Bunny Squared and Other News of the Week

Bunny takes self-portrait with the Spiral Bunny. (Photo: Dedham Public Art Project, Spiral Bunny (c) 2012 Lisa Houck)

This week, several witnesses reported seeing a mysterious rabbit take a self-portrait with Lisa Houck’s Spiral Bunny. Another saw the same photographer posing with Townie, implying Bugs may be on a bunny hop. Unfortunately, the bunny hopped away before she could document the sighting properly. Here at Caterpickles Central, The Five-Year-Old is determined to be the next to spot a Double Bunny event, and as she faithfully carries her camera everywhere, when she does, you know we’ll share the photos with you.

Also seen on camera this week, the deepest view of the universe ever captured. The image, taken by NASA’s Hubble telescope combines ten years of images of a single patch of sky into one full-color photograph. The resulting image, called XDF or eXtreme Deep Field, includes 5,500 galaxies, including some that are 13.2 billion years old. (via Engadget)

The most detailed view of the universe ever captured, courtesy of NASA’s Hubble telescope. (Photo: NASA)

In case you missed it — this week the peanut butter recall expanded to include Safeway, Sprouts, and Harry & David store brands as well as those from Trader Joe’s. Full list of affected peanut, cashew, and almond products is available here.

Finally, following up on last week’s post, we have some sad news. Mei Xiang’s panda cub died this week. Zookeepers had not yet named the cub, following a Chinese tradition in which pandas are not named for 100 days. A necropsy performed last Monday revealed an unusual amount of fluid in the abdomen and abnormalities in the liver, but zookeepers were not certain that was the cause of the cub’s death. The National Zoo has closed its panda house indefinitely.

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About Shala Howell

I write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, muse about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, or tweet about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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