1. Science

    Video of Flying Tigerfish Proves They Are as Scary as They Sound

    Because a meter-long African fish with sixteen razor-sharp teeth wasn't already horrifying, video footage has been taken for the first time proving that the freshwater tigerfish find their hapless prey in the sky as well as underwater. Monsters of the world, shots have been fired.

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  2. Tech

    Let’s Go Ahead And Add “Makes Lasers” To Graphene’s Already Impressive Resume

    We get it, graphene -- you're amazing. We've more or less accepted that there's nothing graphene can't do, but that doesn't stop us from being amazed every time it does something new. It's newest feat is that the super-material can be used to create ultrashort-pulse lasers. Damn, graphene. Save some cool stuff for the other materials to do.

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  3. Tech

    New Distortion-Free Camera Lenses Inspired by Insect Eyes

    Need a camera that can take a clear picture of the whole landscape before you? They're not easy to make and take a lot of technical know-how. Lowly critters like flies and bees, though, come with these complex devices as standard equipment. Now, a team of researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois are taking a cue from those insect eyes to design a next-generation camera lens that can capture extremely sharp images in wide field of view. And before you ask, yes, it's pretty freaky looking.

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  4. Science

    Newly Sequenced Coelacanth Genome Could Provide Hints to Evolution of First Land Animals

    An international team of researchers have sequenced the genome of the a living fossil and one of the coolest, oldest fish to roam the seas -- the noble coelacanth. Beyond triggering our excitement over pretty much any living fossil-related news, better understanding the DNA of this ancient fish could offer researchers a glimpse into how the earliest land animals made their way out of the primeval seas -- an impressive feat, even if it was only onto the equally primeval beach.

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  5. Science

    Fossilized Dinosaur Nest Offers Clues to Baby Dino Development

    While the sonogram that our own Glen Tickle keeps on his desk proves that he is an adorable and loving father, it's not awesome because it's a sonogram of his daughter, not a dinosaur. We've heard this kid is pretty great, and have no reason to believe otherwise, but she's no dinosaur. Paleontologists with the University of Toronto have discovered a way more awesome embryo to look at on a dig site in China -- dozens of dinosaur fossils in various stages of embryonic development. At 125 million years old, the fossils are the oldest dinosaur embryos ever found and have the potential to teach researchers a great deal about how baby dinosaurs developed. This is, of course, a very important key to us making real-life Jurassic Park at some point in the future, and thus something we need to know all about as soon as possible.

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  6. Science

    Hepatitis A Steals Skin From Infected Cells to Hide From Immune System

    If there is one thing science teaches us, it's that everything horrible is way more horrible once you understand it better. Today's latest case in point: Hepatitis A, a chronic disease that rots away the human liver, has been found to demonstrate an unexpected adaptation that makes it even more horrible. Once it has invaded a host, the virus cloaks itself in the lipid membrane from infected liver cells to hide from the immune system, marking the first time a virus has been found to use a Buffalo Bill-style skin suit as a means of stealth.

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  7. Science

    New Treatment Could Blast Cocaine Addiction Out of the Brain With Lasers

    Cocaine addiction is notoriously difficult to treat, but researchers working on ways to fight it may have a unexpected new weapon in their arsenal -- lasers. Recent research in the field of optogenetics suggests that using lasers to turn certain parts of the brain on and off could help to curb addicts craving for the drug. Take that, cocaine addiction! Pew pew pew!

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  8. Science

    Nerve Cells That Make Petting Feel Good Discovered, Learn More While You Watch People Pet Cute Animals [Video]

    Neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology didn't know what to expect when they started researching a new type of skin cell they discovered in 2007, but what they may have found is impressive and adorable -- skin cells in furry animals that are specially designed to register the sensation of petting or stroking. These new cells could expand our entire understanding of petting animals, and redefine cuddling as we know it. Keep reading to learn more about the cells and see video of them in action on all sorts of animals.

