10 Things Scientists Didn't Know This Time Last Year (but know now)


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<strong>1.</strong> The world’s oceans are growing more acidic at an increasing rate, a phenomenon that may lead to major disruptions for corals, lobster, oysters, crabs, mussels and snails, which have difficulty building their calcium crusts in such conditions. [Read About It * * * * *
<strong>2.</strong> An expedition 6,500-feet below the Atlantic Ocean caused one explorer to describe the region as “a new continent.” Hundreds of rare and unknown species were discovered in the 1,500-mile-long Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Europe and America. [URL=http://news.mongabay.com/2008/1109-hance_oceans.html" target="_new]Read About It * * * * *
<strong>3.</strong> Great white sharks travel long distances every winter to meet in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. During this gathering, they make dives to depths of 300 meters. [URL=http://news.mongabay.com/2008/1109-hance_oceans.html" target="_new]Read About It * * * * *
<strong>4.</strong> Scientists found an assortment of 100-million-year-old, perfectly intact marine microorganisms trapped in tree resin in the Charente region of southwestern France. The discovery pushes back by at least 20 million years the period when a type of single-cell algae called diatoms are known to have appeared on earth. [URL=http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2008/11/17/2421383.htm?site=science&topic=latest" target="_new]Read About It * * * * *
<strong>5.</strong> Killer whales off the coast of Vancouver Island know the precise sound of their favorite prey, Chinook salmon, and can identify the fish from more than 100 yards away. [URL=http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=53f0ee33-8871-4dba-a070-8194c81ed0d0" target="_new]Read About It * * * * *
<strong>6.</strong> The Canadian Basin of the Arctic Ocean is a hotbed for tiny gelatinous zooplankton, including at least one new species of jelly fish. [URL=http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/marine-census-life-47111002" target="_new]Read About It * * * * *
<strong>7.</strong> Rocks found in south China and quartz rock of south Australia show that an eight-armed creature lived in many of the world’s oceans during the Ediacaran Period 635 to 541 million years ago — 300 million years before the first dinosaurs emerged. [URL=http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2008/11/04/2409959.htm?site=science&topic=latest" target="_new]Read About It * * * * *
<strong>8.</strong> Searching online is better than reading books for increasing the brainpower of middle-aged and older adults. [URL=http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/10/14/internet-use-improves-brainpower" target="_new]Read About It * * * * *
<strong>9.</strong> The use of forums and social networking sites such as Facebook on company computers leads to increased productivity. [URL=http://www.theage.com.au/national/face-it-that-books-productive-20081115-67pr.html" target="_new]Read About It * * * * *
<strong>10.</strong> Drinking just three cups of coffee a day can make women’s breasts shrink. [URL=http://tinyurl.com/67e8uc" target="_new]Read About It](http://features.csmonitor.com/environment/2008/11/18/how-air-imperils-the-sea/" target="_new) * * * * *


#2

I’m not sure about #10, but I guess it’s possible. You can have one glass of water a day over the course of sixty years and a woman’s breast will get longer and the nipple will begin to point at the floor. I guess blaming water is just as good as any reason.


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#4

HOW DID YOU GET THAT PICTURE OF MY WIFE?
That was supposed to be for my personal use. Damn computer hackers!


#5

It’s on her Facebook page, dude!


#6

seadog!,
If that’s your wife, why is that Capt_A’s handwriting?


#7

I’ve been at sea most of my life. I’m still wondering about the handwriting on her ass.


#8

I think I’m luckier than you guys…I just see the handwriting on the wall…when I get home…


#9

Reminds me of the time a small passenger boat I was runnning on Maui was being inspected by the Coast Guard. This was back in the day when they would stamp all the PFDs “USCG Approved”. I asked the Coastie if I could help by stamping the PFDs for him. He was glad to pass the job off to me, and as I was stamping I got an evil idea. One of my deckhands was a cute little thing whose husband was a good friend and fellow Captain. Next time the little cutie walked by I asked her if she wanted to play along (no this is not going to be a Penthouse Forum letter) and she said “Sure!”. We found a secluded area, she pulled down her bikini bottom (no this is not a Penthouse Forum letter) just enough, and I stamped her ass “USCG Approved” and sent her home to her husband. He finds it funnier now than he did then.


#10

I was sure that was going to be a Penthouse Forum letter…What a let down…I feel so empty !


#11

My wife has a social security number tatooed on, well lets just say…just below the hairline. Trouble is, it ain’t my number.
Like I said I’ve been gone most of our 30-plus years together.


#12

Are you sure it isn’t your number? Try turning her upside down and see if that helps…


#13

Aww, you guys are the best advertisement for staying single, ever. I wonder if scientists know that. :stuck_out_tongue:


#14

You should see the other picture that Capt_A is embarrased to post.


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#16

Shellback, here’s why the writing’s on the wall


#17

HAH!..Heck, it’s the only time I have a 50 / 50 chance of being right…


#18

<strong>9.</strong> The use of forums and social networking sites such as Facebook on company computers leads to increased productivity. <a target="_new" href="http://www.theage.com.au/national/face-it-that-books-productive-20081115-67pr.html]Read About It * * * * *
Productivity - yes. Productivity beneficial to the companies bottom line - no way.