After you’ve had a species named after you, what else is left? I mean, where can you possibly go that’s better? (Even if it’s a species of lichen.) That’s the dilemma for President Obama this morning….while the rest of us ponder what the difference between moss and lichen is, and the rest of today’s cool and moist green news:
- Obama Watch, or A Rolling High-Speed Train Gathers No Lichen: President Obama unveiled plans yesterday to bring high-speed cross-country rail to the United States…but that news was overshadowed by a researcher naming a newly discovered California lichen after the president.
- Greetings from Nigeria: The 62 trillion junk emails sent last year aren’t just annoying — they sucked up electricity that would have powered more than 2.4 million homes for a year, says the Internet security firm McAfee. (Hat tip: 60-Second Science.)
- Beeing Better? Researchers have now pinned honeybee colony collapse disorder on an Asian parasite, reports Journal Watch Online.
- When Scientists Debate: How can scientists talk effectively about combatting human-caused climate change while also acknowledging the wide natural variability in climate? Dot Earth sets off an interesting debate on the topic.
- I Still Like Iceberg: Why was filmmaker Werner Herzog invited to shoot a movie in Antarctica, but director James Cameron wasn’t? It has to do in part with lettuce…and the energy it takes to get it to the South Pole. (Hat tip: The Great Beyond.)
(Image: Caloplaca obamae growing on Pleistocene soils on Santa Rosa Island. Credit: J. C. Lendemer.)
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