Category Archives: SCIENCE

Astronaut Releases Amazing Photos Taken From The International Space Station.

As if he hadn’t done enough to get the public at large interested in space with his zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”(video below), Col. Chris Hadfield has released a book of photographs taken from the international space station called You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, published by Little Brown. These photos are a stunning example of how much beauty can come from a change in perspective. “Bird’s eye view” doesn’t cut it here: these photos are a rare glimpse of a view of earth seen by a relative few. These photos are an absolute delight.

1.) Close Neighbors: (left to right) Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, split by the Detroit River.

2.) Cuba, Florida, and everything in between.

3.) The Nile River, flowing into the Mediterranean Sea.

4.) New York City: Day and Night.

5.) The Richat Structure, Mauritania.

6.) Great Salt Lake, Utah.

7.) Venice, Italy.

8.) The Himalayas.

To see more of these amazing photos, you can find Chris Hadfield’s book here.

And as promised, here is Chris Hadfield’s rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

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6 Foods You Eat All Of The Time That Will Probably End Up Poisoning You. Oops.

Before you get too happy or hopeful, remember one thing: everything in this world is probably trying to kill you. People, animals, weather and accidents are just a few of the things that could end our lives prematurely. But what about food? One thing most people don’t think is trying to kill us are the foods we eat everyday. Well now it’s time to add one more thing to the list.

Here are six foods you probably eat everyday that could potentially kill you if you’re not careful. (You can thank us later.)

1.) Wild Almonds.

This delicious snack food can actually be deadly if eaten in the wild. Humans typically eat sweet almonds, as opposed to wild almonds (which taste bitter). Besides tasting bad, these wild almonds also contain a very unhealthy dose of cyanide. 

The next time you’re stranded in the woods and tempted to eat the almonds you find there. Don’t do it. 

2.) Apples.

Yes it’s true, every one’s favorite fall time fruit can actually kill you. Of course, apples are only dangerous if you eat a whole lot of apple seeds. When your body digests the seeds, it sort of accidentally turns them in cyanide. Eat too many, and well you get the idea. 

3.) Tomatoes.

Did you know tomatoes are members of the nightshade family? AKA the family of sorta poisonous plants? (Yep, I had no idea either.) The tomato itself is not necessarily bad for you, but stay away from its leaves. They’re full of harmful tomatine. Yuck. 

4.) Kidney Beans.

Make sure you’re properly boiling your kidney beans. If not, then you might accidentally ingest a little toxin known as phytohaemagglutinin. It’s about as fun for your body as it is for you to say out loud. 

5.) Potatoes.

Not all potatoes will kill you, but green potatoes will. Potatoes turn green if they are left out and exposed to light. First you’ll vomit profusely, then if you keep eating, you’ll have a heart attack and die.

In addition to green potatoes being dangerous, the leaves from potatoes will kill you. Believe it or not, people have actually died from drinking potato leaf tea.

6.) Cherries.

Despite their deliciousness, cherries will kill you if you give them the chance. To avoid that terrible fate, just stick to eating the fruit. Don’t eat the seeds, or leaves.

(Via: Thrillist)

Watch out for those apples as we’re heading into prime apple picking season. Walking through an orchard might seem adorable, but if you eat a fistful of apple seeds? You’re probably going to have a bad time.

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If Jurassic Park Taught Me One Thing, It’s That Awesome Stuff Is In Amber.

I was convinced of two things after I saw Jurassic Park as a kid: 1) Dinosaurs were real and 2) we could make them with mosquitoes stuck in amber. All we needed was to find them, and BOOM…baby dinos.

Well, 20 years have passed, and I now know it’s not quite possible. But I’ll be darned if I’m not obsessed with seeing little things in amber, sitting at the bottom of the Earth for millions of years.

Seriously, these things are out of this world!

1.) The World’s Oldest (132 Million Years Old) Spider Web

2.) A Prehistoric Spider’s Blood

3.) 100-Million-Year-Old Plant Sex

4.) An Ant With A Parasite Mid Egg Laying In Its Head.

5.) The Intermediate (Missing Link) Pygmy Locust

6.) A Spider Caught In the Act Of Attacking A Wasp

7.) The Oldest Bugs On Record (230 Million Years Old)

8.) Ancient Feathers

9.) A Tick Carrying An Early Version Of Lyme Disease

10.) Early Insect Camouflage…Made From Plants.


