Hello Dear Readers! As you may have noticed, we like to keep our fingers on the cutting edge of science here at the blog which sometimes results in needing a band-aid (luckily we always keep a first-aid kit handy). Today we are cobbling together both Science fact and Science fiction to come up with a very special scientific category called:
IS there a savant inside all of us?
Some people are born with an innate talent in music, mathematics or art and dedicate their lives to developing that talent.
Then there’s Tony Cicoria. It seems Tony had little interest in classical music until he was struck by lightning one day while talking to his wife in a phone booth — causing him to develop an obsession with the piano, and soon afterwards, became a master pianist –but also causing him to forget to pick up a quart of milk which was the whole reason for the call in the first place.
A team of savant experts cannot agree on which is more amazing. The fact that Tony’s innate musical talents were activated by lightning or the fact that Tony managed to find the only phone booth left in existence.
Mammoth Carcass Found in Siberia
In an ironic twist of fate, a well-preserved mammoth carcass has been found by an eleven-year-old boy while walking his dog in the permafrost in northern Siberia — which is particularly mystifying since it is reported that this same eleven-year-old boy has never even been able to find his homework up til now.
A team of expert Mammoth Defrosters lead by Sergei Gorbunov from the International Mammoth Committee — whose full-time job it is to sit around and wait for eleven-year-old boys walking their dogs in Siberia to phone in with another mammoth discovery — were dispatched to the site.
Gorbunov tells us, “To thaw a thin layer of permafrost, we had to use both traditional instruments such as axes, picks and shovels as well as such devices as a “mammoth steamer” (or hair dryer as it is known in the United States but please don’t mention this to Mr. Gorbunov as Russia has enough to feel bad about as it is).
Not only did Gorbunov and his team find a well-preserved body of a 16-year-0ld mammoth — but also, they discovered 16 pages of unfinished homework thought to be that of an eleven-year-old boy.
Scientists Develop see-through Soil
In an effort to see through soil, scientists have developed soil that can be seen through. Using small pellets of synthetic material called Nafion and mixing it with a mysterious see-through solution (probably water), scientists were able to mix up a big huge bowl of invisible soil.
“There are so many things to discover in soil and we don’t know yet what they are,” commented Theoretical Biologist Lionel Dupuy who, along with inventing invisible soil, also prides himself on stating the obvious.
Theoretical Biologist Dupuy would have liked to elaborate on how he will attempt to discover new things about soil that he cannot see; but the cleaners was closing in five minutes, and he had promised to pick up the emperor’s new clothes.
But that’s another scientific story for another scientific day!
Until next time . . . I love you