Happy Independence Day, Y’all

Behold ‘The Homer’, designed by Homer Simpson in the season two episode ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou?’ (guest-starring Danny DeVito as his long-lost brother).

In other hopeless mish-mash news, Melba Ketchum counters Eric Berger’s comments regarding her Bigfoot DNA results published in his Houston Chronicle SciGuy column.

Here’s something I never thought I’d read: Hawkmoths zap bats with sonic blasts from their genitals. Yes, you read that correctly. The tropical moths produce ultrasound in response to bat sonar, which may serve as a warning to other moths or to jam bat echolocation. Nature is nothing if not devious!

Scientists and international government officials gather to discuss UFOs at an even financed and organized by Kent Senter, who has researched the UFO phenomena for over 25 years. He was one of the founding members of the North Carolina chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Senter has a terminal cancer diagnosis and wanted to put together a credible conference as part of his “bucket list.”

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who returned from the International Space Station in May as a veteran commander and social media star, has landed a two-book deal to share his space experiences. Watch for “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,” to be published this fall.

Avian innovation incentivised: Scientists have found that cockatoos can pick their way through a series of locks to reach a reward. Several cockatoos could complete the five-step mechanical puzzle to reach their goal – a cashew nut treat. Last year, one of the captive cockatoos surprised the team by spontaneously making and using “tools” to reach food.

Meditation and mindfulness are the new rage in Silicon Valley. It’s not just about inner peace—it’s about making money.

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ― Robert A. Heinlein.

Happy Independence Day, y’all.

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