11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Nearly half of people surveyed wrongly believe that their dogs are as smart as¬†3- to 5-year-old children. (Learn more at Time) 2. A big white rat is the newest star on Broadway. (Learn more at NY Times) >> 12 Foods That Sabotage Your Sleep 3. People do a terrible job of predicting how long they’ll live. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. Sixty-five¬†percent of women say they favor sleep over sex. (Learn more from Today) …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. What do you get if you cross a sheep and a goat? A “geep.” (Learn more at People) 2. After 10 years and four billion miles, the Rosetta spacecraft will slow to the pace of a person walking to examine a 2.5-mile-wide comet. (Learn more at NY Times) 3. Your bag of potato chips can hear what you’re saying – and perhaps even let others eavesdrop. (Learn more at The Verge) 4. A tear, …

Moment of Truth for Comet ISON

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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1.¬†Two Swedish women have invented an¬†inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated) 2. Military veteran dogs find second careers as explosives detectives at the U.S. Capitol. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A new kind of tattoo on your throat could be used as a microphone – and double as a lie detector. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The classic rubber duckie and the game of chess are in the National Toy Hall of …

The Mars Rover Is So Worth It, But Meteor Showers Are Free

I love space stuff – not enough to take¬†physics or anything, but enough to really wish I had¬†the¬†cash¬†to chase solar eclipses around the world.¬†Why? Because I was in grade school during the best years of NASA’s Apollo Program¬†and¬†some of my¬†fondest memories¬†are of our little family huddled around the TV to watch the launches and splashdowns of Apollos 14 to 17. I know the exact date Neil Armstrong walked on the moon because it happened¬†on my sister’s sixth birthday (July 20, …