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Have you ever wondered where books come from?

zwischendenstuehlen:

Well then, let me show you, because that’s what I do for a living.

Right now, it’s this time of the year, and the little ones have just freshly hatched:

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You’ll notice they’re still blind and naked when they hatch. So I make them little coats to keep them warm during their first winter:

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See how they happily line up to put them on:

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See? Better. Now they’re ready to go and explore the world.

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And if they make it through the winter and we take good care of them, they will grow up to be strong and wise like their older fellows:

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So, in case you were ever wondering, now you know.

tonyespera:

lusilly:

gobigorgoextinct:

Jaeger with a sticker on its rear that says ‘Jesus is my co-pilot’

#Headcanon: its Matador Fury from Mexico #piloted by Jesus and Carlos 

 (via nathanielfick)

dollwoman:

For one cup of coffee?!? These prices are insane, you Maverick!

dollwoman:

For one cup of coffee?!? These prices are insane, you Maverick!

naamah-beherit:

avengerwho:

tastefullyoffensive:

Grandma caterpillar putting on lipstick. [via]

took me a minute

yeah, but when it does, you can’t unsee it

naamah-beherit:

avengerwho:

tastefullyoffensive:

Grandma caterpillar putting on lipstick. [via]

took me a minute

yeah, but when it does, you can’t unsee it

(Source: nandineed)

Theory: Nobody who writes a physics textbook gives any fucks

colonelmagpie:

colonelmagpie:

colonelmagpie:

colonelmagpie:

Evidence:

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Update: Legolas’ pupils are about 3.5 cm wide each. Now drawing kawaii Legolas on physics assignment.

And they told you science was no fun.

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Science!

I’m going to do it. I’m going to hand it in.

foundingfathersfbconvos:

ladyhistory:

The Etc. Captioned Adventures of George Washington

PART I | PART II | PART III | PART IV | PART V | PART VI | PART VII | PART VIII | PART IX | PART X

I’m pretty sure that first one is historically accurate from Lafayette’s POV. 

dailybirdbeast:

Aaaand I’m back! Kicking off the week with a little zebra finch griffin, in honor of my research species and my school’s very very new mascot.
I knew I would be busy but I still think I underestimated!!!

dailybirdbeast:

Aaaand I’m back! Kicking off the week with a little zebra finch griffin, in honor of my research species and my school’s very very new mascot.

I knew I would be busy but I still think I underestimated!!!

mindblowingscience:

