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When's the last time you thought about what to do in the event of a nuclear explosion? I can't even remember that annoying Emergency Broadcast System klaxon interrupting a TV or radio program lately. Well, if it does come to that, the Obama administration is delicately trying to inform you of some new scientific research, that suggests you shouldn't make like Jason Robards and flee the city. Instead, head to the basement for a few days and a surprisingly large number of us might survive. OK...back to not really worrying about this.


Fruit flies never get the credit they deserve! Gov. Palin just dissed them in a recent speech advocating for special needs children. While discussing where $ would come from to fund more programs for these children she said,

"Sometimes these dollars, they go to projects having little or nothing to do with the public good, things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not."

Funny thing is that fruit flies tell us quite a bit about human development and disease. They are a model organism often used in genetic research.

So next time you see a fruit fly, thank them. And the next time you see a politician educate them about how scientific research is done!

For a great summary on this topic, check out the NewsBlog at The Scientist.