Friday, May 8, 2009

Lest We Think, We Know It All


Basking Sharks' Hiding Places Found
Emily Sohn, Discovery News
May 7, 2009 -- For centuries, scientists have wondered where basking sharks go in the wintertime. Now, they have an answer -- and it's full of surprises.
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In the western Atlantic, the world's second largest fish swims all the way from New England to the Bahamas and across the equator to South America, a new study finds. Scientists have long thought that basking sharks spent all of their time in cooler waters.
"This is equivalent to finding polar bears in Kansas," said lead researcher Greg Skomal, a marine biologist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries in Martha's Vineyard. "This was a mind-blowing discovery for us."

Read all about it:
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/05/07/basking-shark-track.html

I could pretty much post something like this every day. With advent of the web and all of the information that flows here, one does not have to wait for the magazines or journals to arrive to discover what has been found or understood. Indeed a mind can forage anywhere it pleases in the www.

The world is full of wonder. Pity is, life is so short that we can only grab a part of it. Like printing skin graphs from the harvested cells of the person who needs it. Better yet the washing of the muscle from a heart and taking the bare ghost structure of the heart and filling it with compatible cells that won't be rejected by a recipient.

So many secrets.
So much to find.
So much to learn.
Almost makes me wish for reincarnation to be true.
Well, only if I come back...belay that thought.

5 comments:

Feodor said...

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

Horatio is us.

drlobojo said...

Sometime I feel like Libraries and the www. is just there to make me feel ignorant.

Feodor said...

I know what you mean.

TStockmann said...

Hah! My philosophy containeth all things.

It just doesn't let you talk about them.

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford said...

Yeah, this is the kind of thing that keeps me going "Wow". Like, a few years back, when I heard about a "lake" discovered at the bottom of a trench in the Gulf of California. Some super-cooled, heavier water had pooled. This "lake" had tides, a shoreline, the whole nine yards.

THe eco-system around black smokers, too, I find excellently cool.

The world is indeed a strange and awesome place.