5 Mind-Blowing Ways That Science Has Done the Impossible We see so many day-to-day advancements in science, from increasingly powerful smartphones to a potential AIDS cure, that we kind of get numb to it. But somewhere out there, scientists are still reaching for stuff that's so far above and beyond that it sounds like black magic. As we speak, there are researchers who are performing such witchery as ... #5. Recording Your Fantasies and Dreams See, this is what we're talking about. But ... these are our dreams here. "Who's ready for a blistering rendition of the first six chords of 'Smoke on the Water'?" Pretty close, yeah. How the Hell? It was scientists at UC Berkeley who developed a way to literally see what your brain sees, and they did it by manipulating the magic of YouTube. The computer then selected the top 100 videos that best matched what popped out of the subjects' brains, and created a kind of composite image of what it thought it saw. "Sir, you may want to tone down the fantasizing. #4. Wait, did we say "theoretically"? #3.
Saola Caught in Asia 16 September 2010Last updated at 14:59 By Katia Moskvitch Science reporter, BBC News There may only be a few dozen of Saola left in the wild An extremely rare animal known as the "Asian unicorn" - in spite of having two horns - has been caught by villagers in Laos. No biologist has ever reported seeing the rare Saola in the wild and there are none of them in captivity. The animal was discovered in the forests of South-East Asia as recently as 1992. There have only been a few photos of the Saola taken so far, by villagers and automatic camera traps. The Saola - Pseudoryx nghetinhensis - is believed to inhabit the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam, and that is where villagers from Laos' central province of Bolikhamxay caught the unfortunate adult male earlier this August. They brought the mammal back to the village. Unfortunate death Surprised by the odd-looking animal, the villagers took a few photos and notified the Lao authorities. New species Not much time
The 5 Most Ridiculous Drinking Myths You Probably Believe Considering that booze is one of the pillars of human civilization, it's kind of shocking how little we know about it. For instance, we pointed out a while back that some popular misconceptions about alcohol persist despite being goddamned fatal. So, before you get too drunk to read this, let's knock down a few more common ones, like ... #5. Beer Gives You a Beer Gut The Myth: It's every beer drinker's unavoidable fate: the beer gut. Getty"Every inch was worth it. Your only choice in the matter is whether you suck it in whenever people approach or flaunt it like the wacky uncle who slaps his belly and boasts that "it all turns to penis after midnight." The Reality: The beer gut doesn't exist. "Maybe we shouldn't have gotten liquored up before this test." You see, some researchers got curious about this whole beer belly thing a while back, but presumably their stingy bosses wouldn't sign off on a never-ending supply of oat soda "for science." That's right: There's a beer belly gene. #4. Getty
6 Terrifying Platypus Facts A humorous list detailing some of the strange qualities posessed by the platypus. Photo: break.com In this day and age everyone knows about the platypus. Nature’s adorable little oddball that looks like the result of an interspecies relationship between a beaver and a duck. What most people don’t know, however, is that the platypus is the product of Satan’s nightmares sent to destroy us all. Below are 6 facts about the platypus that should prove my point: 6. This is in direct opposition to one of the three most defining aspects we were all taught about mammals: they have hair, they are warm blooded, and they do not lay eggs. Photo: Stefan Kraft 5. I have nipples. The milk is literally secreted through pores in the platypus’ skin where it pools up along grooves in the mother’s abdomen, ready to be licked up by the eager little offspring. 4. I do not know why the platypus is born with teeth, most likely because I’m far too lazy to look such a thing up. Photo: Urville Djasim 3. 2. 1.
7 Animals That Are Evolving Right Before Our Eyes People who doubt evolution tend to have one main argument: "If evolution is true, why do we still see monkeys running around today, all chimp-like? Where are all the monkey-men I was promised?" Well, if you or someone you know refuses to believe that organisms change over time without proof on a monkey-man level, here are a buttload of animals in the middle of getting their evolve on. Well, seven anyway. Elephants are Evolving to Lose Their Tusks (and Avoid Poachers) Here's a joke: What did the elephant say to the poacher? Getty"Stop! Sorry about that. GettyAnd ever since animal rights got involved, unemployment has shot up 300 percent. So elephants have decided to take matters into their own hands ... or trunks or weirdly rounded three-toed feet or whatever. By 2005, it was estimated that the tuskless population had risen to between 5 and 10 percent. GettyJust like your debilitating lisp after reading that out loud Russian Dogs are Evolving to Learn the Subways Getty Check it: Via MSNBC
Female Kangaroos have three vaginas We interrupt your regularly scheduled news programming to bring you this wonderful piece of trivia about kangaroo genitals. Regular readers will know of my love for Inside Nature’s Giants, the British documentary where anatomists cut up large animals to examine how their bodies work and evolved. It’s a truly incredible show, combining unbridled joy at the natural world, drama, and solid educational value. So far, it has brought us the horrifying throat of a leatherback turtle, the mysterious bloodsweat of a hippo, and the exploding insides of a beached whale. But this week’s episode may have topped all of that with the triple vaginas of the female kangaroo. This set-up is shared by all marsupials – the group of mammals that raise their young in pouches. Note that the ureters, which carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, pass through the gaps between the three tubes. With its complicated reproductive set-up, a female kangaroo can be perpetually pregnant.
