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Posted at 2:57 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Benjamin Button mice; Mozart grows food; Google goes 3-D (Afternoon tea links)

By Melissa Bell
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San Francisco in Google Earth 6

I have to wrap up early today, but here are a couple of tidbits to chew on until we meet again:

More Cablegate madness as the Wikileaks documents unfurl. Foreign governments reacted with "denials and dismissiveness" over the thousands of cables revealed Sunday. The Guardian has a great infographic showing the span of where the cables originated.

In the journal Nature, a study reports that scientists reversed age-related degeneration in mice. The Wall Street Journal reports:

"These mice were equivalent to 80-year-old humans and were about to pass away," says Ronald DePinho, co-author of the paper and a scientist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. After the experiment, "they were the physiological equivalent of young adults."

Does this herald a fountain of youth? The scientists don't know, especially because the mice had been genetically engineered to age fast in the first place. The next step will be to try it on normally aged mice. Read the whole article here.

Japanese food growers have decided that Mozart may be the best fertilizer. Bananas are kept in a ripening chamber for one week with speakers blasting the concertos of the composer. It makes them sweeter, the company told the Japan Times.

April 11, 1954, is the most boring day ever, or so says a British computer. A computer program analyzed 300 million facts about historical events since 1900 and found that nothing much of interest happened that day. Which is really sad if that's your birthday.

Google Earth goes 3-D. And it time travels. Despite a few privacy concerns here and there, Google is boldly going forward with its mission to cover the Earth by adding 3-D trees and an easier search for exploring historical maps and photographs. Check out all the fancy features here.

By Melissa Bell  | November 29, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
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