Suburbia is a place where urban dwellers move to commune with nature. Set in the Watchung Mountain range, this particular community presents a beautiful interaction between man and wildlife.
Sometimes this communion with nature becomes more than the urban settlers anticipated as deer eat all your flowers and coyotes and black bears frolic in your backyard. Then there's that old Mother Nature who, with a mean streak that only she can produce, will whip up a little micro-burst to rip up that stately oak tree (you know the one that made you buy your home) and smash it on your brand-new SUV.
But that's O.K., because there are strange lights in the sky over our community. Alien visitors to our community get caught up in the minutiae of suburban life as they try to cope along with the rest of us. Everyone wants the good life in Suburbia.
If you listen carefully, the deer and the squirrels will speak with you. Turkeys will try to convince you that Thanksgiving is just plain wrong. We even have our very own coyote epicurean, who will regale you with his tried and true kitty recipes. Every so often, the trees will let you know how they feel. There is also the occasional fish out of water offering his views on life.
Yes, there is strangeness in the universe and our little acre of green is as far as we need to go to find it.
| By Dr David Whitehouse |
BBC News Online science editor
Two Australian scientists believe they have found evidence of a parallel universe of strange matter within our own Solar System.
Dr Robert Foot and Dr Saibal Mitra report that close-up observations of the asteroid Eros by the Near-Shoemaker probe indicate it has been splattered by so-called "mirror matter".
Mirror matter is not anti-matter, it is altogether weirder. It is somehow a "reflection" of normal matter, a sort of parallel series of particles required to restore the balance of the Universe.
Sounds far-fetched - some believe so. However, experiments are underway to confirm or deny the existence of this strange, potentially significant but as yet undetected component of the cosmos.
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