This has been an exciting week for science and science fiction, and yet a biology incident is the most remarkable for me.
Yes, we’ve had an automatic spaceship successfully dock with the International Space Station, an amazing set of movies taken from the Japanese space mission orbiting the Moon including an Earthrise and a journey along the dark / bright line. Announcements have been made this week on exciting plans for a European rover on the Moon, a Jupiter moon has been found with water. Alpha Centauri has at least one planet – less than 5 light years away, the meteorite hitting Peru last year is announced this week to have been the first known stone meteorite to make it through the atmosphere, and more.
More than all this is the apparent rescue communication between two animal species. A bottle-nosed dolphin off the NZ coast came along to the beach where two pygmy whales were struggling to find their way off being beached. Humans had been working to rescue the whales but to no avail. Then the dolphin came along, ‘talked’ to the whales and they immediately turned and swam with it to safety. here. Quite amazing. What a week.
And I had a sticky eye. I googled and discovered I had to be comforted, held close while my tearduct was massaged preferably without my dummy. Google again and others suggest bathing my eye with tea because of its antiseptic properties. So I said to the pharmacist at my local shops, ‘I’ve been told to bathe my eye with tea, but the milk and sugar makes such a mess!’ She believed me and threw up her hands in horror, and then sold me a small bottle of eyedrops. which is mostly salty water. I just love being alive.