(via Listverse)

Hmm…I wonder if it’s too late to investigate replicating dinosaur DNA. All we need is to use that frog DNA to fill in the holes, I think. And then “life will find a way.”

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There’s Something That Makes These 17 Flowers Really Special. It’ll Blow You Away.

There are lots of strange or unique-looking plants in nature, most of which you probably don’t even know exist. Some are carnivorous or only bloom for a few hours every year… and some totally look like something else. When an object is a dead ringer for something else, it’s a phenomenon is known as pareidolia. The flowers you see below are exotic looking for a reason. They bloom in such a way so that animals or insects will be attracted to them and assist in pollinating the flowers. Even though there is a good reason for it, the resulting flower formations are still so weird (and often adorable).

1.) Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)

2.) Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

3.) Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

4.) Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata)

5.) Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)

6.) Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)

7.) Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

8.) Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

9.) Snap Dragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum)

10.) Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

11.) Orchid that looks like a tiger

12.) Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora)

13.) Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)

14.) Dove Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

15.) Ballerina Orchid

16.) White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

17.) Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)

(H/T Bored Panda) These flowers in particular are all species of orchid, a flower family known for its exotic and fragrant blooms. Currently, there are between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species of orchid. (Obviously, the best ones are the plants with blooms that look like tiny monkeys or faces.) Share these incredible flowers with others.

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You Probably Haven’t Seen This 31 Incredible Photos Before. Prepare To Be Amazed.

Each of us go through life, blissfully unaware of so many things. It’s completely normal; most people are familiar with only a small fraction of things that exist on this planet. Luckily, thanks to technological advances and photography, we can learn about the world in many different ways. 

Take these rare and unusual photos, for example. You probably haven’t seen any of these before… but that didn’t stop them from existing. Learn a few things today by checking out these photos. You won’t be sorry. 

1.) This is just one picture (and some tricky forced perspective).

2.) A tiny sea turtle rides a jelly fish.

3.) An arctic wolf made only using pipe cleaners.

4.) A sand bar near the Bermuda Triangle that destroyed 16 ships.

5.) A path-laying machine that weaves bricks together.

6.) The internal mechanism of a watch by Patek Philippe, one of the finest watch makers in the world.

7.) A rare photo of the Hoover Dam before there was water.

8.) Perfect cubes of pyrite formed naturally.

9.) Bismuth and its iridescent surface.

10.) What a human sees (above) and what a cat sees (below).

11.) This fish eats prey 10x it’s size and mass.

12.) Glass that melted during a building fire.

13.) The deepest swimming pool (113ft) can hold 600,000 gallons of water.

14.) What the human jaw looks like before losing baby teeth.

15.) A talented lizard shed his skin in one, smooth attempt.

16.) A masterfully drawn sketch of a wave.

17.) This is what the inside of any airliner looks like.

18.) A giant sword memorial on the coast of Norway.

19.) Present day Manhattan… and what it would have looked like 400 years ago.

20.) What Space Mountain looks like inside with all of the lights on.

21.) The difference a decade makes in Dubai.

22.) What a liter bottle looks like before adding compressed air.

23.) The epic Fukang Meteorite.

24.) A cabinet carved to look like it was a glitch.

25.) What grass looks like after being struck by lightning.

26.) The most incredible thing you can do with a stack of coins.

27.) This 3D printed cast with ultrasound technology helps bones heal 40% faster.

28.) An aerial view of a bridge over icy water.

29.) A picture of fireworks, taken by a camera that refocused during the explosion.

30.) The space shuttle Atlantis seen by the International Space Station.

31.) A way to use old rail cars as bridges.

32.) An eclipse and a sunset, occurring at the same time.

33.) A loaf of glass art. Each slice is worth about $5,000.

Impressed? Hopefully, you were. There are a lot of wild and wonderful things on this planet. You just have to discover them! Share these epic photos with others by clicking below. They’re too good to keep to yourself.

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What Did Scientists Do Before Cameras? They Drew Their Specimens Of Course.

Scientists didn’t always have fancy cameras. Capturing an image of their specimens or experiments used to be a huge ordeal. Before the modern era, scientists were also artists. They illustrated what they saw in the wild or in the laboratory. 

Most scientists nowadays are probably happy they don’t need to double major in art. It is fascinating though to imagine a scientist working for hours and hours on pictures for their next book or publication. Here are a few of our favorite old school science drawings. 

Animal species through time. From Popular Science Monthly, September 1905.

Moths from the early 1900’s.

Some mushrooms from 1855.

Majestic falcon from a book documenting the birds of Germany.

