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SCIENCE EXPLAINS WHY A SEAL SLAPPED A MAN IN THE FACE WITH AN OCTOPUS (🎥:@taiyomasuda @gopro @barekiwi) We’ve all seen the viral video of the kayaker in New Zealand taking a wicked slap from an octopus via a seal (or if this is your first time seeing the video, you’re welcome!!), but this begs the question…. WHY?!?🐙🦑 Our friends at @inverse attempt to find answers: "There isn’t enough information to tell whether the octopus slap was purposefully directed at him, but based on what we know about seals, octopus-throwing is not actually that unusual. Seals in 🇳🇿New Zealand waters — the one in the video is most likely a New Zealand fur seal — are known to eat fish and cephalopods, including octopuses. A 1991 analysis by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation showed that octopuses make up as much as 29 percent of a New Zealand fur seal’s diet." 🔗📖Read the full @inverse article here: https:-bit.ly-2xHEVlP 🌊🛶🐙 science marinebiology seal octopus ocean newzealand viral wow bestof: SCIENCE EXPLAINS WHY A SEAL SLAPPED A MAN IN THE FACE WITH AN OCTOPUS (🎥:@taiyomasuda @gopro @barekiwi) We’ve all seen the viral video of the kayaker in New Zealand taking a wicked slap from an octopus via a seal (or if this is your first time seeing the video, you’re welcome!!), but this begs the question…. WHY?!?🐙🦑 Our friends at @inverse attempt to find answers: "There isn’t enough information to tell whether the octopus slap was purposefully directed at him, but based on what we know about seals, octopus-throwing is not actually that unusual. Seals in 🇳🇿New Zealand waters — the one in the video is most likely a New Zealand fur seal — are known to eat fish and cephalopods, including octopuses. A 1991 analysis by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation showed that octopuses make up as much as 29 percent of a New Zealand fur seal’s diet." 🔗📖Read the full @inverse article here: https:-bit.ly-2xHEVlP 🌊🛶🐙 science marinebiology seal octopus ocean newzealand viral wow bestof
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Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. 👩‍🔬 In the spirit of today, @Science wanted to honor Vera Rubin, an amazing American astronomer! How’s that for alliteration? She was born in Philadelphia and grew up with an interest in astronomy. Rubin eventually earned her BA in astronomy from Vassar College and tried to enroll in the graduate astronomy program at Princeton, but they refused to send her a catalogue because women weren’t allowed in the graduate astronomy program...until 1975. Let’s let that sink in for a second. She ended up studying at Cornell University, learning quantum physics from Richard Feynman and quantum mechanics under Hans Bethe. While studying the Andromeda Galaxy with fellow astronomer Kent Ford, Rubin noticed that objects on the outer parts of the galaxy were spinning at the same speed as those on the inside, which was antithetical to the belief objects at the center of a galaxy move faster than those on the outskirts. It turns out that she discovered the existence of the unseeable stuff that affects the movement of galaxies! . . Give a shout-out to your favorite women in the field of Science in the comments below. 👩‍🔬⬇️⬇️⬇️ . Science Physics DarkMatter WomenInSTEM Scientists VeraRubin BestOf WomebInScience: cience | guff.com This woman proved the existence of dark matter Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. 👩‍🔬 In the spirit of today, @Science wanted to honor Vera Rubin, an amazing American astronomer! How’s that for alliteration? She was born in Philadelphia and grew up with an interest in astronomy. Rubin eventually earned her BA in astronomy from Vassar College and tried to enroll in the graduate astronomy program at Princeton, but they refused to send her a catalogue because women weren’t allowed in the graduate astronomy program...until 1975. Let’s let that sink in for a second. She ended up studying at Cornell University, learning quantum physics from Richard Feynman and quantum mechanics under Hans Bethe. While studying the Andromeda Galaxy with fellow astronomer Kent Ford, Rubin noticed that objects on the outer parts of the galaxy were spinning at the same speed as those on the inside, which was antithetical to the belief objects at the center of a galaxy move faster than those on the outskirts. It turns out that she discovered the existence of the unseeable stuff that affects the movement of galaxies! . . Give a shout-out to your favorite women in the field of Science in the comments below. 👩‍🔬⬇️⬇️⬇️ . Science Physics DarkMatter WomenInSTEM Scientists VeraRubin BestOf WomebInScience

Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. 👩‍🔬 In the spirit of today, @Science wanted to honor Vera Rubin, an amazing Ame...

