From glowing shrimps to the moonlets of Saturn

“Boy, this story begs for followup with more, expert opinionizing. In the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Andrew Schneider reports a case of glowing shrimp in the kitchen. A fellow bought them at the market, ate a few, turned out the lights, and “it was like a bright eerie light was shining on it.”
Seattle PI: Those shrimp are glowing…and they’re cooked.

“Withdrawing a paper usually evokes a bit of embarrassment and sometimes means scandal for the authors taking it back. Not so for a retired chemist in New York state. He is getting pats on the back. The NY Times’s Cornelia Dean today brings to readers the tale of a man who, partly from self-confessed vanity, decided to check Google for a tracery of his life and publications. Most of it was fine – except for one paper of his half a century ago now being cited at creationist sites as evidence why random chemistry could never produce living things.”
NYTimes: Retired chemist, sad to see his old paper feeds creationist claptrap, puts kibosh on it.

“A University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Hall of Science study released this week paints a pretty sparse and distressing picture of what local school children are learning about science. Some kids asked reporters following the story “Science, what’s that?” It turns out that most teachers devote less than an hour a week to topics that pass as science, and the time seems to be shrinking. About one in six spend no time at all on it. Nearly half the teachers say they know they aren’t prepared to teach it.”
Nor. Calif. Papers: If local kids are science ignoramuses, here’s a reason…

“In Nature members of the Cassini imaging team — from many nations and with headquarters at the U. of Colorado — see propellers in Saturn’s broad “A” ring, outermost of the prominent ones. (The newly found features look more like bow ties to The Tracker.) Ah ha! they say. Thus is betrayed the gravitational mischiefs of moonlets. There must be thousands of them. They confirm that this belt is debris still being ground down to powder — but still sporting chunks up to the size of hillocks, leftovers of from some kind of smash-up by larger bodies. A passing comet or asteroid may have instigated the ruckus. The general picture has been bruited about before. The new images seem to advance the ball a good bit.”
Mainly Brit Press, Boulder Camera: Saturn’s outermost ring’s secret: scads of moonlets.

All of the above, KSJ Tracker, October 25, 2007


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