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Dolphins, incredibly, have a unique naming system for each other, encoded in their “language of echolocation”. PNAS (a real journal, stop snickering) published the study in their August 6 issue.
We’ve known that dolphins have underground societies for a while now (where do you think Atlantis came from) but finally, my party-trick fact of dolphins talking about each other behind their backs IS ACTUALLY BELIEVABLE.

Dolphins, incredibly, have a unique naming system for each other, encoded in their “language of echolocation”. PNAS (a real journal, stop snickering) published the study in their August 6 issue.

We’ve known that dolphins have underground societies for a while now (where do you think Atlantis came from) but finally, my party-trick fact of dolphins talking about each other behind their backs IS ACTUALLY BELIEVABLE.

“The sun’s magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years. It happens at the peak of each solar cycle as the sun’s inner magnetic dynamo re-organizes itself.”

Phys.org.

Interesting that magnetism is one of the biggest, most powerful forces* in the universe, but that the Sun regularly undergoes complete magnetic reorientation without a large impact on us, here, toodling away on Earth at our magnets in a box—computers.

*Third only to the pet electrical fences (you try wearing that collar) and the overwhelming assault on your nostrils that elderly grandmothers pass off as “perfume”.

This polar storm system on Saturn has been dubbed the “persistent hexagon”. It’s like Jupiter’s big red spot but even cooler because HOW IN THE HECK do you maintain an POLYGON OF CURRENTS?!
H/t to Cassini, everyone’s favorite little Saturn p̶a̶s̶t̶a̶ orbiter.

This polar storm system on Saturn has been dubbed the “persistent hexagon”. It’s like Jupiter’s big red spot but even cooler because HOW IN THE HECK do you maintain an POLYGON OF CURRENTS?!

H/t to Cassini, everyone’s favorite little Saturn p̶a̶s̶t̶a̶ orbiter.

The search for Dark Matter takes on a very….HAL-2000 view. Let’s hope we find it before this terrifying contraption becomes self-aware.

The search for Dark Matter takes on a very….HAL-2000 view. Let’s hope we find it before this terrifying contraption becomes self-aware.

“The discovery “provides an important framework to decipher the signaling pathways leading toSall4 expression” in regulating limb regeneration.”

Anton Neff, at the Indiana University in Bloomington.

A much easier tactic than all of this research would have been to just dissect a hydra. Come on—the heads grow back three at a time. It’s doing something right.

Space rocks.

William & Mary alumna and planetary geologist Ellen Stofan ’83 has been named NASA’s chief scientist, the organization announced today.

Check out the article here (there’s a link to the original press release embedded there)—and a shout out to the alma mater of all of us here at Baking Soda Volcano, and of course, a nation.

Here’s to a renewed era of exporation under Ellen’s leadership!

“A recent study at Rhode Island Hospital found that patients who underwent aortic dissection during the waning full moon were less likely to die…other studies have postulated that the lunar cycle affects more than just tides.”

-Popular Science

It’s worth noting that this is a corollary study—therefore, it looks at correlation and not causation. Often correlation is a flag for causation, but not always—think about the correlation between CO2 gas in the atmosphere and the rise in obesity (thanks, Wikipedia!).

As a counterpoint:

Ah yes, and supported by claims HERE.