Baseball Crank
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May 1, 2003
SCIENCE: Survivors

There were actually survivors from the space shuttle Columbia disaster: worms used in a science experiment on the shuttle. I wonder if the fact of the worms' survival of the crash is itself scientifically noteworthy.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:15 AM | Science | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Probably not. If only a single worm had survived, it had time to produce several generations (with at least 300 offspring each generation). Not many conclusions can be drawn from a sample of one. The most likely explanation is that the tube they were in didn't get as much heat as the rest of the canister.

Posted by: Ivan at May 1, 2003 11:54 AM
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