10 Amazing Discoveries That Should Be Worth Millions
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But, Bolton does make a point that Snapchat’s servers don’t guarantee your image will be erased. He adds: "Messages, therefore, are sent at the risk of the user."
We’re all for consenting adults having safer fun, but if you were getting sextually harassed wouldn’t this make it easier for the sending pervert to say “Never happened?”
Okay, for that potential glitch this doesn’t merit millions, but if in this “arms race” they give it an addendum that immediately alerts an appropriate party to unwanted sexts? Come get your check.
6. Beautiful writing: It’s a bug’s love life
Insects don’t have such tawdry concerns. They do not worry about their ant parts turning up on Twitter. In fact, one of their mating rituals seems downright romantic by comparison. There’s thrills! Danger! Aerial sex! And it’s all performed by ants, no less -- ants, the bugs in the gray flannel suits, the dutiful drudges of the world, but in spring, they take flight ISO love.
Marlene Zuk, the author of Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language from the Insect World and many other books writes beautifully in the LA Times of the alates, winged ants that fly from their colonies in groups so large they interrupt big human human sporting events to find the torrid romance that will perpetuate their genes, but which ultimately ends in doom for many. The fate of romantic failure and even doom, Zuk says, is something non-humans face all the time, the “millions of ants, millions of robin’s eggs, millions of flower seeds,” that never reach their goal is something we seldom even consider. Personally it reminds us a bit of Daytona Beach at Spring Break: torrents of hopeful youth migrating to meet and mate, not all of whom can possibly be successful.
But what if the ants succeed?
“If two ants do manage to connect, the much-smaller male attaches himself to the female and inseminates her, whereupon his genitalia explode and he falls to the ground, lifeless,” Zuk writes, leaving us to muse: is it better to have sought love and lost out than to get one’s skull sucked dry by a spider?
So maybe getting picked last in the game of love -- or having your ant parts turn up on Twitter -- might not be so bad after all.
7. Star searchers
The endgame of that magical, aerial ant mating dance is reproduction and self-reproduction is one trait which, according to Professor Gerald Joyce of the Scripps Research Institute, defines “life.”
In an essay regarding the new forms of it we humans are always on the lookout for Joyce defined what life means: “Life self-reproduces, transmits heritable information to its progeny and undergoes Darwinian evolution based on natural selection.” Science Daily reported on Joyce’s essay in the journal PLoS Biology. If we’re going to look for new life forms, after all, we have to know what we mean by “life,” and how a new form of it might come to be.
Joyce calls that heritable information “bits” and says that though these bits recombine and evolve that doesn’t constitute a new life form. “Indeed, to date no truly new life form has been discovered -- either in extreme environments on Earth or on other planets -- that contains new bits, despite evidence suggesting life on meteorites recovered in Antarctica, or on any of the so-called 'habitable' planets discovered in our galaxy.”
Joyce explains in the full piece ways that new life forms could arise or be discovered but it’s a terrifically complicated prospect and, it seems from this very complex piece, an elusive one.