Topic: science

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    March 17, 2015 Psychology for Dummies: Illusions

    It was a simple question that ignited the Internet: was this dress blue and black or white and gold? Simple as it was, it divided people, with some claiming that they saw one pair of colours and others claiming that they saw the other pair. The debate was eventually settled when it was revealed by […]

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    January 5, 2015 China tries to exterminate real-life Pikachu

    This is a terrible, terrible idea. In spite of the warnings provided by biologists, ecologists and other scientists, China is engaging in a program to exterminate the pika, a small mammal most famous for inspiring the creation of everyone’s favourite Pokémon, Pikachu. The last time China tried to abolish a purported pest species, 20 million […]

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    November 14, 2014 Cave paintings and the brain

    You might expect that our ancient human ancestors first started painting the same way that young children do. Maybe they would start out with things they have seen before – like everyday objects and pets, and eventually move on to subject matter more abstract and imaginative. Or maybe it’s something a little more mysterious. Some […]

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    November 13, 2014 A piece of Australia found under Vanuatu

    Now, geology may not sound like the most exciting subject, but it turns out that it can still get pretty damn mysterious. For instance: yesterday, it was reported that a team of scientists from James Cook University found a small amount of zircon (a type of rock) in Vanuata that had absolutely no right to […]

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    November 6, 2014 Welp, that’s no good

    Bad news for anyone who loves the environment: Australia has just been nominated as the dirtiest polluter in the developed world, per person. The only way that’s going to change is if we make the effort. According to the article: Australians’ per-capita carbon emissions are the highest of any major developed country in the world. […]

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    November 5, 2014 These things are disturbingly adorable

    These little animals are so hardcore. They could potentially live anywhere from the deepest depths of space to the inside of volcanoes. Just amazing. From Wikipedia: Tardigrades are classified as extremophiles, organisms that can thrive in a physically or geochemically extreme condition that would be detrimental to most life on Earth. For example, tardigrades can […]