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The (mini) Whippet #156: Do not panic!

The (mini) Whippet #156: Do not panic!

Hello! A brief one this fortnight: Sharks smell in stereo You know how humans can tell what direction sounds are coming from because our ears hear sounds a split second apart, so they can triangulate distance between the two? And it's automatic, you just 'know' that the sound is coming

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nepotism and Cardinal-Nephews

The Whippet #155: Do spiders dream of electric flies?

Stale-bread soup, nepotism for your nep-hews, should you punch a lion in the face?, spiders have dreams, study suggests!

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The Whippet #154: Refuge in audacity

The Whippet #154: Refuge in audacity

There ought to be a word like "landmarks" but for time. Life events that you use to determine when other things happened. Chronomarks.

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The Whippet #153: Shake off the shackles of the page

The Whippet #153: Shake off the shackles of the page

Lines of text leapt up, out of the book, and started conferring with their neighboring lines of text, creating an aerial network of language.

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The Whippet #152: Omnivores vs Cucinivores

The Whippet #152: Omnivores vs Cucinivores

Scientists discovered whale sharks are the world's largest omnivore, knocking the Kodiak Bear off its illegitimate throne.

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Before you worry about outer space... NSA security poster

The Whippet #151: Are you worried about OUTER SPACE?

NSA Security Posters from the 1950s and 1960s, plus a creepy plant defence mechanism and some unsolicited advice.

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sun

The Whippet #150: Heart-smitten with that desire of wandering and looking on new things

How large would a bucket of water have to be to put out the sun? It's a trick question: water would make the sun burn brighter.