As always, surfing the Google news Science! feed:
1. Weasel knocks out CERN’s powerful particle accelerator. I think there’s nothing more to add.
2.Yay, Webb! NASA is testing it now. Here, they expose the lovely gold-plated mirrors.
They have to be very careful not to break the mirrors, because they are made of beryllium. As we learned from Galaxy Quest:
Computer, is there a replacement beryllium mirror on board?
Negative. No reserve beryllium mirror exists on board.
No, we have no extra beryllium mirror on board.
Set to launch sometime in 2018. I can hardly wait.
3. To sleep, perchance to dream – of eating black soldier fly larva and turnip greens as likely as not. Yes, somebody, in the name of Science!, slapped electroencephalogram headgear – tiny, no doubt terminally cute electroencephalogram headgear – on the noggin of a bearded lizard. Seems, contrary to expectations, the lizards showed evidence of the kind of sleep patterns one finds (when one has slapped enough tiny, adorable electroencephalogram headgear onto the heads of small helpless animals) in birds and mammals.
Why, exactly, one would even have expectations about what one would find when one finally gets around to checking out brain activity in largish, pointy lizards is not explained. One would think that prudent restraint on expectations would be called for. But hey, nobody’s ever funded my research into brain activity, so what do I know?
4. Japan loses a space telescope. Bummer. Go, Webb!!
Have a nice weekend!