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Rhodotus palmatus is recognized as one of the most beautiful mushrooms ever. It is a circumboreal species, meaning it is found in the Northern hemisphere, specifically in Canada, Alaska, Russia and thereabouts. The caps of the Rhodotus palmatus are typically scored over with ridges and veins, which is technically called being sulcate (having parallel grooves) or reticulate (a netlike vein system). The mushroom is adnate, meaning that the gills on the underside of the cap are largely attached to the stem. The netted Rhodotus, like the one pictured, can "bleed" a pinkish, reddish liquid. The reason for this is as of yet unknown. science mushroom fungus mario trippy beautiful awesome bestof earth: Rhodotus palmatus is recognized as one of the most beautiful mushrooms ever. It is a circumboreal species, meaning it is found in the Northern hemisphere, specifically in Canada, Alaska, Russia and thereabouts. The caps of the Rhodotus palmatus are typically scored over with ridges and veins, which is technically called being sulcate (having parallel grooves) or reticulate (a netlike vein system). The mushroom is adnate, meaning that the gills on the underside of the cap are largely attached to the stem. The netted Rhodotus, like the one pictured, can "bleed" a pinkish, reddish liquid. The reason for this is as of yet unknown. science mushroom fungus mario trippy beautiful awesome bestof earth

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This is definitely a Win-Win! 🙌🏼🐶🙌🏼 • Repost @animalrevenge ・・・ Like this? Comment below😚 San Francisco is initiating a new program August 1, believed to be the first of its kind in the country. WOOF (Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos) encourages homeless individuals to give up panhandling. In exchange, they’ll receive a small stipend to foster problematic puppies until they’re ready for adoption. from @homelessfriend The goal is to try to help both the city and its animals. San Francisco Animal Care and Controlwill screen potential foster parents to ensure that they are a good fit for the program. They must live in supportive housing, not on the streets, and prove they are not severely mentally ill, aren’t hoarders, don’t have a history of violence and aren’t seeking treatment for addictions. In exchange, the approved applicant will receive $50-$75 a week, as well as several training sessions, regular check-ins, and all the dog food, toys, leashes and veterinary care they need, provided by Animal Care and Control. Follow @HomelessFriend . HomelessFriend SpreadPeaceUSA EndHomelessness homeless bestof bethechange veganvip happydogs shelterdogs heartwarming adoption adoptdontshop igdogs dog dogs dogsofinstagram dogsofinstgram dogstagram: In San Francisco, the homeless can take care of stray puppies and get pai for it. This is definitely a Win-Win! 🙌🏼🐶🙌🏼 • Repost @animalrevenge ・・・ Like this? Comment below😚 San Francisco is initiating a new program August 1, believed to be the first of its kind in the country. WOOF (Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos) encourages homeless individuals to give up panhandling. In exchange, they’ll receive a small stipend to foster problematic puppies until they’re ready for adoption. from @homelessfriend The goal is to try to help both the city and its animals. San Francisco Animal Care and Controlwill screen potential foster parents to ensure that they are a good fit for the program. They must live in supportive housing, not on the streets, and prove they are not severely mentally ill, aren’t hoarders, don’t have a history of violence and aren’t seeking treatment for addictions. In exchange, the approved applicant will receive $50-$75 a week, as well as several training sessions, regular check-ins, and all the dog food, toys, leashes and veterinary care they need, provided by Animal Care and Control. Follow @HomelessFriend . HomelessFriend SpreadPeaceUSA EndHomelessness homeless bestof bethechange veganvip happydogs shelterdogs heartwarming adoption adoptdontshop igdogs dog dogs dogsofinstagram dogsofinstgram dogstagram

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See the small, blue dot near the center of this image? That's the Curiosity rover as seen from the skies of Mars! This stunning shot of the car-sized rover traversing the rocky terrain of Mount Sharp was taken by a camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on 5 June 2017, two months before the fifth anniversary of Curiosity's landing on the Red Planet in August of 2012. Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, MRO captured this image of Curiosity in the middle of its investigation of active sand dunes and the “Vera Rubin Ridge,” an uphill location containing hematite (the mineral form of Iron(III) oxide) that the NASA team hopes to examine. The rover has driven over 16.94 kilometers (10.53 miles) since it touched down on the Martian surface, and this image serves as a reminder of our enduring quest for knowledge. Which planet or space object would you like to see a rover on next? Photo: NASA-JPL-Caltech-Univ. of Arizona. guffscience science space exploration spaceexploration explore astronomy education bestof didyouknow nowyouknow aerialphotography spacephotography nasa jpl caltech universityofarizona mars marsreconnaissanceorbiter mro curiosity rover: See the small, blue dot near the center of this image? That's the Curiosity rover as seen from the skies of Mars! This stunning shot of the car-sized rover traversing the rocky terrain of Mount Sharp was taken by a camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on 5 June 2017, two months before the fifth anniversary of Curiosity's landing on the Red Planet in August of 2012. Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, MRO captured this image of Curiosity in the middle of its investigation of active sand dunes and the “Vera Rubin Ridge,” an uphill location containing hematite (the mineral form of Iron(III) oxide) that the NASA team hopes to examine. The rover has driven over 16.94 kilometers (10.53 miles) since it touched down on the Martian surface, and this image serves as a reminder of our enduring quest for knowledge. Which planet or space object would you like to see a rover on next? Photo: NASA-JPL-Caltech-Univ. of Arizona. guffscience science space exploration spaceexploration explore astronomy education bestof didyouknow nowyouknow aerialphotography spacephotography nasa jpl caltech universityofarizona mars marsreconnaissanceorbiter mro curiosity rover

