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Ten/10 Movie Myths People Actually Believe

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Why Do Dogs Smell Each Other's Butts?

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VideoSift shared a two/2 minutes and 28 seconds YouTube video showing "Why Do Dogs Smell Each Other's Butts? ... We are getting to the bottom of one of the biggest quandaries in science: Why dogs sniff each other's butts..."

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29 Eye-Tracking Heatmaps Reveal Where People Really Look

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Boing Boing shared a Business Insider article on "29 Eye-Tracking Heatmaps Reveal Where People Really Look -- They say the eyes tell all. Now thanks to eye-tracking technology we can tell what they're saying.

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How Fireworks Work and The Chemistry of Fireworks

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HardOCP (#1 and #2) shared two YouTube videos

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Robert Full: The secrets of nature's grossest creatures, channeled into robots.

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VideoSift shared an over five/5 minutes YouTube video, also on TED's web site, showing "... The secrets of nature's grossest creatures, channeled into robots -- How can robots learn to stabilize on rough terrain, walk upside down, do gymnastic maneuvers in air and run into walls without harming themselves?

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Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager’s Vintage Tech Keeps Running

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MicSauce's Reddit comment mentioned an old Wired article showing "Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running ... Launched in 1977, the probe is vintage space hardware. At more than 36 years old, or roughly a millennium in computer years, it's an impressive feat to have the spacecraft drifting through the material between stars. Looking at the machine's specs is a reminder of how far electronics have come in the intervening years..."

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Human Tears Under a Microscope Look Like Aerial Views of Earth

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Boing Boing shared a Wired article, with 12/twelve images, showing microscopic shots of human tears -- "... One day, instead of brushing the tears away, Fisher stopped to look at these droplets and an idea sprung up. What if she photographed the tears under a microscope? What would they show? Would each one be different?

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New Law of Urination: Mammals Take 20 Seconds to Pee/Urinate

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Hurf?Durf's Boing Boing comment mentioned an old National Geographic's Newswatch article on "New Law of Urination: Mammals Take 20 Seconds to Pee -- Call it the other Golden Rule: Scientists have found that all mammals weighing more than 2.2 pounds (a kilogram) empty their full bladders in about 20 seconds..."

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Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

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National Public Radio (NPR) report that "As countries modernize around the world, they're increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.

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Pison eu, Colon grossum -- A list of snicker-worthy taxonomic names.

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Boing Boing shared Joe Rojas-burke's blog showing a list of many snicker-worthy taxonomic names.

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The mystery of motion sickness ...

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VideoSift shared three/3 minutes and ten/10 seconds animated YouTube video showing "... Although one third of the population suffers from motion sickness, scientists aren't exactly sure what causes it. Like the common cold, it's a seemingly simple problem that's still without a cure. And if you think it's bad on a long family car ride, imagine being a motion sick astronaut! Rose Eveleth explains what's happening in our bodies when we get the car sick blues..."

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Five/5 Holiday Lies You Believe

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VideoSift shared an almost 3.25 minutes YouTube video showing "Five/5 Holiday Lies You Believe -- There are a bunch of facts surrounding the holiday season you probably believe to be true, but totally aren't!

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Five/5 Gun Myths You Probably Believe (Thanks to Movies)

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VideoSift shared a four/4 minutes and nine/9 seconds Cracked video showing "Five/5 Gun Myths You Probably Believe (Thanks to Movies)".

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Why Some Ants Dress in Drag

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Buzz Hoot Roar answered "Why Some Ants Dress in Drag" question -- Some males of the ant species Cardiocondyla obscurior show how it is done.

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Urinal Dynamics: a tactical guide and summary.

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Boing Boing shared an over one minute YouTube video showing "Urinal Dynamics: a tactical summary -- We illustrate the importance of good technique when using a urinal and offer some advice. Through high-speed video footage of a simulated male urine stream we show that reduced splash can be achieved by aiming at a vertical surface, moving closer to the urinal and by decreasing the impact angle."

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Hurricane? Cyclone? Typhoon? Here's the difference...

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NewsDaily answered the questions and provides details to "Hurricane? Cyclone? Typhoon? Here's the difference -- How a hurricane differs from a typhoon or cyclone:

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Facts That Prove Spiders Save Us All

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VideoSift shared a two minutes and seven seconds educational and musical YouTube video showing "Facts That Prove Spiders Save Us All -- If it wasn't for spiders, the world would probably end..."

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Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies.

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Engwinner's forum thread mentioned a ScienceShot article -- "Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies -- The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which occurs in some ant species but not in others, affects the sanitary brood care and fungal infection patterns after exposure to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum. We use a) a comparative approach analysing four species with either naked or cocooned pupae and b) a within-species analysis of a single ant species, in which both pupal types co-exist in the same colony..."

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How Much Do Animals Sleep?

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Davidhumus' /. comment mentioned Dr. Chulder's web page showing "How Much Do Animals Sleep? -- Most animals have a daily pattern of rest and activity. Some animals are more active during the day (diurnal) and some are more active during the night (nocturnal). How much time do animals spend sleeping? Well, it depends on the animal..."

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