Have you heard about ?As far as I can tell, it's the hashtag paleontologists, dinosaur enthusiasts, and natural history museums around the world use to see whose fossil wins the Internet for that day. The 9YO and I are rooting for this one from our home museum: The Field.
This next one, though, was a close second. It speaks to the 9YO's deep seated desire to one day find a museum-quality fossil out in the wild (or the playground or by the lake or behind her grandparents' house ... she's not really that picky).
It's Always a Good Day for News
Let us pause to consider all the ways our lives are blessed, shall we?
1) There are people in the world who love to figure out things like whether or not the T. Rex had lips.
2) I am at comparatively little risk of getting close enough to a live T. Rex to see the creature's scaly lips for myself.
3) The Burmese 'Unicorn' Ant isn't available for the 9YO to bring home in her little Instant-Coffee-Canister-Turned-Critter-Cup. (She's really determined to replace her beloved crickets with some sort of arthropod.)
Then again, we live too far away from the Providence Athenaeum to have seen this for ourselves. Oh well. Life requires balance.
This week, the Hubble captured this image of two galaxies colliding to form a new one,
and news broke that our Sun may have stolen the newly discovered ninth planet from another star.
Even the 9YO has heard of the dangers the neonicotinoid-based pesticides used on soybean and corn crops pose for honeybees. But a recent Purdue University study revealed that the pollen honeybees collect is also rich in the pyrethroid-based pesticides homeowners use to control mosquitoes and other pests in their yards and gardens. The diversity of chemicals found in the pollen in the Corn Belt means that honeybees in that area are exposed to far higher levels of pesticides than previously thought. The takeaway for homeowners and concerned 9YOs? Only use pesticides in your yards and gardens if it's absolutely necessary.
Also, this week we learned that bumblebees (and flowers) are even more amazing than we thought. Who knew that flowers had electric fields -- or that bumblebees could sense them?
Well that's it for me for this week. Happy Friday!