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A group of astrophysicists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland announced on 18 May 2017 that they have created the largest virtual universe ever simulated as part of their research into the “dark side of the Universe,” and their simulation is a bit bigger than your average video game world. Using the Piz Daint supercomputer at the Swiss National Computing Center, the researchers generated a virtual universe of 25 billion virtual galaxies, composed of 2 trillion digital macro-particles that represent the “dark matter fluid” that composes roughly 23 percent of the cosmos. Their research plays an integral role in the European Space Agency’s Euclid space mission, in which the Euclid satellite will be sent to space in 2020 for a six-year data collecting mission to investigate dark matter and dark energy. Euclid will measure the redshift of galaxies and the acceleration of the universe to better understand the expansion of the universe, the formation of cosmic structures, and the nature of this fascinating dark energy. In this image, we see a sliver of the virtual universe nearly a billion light-years across. Tag a gamer who would like to explore this virtual universe! 🖥️🌌 Photo: Joachim Stadel, University of Zurich. guffscience science astronomy technology computerscience research code computer supercomputer simulation universe galaxy space education bestof didyouknow nowyouknow model universityofzurich switzerland pizdaint esa euclid darkmatter darkenergy: A group of astrophysicists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland announced on 18 May 2017 that they have created the largest virtual universe ever simulated as part of their research into the “dark side of the Universe,” and their simulation is a bit bigger than your average video game world. Using the Piz Daint supercomputer at the Swiss National Computing Center, the researchers generated a virtual universe of 25 billion virtual galaxies, composed of 2 trillion digital macro-particles that represent the “dark matter fluid” that composes roughly 23 percent of the cosmos. Their research plays an integral role in the European Space Agency’s Euclid space mission, in which the Euclid satellite will be sent to space in 2020 for a six-year data collecting mission to investigate dark matter and dark energy. Euclid will measure the redshift of galaxies and the acceleration of the universe to better understand the expansion of the universe, the formation of cosmic structures, and the nature of this fascinating dark energy. In this image, we see a sliver of the virtual universe nearly a billion light-years across. Tag a gamer who would like to explore this virtual universe! 🖥️🌌 Photo: Joachim Stadel, University of Zurich. guffscience science astronomy technology computerscience research code computer supercomputer simulation universe galaxy space education bestof didyouknow nowyouknow model universityofzurich switzerland pizdaint esa euclid darkmatter darkenergy

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If you live in the United States, clear your calendar for 21 August 2017. ☀️ On that day, millions of people across the country will witness the Sun disappear behind the Moon for two minutes in the middle of the day. Daylight will turn to twilight, the temperature will suddenly drop, and an awe-inspiring visual experience will captivate the continent. For the first time in hundreds of years, the middle of North America will host a total solar eclipse all its own. Rare in its own right, what makes this particular total eclipse unique is that it will only be viewable from the continental United States. The last time this happened was on 29 July 463 CE, making this the first total solar eclipse that is exclusive to the U.S. in the nation’s history. The ‘Great American Eclipse’ will be a remarkable event, and is likely to be one of the most witnessed astronomical events for a generation. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby partially or totally obscuring the view of the Sun from Earth. A *total* solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, thus blocking all direct sunlight and plunging day into darkness. The so-called “path of totality” – the 70-mile-wide (113 km) shadow region from which the total eclipse is visible – will move across the United States from west to east, starting in Oregon (eclipse time: ~10:20 AM) and ending in South Carolina (eclipse time: ~2:45 PM), racing across no less than 14 American states. If you plan on witnessing the event, don’t forget to buy properly designed and certified solar filter glasses ahead of time, as it is very dangerous to view an eclipse without adequate eye protection. Any guesses when the next exclusively-American eclipse will be? Not until 25 January 2316, which should leave you plenty of time to prepare. 🔭😯 What are your exciting viewing plans for the ‘Great American Eclipse’ of 2017? Let us know! Photo: Luc Viatour. guffscience science astronomy astrophysics space nature education eclipse solareclipse greatamericaneclipse unitedstates america bestof interesting didyouknow nowyouknow earth moon sun eclipse2017: If you live in the United States, clear your calendar for 21 August 2017. ☀️ On that day, millions of people across the country will witness the Sun disappear behind the Moon for two minutes in the middle of the day. Daylight will turn to twilight, the temperature will suddenly drop, and an awe-inspiring visual experience will captivate the continent. For the first time in hundreds of years, the middle of North America will host a total solar eclipse all its own. Rare in its own right, what makes this particular total eclipse unique is that it will only be viewable from the continental United States. The last time this happened was on 29 July 463 CE, making this the first total solar eclipse that is exclusive to the U.S. in the nation’s history. The ‘Great American Eclipse’ will be a remarkable event, and is likely to be one of the most witnessed astronomical events for a generation. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby partially or totally obscuring the view of the Sun from Earth. A *total* solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, thus blocking all direct sunlight and plunging day into darkness. The so-called “path of totality” – the 70-mile-wide (113 km) shadow region from which the total eclipse is visible – will move across the United States from west to east, starting in Oregon (eclipse time: ~10:20 AM) and ending in South Carolina (eclipse time: ~2:45 PM), racing across no less than 14 American states. If you plan on witnessing the event, don’t forget to buy properly designed and certified solar filter glasses ahead of time, as it is very dangerous to view an eclipse without adequate eye protection. Any guesses when the next exclusively-American eclipse will be? Not until 25 January 2316, which should leave you plenty of time to prepare. 🔭😯 What are your exciting viewing plans for the ‘Great American Eclipse’ of 2017? Let us know! Photo: Luc Viatour. guffscience science astronomy astrophysics space nature education eclipse solareclipse greatamericaneclipse unitedstates america bestof interesting didyouknow nowyouknow earth moon sun eclipse2017

