4 Upcoming Science Headlines You’ll See This Year

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Apart from the flesh-eating nanobots the government is spraying out of commercial airplanes, one of the cool things about science is its predictability. You can fire a cannonball at a cluster of objects of any size, from dust grains to distant galaxies, and (in theory) predict the exact path of the cannonball for the next 10 trillion years. Then you can fire another 10 trillion cannonballs, and they’ll all obey the same rules and give the same results.

2015 Science Gravity Well

What’s your job? Oh yeah, I guess customer service is important too. Source: Cornell University

Science news can be a little like that. Back when people were stupid, gentleman-scientists were forever stumbling into major, world-shaking discoveries in their spare time. Today, however, all of the easy science has been used up, so while world-shaking discoveries still happen, they’re really only made by PhDs with multimillion-dollar laboratories and solid publication histories. Since nothing on that scale happens quickly, it’s sometimes possible to predict a major event in science months or years in advance.

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Boffins Gone Bonkers: The Best Science Pranks

You don’t want to get into a prank war with a scientist. While today’s scientists adhere to the rigors of the scientific method, they come from a long lineage of thinkers who were not above using their intelligence to have some fun at the expense of another. Here are some of the best science pranks of them all.

Prank Perrin’s Gyroscope

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Project Isabela: When Slaughtering 250,000 Goats Meant Saving A Species

Project Isabela Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands Source: Flickr

Charles Darwin called the Galapagos Islands “a little world within itself.” It’s hard to imagine what his life and work would have looked like without this Pacific Island archipelago, and it’s just as challenging to think of the island chain without the giant tortoises which give the islands their name. For a time, though, those tortoises were at risk of disappearing. To save them, Galapagos enthusiasts began to think about conservation in new, lethal and not-so natural terms.

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#TheDress Making You Question How Well You See Color? Take The Test!

Have you ever really thought about how weird it is that we all see and experience color differently? It’s true for everyone, not even those who are color-blind. To a certain extent, the subtleties of seeing our surroundings in living color vary among all of us. That’s one of the major reasons that, when this image of a dress went viral on the internet this week, no one could agree on whether it was black/blue or white/gold. The reason? We all experience color differently. In fact, our experience of seeing color alters depending on the time of day — one reason that #TheDress so quickly became a viral sensation.

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