The 2014 Ig Nobel Winners: Banana Peels to Nasal Pork

Nobel Laureates awarded the 2014 Ig Nobel prizes tonight (Sept. 18) at Harvard University, honoring those scientific achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think, according to organizers of the event.
And there were some doozies! Winning science involved everything from dirty diapers and cat bites to slippery banana peels and ugly paintings. Here’s a look at the Ig Nobel winners of 2014.
Going bananas: After testing out 12 different banana skins under the force of a shoe sole moving across it in a forward motion, the researchers found the slimy fruit skin reduced friction by one-fifth compared with a show sole by itself on a linoleum floor. The resulting friction, called the friction coefficient, between the shoe sole and banana skin was comparable to a “well-lubricated surface” like a ski on snow, the researchers wrote in their paper on the study detailed online in 2012 the journal Tribology. For this discovery, Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, took home the Ig Nobel in Physics.
Seeing faces: The Neuroscience Ig Nobel was awarded to a team for their study into the brain processes that underlie the odd phenomenon called face pareidolia, which is responsible for people thinking they see an image of Jesus’ face in their toast. Face pareidolia has also conjured up the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich and a face in the rocky formations on Mars. Intheir brain-scanning study, the scientists, Jiangang Liu, Jun Li, Lu Feng, Ling Li, Jie Tian and Kang Lee, found that expectations may be the culprit. When a person expects to see a face, say, on Mars or in a piece of toast, the expectation switches on a brain region linked to processing faces. Their trippy brain study is detailed in the April 2014 issue of the journal Cortex.
Psychopathic tendencies: Any night owls out there? Turns out, people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more psychopathic than early risers, according to a study published in 2013 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The researchers, who also found those who stay up late are more fond of themselves and more manipulative than their early-rising counterparts, snagged the Ig Nobel in Psychology for their mental probe.
The furor of Fluffy: The purring beast that seems to rule the roost we call our homes may be causing ill health. The researchers who revealed this furry find snagged the Public Health Prize. In one of their studies, the team found that cat bites are associated with depression in humans, particularly women. As for why, the researchers speculated on various reasons, including the idea that depressed individuals may take in a cat for companionship. Fluffy may also impart a nasty parasite called Toxoplasma gondii to its pet-loving owner, causing changes to its owner’s brain, the reseachers write in 2013 in the online journal PLOS ONE. “Recent studies have suggested that this parasite may actually contribute to human psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as other brain pathologies,” they added.   
… And Fido: Your beloved Fido wasn’t left out of the Ig Nobels. Dogs are known to practice some odd behaviors, like sniffing each other’s butts, but a discovery out this year takes the prize for bizarre-yet-amazing doggie behaviors: When pooping, dogs prefer to align their bodies along the north-south axis of Earth’s magnetic field. The finding, detailed in the journal Frontiers in Zoology, earned a team of international scientists the Ig Nobel in Biology.
Painful gaze: Looking at ugly art can be painful. That’s what researchers from Italy found when comparing the relative pain people felt when looking at an ugly painting versus a beautiful one while being shot in the hand with a laser beam. For their 2008 aesthetic study, the team took home this year’s Art Prize.
Creative money: The Economics Ig Nobel went to the Italian government’s National Institute of Statistics. Their achievement? Apparently, the institute got creative when aiming to fulfill the European Union’s mandate to increase the national economy. They did so by including revenue gained from “prostitution, illegal drug sales, smuggling and all other unlawful financial transactions between willing participants,” according to a statement released by the Ig Nobel organizers.
Pork benefits: Another group of creative thinkers was awarded the Medicine Prize. Turns out pork is not just good eating. Researchers from the United States and India used strips of cured pork meat to treat uncontrollable nosebleeds in a 4-year-old with Glanzmann thrombasthenia, a rare blood disorder that causes easy bruising and nosebleeds. “Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively,” the researchers write in their study, which was published in 2011 in the journal Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology.
Bear masks: Humans dressed as polar bears played roles in garnering the Ig Nobel’s Arctic Science Prize. “Due to interactions between Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) and polar bears (Ursus maritimus) during field work on Edgeøya, Svalbard, we measured response distances for reindeer from a stalking polar bear and improvised five approaches from a person disguised as a polar bear for comparison with human encounters,” the team wrote in 2012 in their study published in the journal Arctic, Antarctica, and Alpine Research. Result? The “flight” response and escape suggests a predator-prey relationship between the two beasts, the researchers said.
Pooperoni: Baby poop landed scientists from Spain the Nutrition Prize. The team was looking for priobiotic bacteria that could be fermented with sausage and would survive the acidic digestive tract, such as the bacteria found alive in human feces. So they turned to dirty diapers: They collected priobiotic bacteria samples from the diapers of healthy infants who were up to 6 months old. Ultimately, they made a kind of Mediterranean fermented pork sausage called fuet, which included a strain of bacteria from infant feces. Pooperoni anyone?

mindblowingscience:

The 2014 Ig Nobel Winners: Banana Peels to Nasal Pork

Nobel Laureates awarded the 2014 Ig Nobel prizes tonight (Sept. 18) at Harvard University, honoring those scientific achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think, according to organizers of the event.

And there were some doozies! Winning science involved everything from dirty diapers and cat bites to slippery banana peels and ugly paintings. Here’s a look at the Ig Nobel winners of 2014.

Going bananas: After testing out 12 different banana skins under the force of a shoe sole moving across it in a forward motion, the researchers found the slimy fruit skin reduced friction by one-fifth compared with a show sole by itself on a linoleum floor. The resulting friction, called the friction coefficient, between the shoe sole and banana skin was comparable to a “well-lubricated surface” like a ski on snow, the researchers wrote in their paper on the study detailed online in 2012 the journal Tribology. For this discovery, Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, took home the Ig Nobel in Physics.

Seeing faces: The Neuroscience Ig Nobel was awarded to a team for their study into the brain processes that underlie the odd phenomenon called face pareidolia, which is responsible for people thinking they see an image of Jesus’ face in their toast. Face pareidolia has also conjured up the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich and a face in the rocky formations on Mars. Intheir brain-scanning study, the scientists, Jiangang Liu, Jun Li, Lu Feng, Ling Li, Jie Tian and Kang Lee, found that expectations may be the culprit. When a person expects to see a face, say, on Mars or in a piece of toast, the expectation switches on a brain region linked to processing faces. Their trippy brain study is detailed in the April 2014 issue of the journal Cortex.

