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.
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…
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.
It’s been a banner year for snowfall in 2015, with February being recorded as Boston’s snowiest month ever. It doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon, with another two storms making their way North this weekend. People from Baltimore to Maine are really feeling the freeze, and we’ve got the photos to prove it:
For 135 million years, dinosaurs were the undisputed rulers of the Earth, and might still be today if they weren’t wiped out by a cataclysmic event 65 million years ago. However, our planet has been around for a lot longer than the dinosaurs reign and, as it turns out, nature is quite adept at producing nightmare-inducing monsters. To think that dinosaurs are the only scary inhabitants of our prehistoric past would be a mistake.
Earth was full of scary monsters before the dinosaurs came along. A prime example is gorgonops, an animal that lived 260 million years ago, way before dinosaurs became the dominant predators. Growing around six to ten feet in length, gorgonops was a fast and vicious predator which allowed it to become the apex predator of its day. It also helped that gorgonops had massive canines that almost protruded beyond its lower jaw.