Science: Spectrum

¶ California's Calico Mountains have yielded fossilized aquatic insects 25 million years old—the oldest ever found. Discovered by a U.S. Geological Survey team, the specimens included mites, dragonfly nymphs, fairy shrimps. Almost all were perfectly preserved, showed only minute differences from their modern counterparts. One scientific explanation of bugs' slow evolution: more adaptable to climatic change than mammals, insects have rarely been found to change their bodies to survive ice ages and warm spells.

¶ The slow, multi-purpose military transport plane is obsolete. So declared Lieut. General Joseph Smith, U.S.A.F., boss of...

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