Lion Tamer is attacked during Circus act – all caught on video

This is perhaps not the right attitude and I’m sure people will frown, but I have to say I had very mixed feelings when watching the video. An Ukrainian lion tamer, Oleksie Pinko was brutally attacked by two lions during a representation, and it was all caught on tape by tourists. But there are some things that have to be

Bug-Killing Corn Mostly Benefits Conventional Crops

I’m really not sure what to think about genetically modified food; in theory, it seems like one of the best ideas ever, but if we don’t fully understand the ramifications of the modifications, it can have really harmful effects. But still, the study I’m going to tell you about is not that. It’s about the effects bug killing korn has

The big picture on the Hungarian toxic sludge

A picture is worth a thousand words; this also applies here – if you want to get a good idea about the toxic red sludge that poisoned Hungary and neighboring countries, the best way is through pictures.

Are we headed towards an age of intellectual poverty ?

Lily Asquith makes an impassioned plea for science. This article from the Guardian is by far one of the best I’ve read this year, and it’s not just about UK. It’s about all the discoveries which benefit the whole world, in a more or less direct way. I highly recommend reading it, and watching the video below: Why is Science

Hungary: the toxic red sludge has reached the Danube

In case you don’t know, a few days ago a toxic red sludge “broke free” from a Hungarian metal plant reservoir, and the damage it has done is huge. Several people have been killed, over a hundred have been injured, and the damage done to the nearby houses and the environment is very significant. But things have just gotten a

Scientists find new bugs and frogs in Papua New Guinea

It’s always nice when new species are discovered, and this time it was an expedition from Papua New Guinea that made the discovery. A frog no bigger than a peanut, a brilliant green katydid with bright pink eyes and a white tipped tail mouse are the stars of the over 200 newly discovered species. The findings were unveiled just a

Lunar Rainbow recreates the Dark Side of the Moon [PIC]

This awesome picture was taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter seems to be an accurate recreation of one of the best music albums ever: The Dark Side of the Moon. Source and additional explanations

Romanian moon ‘rockoon’ flies towards Google Lunar X-Prize

The Google Lunar X-Prize is a great initiative that awards $20 million to whoever manages to fly a robot to the Moon, travel 500 meters and then send pictures back to the Earth first (prizes drop for 2nd, 3rd, etc). One of the most interesting competitors, the Romanian team fought a year’s worth of bad weather and a ruptured balloon

Squirrels masturbate to avoid STDs

The Cape ground squirrel takes sex very seriously. For the males, the scrotum is about 20% of their body length, and the penis is twice as long; if you don’t believe me, this particular image will probably change your mind – but be warned ! It will be burned onto your brain for quite a while. Thing is, if you’re

First rocky habitable Earth-like planet

A recently discovered planet is just about the right size and is in the right place to host life; as a matter of fact, astronomers seem quite sure it hosts life, and we’re talking more than microbes. Still, current technology doesn’t allow scientists to search for chemical markers of life. About 20 light years away, it revolves around a red

A fifth of all plants threatened by extinction

It seems that more and more species are threatened by extinction, and this doesn’t apply only to animals. A recent analysis conducted the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew together with the Natural History Museum, London and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) concluded that 22% of all the plants in the world are threatened by extinction. Why is

The best view so far of the Jupiter red spot

I’ve seen a whole lot of pictures of the red giant spot (it’s about as big as Earth), but this one is by far the best one so far; and it’s been posted by an amateur astronomer, Björn Jónsson, on one of my favorite forums: unmannedspaceflight – lots of great pics and discussions there. Well basically he just processed some

Othman denies being appointed as “ambassador for aliens”

I have to say, I’m a bit confused. The whole science world and media was buzzing with the “alien ambassador“. The Malaysian astrophysicist was supposed to discuss her requirements the next week, but apparently she denied being appointed in this weird position in an e-mail to the Guardian. There isn’t a lot of information available right now, but it seems

New footage of Moon Landing found

A long lost footage of the best minutes of the moon landing (Neil Armstrong going down the ladder) has been found in Australian archives and will be released next week in Sidney. Wait, What ?! How do you lose footage of the Moon landing ? Just like that, according to Australian archivists. The film was lost for decades and when

National Geographic wallpaper software

Just a few days ago I was telling you about the APOD Wallpaper software, that automatically changes when a picture is uploaded to APOD. This time, the software is a bit different. It has to be said, some of the best pictures and wallpapers ever have been posted on National Geographic, but downloading them is somewhat of a problem, considering

In case of emergency, just take off your bra !

No, the people in the photo are not sniffing the bra or… something. This is Emergency Bra, or Ebra, for short may very well be the thing that saves your life; literally. How does it work ? Well, it converts into a respiratory mask. Good thing about it is that since it has two cups, you can save someone else

Meet the Earth’s ambassador to extraterrestrials

In case you didn’t know the United Nations has appointed an ambassador for our little planet, in case aliens somehow contact us in the near future. Who was chosen for this position that could be crucial in the highly unlikely event of a discussion with aliens ? Mazlan Othman, head of the Office for Outer Space Affairs. The Malaysian astrophysicist

Robot archer learns how to aim and fire

The future is here, baby ! Robot archers, that’s what it’s all about ! This little humanoid robot, nicknamed iCub may be using just arrows with suction cups, but hey – you have to start somewhere ! Italian researchers developed an algorithm that can teach the robot how to shoot arrows. So, after being taught how to hold the bow

New type of CPR is more effective and easier to perform

The number of people that die from sudden cardiac arrest growing larger and larger every year. Just so you can make an idea, only in America, more people die from sudden cardiac arrest every three days than the people that died in 9/11. Thing is, many of those deaths could be avoided, if local bystanders wouldn’t be bystanders, and would

Meet the horniest dinosaur ever

Fossil hunters have recently unearthed the fossil remains of a species that can easily claim the title of the horniest dinosaur ever to be found. Kosmoceratops lived some 76 million years ago, in the warm and wet swamps of (what is today) Utah; but what’s really fascinating about him is the fact that he has no less that 15 full