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<p>Redditor saved from abusive parents by his sister and a camping trip. (From r/bestof) via /r/wholesomememes <a href="http://ift.tt/2mGvImv">http://ift.tt/2mGvImv</a></p>: I grew up in a household with a narc dad and a borderline mom who often left us for long periods of time to do god knows what. When I was 12 I learned that I had a half sister, who was 17 andliving in another town a few hours away. She had problems in her house too, although mainly economical problems, not actual neglect caused by il will We wrote letters to each other and in one letter I shared with her my fear of the long summer holiday. Being stuck in the house without even school to escape to was hell. She made a promise to come and save me if it got too bad "Just let me know and I'll find a way to help" she wrote A few days after I had posted my letter where I told her about how my mother had stopped providing meals, and my dad was emotionally and sometimes physically abusive, she showed up on our doorstep She told my dad that I was going to spend the summer holiday with her family and since my dad hated kids, myself included, he happily agreed, no questions asked We took the night train north, I was so excited. She didn't take me home with her - she took me camping. We spent the entire summer hiking amazingly beautiful trails, usually tenting but sometimes renting a small cabin for the night. It was the happiest summer of my life. I suddenly had a sister - who cared and enjoyed spending time with me. She could fish and trap birds, and cook and showed me how to read maps and the names of the constellations in the night sky When the summer ended I was transformed. I wasn't shy or confidence deprived anymore. I was a strong and resilient kid with an entirely new outlook on things I reported my parents for lacking parenting skills and I was placed with a foster family. Neither of them made a fuss to keep me, so it was easily done I often think about that summer, that changed my life so profoundly. I don't know if it was that I gained a sister, or that she showed me that I can survive - and thrive - even on the roughest, unmarked trails It wasn't until years later that I learned the real story behind that summer. At the time when she made me that promise, my sister lived with her family in a tiny apartment, with no place for yet another person or another mouth to feed In fact she had been told to get out herself as soon as possible, to make room for her siblings, and she was now awaiting the day when she could move into her student apartment. I was amazed to hear that not only was our wonderful summer an emergency solution, her way to keep her promise and also give me an unforgettable summer - but she did it so well that I never once realized that we were there because we had nowhere else to go Today I turn 30. My sister is still my best friend and this summer we plan to hit the trails again Edit: Thank you all for your kind comments I'm stunned. For those who wonder about the trail. This is it: http://www.swedishlapland.com/stories/kings-trail/ <p>Redditor saved from abusive parents by his sister and a camping trip. (From r/bestof) via /r/wholesomememes <a href="http://ift.tt/2mGvImv">http://ift.tt/2mGvImv</a></p>

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How amazing is this?! Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have created a 3D bio-printing pen that makes it possible for surgeons to “draw” new cells directly onto damaged cartilage and bone in the middle of a surgical procedure. What sort of “ink” goes in a pen that makes bone? While it’s no sparkly Gelly Roll pen, this biopen’s ink is made up of stem cells housed inside a biopolymer, which is coated with a second layer of hydrogel and hardened with a UV light in the pen. It’s the future, folks! Thanks to @Tech for the heads up on this awesome innovation, and make sure to give them a follow! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Science Tech 3DPrinting 3DPrinter BestOf: OTECH I guff com THE BIOPEN IS A HANDHELD 3D PRINTER THAT DOCTORS CAN USE DURING SURGERY How amazing is this?! Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have created a 3D bio-printing pen that makes it possible for surgeons to “draw” new cells directly onto damaged cartilage and bone in the middle of a surgical procedure. What sort of “ink” goes in a pen that makes bone? While it’s no sparkly Gelly Roll pen, this biopen’s ink is made up of stem cells housed inside a biopolymer, which is coated with a second layer of hydrogel and hardened with a UV light in the pen. It’s the future, folks! Thanks to @Tech for the heads up on this awesome innovation, and make sure to give them a follow! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Science Tech 3DPrinting 3DPrinter BestOf

