There's a load of amphibians that might be extinct, right? So they're trying to find them. There's this salamander that hasn't been seen since 1941. They found it! In a cave in they had to abseil into. In Mexico. And it hadn't been seen since 1941. When it was discovered. In a cave in Mexico. Maybe I'm just being nasty here, but could it be that they haven't been looking in inaccessible caves in Mexico all that much? I don't know. It's hard to know when you've got the right balance between naivety and cynicism. Just kidding! I'm obviously right.
In 2013 BBC1 is going to go live for a night, according to a news. This is to mark the sixtieth anniversary of some royal thing when a lot of people watch the telly, because people used to like royal things, except It's A Royal Knockout, and also the BBC's last year at Television Centre. It might be worth watching. Someone might say 'bum' or something. No-one did during the royal thing, but it's not too late for someone to say it this time - it's three years away, plenty of time to arrange for somebody to say 'bum'. Apparently earlier this year some shitty soap did a live episode to celebrate its 25th episode or something, and they got a bit of a taste for it. I don't know if anyone said 'bum' in that. Programs used to be live all the time in the olden days, but no-one said 'bum' in those days. They started pre-recording programmes when people started saying 'bum' because they got nervous that someone might say it on the telly. True story, that.
We're going to discover a new habitable planet by May, that's a fact! Well, maybe. "There is a little wiggle room" said the lead author. There is a 50% chance it will be discovered by May, 66% by the end of 2013 and 75% by 2020. They used scientometrics, the scientific study of science itself. I'd never heard of it - sounds made up, doesn't it. They admit their formula is a bit optimistic and doesn't take acount of some factors. "It's not a scientific result, it's no a discovery, it's just something to spark discussion" said the co-author. Well done to them, I say. I normally get cross when scientists put out a press release overselling some load of rubbish and the scientific press laps it up, but these ones are pretty much coming right out and saying it's a load of rubbish but they'd like some media coverage anyway, and they're getting it. I wouldn't say they've oversold it, they've not really claimed that it's of any value, and they still got their non-story placed. Respect to you, Samuel Arbesman and Greg Laughlin!
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