Watch out! From the mid 1700’s.

Illustration from a turn of the century encyclopedia.

I do not want to step on these mushrooms. From 1895.

The principle lymph vessels, 1969.

Before space photography.

A subtle bit of nature from 1925.

Whoa. From 1849.

From a book about the history of cranes, 1881.

Beautiful illustration from 1921.

Diagram from the early 1800’s.

Frogs in the South Pacific, 1923.

Reptile blood vessels, 1869.

More mushrooms because why not. From 1822.

Sketches of animal history from the early 1800’s.

Beautiful illustration from 1921.

Beautiful, and informative. Not only were these scientists brilliant thinkers, they were talented artists. Don’t forget to share this story on Facebook by clicking below.

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Ever Wanted To Take A Bath In Beer? Well, Here’s Your Chance.

Prague has a reputation for having some of the best spas in the world. Prague is also known for some of the best beers in the world. So, while the Bernard Beer Spa might seem like a crazy idea, it actually makes a lot of sense. If there’s anywhere in the world that you’d consider taking a bath in a giant vat of beer, the capital of the Czech Republic is the place to do it.

Before you say no or fill your own bathtub with Coors Light and dive in head first, you should see what a proper beer bath looks like.

Looks like a normal bath. Well, a really nice normal bath. This explains why the beer bath treatments begin at around $100.

It’s not just a hot beer bath. You’ll also get a hot beer massage. That sounds like a euphemism for getting physically kicked out of a bar, but it’s not. (At least, not in this scenario.)

After thirty minutes of soaking in the hot water, brewer’s yeast, malt, and hops, you’ll be feeling better than ever (assuming it even takes THAT long).

(via Lost at E Minor)

That’s one interesting way to spend an afternoon. It seems like it’s even more relaxing than hanging out on the couch with a six pack, and you get to tell people you left your house that day. Not bad at all. 

If you’d like to visit the Bernard Beer Spa and see what it’s like to lounge in some suds, take a look at their website.

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These Mesmerizing Science GIFs Will Leave Your Jaw On The Floor.

People have lived on planet Earth for a long time. In the beginning, we didn’t know anything about science. Today we’re only just scratching the surface. What we’re learning is truly amazing, and it’s made all the better by slow motion. Here are 36 insanely awesome videos that show just how far we’ve come. From magic floating boats, to water pitchers made from sound waves, you won’t believe what you see.

1. Ever wonder how a dog drinks water?

2. This boat is “floating” in sulfur hexaflouride, which is much denser (and more dangerous) than carbon dioxide. It’s perfectly clear so it gives the illusion that the boat can float in mid-air.

3. What happens when you combine chlorine tablets and rubbing alcohol in a bottle?

4. Blood and snake venom DO NOT mix. You’ll want to avoid this cocktail.

5. The arctic summer “night,” ladies and gentlemen.

6. This is science’s best guess as to how the mysterious Easter Island heads were moved.

7. The Earth compared to the largest known star. Feel insignificant yet?

8. You’ll never have to wonder how a key works again.

9. Why don’t our strawberries ever look this good?

10. Gas in a jar + fire = smiley faces.

11. Sound waves can suspend water? Who knew?!

12. Soy sauce is incredibly high in sodium (we know, doctor) which causes dead fish nerves to become active and spasm.

13. Ladybugs have the most inefficient takeoff ever.

14. It’s like an incredibly painful vacuum cleaner!

15. Putting blood into hydrogen peroxide is awful.

16. OMG there are flying snakes in the world. They’re called Chrysopelea.

17. You won’t believe how good at camouflage this octopus is…

Want more? Check out the rest of the images!

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This New Product Allows You To Bathe Without Using Any Water. Count Me In!


Ludwick Marishane shouldn’t expect a thank you from lazy people everywhere, but that’s not because he doesn’t deserve one. Six years ago, when he was only 17-years-old, he invented a product that allows people to clean themselves without having to turn on the shower or draw a bath: DryBath.

Listen up, college students.


If you’re using DryBath to bathe, you don’t even need to use water. You simply put the lotion on your skin and rub. It’s like hand sanitizer, but for your entire body. You might as well start converting that shower of yours into the moldy, dark dwelling you’ve always wanted (finally, an authentic man cave!) now.

Ludwick Marishane

While DryBath is great for the sluggish shower-ers of the world, it’s even better for those with limited access to water. The lotion will allow them to save the little water they have for drinking or watering their crops.

