Here are some of the most interesting science news articles I read this week:
New fossils intensify mystery of short-lived toothy oddball
(odd enough to make a good fantasy creature)
Ancient rocks record first evidence for photosynthesis that made oxygen
(from UW-Madison scientists!)
Many atolls may be uninhabitable within decades due to climate change
Flame retardant breakthrough is naturally derived and non-toxic
Long-term contraception in a single shot
Researchers discover clues on how giraffe neck evolved
Bio-inspired robotic finger looks, feels, and works like the real thing
Lab-grown 3-D intestine regenerates gut lining in dogs
room temp skyrmions, a new type of digital memory?
Today would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday. I doubt I'll be able to do much to commemorate the occasion, but here's a video of one of my favorite songs of his:
Also, tomorrow is Star Wars Reads Day. When my son was first learning to read on his own, it was difficult finding books at his reading level that he liked. Fortunately, he was just getting into Star Wars at that time, and there are a lot of Star Wars books for young readers out there. So check out your local bookstore or library and see if they have some activities planned for your favorite Younglings. After all, every Jawa knows books are the biggest "utinni," or treasure.