These 15 GIFs Prove Science Is More Amazing Than Fiction

Warning: Don’t try some of these things at home.

1. This is what happens when you cut a water droplet using a superhydrophobic knife on a surface that doesn’t get wet.

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2. This is the view from the Soyuz capsule, the spacecraft that takes astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS), as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA / Via youtube.com

3. This is what vibrating guitar strings look like up close (captured using a rolling shutter effect).

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4. This is how Astronaut Koichi Wakata rides a flying carpet in space.

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5. This is what happens when you light a CD and blow on it.

Science Videos / Via youtube.com

6. This is what happens when you stuff an orange full of fireworks.

Michael Hession/ Slo Mo Lab / Via youtube.com

7. This is what happens when cardinal fish eat ostracod plankton. Ostracods produce bioluminescence so that the fish spits them out.

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8. This is what happens when you mix Russell pit viper snake venom with human blood.

BBC / Via youtube.com

9. These Neodymium magnets spark when they collide in a blender.

Blendtec / Via youtube.com

10. These Astronauts put a GoPro camera inside a floating ball of water in space.

NASA / Via youtube.com

11. These magnets can attract cereal.

Omar Kardoudi / Via sploid.gizmodo.com

12. This is what you see when a GoPro is strapped to the back of a lioness while she’s hunting prey.

GoPro / Via youtube.com

13. This is what happens when you crack an egg 60 feet below the surface of the ocean.

Live Science / Via youtube.com

14. Airplanes look like shooting stars in this time lapse of an airport.

Milton Tan / Via youtube.com

15. This bot fly from Belize emerges from a scientist’s skin after he let them incubate inside of him.

Piotr Naskecki / Via thesmallermajority.com

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/natashaumer/these-15-gifs-prove-science-is-more-amazing-than-fiction

Sir Complainalot: Dwight Howard upset over snitch

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After Orlando Magic coach Van Gundy admitted that he’s been told one of his players, Dwight Howard, wanted him fired, it’s caused a bit of an uproar with the player. Howard appeared on ESPN’s Sport Center this morning to…clarify what he meant. Needless to say, it was a mess. Twitter thought so, too. He and Lebron should move away together so we can get back to the game and leave the drama.

https://twitter.com/#!/jnzx1/status/188269787401564160

Dwight Howard is now number 2 behind LeBron James for most hated person in the NBA right now

— Brian Langford (@BrianAintLyin) April 6, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/iamthejaz/status/188270875601141762

Dwight Howard is a prima donna..shut up and play basketball

— Jared Bard (@JaredBard) April 6, 2012

Dwight Howard is solely destroying the Orlando Magic franchise.

— Stephen Verdi (@Sverdi332) April 6, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/06/sir-complainalot-dwight-howard-upset-over-snitch/

‘Tap social media to identify creditworthiness’

“In India, the big risk is to identify fraudsters,” Arun Ramamurthy, co-founder, Credit Sudhaar said. “The bureau uses only some of the data in the market. In the U.S., the bureau uses credit data, te

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They Call This The ‘Zoo Of Death.’ And Here’s Exactly Why It Needs To Be Shut Down.

WARNING: The animal cruelty you are about to see may disturb you. There is a zoo in Indonesia that mistreats its animals so terribly, it’s called the Zoo of Death. The Surabaya Zoo is, quite literally, a living nightmare. It is Indonesia’s largest zoo, charging people about $1.00 to enter and view the horrors inside. The animals there lack basic care, nutrition and proper living conditions. You may think calling it a “zoo of death” or “nightmare zoo” is a bit extreme… Until you see the photos.

An estimated 25 animals die a MONTH from unnatural causes.

The animals there are starving, especially the carnivores.

Many of them have been emaciated for so long, their bodies can no longer absorb nutrition properly.

They sit on cold concrete, wasting away.

Kliwon the giraffe died with a 40lb wad of plastic the size of a beach ball in its stomach.

The animals who don’t starve to death?

They’re typically euthanized due to other health issues.

One look at the creatures living in this zoo is enough to bring a person to tears.

No matter what your stances are on zoos in general, most people should agree that THIS zoo is an abomination.

And the animals who do die?

