5 Animals With Superpowers Way Cooler Than X-Men

August 3, 2014
Animals With Superpowers

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The natural world is capable of producing some really weird (and powerful) creatures. It’s no wonder that so many of our fictional superheroes are based on animals. A lot of them possess powers that would make even the most daring of us think twice before taking them on.

Mantis Shrimp

Animals With Superpowers Mantis

The peacock mantis shrimp is both beautiful and deadly Source: Dive

Don’t be fooled by this little guy’s diminutive size or colorful appearance – he packs quite a punch. In fact, the mantis shrimp has, pound for pound, one of the most powerful (and fastest) punches in the animal world. The various species of mantis shrimp are usually categorized based on how they hunt. Spearers have sharp claws with barbed tips which are usually used to stab prey. Smashers have club-like front claws and mostly rely on brute strength.

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6 Dramatic Chemical Reactions To Try At Your Next House Party

July 30, 2014
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The world chemists live in can be a strange and terrifying place. Old-timey cartographers used to place dragons over the unknown lands on their maps. Any scientist doing research is operating on the border between the known and unknown worlds, and what lurks in the undiscovered country is sometimes found to breathe fire and—shed its skin? I don’t know much about dragons. Anyway, here be six dragons of chemistry that nerds in lab coats discovered, tamed, and set to work doing tricks for us in laboratories.

Chemical Reactions: Thermite Eats Through Metal

People who play first-person-shooter games know thermite as an explosive that sets off a brilliant white light when used to destroy a piece of equipment that might fall into the enemy’s hands. People who will shortly be facing federal indictments know that thermite can totally be cooked on a home stove using rusty nails and aluminum powder.

The resulting mix is officially good for spot welding cracked metal. Unofficially, it will eat straight through the engine block on the Camaro your ex’s new boyfriend drives. Kids, ask your parents.

Chemical Reactions: Sulfuric Acid Turns Sugar into an Evil Snake

When you were a kid, the worst part of the Fourth of July was those snakes. Remember those? The package always had a dramatic sketch of some explorer in a pith helmet wrestling with the world’s most improbably large boa constrictor. This was felt to be a selling point, by the way. But when you set the things down on the street, evacuated innocent civilians, and finally got the things lit, they just kind of twisted around and let off a bit of smoke that made your dad come outside and check his tires.

Scientists had the same crappy childhood you did, and so when they grew up they went looking for the awesome experience they felt they’d been cheated out of as kids. Except theirs involves sugar and freaking sulfuric acid.

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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A Supercut Of Kids Cussing In Cinema

July 27, 2014

On a scale of one to Warhol, the English language is about a Dalí when it comes to vibrance. Its more colorful aspects (re: curse words) become all the more interesting when used by children. We’ve got around two minutes of awesome cinematic footage to support our claim. Enjoy!

Inside A Baby Sloth Rescue Center

July 25, 2014

You can thank us later. From National Geographic: “When orphaned baby sloths are hungry or adults lose their habitat, Yiscel Yángüez and Néstor Correa are on the case. They run an animal rescue center in Gamboa, Panama, and specialize in sloth rehabilitation and relocation. For the two of them, releasing healthy sloths back into the wild can be a bittersweet experience.”

An Animated Crash Course Of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

July 23, 2014

We don’t want to get too political here, or for you all to think that we’re treating violent conflict with levity, but this is a great, topical intro to present-day conflicts in the Middle East. For more supplementary information on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and answers to the questions you were too afraid to ask, we suggest you check out this Vox article. Keep in mind that this is not a stopping point, but rather a jumping off point for further inquiry.