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Noisy sex dooms houseflies to death by ingestion 

This counts as my “Weird Thing I Learned Today”. Writing about science means I always learn some crazy stuff, and well, today, I learned that male houseflies make lots of noise when they’re getting it on with the ladies. And because of that, bats can find them when they would usually go unnoticed. So, in fly world, a little late night nookie can doom you to certain death. There are worse ways to go, I guess…

Can’t get enough of the Transit of Venus? I know I can’t. I pulled together a slideshow for work today of great photos of the planet crossing in front of the sun. Check it out

Talk about crazy ideas: a Dutch startup called Mars One is planning a mission to colonize Mars by 2023. And they want to make the whole process a kind of reality television show. That sounds a little nuts, but if I’m honest, I’d totally watch that. 

That date seems way too close for it to be possible, but some part of me wants to believe it could happen. I often try to remind myself that just 15 years ago, a lot of the things I currently use every day seemed sort of implausible. Maybe not as big a stretch as going to Mars, but someone has to dream big and get the ball rolling. 

With all of the advancements in private spaceflight recently, I’d like to hope that at the very least, the Mars One folks will inspire others to make a manned mission to Mars a reality. 

Yesterday, I got to write about one of my childhood heroes. Amelia Earhart’s story has always captivated me. Maybe because she was so daring. Maybe because she “disappeared” (though I never really believed that we wouldn’t find her remains). When I was 8 or so, I even made a board game that traced her almost-complete circumnavigation of the globe. The spaces were clouds and the pieces were cute little planes Dad got for me from the model railroad section in a hobby shop. 

And with the new evidence of artifacts found in the South Pacific, and radio signals traced back to her plane, it looks like we may have enough evidence to figure out where she and her navigator spent their final days. It saddens me that they put out so many distress calls and were never found, but it’s also nice that when the next expedition goes out in July to search for the remains of her plane, we might be able to put the mystery to rest.