It may not get us to the stars - or Jupiter - just yet, but human interest in animal hibernation has never been higher. NASA's investigations, themselves in deep freeze for two decades, have woken up
. Most work, though, focuses on the obvious use, that of slowing down the process of dying in trauma victims to give doctors more time to work. But more, much more,
now seems possible. [more inside]
posted by Devonian
on May 9, 2014 -
"I stood staring at the enemy's trophy, the familiar impotent rage rising. But the impulse to fall to my knees, gnash my teeth, and howl at the gods was stayed this time by a resolution I'd made earlier that spring. The squirrels may take my tomatoes and spit them back, but they would not go unanswered. The time had come to close the circle of life
posted by vidur
on Aug 16, 2012 -
The Music of Jacques Brel
is an article by music journalist Amy Hanson about the career of pop music legend Jacques Brel and his effect on popular music in the English language. A lot of songs and covers are mentioned in the article, below the cut are links to the songs that I could find videos of online. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 6, 2010 -
Greetings from the Twine Ball, wish you were here
: "But you can't see out of the side of the car, because the windows are completely covered with the decals of all the places where we've already been: there's Elvis-O-Rama
, the Tupperware Museum
, the Boll Weevil Monument
, and Cranberry World
, the Shuffleboard Hall Of Fame
, Poodle Dog Rock
, and the Mecca of Albino Squirrels
. We've been to ghost towns, theme parks, wax museums, and a place where you can drive through the middle of a tree
... " [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Jul 8, 2010 -
Super cool squirrels! "We believe that a ground squirrel, when it goes into hibernation, produces chemical messengers that are released from the brain that direct the slowing down of the metabolism... If we were able to synthesize the same chemical compounds and make them available in an injection, it could be administered to induce a hibernation-like state in humans."
And they're cute
posted by moonbird
on Dec 11, 2003 -
"My symbiotic relationship with squirrels is rather complex and multi-leveled, but I think I can sum it up in two main points: 1. I give them food; 2. They like food"
says Jon, at his World o' Squirrels
. Some people think squirrels are cute
, others think there is more to them
, while others still deem them ruthless killers
posted by nthdegx
on Sep 25, 2003 -
Squirrels Invade Stanford!!!!!
Quote: The campus squirrels have apparently taken to bizarre suicidal death leaps into the path of oncoming student bikers.
"It's really hard to even ride your bike on campus," said Katie Founds. "They're always leaping in front of you."
"They got into one of the residences, and they started typing on the keyboard," Shen said. "They ran over the person's laptop keyboard. They actually somehow renamed the person's hard drive."
posted by lheiskell
on Apr 26, 2002 -
Not just the fratboys anymore...
"It was once thought that humans were the only animals to engage in ritualized hazing. As it turns out, squirrels have been engaging in the practice since the birth of their species." That's right, squirrel hazing is more widespread than one would think....
posted by Espoo2
on Jul 5, 2001 -