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Phew! In the early ‘90s, the Hubble Space Telescope was used to analyze type Ia supernovae, a.k.a. the thermonuclear explosion of dying stars, which led to a theory that dark energy is the cause of the accelerated expansion of the universe. Now, a team of scientists from Oxford University’s Department of Physics are analyzing ten times the original data and have found the theory wanting. “The evidence for accelerated expansion is, at most, what physicists call ‘3 sigma.’ This is far short of the ‘5 sigma’ standard required to claim a discovery of fundamental significance,” said Professor Subir Sarkar, a fellow at the Neils Bohr Institute and the leader of this study. Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Photo cred: NASA - Hubble Space Telescope Science Astronomy Space Physics MilkyWay NASA Stars BestOf: @science I gufftom The universe may not be expanding at an accelerated rate after all! Phew! In the early ‘90s, the Hubble Space Telescope was used to analyze type Ia supernovae, a.k.a. the thermonuclear explosion of dying stars, which led to a theory that dark energy is the cause of the accelerated expansion of the universe. Now, a team of scientists from Oxford University’s Department of Physics are analyzing ten times the original data and have found the theory wanting. “The evidence for accelerated expansion is, at most, what physicists call ‘3 sigma.’ This is far short of the ‘5 sigma’ standard required to claim a discovery of fundamental significance,” said Professor Subir Sarkar, a fellow at the Neils Bohr Institute and the leader of this study. Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Photo cred: NASA - Hubble Space Telescope Science Astronomy Space Physics MilkyWay NASA Stars BestOf

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Any guesses? It’s a beetle foot! Specifically, the front tarsus of a male Acilius sulcatus, otherwise known as the diving beetle. Igor Siwanowicz is a photographer and neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus, and he uses a confocal laser-scanning microscope to capture all sorts of creatures in insane detail. Siwanowicz started as a biochemist but eventually changed fields. "I used to work as a biochemist, but I decided that neurobiology was more in tune with my naturalist approach. Plus they have these cool toys: confocal laser-scanning microscopes," said Siwanowicz. Toys do have a powerful pull, even for adults! Photo cred: Igor Siwanowicz Science Microscopes Photography Bugs BestOf: Can you guess what this is? ience guff.com Any guesses? It’s a beetle foot! Specifically, the front tarsus of a male Acilius sulcatus, otherwise known as the diving beetle. Igor Siwanowicz is a photographer and neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus, and he uses a confocal laser-scanning microscope to capture all sorts of creatures in insane detail. Siwanowicz started as a biochemist but eventually changed fields. "I used to work as a biochemist, but I decided that neurobiology was more in tune with my naturalist approach. Plus they have these cool toys: confocal laser-scanning microscopes," said Siwanowicz. Toys do have a powerful pull, even for adults! Photo cred: Igor Siwanowicz Science Microscopes Photography Bugs BestOf

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Say what now? If you weren’t aware, cows are super gassy and their farts and burps are behind (heh) 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. So, how will seaweed fix it? Researchers in Queensland, Australia have discovered that by adding dried seaweed to a cow’s diet, the methane that they produce decreases by up to 99 percent. Asparagopsis taxiformis, a type of red seaweed, made the most significant reduction and, according to Rocky De Nys, aquaculture professor and scientist on the study, “If Asparagopsis is fed to sheep at 2 percent of their diet, they produce between 50 and 70 percent less methane over a 72-day period continuously.” Tag someone gassy in the comments who could use some Asparagopsis taxiformis in their life! Photo cred: The Big Hungry Planet Science Cows Gas Farts Burps Seaweed BestOf: cience g COm Seaweed-eating cows could save our environment Say what now? If you weren’t aware, cows are super gassy and their farts and burps are behind (heh) 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. So, how will seaweed fix it? Researchers in Queensland, Australia have discovered that by adding dried seaweed to a cow’s diet, the methane that they produce decreases by up to 99 percent. Asparagopsis taxiformis, a type of red seaweed, made the most significant reduction and, according to Rocky De Nys, aquaculture professor and scientist on the study, “If Asparagopsis is fed to sheep at 2 percent of their diet, they produce between 50 and 70 percent less methane over a 72-day period continuously.” Tag someone gassy in the comments who could use some Asparagopsis taxiformis in their life! Photo cred: The Big Hungry Planet Science Cows Gas Farts Burps Seaweed BestOf

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For today’s WCW, @Science wants to honor Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, Nobel Prize winner and biochemist extraordinaire. Born in Egypt to two British archaeologists, Hodgkin was the third woman ever to be awarded first-class honors while studying Chemistry at the University of Oxford. She discovered the three-dimensional biomolecular structures of cholesteryl iodide, penicillin, insulin and vitamin B12 (which ended up winning her the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964). B12 makes sure that the body's nerve and blood cells stay healthy, so don’t forget about Hodgkin when you pop your B12 in the morning! Photo cred: SSPL Science Biochemistry NobelPrize Feminism WomenInStem BestOf: This woman was a pioneer in the study of X-ray crystallography studies of biomolecules For today’s WCW, @Science wants to honor Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, Nobel Prize winner and biochemist extraordinaire. Born in Egypt to two British archaeologists, Hodgkin was the third woman ever to be awarded first-class honors while studying Chemistry at the University of Oxford. She discovered the three-dimensional biomolecular structures of cholesteryl iodide, penicillin, insulin and vitamin B12 (which ended up winning her the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964). B12 makes sure that the body's nerve and blood cells stay healthy, so don’t forget about Hodgkin when you pop your B12 in the morning! Photo cred: SSPL Science Biochemistry NobelPrize Feminism WomenInStem BestOf

For today’s WCW, @Science wants to honor Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, Nobel Prize winner and biochemist extraordinaire. Born in Egypt to two...