They are rumored to have their most valuable body parts sold into the $5 billion per year illegal wildlife trade

There was a major online petition to stop the deliberate cruelty in the Surabaya Zoo, receiving over 100,000 signatures. The petition is now closed and a representative from Cee4life is now on their way to Indonesia to deliver this vitally important petition. To stay updated on their progress to save these animals, visit their Facebook page. Y

ou can do something to help, though. Indonesia is home to some of the world’s last remaining and most diverse rain forests. These forests are under imminent threat of destruction for cheap paper and palm oil production. You can help SAVE these rain forests by signing an online petition. This petition has over 37,000 signatures and has successfully (although temporarily) halted the turning over of 1.2 million hectares of Aceh Forest to the greasy hands of Palm Oil producers, paper mills, and mining companies.

Aceh is home to 1/3 to 1/2 of the last remaining Sumatran Tigers and 80% of all the world’s wild Orangutans. Please visit and sign this Change.org petition to help save the Indonesian rain forests (and every single animal there).

Source: Reddit

This zoo of death is disgusting. Help put a stop to this insane animal cruelty.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/zoo-of-death/

John Boehner appoints Candice Miller as committee chair, is branded misogynist

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Yesterday, Twitchy reported on a growing call from conservatives for House Majority Leader John Boehner to simply walk away from the White House’s “tax more, spend more” bid to avoid hitting the fiscal cliff. The logic behind that strategy? For one, many reason that Republicans will be saddled with the blame no matter what happens. If anyone doubts that fact of political life, today’s news from Capitol Hill provides a prime example.

Hearing criticism, Boehner namesa woman to chair committee — a committee she wasn’t even on huff.to/Slam9E

— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) November 30, 2012

Today Boehner announced that Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) will chair the House Administration Committee. It’s not the most exciting development this week, but the media quickly found an angle: Boehner buckled under criticism that all GOP chairs were white men. But naming Miller chair would be a good thing then, right? Oh, so wrong.

GOP House of Reps makes Candice Miller a glorified secretary by offering her an insulting committee chair position. maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/…

— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) November 30, 2012

Woman will lead House panel via @politico for iPhone Figures Boehner appoints woman to what is a glorified domestic! politi.co/Wzd62G

— Richard Friedman (@rcfwilmette) November 30, 2012

The GOP assigns a Woman to HOUSEKEEPING. Brilliant. #tcot > RT @thesourceradio: Candice Miller Breaks All-Male (cont) tl.gd/k6jbd0

— Richard Avalon (@AntiWacko) November 30, 2012

@candicemiller Hiya Tolken! How proud you must be to be the ONE woman the GOP gave a chair #WeStillSeeTheRampantMisogyny #GOPAmericanTaliban

— Laurel_Hardy (@Laurel_Hardy1) November 30, 2012

PROFILES IN COURAGE: Under fire, Boehner finds a woman, puts her on a committee and names her chair. huff.to/V9uTvU

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) November 30, 2012

After not appointing any girls to run actual committees GOP has now appointed girl to make sure House runs smoothly. 1.usa.gov/SzPjzV

— emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 30, 2012

#BinderGate MT @jbendery Under fire, Boehner finds a woman, puts her on a committee, names her chair huff.to/V9uTvU

— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) November 30, 2012

Boehner finds woman to chair committee, will force other chairs into awkward “Bosom Buddies” situation. huff.to/V9uTvU

— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) November 30, 2012

For her part, Miller doesn’t sound like she takes the appointment as an insult.

Honored to serve as Chair of House Administration Committee & ensure the House runs in an effective & efficient manner goo.gl/bQEuU

— Candice Miller (@CandiceMiller) November 30, 2012

President Obama was quick to come to the defense of U.N. Sec. Susan Rice, daring her critics to come after him instead. Will he call to console “token housekeeper” Miller and praise her for her extraordinary work? He could say something like this:

Congrats to @candicemiller on her appointment to chair the House Administration Committee! #Michigan @migop #tcot

— Shelley M G (@ShelleyMGO) November 30, 2012

It’s just a pity that the fact that @candicemiller is a woman (duh!) is overshadowing the reasons WHY she deserves the appointment. #tcot

— Shelley M G (@ShelleyMGO) November 30, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/30/john-boehner-appoints-candice-miller-as-committee-chair-is-branded-misogynist/