You no longer need to envy the noble zebra. Humans also have stripes. In fact, all people have them, and everyone's stripes form the same general patterns. These stripes, called Lines of Blaschko, are invisible most of the time, but certain conditions bring them out.
Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician, cryptographer, and logician, plus the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. He also worked in biology, and now, 58 years after his tragic death, science has confirmed one of his old biological hypotheses.
Despite being perhaps the most recognizable animal on the planet, biologists have been puzzled for centuries over how the zebra got its stripes. But scientists have worked out an answer, and it's nothing to do with camouflaging themselves in long grass.
No offense to Betsy Ross, but this is an American flag made for the 21st Century. It's a digital weave created from the avatars of Twitter users who tweet about Independence Day using a July 4th hashtag.
Something is wrong in Jupiter. Astronomer Anthony Wesley's photos show that one of its two dark stripes is gone. Maybe Sir Arthur C. Clarke was right and the gas giant will turn into a star to jumpstart life in Europa.