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The Grant Study at Harvard Medical School is a 75-year-long (and still going) longitudinal study. Two hundred and sixty-eight healthy (both mentally and physically) American male sophomores from Harvard classes ranging from 1939 to 1944 have been evaluated every two years with questionnaires and interviews. While a lot of data has been accumulated over the 75 years, some of the main takeaways have been that children who do chores are more successful, aging liberals have tons of sex and alcoholism is a real bitch. Thanks to @Facts for the heads up on this awesome fact! Give them a follow! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Science Facts Harvard Alcoholism TheGrantStudy BestOf: @facts Iguff.com The longest study of humans ever conducted spanned 75 years. It concluded that children who are assigned chores are more likely to be successful adults. The Grant Study at Harvard Medical School is a 75-year-long (and still going) longitudinal study. Two hundred and sixty-eight healthy (both mentally and physically) American male sophomores from Harvard classes ranging from 1939 to 1944 have been evaluated every two years with questionnaires and interviews. While a lot of data has been accumulated over the 75 years, some of the main takeaways have been that children who do chores are more successful, aging liberals have tons of sex and alcoholism is a real bitch. Thanks to @Facts for the heads up on this awesome fact! Give them a follow! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Science Facts Harvard Alcoholism TheGrantStudy BestOf
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Happy Halloween, folks! Also, sorry we scared you with this terrible photo. Ever wonder why clowns are so damn terrifying? Clowns personify uncertainty, which humans tend to be weary of, biologically speaking. This uncertainty is actually a key factor in being creeped out by something; when we know something can hurt us, we’re legitimately scared, but when we’re not sure if something’s actually a threat or not, it tends to give us the creeps. Not to mention the fact that they’re always smiling. “You recognize a smile, your brain registers that smiles are largely good things — and yet you can’t smile all the time, because if you’re smiling all the time, something’s not right. We take cues from the way people behave, but if there’s no change in the way they look or the way they act … that makes them very scary,” said Steven Schlozman, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School. Photo cred: FunLoud Science Halloween HappyHalloween Creepy Clowns NOPE BestOf: @Science guff.com There's a scientific reason why clowns are SO Scary Happy Halloween, folks! Also, sorry we scared you with this terrible photo. Ever wonder why clowns are so damn terrifying? Clowns personify uncertainty, which humans tend to be weary of, biologically speaking. This uncertainty is actually a key factor in being creeped out by something; when we know something can hurt us, we’re legitimately scared, but when we’re not sure if something’s actually a threat or not, it tends to give us the creeps. Not to mention the fact that they’re always smiling. “You recognize a smile, your brain registers that smiles are largely good things — and yet you can’t smile all the time, because if you’re smiling all the time, something’s not right. We take cues from the way people behave, but if there’s no change in the way they look or the way they act … that makes them very scary,” said Steven Schlozman, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School. Photo cred: FunLoud Science Halloween HappyHalloween Creepy Clowns NOPE BestOf

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Turns out the spooky magic of the Bermuda Triangle was just the weather! This terrifying triangular area in the North Atlantic Ocean between Miami, Puerto Rico and the island of Bermuda has been the mysterious resting place of 75 planes and hundreds of ships over the years. While some attribute all the spookiness to aliens or ghosts, it turns out that the region’s hexagonal clouds are responsible. These six-sided cloud formations create air bombs that can have winds up to 170mph, which is not so good for planes and boats. “They are formed by what are called microbursts and they're blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other,” said meteorologist Randy Cerveny. Anyone up for some kite flying? Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Photo cred: Funny Junk Science Meteorology Weather Storms BermudaTriangle Miami PuertoRico Bermuda BestOf: @science guff.com The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has been solved Turns out the spooky magic of the Bermuda Triangle was just the weather! This terrifying triangular area in the North Atlantic Ocean between Miami, Puerto Rico and the island of Bermuda has been the mysterious resting place of 75 planes and hundreds of ships over the years. While some attribute all the spookiness to aliens or ghosts, it turns out that the region’s hexagonal clouds are responsible. These six-sided cloud formations create air bombs that can have winds up to 170mph, which is not so good for planes and boats. “They are formed by what are called microbursts and they're blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other,” said meteorologist Randy Cerveny. Anyone up for some kite flying? Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Photo cred: Funny Junk Science Meteorology Weather Storms BermudaTriangle Miami PuertoRico Bermuda BestOf

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Har har har. Uranus. Can we get to the science now? Data from the Voyager 2 was recently reexamined, and a celestial surprise was uncovered! First seen as wavy patterns amongst two of Uranus’ dark rings (stop it), researchers discovered the possibility of two previously undiscovered moons! “These patterns may be wakes from small moonlets orbiting exterior to these rings,” wrote University of Idaho planetary scientists Rob Chancia and Matthew Hedman in their study. This new discovery will be explored further by the Hubble Space Telescope! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Photo cred: NASA-Erich Karkoschka (Univ. Arizona) Science Space NASA Astronomy Uranus Planets Moons Voyager2 Butts UniversityOfIdaho BestOf: @science I guff.com Researchers discovered two new moons hiding in the rings of Uranus Har har har. Uranus. Can we get to the science now? Data from the Voyager 2 was recently reexamined, and a celestial surprise was uncovered! First seen as wavy patterns amongst two of Uranus’ dark rings (stop it), researchers discovered the possibility of two previously undiscovered moons! “These patterns may be wakes from small moonlets orbiting exterior to these rings,” wrote University of Idaho planetary scientists Rob Chancia and Matthew Hedman in their study. This new discovery will be explored further by the Hubble Space Telescope! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Photo cred: NASA-Erich Karkoschka (Univ. Arizona) Science Space NASA Astronomy Uranus Planets Moons Voyager2 Butts UniversityOfIdaho BestOf

