Sunday, March 14, 2010

Favorite News Photo & Video of the Week

A 42,000-year-old baby wooly mammoth, preserved intact by the Siberian permafrost. Whether you're an animal lover, a science person or just into history and archeology, this is a photo and an accompanying story almost guaranteed to draw your attention. It certainly got mine. And speaking of science, you seriously need to check out this video. It gives the lie to the notion of humorless scientists, grimly laboring away in their lab. We'd love to hear your thoughts about either or both of these.

8 Comments:

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing Krugman blushing was hilarious. Outside of the box and into my heart, this woman is absolutely endearing. Will pass on to my dear friend the Russian scientist. She will bust a gut.

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger June Calender said...

Saw the baby mamouth and loved it. Just watched the video and laughed hard! Thanks for posting it.

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger Kim said...

Out in South Dakota, there is this fascinating place called The Mammoth Site. There is some sort of sinkhole where they have escavated (I believe) 100+ mammoth remains... If you ever have occasion to travel out that way (it's real close to Mt. Rushmore), HIGHLY recommended.

The interesting trivia is that all the remains were male.

My theory was that the male mammoths got lost and were too proud to ask for directions.

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks for stopping by, ladies. You always brighten my day, rain or shine.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Pat Washington said...

Now I know why I have two breasts....to help my fellow man. Alas, I suppose all the women who burned their bras are just flat out of luck.

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That gave me a good laugh, Pat. Beyond that, I'll gingerly leave that subject alone.

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Jeff Hershberger said...

Thanks for these links, John. The Ig Nobels are great fun. And that article is a goldmine of attention-gettign quotes when taken out of context! For example: "It was at that point that I decided to proceed with commercialisation of the Emergency Bra."

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That had to be one of the wildest, funniest but also most interesting and educational videos I've ever seen, certainly on a news site. I can't imagine why it hasn't been rocketing around the web (maybe it has a little, and I just haven't noticed). But it's yet another reminder for me (which I didn't really need) of how splendid the Guardian is. They do some of the best and most imaginative journalism in the world, all backed by the nonprofit trust which owns the paper. Anyway, thanks for stopping by, Jeff, and have a good weekend.

 

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