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  9. Science

    What Do You Really Know About The Seahorse? Here are Some Facts [Video]

    From YouTube's own Ze Frank -- who brought us last week's revealing True Facts About Morgan Freeman -- comes a miniature nature special that is tailor-made for killing some time while acting like you're hard at work on a Friday afternoon. Get ready to learn some True Facts About The Seahorse, everyone -- it's all moonlight romance and ovipositors and egg-carrying underwater males from here on out, and we think you'll enjoy it.

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  10. Science

    Protozoa Capture Algae And Steal Their Genes To Evolve, Eventually Turn Into One Species

    If you're a tiny, single-celled animal like a protozoan, photosynthesis is a pretty neat ability, as being able to make food just by laying in the sun is significantly easier than going out and hunting down your own meals. Unfortunately for protozoa, photosynthesis is also a rather tricky proposition, requiring millions of years of evolutionary practice to evolve. One species has developed its own workaround for that small problem, though -- it got the best of both worlds by absorbing algae cells and stealing the genes that control photosynthesis right out of their DNA.

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  11. Science

    Decades Old Method For Turning Sugar Into Diesel Fuel Gets New Lease On Life

    In 1916, Chaim Weizmann -- then a professor of chemistry at the University of Manchester, and eventually the first president of Israel -- discovered a method for turning simple sugars into diesel fuel by fermenting it in the presence of the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum. Weizmann's work was groundbreaking, but it was also mostly ignored, as cheap fossil fuels made his process look extremely inefficient and costly by comparison. With the shine taken off of fossil fuels, though, and scientists looking for the new ways to power the future, researchers are revisiting Weizmann's work, which could turn a wide variety of starches into cleaner burning fuels.

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  12. Science

    African Spiny Mouse Found to Regenerate Body Parts Just Like Salamanders and Lizards

    Regenerating body parts has always been considered the province of animals like lizards and amphibians -- a nifty trait that mammals left behind on the evolutionary road. That's not true for all mammals, though. Researchers report in the journal Nature this week that the African spiny mouse is able to lose up to 60% of the skin on its back to no ill effect -- and then regenerate that skin, complete with hair, sweat glands and cartilage, instead of the scar tissue most mammals would develop.

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  13. Science

    Laser-Powered Mind Control Is Now Possible, First Modern Supervillain Arriving In Short Order

    No self-respecting mad scientist or alien despot would ever dream of conquering the galaxy without their trusty mind-controlling ray gun. Thanks to a group of Harvard researchers, this venerable addition to the science fiction armory may be one step closer to science fact. The team has successfully used a series of brief laser pulses to stimulate the neurons of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, effectively taking control of its brain.

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  14. Science

    Zebrafish Enter Brave New World, Editing DNA Made Frighteningly Simple

    Thanks to a pretty well documented and uncomplicated genome, zebrafish are quickly becoming the first choice in genetic engineering models for researchers from a variety of fields. While understanding and tinkering with the DNA of a zebrafish may be easier than it is with other animals, genetic engineering is still a very difficult, time-consuming business. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, though, have brought that dream closer to fruition, developing a toolkit that makes inserting, activating, and deactivating natural and synthetic genes in the zebrafish genome easier than ever and making it a much more reliable model for human disease.

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  15. Science

    Newly Developed Hydrogel Could Replace Your Pitiful Human Cartilage

    A team of engineers and materials scientists has announced the creation of a new water-based gel that could serve as a replacement for human cartilage. The substance, known as a hydrogel, is a combination of two existing gels. On their own, those gels are weak and brittle. By blending them, though, the team created a substance that seems to be a home run for cartilage replacement, boasting every property they'd want to see in an artificial cartilage for use in joint replacement operations. The high-tech goo stretches to up to 21 times its initial length without breaking, and has self-healing properties that can close small tears with no outside assistance. It's also extremely strong and biocompatible with humans, meaning it's less likely that the substance will be rejected on implantation.

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