Why Can’t Penguins Fly?
In an impressive display of synchronized head scratching, a team of Canadian scientists led by Kyle Elliot at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg have been scientifically wondering why penguins can’t fly to the point that the scientists’ scalps were getting sore.
So the team devised a plan to figure out why penguins just stand there looking dumb instead of flying off somewhere. First, the researchers injected isotope-tagged water into cormorants. (Yay! they finally got to use the isotopes on the cormorants!). Oh what fun they had! Then, the scientists got to enter the data they collected onto spreadsheets using the cool, new laptops they bought out of the Canadian Endowment for Flightless Penguins grant money.
And what did the team of scientists conclude? According to Robert Ricklefs an ornithologist at the University of Missouri-St Louis — who managed to shove his way to the front of the team when the press showed up — explains, “Basically, penguins had to reduce their wings and grow larger to improve their diving.”
Or, translated into laymen’s terms, penguins can’t fly because they’re too fat and their wings are too small.
UN Urges People to Eat Insects to Fight World Hunger
A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has concluded that eating more insects could help boost nutrition, reduce pollution and prevent starvation.
The UN Report admits that “consumer disgust” remains a large barrier in many Western countries but point out that insects are extremely efficient in converting feed into edible meat with a low carbon footprint.
The report suggests that the food industry could help in “raising the status of insects” by including them in new recipes. And suggested that restaurants could also help by getting rid of their cockroach infestation problems by simply adding them to the menu.
Fist Clenching Helps Memory
A team of researchers has recently accidentally discovered that research subjects who are trying to recall a long list of words remembered them better when they clenched their fists. Scientists have concluded that fist clenching helps people remember.
However, scientists suspect that subjects will be even better able recall long lists of words even faster, if it’s the scientists who are clenching their own fists and holding them up in a menacing fashion next to the noses of the subjects who are trying to recall long lists of words.
Naturally more research will have to be done. Scientists are currently on the lookout for funding for a study on how easily a group of subjects can recall a long list of words having just emerged from being knocked out for the count of ten by scientists.
Scientists readily admit they will have to spend way more time at the gym before a study of this nature can be undertaken.
And there you have it Dear Readers, your weekly update on what the Scientists are thinking!
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