided missile during WWII, but -- lucky for the pigeons -- the Army refused to try it. Phew.