Saturday, June 19, 2010

The 11th one is the most disturbing

The Smithsonian has one of those "10 most" list things in its recent journal. Guambat reckons the mere idea of such a list trivializes whatever is in it and reveals more of the maker than the matter. Unfortunate for the esteemed The Smithsonian.

The Ten Most Disturbing Scientific Discoveries

1. The Earth is not the center of the universe.

2. The microbes are gaining on us.

3. There have been mass extinctions in the past, and we’re probably in one now.

4. Things that taste good are bad for you.

5. E=mc²

6. Your mind is not your own.

7. We’re all apes.

8. Cultures throughout history and around the world have engaged in ritual human sacrifice.

9. We’ve already changed the climate for the rest of this century.

10. The universe is made of stuff we can barely begin to imagine.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Ten-Most-Disturbing-Scientific-Discoveries.html?c=y&page=3#ixzz0rI3eUnqR

Guambat, however, is more disturbed by the following discovery, which wasn't even mentioned. And it's pretty darned cute, too.

The world's only immortal animal
The turritopsis nutricula species of jellyfish may be the only animal in the world to have truly discovered the fountain of youth.

Since it is capable of cycling from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again, there may be no natural limit to its life span. Scientists say the hydrozoan jellyfish is the only known animal that can repeatedly turn back the hands of time and revert to its polyp state (its first stage of life).

Researchers are studying the jellyfish to discover how it is able to reverse its aging process.

Because they are able to bypass death, the number of individuals is spiking. They're now found in oceans around the globe rather than just in their native Caribbean waters. "We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion," says Dr. Maria Miglietta of the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute.

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