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Seriously, though, this plant is terrifying. Hippomane mancinella is a flowering plant native to southern parts of North America as well as South America and… Well… How do we put this? Every part of it can kill you in a very, very painful way. Its apple-esque fruit is incredibly toxic, with the ability to cause shock, bleeding and bacterial superinfection if ingested. Not only that, but its milky sap can take the paint off cars. Think you can just set it on fire to be rid of its evil? Nice try, bro. Burning the tree releases poison smoke that can cause temporary blindness and compromise airways. Luckily, most of these trees come with signs that tell you to STAY THE HELL AWAY. Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Photo cred: NPS Science Botany Poison Apples Death Florida TheCarribean SouthAmerica BestOf: @science Tguff.com Don't eat this fruit. Don't touch this fruit Don't even look at the tree. It can kill you Seriously, though, this plant is terrifying. Hippomane mancinella is a flowering plant native to southern parts of North America as well as South America and… Well… How do we put this? Every part of it can kill you in a very, very painful way. Its apple-esque fruit is incredibly toxic, with the ability to cause shock, bleeding and bacterial superinfection if ingested. Not only that, but its milky sap can take the paint off cars. Think you can just set it on fire to be rid of its evil? Nice try, bro. Burning the tree releases poison smoke that can cause temporary blindness and compromise airways. Luckily, most of these trees come with signs that tell you to STAY THE HELL AWAY. Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Photo cred: NPS Science Botany Poison Apples Death Florida TheCarribean SouthAmerica BestOf

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Hidden rooms are the best kind of rooms, don’t you think? The ScanPyramids project (which uses muon detectors, infrared thermography, laser scanning and aerial drones to non-invasively look inside the pyramids) recently discovered two cavities in the Great Pyramid at Giza that they had never seen before. While this group of scientists believes they have found two previously undiscovered rooms, others are more skeptical. "These people are scientists and do not have an archaeological background. The core of the pyramid was built using long stones and small stones. If you know that, you'll find anomalies everywhere. I think there are no secret rooms and these anomalies have to do with the way the pyramid was built," said Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs and Director of the Giza Pyramids Excavation. What a party pooper! Photo cred: Emaze Science Archaeology Egypt Pyramids Secrets TheMummy BestOf: a science guff com Recent scans of the Great Pyramid at Giza revealed two new hidden rooms. Hidden rooms are the best kind of rooms, don’t you think? The ScanPyramids project (which uses muon detectors, infrared thermography, laser scanning and aerial drones to non-invasively look inside the pyramids) recently discovered two cavities in the Great Pyramid at Giza that they had never seen before. While this group of scientists believes they have found two previously undiscovered rooms, others are more skeptical. "These people are scientists and do not have an archaeological background. The core of the pyramid was built using long stones and small stones. If you know that, you'll find anomalies everywhere. I think there are no secret rooms and these anomalies have to do with the way the pyramid was built," said Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs and Director of the Giza Pyramids Excavation. What a party pooper! Photo cred: Emaze Science Archaeology Egypt Pyramids Secrets TheMummy BestOf

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This is Dr. John Zhang, a fertility specialist from New Hope Fertility Center in New York City, with the first baby to ever be born with three genetic parents. The procedure, which was done in Mexico due to their more lax regulations involving human embryo manipulation, is called spindle nuclear transfer. It's done by taking the nucleus from one of the mother’s eggs and putting it into a donor egg that has had its nucleus removed. The egg is then fertilized with the father’s sperm and the end product is a fertilized egg with three genetic parents. This procedure can help avoid the transmission of genetic diseases that could possibly be fatal. Thanks to @Tech for the heads up on this amazing scientific breakthrough! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff. Science Tech Medicine China Genetics DNA Genes Babies BestOf: OTECH I guff.com A HEALTHY BABY WITH DNA FROM THREE PEOPLE WAS JUST BORN THANKS TO A MITOCHONDRIAL DONATION PROCEDURE This is Dr. John Zhang, a fertility specialist from New Hope Fertility Center in New York City, with the first baby to ever be born with three genetic parents. The procedure, which was done in Mexico due to their more lax regulations involving human embryo manipulation, is called spindle nuclear transfer. It's done by taking the nucleus from one of the mother’s eggs and putting it into a donor egg that has had its nucleus removed. The egg is then fertilized with the father’s sperm and the end product is a fertilized egg with three genetic parents. This procedure can help avoid the transmission of genetic diseases that could possibly be fatal. Thanks to @Tech for the heads up on this amazing scientific breakthrough! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff. Science Tech Medicine China Genetics DNA Genes Babies BestOf

