Cells are amazingly complex little machines, but there are some things that even they aren't too good at -- like communicating over long distances. Generally, cells can only talk to their close neighbors through touch or send messages to the body at large by sending out chemical flares or distress signals. But researchers in California have identified a new way that cells seem to be able to communicate, and it appears this method can ignore physical barriers that would usually prevent communication
, though researchers still aren't sure exactly how the mechanism works.
We're not sure where to begin with this one. So the Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium
in Germany has an octopus named Paul. When they want to know if Germany will win a football game, they lower a couple of flag festooned boxes with mussels in them into his tank. Then they see which one he eats out of first.
Actually, the thing that made us really angry about this one is that Psychic Paul doesn't alliterate, but apparently in German it does.
So. From the BBC
Paul has so far correctly predicted all of Germany's results in South Africa.
His keepers say he correctly predicted 80% of Germany's results during the 2008 European Championship.
I just... I... Hrg.