12 Bizarre Facts About Jellyfish That Will Blow Your Mind

1. Some have “immortal” properties.

The immortal jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) ages like Benjamin Button—when a crisis like starvation presents itself, the jellyfish’s cells transform and revert to their earliest form, a polyp, making this type of jellyfish potentially immortal. Keep reading for more incredibly bizarre facts about jellyfish!

2. They have no “sides”.

Jellyfish have no right or left side—only a top and bottom—as they are symmetrical around a central axis that runs the length of their bodies.

3. Jellyfish are a boon to cancer research.

Green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) from the Aequorea victoria jellyfish species have transformed bio-medical research. The glow-in-the-dark proteins can illuminate specific proteins within the human body to track microscopic activity (for instance, cancer growth).

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Carl Sagan Writes Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Carl Sagan Writes Neil DeGrasse Tyson

This exchange is the stuff of scientific and cultural legend. When Neil DeGrasse Tyson accepted Sagan’s invitation and spent a Saturday touring Cornell University labs with the famed astrophysicist, his life was irrevocably changed.

A 17 year old when he met Sagan for the first time at Cornell University, Tyson later described the encounter in this way:

“At the end of the day, he drove me back to the bus station. The snow was falling harder. He wrote his phone number, his home phone number, on a scrap of paper. And he said, “If the bus can’t get through, call me. Spend the night at my home, with my family.”

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The Science Of Spiciness

Rose Eveleth explains the history and science behind spicy foods, and why Sriracha sauce is heaven for some and gustatory hell for others.

6 Unsung Scientific Heroes

Scientific Heroes Rosalind Franklin

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Scientific Heroes: Rosalind Franklin

We all know the scientific greats; Darwin and his theory of evolution, Newton and his laws of gravity. But there are droves of unsung heroes of the scientific world whose works deserve much recognition. Rosalind Franklin is one of them. As a molecular biologist, Franklin was responsible for the original research behind the discovery of DNA’s structure.

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