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Telmatobius culeus, a wrinkly amphibian known affectionately as a “scrotum frog,” is a critically endangered frog that’s endemic to Lake Titicaca and the rivers that feed it. After 10,000 of them suddenly dropped dead within a 30-mile (50 kilometer) area, authorities are trying to figure out why. All signs point to severe pollution of the lake, which has taken an already tiny population (due to habitat loss and a species of invasive trout eating up all of their tadpoles) and brought it to the brink of extinction. How are they trying reverse this ecological nightmare? "I've had to bring them [the government] the dead frogs. The authorities don't realise how we're living. They have no idea how major the pollution is. The situation is maddening," said activist leader and resident Maruja Inquilla. Fun fact: T. culeus’ ballsack-looking skin increases their surface area, making it possible to absorb more oxygen. Photo cred: Bolivian Amphibian Initiative Science Amphibians Pollution Peru Bolivia Conservation Scrotum BestOf: science guff.com 10,000 endangered scrotum frogs' have dropped dead in a lake on the border of Peru and Bolivia Telmatobius culeus, a wrinkly amphibian known affectionately as a “scrotum frog,” is a critically endangered frog that’s endemic to Lake Titicaca and the rivers that feed it. After 10,000 of them suddenly dropped dead within a 30-mile (50 kilometer) area, authorities are trying to figure out why. All signs point to severe pollution of the lake, which has taken an already tiny population (due to habitat loss and a species of invasive trout eating up all of their tadpoles) and brought it to the brink of extinction. How are they trying reverse this ecological nightmare? "I've had to bring them [the government] the dead frogs. The authorities don't realise how we're living. They have no idea how major the pollution is. The situation is maddening," said activist leader and resident Maruja Inquilla. Fun fact: T. culeus’ ballsack-looking skin increases their surface area, making it possible to absorb more oxygen. Photo cred: Bolivian Amphibian Initiative Science Amphibians Pollution Peru Bolivia Conservation Scrotum BestOf
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Happy WCW, folks! Today, @Science wanted to honor Vera Rubin, an amazing American astronomer! How’s that for alliteration? She was born in Philadelphia and grew up with an interest in astronomy. Rubin eventually earned her BA in astronomy from Vassar College and tried to enroll in the graduate astronomy program at Princeton, but they refused to send her a catalogue because women weren’t allowed in the graduate astronomy program...until 1975. Let’s let that sink in for a second. She ended up studying at Cornell University, learning quantum physics from Richard Feynman and quantum mechanics under Hans Bethe. While studying the Andromeda Galaxy with fellow astronomer Kent Ford, Rubin noticed that objects on the outer parts of the galaxy were spinning at the same speed as those on the inside, which was antithetical to the belief objects at the center of a galaxy move faster than those on the outskirts. It turns out that she discovered the existence of the unseeable stuff that affects the movement of galaxies! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Science Physics DarkMatter WomenInSTEM Scientists BestOf: science I guff.com This woman proved the existence of dark matter Happy WCW, folks! Today, @Science wanted to honor Vera Rubin, an amazing American astronomer! How’s that for alliteration? She was born in Philadelphia and grew up with an interest in astronomy. Rubin eventually earned her BA in astronomy from Vassar College and tried to enroll in the graduate astronomy program at Princeton, but they refused to send her a catalogue because women weren’t allowed in the graduate astronomy program...until 1975. Let’s let that sink in for a second. She ended up studying at Cornell University, learning quantum physics from Richard Feynman and quantum mechanics under Hans Bethe. While studying the Andromeda Galaxy with fellow astronomer Kent Ford, Rubin noticed that objects on the outer parts of the galaxy were spinning at the same speed as those on the inside, which was antithetical to the belief objects at the center of a galaxy move faster than those on the outskirts. It turns out that she discovered the existence of the unseeable stuff that affects the movement of galaxies! Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Science Physics DarkMatter WomenInSTEM Scientists BestOf

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How exciting! The ExoMars program was created by the ESA as a way to study the Martian environment and see if there was ever life on the Red Planet. The Schiaparelli landing capsule is due to touch down on Mars tomorrow (October 19), using its shiny gold aeroshell to protect it from the heat and dust particles and a parachute to slow it down for impact. The goal of this mission? To look for signs of life on Mars, figure out variations in the geochemical environment and study the different types of gas on the planet and where they come from. Photo cred: ESA Science Space Mars ESA SpaceTravel RedPlanet ExoMars Sciaparelli BestOf: @science guff.com On Wednesday, the Schiaparelli capsule will land on Mars in search of signs of life How exciting! The ExoMars program was created by the ESA as a way to study the Martian environment and see if there was ever life on the Red Planet. The Schiaparelli landing capsule is due to touch down on Mars tomorrow (October 19), using its shiny gold aeroshell to protect it from the heat and dust particles and a parachute to slow it down for impact. The goal of this mission? To look for signs of life on Mars, figure out variations in the geochemical environment and study the different types of gas on the planet and where they come from. Photo cred: ESA Science Space Mars ESA SpaceTravel RedPlanet ExoMars Sciaparelli BestOf

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