Octopus, Coconuts, & Airplanes, Oh My!

I woke up this morning to some pretty cool current events.

First, as I turned to ABCNews, I saw this crazy article about an octopus who uses coconuts for shelter. I never realized there were coconuts in the ocean, but I guess there are since these researchers have discovered that octopus are able to use coconuts by removing the innards and carrying two halves of the shell to a certain location and then reassemble them to create a shelter. Apparently, this is the first example of an invertebrate using a tool.

Then when I switched to CNN, there was an article about the new Boeing plane. This is the first time in over a decade that Boeing has unveiled a new plane and they claim it is the best yet. “It’s more environmentally friendly, it’s more efficient, uses less fuel, it’s going to cost the operator less to fly, it’s going to allow the passengers to pay less and feel better when they land,” according to Boeing’s CEO. Test flights in the next few months will prove to the world that Boeing’s still got what it takes.

Note: if you’re interesting in reading more about airplane companies, check out Michael Crichton’s book Airframe. It’s a really fun and thrilling read. I had hoped it would be great for a classroom library, but the language leaves a bit to be desired.

If you found the Boeing article interesting, you should check out the Intrepid Museum of Sea, Air, & Space!


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