Macabre science experiment of the day

Detatched octopus arms show awareness, react to danger

From the article:

It’s further evidence that octopus intelligence is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Their arms continue to remain alert, reacting to pain, long after they have been removed from the body of the octopus. This isn’t just post-mortem twitching — the tentacles are aware of their environment, and responding to danger.

(shudder)

http://io9.com/detatched-octopus-arms-show-independent-awareness-1209041248

The GOP, scientists and reality.

At first I thought it was a joke when I read that only 6% of scientists support the GOP. But if you Google around you see it’s true. The reason is simple. The GOP no longer represents scientific reality. In fact, the GOP is ideologically opposed to scientific reality.

Here is one interesting column on what has happened.

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/11/scientists_hate_the_gop_for_a_reason/