Made In China
Created with the harmless intention of raising money to fight disease, the ALS ice bucket challenge has produced some terribly unfortunate side effects — take the teen who jumped off a cliff to his death, or the man who accidentally engulfed his head in a ball of fire.
Now, if numerous Chinese news sources are to be believed, scientists at the Affiliated Hospital of Henan Institute for Health are conducting awful experiments on mice, all in the name of the viral social media challenge. The experiments reportedly involve submerging the mice in ice water and timing how long it takes before they die.
Even though it’s their job, not even researchers want to brave the chilly Canadian tundra to count how many polar bears there are. So, instead they’re using images obtained from satellites to get an accurate count of how many furry white beasts are around.
The study is being spearheaded by Seth Stapleton, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota. He told CBC News that is the first time a technique like this has been tested in the region.
Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
Step aside, Ellen, because a bunch of koala bears in a Sydney zoo have just become the new masters of selfie-taking.
As Australia’s The Telegraph reports, three koalas at the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour are rising to stardom over their newfound obsession with selfies.
They’re not using iPhones (that would be really hard, given their oddly-shaped paws), but a Sony QX100 camera, which has been installed in their enclosure. The camera, which was reportedly installed a few weeks ago, consists of a small lens attached to a tripod with bendable legs — easy for wrapping around a tree branch. The koalas’ movements trigger the camera to capture images, which are then displayed on a nearby screen.
Go Home Science You're Drunk
The Scandinavian research lab responsible for the iPad-charging rocking chair, the indoor cloud and this weird, human-sized bubble say they are working on their “most revolutionary invention so far” (if it works) — a device that translates animals’ thoughts into human language.
The product is called No More Read More
In hopes of distorting your view of Thanksgiving forever, scientists are using turkeys to prove that how often you get laid has everything to do with your genes, Discover magazine’s blog reports.
The Future Will See You Now
Are there not enough animals on your Internet? Do you ever open up your browser and navigate to YouTube or Twitter or Facebook and think, “Man, this Internet I’m on here could really use some more pictures of cute puppies.” BuzzFeed chairman and Huffington Post cofounder Ken Lerer has you covered.
Law and Order
What does Genesis frontman and prog rock god Peter Gabriel see when he looks in your eyes? The light, the heat and also an interspecies Internet capable of allowing highly intelligent animals to communicate with humans. Naturally.
Look, nobody expected Mississippi to be this shining bastion of liberalism, lovingly welcoming every transhumanist-animal-hybrid-Singulatarian to cross its borders. But unfortunately, in its quest to further criminalize and stigmatize abortion by explicitly defining personhood, Mississippi may have gone one step too far: House Bill 819, the Protection of the Human Person Act (PDF), would outlaw human-animal hybrids like animorphs, which should strike outrage in the heart of every ’90s kid who loved the sci fi series.
From our good friends at Hard Candy Shell.
It’s like Chat Roulette, but replace the offensive male gentalia with lovable baby animals.