Thanks, Bob!*

I saw this last week and thought it was pretty astounding. Spiders spinning carbon nanotube- and graphene-infused webs. Now all we need is a good way to harvest the silk and turn it into useful objects. (Actual paper is here [PDF].)

Meanwhile, over in the Astronomy Department:

*All the spiders in our house are named Bob. It’s easier that way.

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Science is Weird, Vol. 1

Some recent science news:

Is the universe a hologram? Maybe we’re all just backups for Jem after all. (Truly outrageous.)

Physicists detect radio waves from a single electron. Chief researcher, Dr. Horton L. Efant, said that the signal translated to “We are here! We are here!” Investigation continues.

Finally, not weird, but just because it is so freakin’ cool, here’s the picture (and a video) released by NASA to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th Anniversary last Friday, featuring the Westerlund 2 cluster, where so many stars are being spectacularly born.

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