5 Reasons You Should Be Excited About Mars Today Perhaps the most popular cosmic story of the past decade was that Pluto was no longer a planet. Everyone shared it, and everyone knew about it. However, on a list of the most important scientific discoveries of the past decade, "Pluto is no longer a planet" ranks just under "everything else" and just above nothing. This evening, however, at about 10:30 PST, something pretty incredible will likely occur, and it has nothing to do with the Olympics. Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory, is supposed to land on the red planet tonight or today, depending on where you happen to be on Earth. #5. Curiosity has been flying toward Mars for almost a year now. The hard part for Curiosity is landing, though. The above video describes the entire complicated process of Curiosity actually landing on the surface of Mars. mars.jpl.nasa.govBum bum buuuuuuuuum! And because it takes so long for a signal to reach Earth from Mars, we won't even know if it worked for 14 minutes. GettyYes, I meant literally.
Crocodile meets his match with hungry hippos These amazing pictures show the moment a brave crocodile meets his match after straying into a maze of hungry hippos. The rare scene was captured on camera by a stunned wildlife photographer who witnessed the battle of the beasts in Serengeti national park in Tanzania. A huge fight broke out between the two heavyweights of the animal kingdom after the hasty croc found himself too close to a mother and her young. Unfortunately his array of teeth and armoured shell was no competition for the raging hippos, renowned for their aggression. A hippo can apply several tons of pressure in a single bite and the defenseless croc was soon snapped up and devoured. Vaclav Silha, 45, was on the banks of the Nile taking snaps of around 50 hippos bathing in the river when the peace was broken. He said: “Mutual respect between these animals means fights occur very rarely. “One of the only reasons you might see a conflict is if the hippos have young and they think the little ones are under threat.
X Things that only look trippy under a microscope (ph) Whoa. So deep down, every pina colada is like staring at peacock feathers after dropping, like, all the acid. We're surprised we've never pissed out Joseph's Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat after overindulging on these. You might think there's some computerized color enhancement at play here, but that's actually a photograph taken by BevShots, which achieved the effect by allowing the drink to dry on a microscope slide, shining some natural light onto it and taking an extreme close-up with a plain old 35 mm camera. Let's look at a few more. Via Bevshots.comFaith and Begorra! What, not artsy enough for you? Via Daily Mail And while that looks like some kind of experimental artwork from the '70s, a margarita ... Via Telegraph ... is channeling Georgia O'Keeffe. We're honestly surprised by how beautiful all of these are. Via Daily MailIt's the only drink that judges you while you sip.
Helpful Hippo rescues Helpless Animals Visitors to a safari camp close to where the film Out Of Africa was shot stood in awe as they witnessed the annual wildebeest migration. But as they watched thousands of animals cross the raging Mara river they were astonished to see a hippo come to the rescue of two drowning stragglers. The strong current separated a wildebeest, or gnu, from her calf and she watched helplessly as it was swept away. ‘To everyone’s amazement the hippo came to the gnu’s rescue and pushed it gently to the river bank,’ said Abdul Karim, the head guide at Sanctuary Olonana in the Masai Mara, Kenya. The infant panted for a moment before getting up and running to its watching mother. But the female hippo’s work did not finish there. ‘It was an unforgettable incident,’ said Mr Karim. ‘Maternal love can be so strong it can even surpass species boundaries,’ he added. Huge concentrations of game move between Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park every year in the constant search for fresh grazing.
5 Things You Didn’t Know Could Make You Smarter We've depressed you already by revealing the things in your daily life that are making you dumber. The good news is that this works both ways -- there are lots of little, arbitrary things that can boost your brain power in ways you'd never expect. Like ... #5. What You're Wearing Getty Throughout this article, we'll be citing scientists, because all of us accept that scientists are smart guys. Researchers tested a group of participants on their brainpower with something called a Stroop test. Getty"I had an IQ of 45 before I put this on!" Just to make sure this wasn't some insane fluke, they made another test, where participants had to find the differences between similar pictures. Via Sciencedirect.comThe lab coat subjects are on the left. The researchers believe that wearing a lab coat simply makes us feel smarter, and as other psychologists have found, simply believing you're smarter actually makes you smarter. GettyProfanity expert? #4. Multiple studies have found this. #3.
Zebras on the Move Suspended in a low-flying helicopter above the floodplains of Namibia’s Chobe River, a team of researchers scans a sea of black and white stripes. Spotting a female Burchell’s zebra in good condition, they circle lower. The chopper dives, a veterinarian darts the animal, the sedative takes effect and the zebra settles to the ground. As one scientist blindfolds the animal to keep her calm, others work quickly to affix a satellite collar and collect blood samples before racing back to the chopper. The collars pump out four to five GPS locations per day, allowing researchers to document that these animals (and approximately 2,000 others) migrate more than 150 miles in a nearly straight line, from the Chobe River to Botswana’s Nxai Pan National Park. While the study’s original aim was to determine where the animals went during the wet season, the researchers also discovered something unexpected: the longest documented land-mammal migration in Africa. Learn more about the zebra migration.