Psychopathic tendencies: Any night owls out there? Turns out, people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more psychopathic than early risers, according to a study published in 2013 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The researchers, who also found those who stay up late are more fond of themselves and more manipulative than their early-rising counterparts, snagged the Ig Nobel in Psychology for their mental probe.

The furor of Fluffy: The purring beast that seems to rule the roost we call our homes may be causing ill health. The researchers who revealed this furry find snagged the Public Health Prize. In one of their studies, the team found that cat bites are associated with depression in humans, particularly women. As for why, the researchers speculated on various reasons, including the idea that depressed individuals may take in a cat for companionship. Fluffy may also impart a nasty parasite called Toxoplasma gondii to its pet-loving owner, causing changes to its owner’s brain, the reseachers write in 2013 in the online journal PLOS ONE. “Recent studies have suggested that this parasite may actually contribute to human psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as other brain pathologies,” they added.   

… And Fido: Your beloved Fido wasn’t left out of the Ig Nobels. Dogs are known to practice some odd behaviors, like sniffing each other’s butts, but a discovery out this year takes the prize for bizarre-yet-amazing doggie behaviors: When pooping, dogs prefer to align their bodies along the north-south axis of Earth’s magnetic field. The finding, detailed in the journal Frontiers in Zoology, earned a team of international scientists the Ig Nobel in Biology.

Painful gaze: Looking at ugly art can be painful. That’s what researchers from Italy found when comparing the relative pain people felt when looking at an ugly painting versus a beautiful one while being shot in the hand with a laser beam. For their 2008 aesthetic study, the team took home this year’s Art Prize.

Creative money: The Economics Ig Nobel went to the Italian government’s National Institute of Statistics. Their achievement? Apparently, the institute got creative when aiming to fulfill the European Union’s mandate to increase the national economy. They did so by including revenue gained from “prostitution, illegal drug sales, smuggling and all other unlawful financial transactions between willing participants,” according to a statement released by the Ig Nobel organizers.

Pork benefits: Another group of creative thinkers was awarded the Medicine Prize. Turns out pork is not just good eating. Researchers from the United States and India used strips of cured pork meat to treat uncontrollable nosebleeds in a 4-year-old with Glanzmann thrombasthenia, a rare blood disorder that causes easy bruising and nosebleeds. “Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively,” the researchers write in their study, which was published in 2011 in the journal Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology.

Bear masks: Humans dressed as polar bears played roles in garnering the Ig Nobel’s Arctic Science Prize. “Due to interactions between Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) and polar bears (Ursus maritimus) during field work on Edgeøya, Svalbard, we measured response distances for reindeer from a stalking polar bear and improvised five approaches from a person disguised as a polar bear for comparison with human encounters,” the team wrote in 2012 in their study published in the journal Arctic, Antarctica, and Alpine Research. Result? The “flight” response and escape suggests a predator-prey relationship between the two beasts, the researchers said.

Pooperoni: Baby poop landed scientists from Spain the Nutrition Prize. The team was looking for priobiotic bacteria that could be fermented with sausage and would survive the acidic digestive tract, such as the bacteria found alive in human feces. So they turned to dirty diapers: They collected priobiotic bacteria samples from the diapers of healthy infants who were up to 6 months old. Ultimately, they made a kind of Mediterranean fermented pork sausage called fuet, which included a strain of bacteria from infant feces. Pooperoni anyone?

Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #635

evopropinquitous:

There may come a time when, late one night deep in the forests of Madagascar, you stumble upon something that is magnificent in its diminution. A creature so glorious in its eensiness that you must steel every nerve to keep the squee at bay. But this encounter was no accident… you spent months of planning, weeks of waiting for permits and equipment, and so many long nights setting traps to ensnare this single, miniscule beast…

And now it is time.

Time to make the decision that will either bring these months to their most glorious fruition, or leave you bitter and empty-handed.

Will you…

1) Gingerly rub the soft mound of its belly… gently! Ever so gently…

2) Daub its tiny ventrum with rubbing alcohol? Cooling sensations help!

Or

3) Delicately squeeze it? It is, after all, roughly the size of a travel-sized toothpaste tube.

Choose, but choose wisely:

There are only so many ways to convince a mouse lemur (Microcebus spp.) to urinate.

And you NEED that urine.

Because science.

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Special thanks to my one of my favorite partners in gimlet-soaked-Jesus-hosted-glittery-burlesque crime for this post (and the International Primatological Society meetings in Hanoi for bringing us together again). Keep gingerly rubbing those fuzzy bellies, Luca. Keep gingerly rubbing.