MySci Roundup, Nov. 23: An election result we neglected to report…

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And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with Bristol Palin’s dancing. Somehow, in the election hoopla a few weeks ago, we neglected to report that Denver voters rejected–by a 5-1 margin, no less–a ballot proposal that would have set up a government commission to track extraterrestrial visitors to the Mile High City. The Washington Post reported t
he ballot question was pushed by an local entrepreneur named Jeff Peckman, who believes that intelligent aliens have been visiting Earth for decades, but the federal government has conspired to keep it quiet. Of course, far be it for us to scoff at the possibility of such chicanery–especially given the recent accusation that a 2006 Congressional report, which questioned the credibility of climate scientists’ work on global warming, may have been plagiarized from sources that include Wikipedia. Could the vote itself have been rigged by extraterrestrials–perhaps the same ones who are voting in improbable numbers for Bristol Palin on DWTS? Inquiring minds want to know.

Oh, and there also is some science and technology news today, as well.

Commercial manned spaceships cleared for reentry. And pretty soon, blimps laden with neon billboards will be hovering over downtown Los Angeles, alerting passers-by to exciting opportunities in the off-world colonies.

Hardy bugs could survive a million years on Mars. “Conan the Bacterium” apparently would make a great space colonist. Not that we actually want to take it along. 

Flying snakes caught on tape. Hmmm. So far, all the headlines have to do with either flying or slithery thingies. We didn’t do this deliberately, we promise.

Scientists create 3D models from online photo databases.We were wondering how Horse Boy ended up on the street in front of that scale replica of the Roman Coliseum. Just kidding, but it could happen. 

In Cybertherapy, Avatars assist with healing. We’re wondering if that’s covered by Obamacare.