Science Future for February 28, 2009

Until March 1 Vote for one of six astronomical objects for the Hubble Space Telescope to observe in honor of the International Year of Astronomy. See the candidates at

March 6
“Sacred Waters: India’s Great Kumbha Mela Pilgrimage” opens at The Field Museum in Chicago. Learn more at

April 24
Arbor Day will be celebrated across the United States.

The (-est)

White eyes disperse to form new species faster than any other known birds. These “great speciators” diversify into between 1.95 and 2.63 species per million years, often failing to maintain gene flow across water gaps as narrow as a couple of kilometers, a team reports in the Feb. 10 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.