Carol: Happy World Pulses Day, Hurst!!
Hurst: Is that a new techno beat you are listening to?
Carol: No, Hurst, pulses are edible seeds from plants. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognizes 11 types of pulses: dry beans, dry broad beans, dry peas, chickpeas, cow peas, pigeon peas, lentils, Bambara beans, vetches, lupins and pulses.
Hurst: Well I have learned something new today, you really keep your finger on the pulse of news.
Carol: I see what you did there. Did you have a favorite story this week?
Hurst: The story about fish being able to recognize themselves in a mirror really caught my eye. It may not seem like a big deal, but animals being able to recognize that they are seeing themselves in a mirror has historically been a test to determine if they are self aware or not.
Carol: Wow that could really change the way the way we view fish, and other animals we consider so different from ourselves. But also you reminded me of one of my favorite jokes, what do you call a fish with no eyes?
Hurst: I don’t know, what?
Carol: A fsh. See you next week!
‘I invented my dream job: puppy transporter’ from BBC News
Fish Appear to Recognize Themselves in the Mirror from Science Daily
Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’ from The Guardian
New ‘unicorn’ mantis species found in Brazilian rainforest from National Geographic