Video Of The Day: See The Deep-Water Ghost Octopus That’s Confounding Scientists

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Once again, we have proof that no matter how much we think we know about the Earth’s oceans, there’s always more to learn.

On February 27, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found a ghostly looking octopus more than 2.5 miles below the surface of the ocean near Hawaii — and it’s unlike any creature that’s ever been seen before.

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Six World-Changing Inventions You’ve Been Crediting To The Wrong Person

From the telephone to the light bulb and beyond, these six essential inventions weren’t actually created by the famous inventors who got credit for them. Here’s who should have made the history books.

While the light bulb may be the quintessential human invention — not to mention the very symbol of inspiration itself — the process of invention couldn’t be further from flipping a light switch. Invention is a slow, gradual grind, with one inventor carefully building off the achievements of the last until we finally have the product that history has decided is the invention.

However, once we have that invention, we tend to forget all those inventors that came before, and instead pretend that that last inventor in the chain conjured brilliance from nothing, turning darkness into light.

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Scientists Will Attempt To Bring An Extinct Cave Lion Species Back To Life

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Scientists hope to clone an extinct species of cave lions from the DNA of a 12,000-year-old cub. Image Source: Siberian Times

Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or not, the genre has a way of predicting the future. The Jetsons may have gotten flying cars wrong, but they did predict video phones. Back to the Future guessed at hoverboards that we definitely don’t have, but the film did predict today’s ubiquitous flatscreen TVs. As for the Jurassic Park series, we haven’t brought previously extinct animals back to life yet, but that may be changing.

Last week, scientists from South Korea and Russia announced that they intend to clone an extinct cave lion using the DNA from two frozen 12,000-year-old cubs found in Russia last year. They will conduct their work at the Joint Foundation of Molecular Paleontology at North-Eastern Federal University, and so far the only thing getting in their way is finding usable DNA.

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Photo Of The Day: When Plastic Surgery Was Worse Than The Injury

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Walter Yeo, a sailor injured in battle, was the first modern plastic surgery patient. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Our medical science is a pretty good measure of how much we’ve evolved. Whereas historical cures for mental illness once involved drilling holes into human skulls, we can now do things like re-engineer the polio vaccine that we ourselves created to also attack certain types of brain cancer.

Even on the cosmetic side, doctors have gotten so good at plastic surgery that they can literally make real-life Barbie and Ken dolls. But back in 1916, that was all just science fiction.

So when a 25-year-old English sailor named Walter Yeo lost his upper and lower eyelids while manning the guns on the HMS Warspite during WWI, there wasn’t much hope for a solution. Luckily, just a year later, Sir Harold Gillies (the “father of plastic surgery”) had a pioneering — and, by today’s standards, utterly gruesome — idea.

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