Off topic: How hummingbirds drink, New York’s rats, Europe’s bog bodies, pro Scrabble players speak

How hummingbirds drink: Their extremely long tongues act like pumps. Speaking of animals, researcher finds New York has genetically distinct “uptown” and “downtown” rats. With the passage of time and the rise of new tools, Europe’s famed bog bodies are starting to “speak.” And professional Scrabble players recount their best and worst moves, their regrets and more.

Photo: A Scrabble board in 2005. (Jim Gensheimer/Mercury News)


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