Science, Schmience: the weekly science digest for people who didn’t know that COVID-19 also ruined weather predictions!*

Slugs’ Bodies, Slugs’ Wisdom:

This just in: There are some (possibly very many) species of sea slugs that are capable of detaching their own heads, surviving for weeks on end without reproductive organs, a digestive tract, or even a heart — and, honey, they look GREAT doing it!!!

The science journalist’s job is simple: find the news, report the news. But sometimes, it’s even simpler. Sometimes, the news finds the journalist. Today is one of those days. Today is the day we solve the age-old question: is my throat strong or sharp enough to cut a spaghetti noodle in half?

In this investigation, I’ll take you through the steps of the scientific method (which we’re sure you, like me, once pretended to know, so this should be easy for all of us) as we investigate whether my throat is strong enough to cut spaghetti.

That’s the first step…

Fig. 0: Proof of ghosts

There is a lot of very stupid literature in the world about ghosts. There is, of course, plenty of educated, informed (still guesswork-heavy, but rabbis and priests can’t prove God exists and we trust them) work on seeing, interacting with, and learning from ghosts, but what we’ve failed to see so far is that ghosts are an interdisciplinary prize for scholars to win. …

Image by Vyacheslav Mishchenko; comes up when you google “snail cute”

Long, long ago, before there were people and monkeys and snakes that would eat him, Snail was the King. With his impregnable armor always protecting him, his ever-wary eyestalks that no shadow could fool, and his long, strong legs, Snail was the apex predator.

You heard me right. Snail used to have long, strong legs. Fast ones. He could outrun a gazelle, but lucky for them, he has a modest appetite.

What, you don’t believe me? Yes, I know Snail doesn’t have legs and he oozes and goozes around in your garden all day. But that, child, is NOW. …

Alec Sarché

My favorite song is America by Simon and Garfunkel.

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