Hello hello! It’s Friday once again! Making us happy this week:
This week brings us news of the discovery of giant exoplanet KELT 11b. 320 lightyears away, the gas giant is 40% larger than Jupiter with just one-fifth its mass – making it about the same density as styrofoam!
This week also brings us exciting news in the animal world. Scientists have discovered that the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) can recognize its own body as an impediment in task performance. This unique marker of intelligence places elephants in a group with other animals like great apes, dolphins and magpies!
This last one is one of my favorite pieces of news in a while! Khipus (above) were used by the Inca to store accounting and other information, but they have remained untranslated and unreadable. That may change, though, with new evidence emerging from a color code found in a spectacular pair of khipus preserved by Andean village elders since colonial times, demonstrating consistency with a logosyllabic writing system. This is a major step towards understanding ancient Incan writing!
What’s making you feel good this week? Let us know in the comments!