5 Really Weird Things We’ve Sent Into Space

July 31, 2014

Space exploration is one of our most ambitious yet most expensive endeavors. This should go without saying, but it costs a lot to send something into space. That is why every payload carried aboard shuttles is monitored carefully. However, some of these payloads have contained a lot more than the bare essentials. As you are about to see, we have sent a lot of wacky stuff into space.

Tardigrades

Space Tardigrade

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Out of all the animals that have been to space, tardigrades are definitely the coolest. These teeny-tiny microscopic critters are the Toyota Hilux of the animal world – they can withstand just about anything. This places them in a category known as extremophiles – organisms that can thrive in harsh environments.

On Earth, tardigrades can survive just about anywhere. They can withstand very high and very low temperatures, extreme amounts of radiation and even live for years without water in hibernation (also why they’re called “water bears”). So it was only natural for us to wonder how they would cope in space. The answer? Fine, just fine. We found this out in 2008 when we took some aboard a shuttle and exposed them to space conditions. They survived their little adventure with no ill effects.

You Must Watch These Top 6 Viral Videos From July

July 29, 2014
Viral Videos from July

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Everyone loves a good viral video–especially when the summer heat gets so unbearable that you practically have to stay inside to avoid becoming a puddle. To make sure that you never miss out on the funniest, most inspiring videos on the web, we’ve complied the top six viral videos from July. Watch them all, and then share your favorites with your friends!

DTAC’s Heartwarming Thai Commercial

Warning: DTAC’s new Thai commercial may prompt all the happy tears and warm fuzzies. We won’t spoil the story, but if you haven’t seen the “Technology will never replace love” advertisement, we highly recommend you take a second to watch it now. Just keep a box of Kleenex handy!

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The 21st Century According To 19th And 20th Century France

July 29, 2014

Starting around 1899, Jean-Marc Côté and a few other visionary French artists began to speculate what dramatic turns the world would take over the course of the next century. They carefully crafted a series of drawings to be displayed at the World Exhibition in Paris, and later these same images would become postcards and thoughtful inserts in cigarette and cigar boxes.

A sampling of what we can gather from these drawings is that French people of the early 1900s were convinced that we’d be spending a good portion of our future lives either airborne or underwater. Walking the Earth was so twentieth century, after all…

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The Most Controversial Wikipedia Articles In One Chart

July 26, 2014

Most Controversial Wikipedia Articles

Want to know more about specific cultures but don’t have the means to travel there for yourself? Use language and the Internet as your guide. See what these language speakers tend to take issue with in this handy chart and you’ve got a good start to your path toward enlightenment.

The 10 Most Fascinating (And Terrifying) Fringe Sciences

July 25, 2014

Fringe science is any field of scientific inquiry which represents a significant departure from orthodox theories or bodies of work. Sometimes fringe sciences are accepted and become mainstream. Evolution, The Big Bang Theory, and Continental Drift all began on the fringes of science and today–while still debated by some–are taken as scientific truth.

Here are the top 10 fringe sciences and theories that could become mainstream in your lifetime.

Fringe Sciences: Cybernetics

Fringe Science Terminator

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Cybernetics is the study and re-creation of control systems (the nervous system, the brain, and mechanical-electrical communication systems). In other words, it’s the attempt to create human-robot hybrids which, as we know from EVERY MOVIE EVER MADE ON THE SUBJECT, never ends well.

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These 5 Bizarre Word Origins Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

July 20, 2014
Bizarre Word Origins Statues

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The words you use every day are like superheroes; they all have backstories of one kind or another, and while some (Batman) are awesome, others (Robin) are another story. Learning the bizarre histories—and in some cases origin myths—of the common words on this list is like bumping into an old acquaintance and discovering that not only has he always secretly been a crimefighter, he got his start as a circus acrobat.

Mullet

English and French writers have been using the word “mullet” to describe a type of fish with spiny fins from about the mid-15th century. Modern taxonomy nerd Carl Linnaeus hadn’t even been thought of yet, so the name seems to have been applied to different species over the centuries before settling down to describe just one species of North American game fish in 1866. It has a flat head. You can see where this is going.

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