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Scientific Diagrams That Look Unintentionally Hilarious

Maybe these would makes sense with a few pages of physics or psychology textbook before and after, but as is, these scientific diagrams just look like jokes. The sheer lack of context is the engine that drives forward the strangeness, but it almost seems like textbook writers wanted to make this stuff as weird as possible.

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The World's Teeniest Chameleon is Super Cute

Scientists have just discovered the world's tiniest chameleon, which measures just under 30 millimeters in length. And as expected, it's unbelievably adorable. After more cute animal science stories? Learn why wombats have cube-shaped poop

scientists just found the world's smallest chameleon species
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Why Do Wombats Have Cube-Shaped Poop?

Wombats, one of Australia's unique animal species, are squat and surprisingly strong creatures that snuffle around the Australian bush. Oh, and their poop is cube-shaped. Whaaat? Continue reading to find out why on Earth wombats poop out little cubes. If you're after more animal stories, watch these pandas frolic in the snow.

Scientists figured out why wombats have cube-shaped poop
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starter pack meme showing what an american scientist stereotypical looked like in the 1960's
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This cliche just hits the spot...could just be the mustache with a slightly curled up lip.
Either way, these starter packs should help you ponder this thought provoking question. And here are even more starter pack memes if those weren't enough.


This meme was taken from a list of 30 Fresh Memes via the website ebaumsworld.


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Scientists Gave Cuttlefish and Shrimp 3D Glasses Because Why Not?

Sometimes you really come up with an amazing study idea, with a potential success rate of about 0%  to succeed. You're colleagues may think you're crazy, might even laugh at you, but you keep pushing it. And if you get to that point, you'd be where these scientists from a international team at the University of Minnesota, who decided to examine the cuttlefish and its field of vision while hunting, using 3D glasses. 

We're not talking about the latest tech that resemble regular glasses. No, the red and blue glasses of yore that used to come with the first "3D" movies. With any number of methods to measure these reactions to prey and stimuli, that the scientists opted for the retro method, especially with its challenges, is surprising. But it just makes for some of the best visuals possible so here is what happens when you put 3D glasses on cuttlefish and feed them lots of shrimp to do it. The results were even more surprising.

scientists put 3d glasses on cuttlefish and let it lose in an underwater movie theater to study how it reacts to and seeks outs its prey while hunting, by training them to wear the glasses and follow the shrimp. The cover photo is of a cuttlefish with 3d glasses on circa 1990 in a recent study
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Anti-Microwave Idiot Gets Absolutely Decimated by Real Science

Sadly, you can reliably trust that the internet will vomit up harmful pseudoscience all over the place. Thankfully, some people out there who actually know what they're talking about are willing to explain the facts as understood by the real experts.

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Astronomers Observe Galactic Winds For First Time

For the first time in history, astronomers have observed galactic winds. This is a peek into the early stages of the formation of a very, very big galaxy, and it's looking like scientists might be able to observe and record this incredible celestial phenomena like never before. 



astronomers have seen galactic winds for the first time ever
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Someone Created A Sea Urchin Robot For Some Reason

Even though we're just at the tip of the iceberg of technological advancements, it seems like every second person is creating a robot of some sort. There are robots that deliver things to your house; robots that can perform heart surgery; and now, there's a sea urchin robot. Sure, I can understand why someone might want to create a robot to do a tedious task or perform it more precisely than humans can. But a sea urchin inspired robot... why? Well, I guess the answer is, why not? 

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10 Times Outraged Nincompoops Believed The Onion

Sure, looking at people believe satire will make you lose your faith in humanity a bit, but it is pretty funny.

outraged people react to the onion articles
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Popping Champagne Creates A Tiny Supersonic Shock Wave

There's no better way to celebrate an important occasion with a glass of champagne. For me, the novelty of champagne has never been about the taste of the alcohol, but rather the significant moment when the cork is popped out of the bottle. Little did I know that this pop is actually a miniature supersonic shock wave. Champagne just got even cooler. 

scientists found that popping champagne bottle is actually tiny supersonic shock wave
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Amateur Footage Helps Us Understand Tsunamis More

December 26, 2004. On this day, the worst tsunami in living memory pummeled Indonesia and shocked the world. The first tsunami to occur in the age of mobile camera phones, it was experienced by people all over the world through the shaky handheld videos that emerged of the catastrophe. The footage of the tsunami conveyed the ordeal through the eyes of the survivors, but it also had a practical benefit. Video footage enabled scientists to understand tsunamis more. Here's how. 

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Gigantic Flying Creature Terrorized Other Dinosaurs

It's hard to imagine dinosaurs being afraid of anything, aside from attacks from other dinosaurs. But scientists have just discovered the fossil of a behemoth creature that did just that, preying on dinosaurs. Dear god.

scientists discovered fossil of pterosaur, a huge reptile that ate dinosaurs
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Bats Use Leaves As Mirrors To Find Camouflaged Insects

Bats are widely misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom - while they're associated with witches, vampires and darkness in general, they're actually super cute and interesting. And scientists have just discovered something amazing about them - bats use leaves as "mirrors" that reflect sound waves, helping them find insects hiding behind leaves. Cool, right? Or confusing? Keep on reading, we'll explain everything. 

scientists just discovered that bats can use echolocation to find hiding prey
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Scientists Just Discovered That Penguins Used To Be Human-Sized

Penguins aren't exactly formidable creatures, are they? Although Emperor penguins can reach up to 4 feet 2 inches, they always seem super friendly and cute. Now imagine a penguin the same height as you. That changes things. Penguins the size of humans... the idea sounds like it comes from science fiction. But it actually just comes from science. It was recently discovered that giant penguins used to exist. We are not kidding. 

giant human sized penguin fossilized bones found in New Zealand
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