Quickies

Skepchick Quickies 7.17

  • Moths block bat attacks by jamming sonar – How completely bad ass is that?  From Steve.
  • We choose the moon – To make up for my lack of coverage yesterday, this is an incredible site where you can re-live the Apollo 11 moon launch in real time.  It gives me that kind of awe that Sam mentioned in yesterday’s AI.  From QuestionAuthority.
  • Jumbo squid invade San Diego shore, spook divers – “The carnivorous calamari, which can grow up to 100 pounds, came up from the depths last week and swarms of them roughed up unsuspecting divers.” From Kaylia.
  • Rape: A non-correction from the Telegraph – The Telegraph corrects one tiny bit of an article that was entirely false and wrongly backed up victim blaming.
  • Cute Animal Friday!  Granted, there’s something odd going on with this photo but it’s still a very cute tiny dog from Steve.  This baby tapir is in need of a name.  And I try to spread the link-love around but I couldn’t resist this other post from Zooborns, a baby okapi.  Just look at those stripey baby legs!

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. The moon landing was the first time in my life my parents let me stay up late to watch TV. To translate this into terms other can relate to in my household being allowed to watch extra TV was a policy change as epic as the pope deciding protected sex, gay marriage, and women priests are all just fine with him. My parents thought the event was important though. Rewatching the landing still gives me shivers.

  2. Funny convergence on the bat story since I had to remove a bat from my house last night. It’s been years since that happened.

    The Apollo 11 site is beyond cool. It launched almost exactly 7 months after I was born, so I’ve always looked at the post-moon world as the era of my life.

  3. As a very wee laddie I watched all the space flights, live, even the first man in space flight, on the old black and white TV. I was hooked bad. My dad was able to book a private screening room at the CJOH TV studios in Ottawa, Ontario to watch the moon landing. It was a determining point in my life. Unforgettable. Science made religious. If you know what I mean.

  4. It was an incredible time to live. I wish that I could share the emotions and the feeling in the air…It was one of the few times I can recall feeling like the whole world just stopped and stared at something wonderous…

    I’ve been thinking about it overnight, and I’m willing to bet that the school had a TV going for the Apollo 11 launch. I wish I could remember it, though. I do recall trying so hard to stay awake because the first moonwalk was so late at night…It was well after midnight in our time zone. I was only 11 years old…

  5. My dad was at summer camp, but he told me about hearing it on the radio… in fact I wrote about it yesterday. I think the big impression it made on my dad led him and then me into our mutual love for Sci Fi.

    And omg… the squids are scary… actually the little dog kinda freaks me out as well.

  6. This is why I love the internet. Every few months I listen to the speech that JFK gave at Rice University. I get the chills everytime.

    “We choose to go to the moon and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

    Got the chills just typing it.

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