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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By R.U. Steinberg

SEPTEMBER 14, 1998: 

Elephants can't run but they can walk fast.

Holly Campbell, a University of Arizona student, is trying to map the fly's brain to find out how they manage to see so well -- and why they're so hard to swat. If successful, her research could lead to better vision systems for robots, which could be programmed to have "fly vision."

Texas State Representative Warren Chisum of Pampa had a hand in the invention of twist ties.

Alang, on the Arabian Sea 185 miles northwest of Bombay, is the world's largest shipbreaking yard, serving as the graveyard for almost half the ships scrapped by the world's navies and merchant marines.

Phytoremediation is the use of trees, grasses, and other plants to clean our environment.

The above is information which Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, a magazine, or the newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got any facts? Email Mr. Smarty Pants at mrpants@auschron.com

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