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Members of the earthworm stampede committee finally agree on a date to go rampaging through city streets.

“Earthworms form herds and make “group decisions”, scientists have discovered.

The earthworms use touch to communicate and influence each other’s behaviour, according to research published in the journal Ethology.

By doing so the worms collectively decide to travel in the same direction as part of a single herd.

The striking behaviour, found in the earthworm Eisenia fetida, is the first time that any type of worm, or annelid, has been shown to form active herds.”

read more here: BBC – Earth News – Earthworms form herds and make “group decisions”.

Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report – ScienceInsider

Sad, sad, sad…..

“In an unusual last-minute edit that has drawn flak from the White House and science educators, a federal advisory committee omitted data on American’s knowledge of evolution and the big bang from a key report. The data shows that Americans are far less likely than the rest of the world to accept that humans evolved from earlier species and that the universe began with a big bang.”

read more here: Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report – ScienceInsider

More Than One Universe? Bring ‘Em On!

From Robert Krulwich at NPR:

“A lot of folks get stumped when they hear the word “universes,” the plural. A universe sounds like it means everything there is and since common sense tells you there can't be more than “everything there is,” universe should remain a singular. A one and only.

But what if….? say the quantum physicists … What if … deep down, down below the level of atoms and protons and neutrons and quarks, down at the very bottom of things, down where nature is “fundamental,” what if everything down there is in a constant jitter, constantly creating and destroying and throwing up new combinations? What if the fundamental laws of nature not only allow the possibility of a universe different from ours, but allow there to be more than one, maybe three, or 10 or a gazillion universes?”