All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Science’

“Supermoon” Is Pretty, But Not Very “Super”

The so-called “supermoon” will be visible this Sunday, meaning the moon will be at its closest point to the Earth for the year, and will be brighter than usual. But at least one scientist says that just because it’s been called that for years, doesn’t make it “super”. Because the distance of the moon from the Earth varies, this will …

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Albino Gorilla The Result Of Uncle, Niece Mating

An albino gorilla who lived for 40 years at a Barcelona zoo is the subject of a new study that traced his origins, and the results are surprising. Snowflake was famous up until his death in 2003 from skin cancer because of his extraordinary coloring; after being born in the wild, he was captured by Equatorial Guinea villagers and was …

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Oarfish: Odd, Giant Sea Creature Caught On Video

Oarfish are pretty odd looking creatures; if you were to brush up against one while swimming in the ocean, it might make you think twice about going in the water for a while. But scientists say they are fascinating deep-sea dwellers who offer few answers about their species while alive; most of what we know about oarfish comes from specimens …

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Infant: Superglue On Brain Saved Life

An infant girl is alive and doing well after doctors had to think quickly in order to save her life…by using superglue. 3-week old Ashlyn Julian of Kansas was born with no complications, but she soon had a brain aneurysm that threatened her life. Because the condition is so rare among babies, the doctors had no tools small enough to …

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A Concise Explanation of Hangovers, Why You Get Them, and Why You’re Screwed [VIDEO]

Awaking with a massive hangover is one of life’s greatest leveling moments. Everyone (who drinks) knows the feeling, and it reduces nearly everyone to a slow, miserable, couch-bound, stinking mess. In my early days of partying a bit too hard, a friend (former) once told me that a shot of heavy cream followed by a shot of vinegar would fix …

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We Spend 6 Years of Our Lives Dreaming, Could We Ever Record Them?

Dreams are a lot of things – scary, funny, bizarre, sexy, and even occasionally important. One thing they are not is easily documented and recorded. AsapSCIENCE takes a quick (and animated) look at the possibility of ever recording our dreams. Think is sounds too far-fetched? Think again. [AsapSCIENCE]

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Giant Pink Slugs Found In Australia

Giant pink slugs have been found on a mountainside in Australia, and park rangers say that on a good day, you can see hundreds of them clustered on the rocks, creating an odd juxtaposition between nature and a very unnatural color. “As bright pink as you can imagine, that’s how pink they are,” Michael Murphy, a ranger with the National …

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Is Dancing Really a Mating Ritual? Take It From Here, Science

Fine, AsapSCIENCE, human dancing is evolutionarily tied to mating. But I’m pretty sure you didn’t see me at my senior prom.

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Julius Richard Petri Gets a Bacteria-Filled Google Doodle

You can thank Julius Richard Petri for a lot of your high school biology fun. The inventor of the Petri dish is being honored by Google today with an awesome animated doodle. Petri was a German microbiologist who is credited with inventing the device that bears his name while working as an assistant to Robert Koch, who is considered to …

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Julius Richard Petri Receives The Google Doodle Honor

Google is running a homepage doodle honoring German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri in parts of the world where the date has already changed to May 31st. The date marks the 160th birthday of the scientist, who is known as the inventor of the Petri dish, an accomplishment he achieved while working as an assistant to Robert Koch. Here’s a brief …

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Will Google Glass Cause You To Overlook Gorillas?

The New York Times ran an interesting piece about Google Glass written by University of Illinois professor of psychology Daniel J. Simons and Union College professor of psychology Christopher F. Chabris. The two authored “The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us.” The article questions the safety of Google Glass. It doesn’t so much question the safety of the device …

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Live Cicada Cam Shows 17 Year Dormant Insects Invading Washington D.C.

The last time cicadas came above ground in the mid-atlantic region, gas was $1.15/gal, Ask Jeeves was released, Jerry Maguire & Independence day were the blockbuster movies of the summer. The insect oddity will be invading towns up and down the east coast as the summer wears on. With millions expected to come above ground to mate, die, then the …

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