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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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Portal: Survive! (Live-Action Short)

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Blue's News and Kotaku shared a seven/7 minutes and twenty/20 seconds YouTube video showing "Portal: Survive! (Live-Action Short) ...

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Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference

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This Science Daily article mentioned "Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference ... For some entomologists, an apparent paradox exists: Despite choosing a career working with insects, they exhibit negative feelings toward spiders which range from mild disgust to extreme arachnophobia..."

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Comic Strips from Beatrice, the Biologist.

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"Beatrice the Biologist is part science blog, part comic, and part incoherent rambling..."

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Here's What Happens Inside You When a Mosquito Bites

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Boing Boing mentioned a National Geographic article, with three short silent embedded YouTube videos, that shows "Here's What Happens Inside You When a Mosquito Bites".

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Anternet -- The Ant Internet

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This last year's IEEE Spectrum article, with its four minutes YouTube video, mentioned The Ant Internet (Anternet) -- "Before researchers developed the Internet, ants developed the Anternet, a surprisingly similar communications network ..."

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There's a Name for That: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon ...

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Boing Boing shared a short Pacific Standard article on "There's a Name for That: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon -- When a thing you just found out about suddenly seems to crop up everywhere..."

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C.G.P. Grey -- Complex things explained.

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C.G.P. Grey's YouTube video channel shows many educational and interesting episodes of "complex things explained."

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Your car is not a tornado shelter, etc.

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Boing Boing shared a bunch of interesting links on "your car is not a tornado shelter":

"... That said, if a situation kills experts, you probably don't want to be that untrained person trying to navigate it on your own.

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Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

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British Medical Journal (BMJ) research report said that "Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal ... compared to those who opt for really bad Mondays, Britons who have a planned surgery on a Friday are 44 percent more likely to die. And the few patients who had a leisurely weekend surgery saw that number jump to 82 percent. The skeleton staff working on weekends might be to blame..." and the "day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics..."

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"Why Do We Feel Nostalgia?" and Other Vsauce's Videos.

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Vsauce has three YouTube channels (#1, #2, and #3) showing mind-blowing facts, creations, the best of Internet, etc.

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The "CSI Effect"

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Auric_dude's /. comment mentioned an over two years old Economist article on "The 'CSI effect' -- Television/TV dramas that rely on forensic science to solve crimes are affecting the administration of justice ..."

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