(via CNN)

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A Man With No Legs Climbed The Most Dangerous Mountain In All Of China.

If you were feeling lazy before reading this, prepare to feel worse. Chen Zhou, 26, climbed all five of China’s notable mountains. If that feat wasn’t impressive enough, he did it all without legs.

That’s right. Zhou took on 2,080 meter journeys with slopes that reach up to 96 degrees without the help of legs. If that doesn’t make you question whether you’re challenging yourself enough, nothing will. Most recently, Zhou took on Jianmen Pass, considered by many to be the most dangerous mountain in China. Take a look at his incredible journey!

Chen Zhou climbing Jianmen Pass.

Look at the determination.

Check out the video below for more of Zhou’s trek.

(via Lost at E Minor)

What an inspiration! With that no fear attitude, there doesn’t seem to be anything that Zhou can’t do.

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These Animals Are Extremely Colorful, And Extremely Weird, Mutants. Check Them Out.

Personally, I’ve always thought it would be cool to be a neon orange human. Now, I know that’s never going to happen. (That kind of thing is impossible right?) Strange color mutations and variations is actually possible for many creatures. In the animal kingdom, genetic mutations that result in pigment changes are actually fairly common. These changes can be subtle, or really drastic. Pink elephants anyone? Here are 27 of our favorites:

1.) Pink baby elephant. This may actually be the cutest thing ever.

2.) Black squirrel.

3.) A piebald deer. A piebald animal has white and brown patches rather than fur of a single color due to a genetic variation.

4.) Half albino peacock.

5.) Pink dragon fly, what?!

6.) “My camouflage is so awesome. They have no idea I’m here. Hehehe.”

7.) Piebald bunny.

8.) A golden mongoose. Also the greatest name for a metal band, ever.

9.) Hello Mr. Piebald Squirrel.

10.) Pure gold.

11.) Wow.

12.) Albino gorilla.

13.) Moose, piebald style.

14.) That coloring only makes this python that much more terrifying.

15.) Sweet paint job, bro.

16.) Tiger family with different colorations.

17.) Erythristic black backed jackal. Erythrism is a genetic condition that turns an animal’s fur an unusual reddish pigmentation.

18.) A chimera cat. A chimera in genetics is when the cells from two distinct eggs in the womb merge together to create one total offspring.

19.) Looking good.

20.) Nice contrasting colors.

21.) Chimera dog.

22.) Crazy zebra strip pattern.

23.) A very rare cheetah without spots.

24.) Pink grasshopper.

25.) Polly want to be more colorful?

26.) Erythristic baby zebra.

27.) Badger with his erythristic badger friend.

I really really like that pink elephant. BONUS! In case you like weird animals (and not just oddly colored animals), check out what else we found:

1.) Gobi Jerboa

Look at those legs!

2.) Giant Soft Shelled Turtle

3.) Yeti Crab.

4.) Sunda Colugo

5.) Lamprey. This is also terrifying.

6.) The Gerenuk.

“Sup bro?”

7.) Irrawaddy Dolphin

8.) Tufted Deer

9.) The Maned Wolf

I can’t even believe some of these are real. See what your friends think of these animals by clicking below to share on Facebook.

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See This Aircraft? It’s Called A C-5 Galaxy And What’s Inside It Will Blow Your Mind.

Do you know what a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is? If not, there is just one thing you need to know about this aircraft: it’s huge. It’s so big and bad, it’s almost hard to wrap your mind around it. The C-5 Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft built by Lockheed. The United States Air Force uses the Galaxy to carry large and insanely heavy cargo that will absolutely blow your mind.

This is what the C-5 Galaxy looks like.

This is what the C-5 Galaxy looks like on the inside.

Tanks? No problem. This kind of largo cargo is easy for the Galaxy to transport.

This plane has the largest lift capacity of any US transport aircraft.

It has the 3rd largest lift capacity in the world.

It is able to carry 122 tons on 2 decks, lower deck for cargo and the upper deck has seating for 73 passengers.

A C-5 Galaxy can hold 10 light armored vehicles, which weigh about 12 tons each.

A Galaxy can carry an A-10 Warthog with the wings and tail detached.

The plane can also carry a Mark 5 Special Operations boat. The entire boat.

And if you want to get meta, it can also carry a C-130 transport aircraft.

Source: Reddit This cargo plane is so big, it carries other cargo planes. It’s incredible that engineers were able to figure out a way to get this porky plane in the air. Share their amazing feat with others.

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