This Is How People in Winnipeg Have Fun When the Temp Drops to -29

Nov 23, 2014 By Joey White 0

Average low temperatures in Winnipeg, Manitoba, are -2 degrees Fahrenheit, but an extreme cold snap can deliver bitter arctic temperatures.

When the thermometer dipped to -29 degrees last March, one family hooked their hose up to a hot water heater and turned on the sprinkler for some fantastic Canadian fun…

Via: DPF

Insane Images from Buffalo, New York, Where They’re Under 6 Feet of Snow

Nov 20, 2014 By Joey White 0

In an average year, Buffalo, New York, gets about 84 inches of snow. This year is going to be…different.

For their first snowfall of the year Tuesday and Wednesday, New York’s second largest city received a stunning 72 inches of snow.

With another 10 to 20 inches of snow forecast to fall today, here’s what residents of South Buffalo have been dealing with…

The forecast made it clear that Canada would be the better place to live…

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Only 1-8 inches fell in North Buffalo while the southern portion of the city got pounded…

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Why Rivers Curve — So Simple, but Incredibly Fascinating…

Nov 20, 2014 By Abraham 0

Rivers flowing along plains do not do so in a straight line. That’s obvious. But do you know why? And did you know that the way they curve back and forth is predictable?

Enjoy a quick and fascinating education about something you didn’t even know to wonder about…

This Scientist Isolated the Sound That Tricks Your Brain into Hearing Water When It’s Not

Nov 15, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

Science can already explain the mechanics of how we hear. But Maria Geffen, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in their ENT department is figuring out why we hear what we do. How do our brains interpret sound, and why do they assign a particular meaning to a sound?

She talks to WHYY’s The Pulse about her research and plays them an example — the sound of a gurgling brook. Then she shows how she is able to strip the waves from the recording that make our brain hear water. In reverse, she creates a recording of man-made signals that our brain interprets as gurgling water, and it sounds remarkable real.

Right now, you’re probably thinking this won’t work on you. Just give it a listen…

Weird, right? If you’re interested in more, you can read The Pulse’s full story.

British Scientist Joyfully Freaks Out Over Comet Landing. She Tries to Calm Down and Just Can’t…

Nov 14, 2014 By Joey White 0

When Monica Grady first started working on Philae, the British space scientist knew it would take years before her dream of seeing the robot probe land on a comet was realized…if it ever even was.

So when that day finally came this week, after a decade of hard work, she was understandably and infectiously overjoyed. After a few seconds, she tries to pull herself together and “be a professional scientist” but she was a lost cause and just couldn’t help but keep on rejoicing. Awesome…

Here’s the Comet Everyone’s Talking About Sitting Next to Los Angeles for Scale

Nov 14, 2014 By Joey White 1

It’s difficult to understand how big or small objects in space are since we never see them near anything whose size we understand.

So to illustrate the size of Comet 67P that the Rosetta mission just landed on, Matt Wang created this helpful image that really puts into perspective just how enormous — or how tiny, depending how you look at it — this comet really is…

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If that doesn’t help enough, here’s another visual aid from the European Space Agency comparing the comet to a number of major landmarks and mountains…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Answers 1st-grader’s Brilliant Question. Life Just Got Harder for Parents.

Nov 14, 2014 By Abraham 1

After a recent lecture, a little girl got a chance to ask Neil deGrasse Tyson a question — “How can first-graders help the earth.”

After taking a moment to think, Tyson had his answer. It’s simple, insightful, true, and even a little inspiring… So that’s good, right?

Yeah, except that it’s also a real pain to put into practice.

Thanks a lot, Neil.

Stressed Out Strangers Think They’re Meditating, but Then They Open Their Eyes

Nov 12, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

We have definitive proof that kittens are therapeutic. You can’t argue with this, it’s science.

SoulPancake invited a bunch of random, totally stressed out people to enter a booth for a free guided meditation and a chance to unwind. And when they opened their eyes…kittens. Kittens EVERYWHERE. 

Don’t you feel better just watching that?