austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

We're just listening for his call

So, some good news from our animal-watching friends. According to a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences department, wild mice like to run on wheels, in pretty much the same ways that regular old domesticated mice do, so doctors Johanna H Meijer and Yuri Robbers have some payoff for all their mouse-watching. It hasn't all been about making mice nervous about being stared at; those are just bonuses.

And over on my humor blog is the rest of this rumination about wheeled mice. I realize only belatedly that I didn't make a single Biker Mice From Mars reference, which is wise. Also on the blog since last week when I explained the Foot-Drawing Hall of Fame and made contact with some old-time radio fans have been:

Enjoy, thank you. Won't you?

Trivia: Among the things Robert Hooke tried ingesting, to understand the body's reactions to them, was (in September 1672) steel: hot steel quenched in wine or, alternately, a piece of steel left in wine for several days. Source: Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution, Lisa Jardine. (Jardine doesn't say whether Hooke found it any good, although since we don't prescribe drinking steel in wine these days, it probably was as good as any medicinal potion from before the Salk vaccine.)

Currently Reading: To Touch The Face Of God: The Sacred, The Profane, and the American Space Program, 1957 - 1975, Kendrick Oliver.

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