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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2009
     (7065.1)
    This one of the reasons I love science.

    I can't find the New Scientist article on -line so I'll quote a piece:

    Gergely Hegyat...and colleagues compared data on the prevalence of flu strains in different duck species with the anatomy of their reproductive parts."

    "The team found that the duck species with the shortest penises had the highest flu levels."

    I love the fact that somebody somewhere actually wondered about this and went out and di the research - which might actually turn out to tell us something about the evolution of sexual characteristics.

    Then too there's the team, that's spent years repeating basic measurements of stuff like the speed of light and the gravitational attraction between two masses to see if the random minor fluctuations between tests ever turns out to have some larger non-random pattern to it.

    They haven't found anything yet, they don't expect to find anything - but if they do it could be groundbreaking.
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      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2009
     (7065.2)
    it's here
    No real need, I know, sorry.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2009
     (7065.3)
    Ducks don't have peniseses.

    Just look at Donald.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2009
     (7065.4)
    Poorly hung ducks? Now I've heard everything.
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    Poor Hung Duck? Wasn't he in "16 candles" with Molly Ringwald?
    • CommentAuthorZJVavrek
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2009
     (7065.6)
    I knew there was something odd.

    Bird flu. You know, avian. Not swine. Or am I missing something about how flus are related? (Flues?)
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2009
     (7065.7)
    Sorry, yes, bird flu not swine flu.