Friday Quick Links

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Interpretation

Calcite crystal invisibility

Last Sunday, two spacecrafts’ journey to the Sun that’s taken over five years was completed. For the first time in history, we can see images of the entire Sun.

A new species of psuedoscorpion, Cryptogreagris steinmanni, has been discovered in Colorado.

Did you ever wonder what microorganisms have a comfy and cozy home in your bellybutton? The North Caroline Museum of Natural Sciences gives you a peek!

Documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog, famous for Grizzly Man, has a new film opening in March: Cave of Forgotten Dreams. For the film Herzog was granted unprecedented permission to film inside Chavet Cave, the site of the world’s oldest known cave paintings.

A New York Times editorial piece on the history of the idea of extinction.

The terrible notion that a piece of God’s creation could be swept off the face of the Earth only became a reality on January 21, 1796, and it was a body blow to Western orthodoxy.

Almost all of your hugs last 3 seconds, no matter where you’re from, or how much you like or dislike the person you’re hugging.

A potato by any other name… An international team of scientists has created a guide to the over 600 scientific names used to describe only 4 species of potato.

A new whale hybrid has been discovered in the Arctic.

Speaking of hybrid animals, do you know about the pizzly bear?

A prehistoric toolkit found in the United Arab Emirates has been dated to be 125,000 years old, over 55,000 years before modern humans were thought to have migrated out of North Africa.

Invisibility crystals are making the fantasy of invisibility cloaks a reality.

Dr. Seuss would be proud. Scientists have shown that a non-Newtonian fluid like Seuss’s “oobleck” could have plugged the Macando oil well.

Have you seen the museum’s own “oobleck” in action?

An elegant and eloquent letter to Congress on the state of climate change.

February 2011

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