Biology in every Alien movie, and how it fits together

Look, fans of the ALIEN franchise–we need to have a chest-to-chest for a minute. It’s getting harder and harder to love the movies if you’re a giant science nerd, like me. For the last 40 years, the movies have been getting more and more hung up on the biology of the original xenomorph (yes, small “x”), as have we nerds, and now it’s all a mess. What is the black goo? Where did the first facehugger

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Watch this Horrific, 6,000-TOOTHED GIANT SNAIL Eat an Earthworm Whole

Australia is the often the first place that comes to mind when we think of locations that are home to hoards of terrifying creatures. They have mutant Spider-Man spiders and snakes that will try to eat you in your sleep, for goodness sakes. However, let’s zoom out a bit because Australia’s neighbor New Zealand isn’t messing around when it comes to mortifying animals either. For example, a video from BBC Earth shows footage of the Powelliphanta Snail

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T-REX PROBABLY DIDN’T HAVE FEATHERS, SCIENTISTS SAY

Typically, the classic image of Tyrannosaurus rex doesn’t include feathers; look at any dinosaur movie for proof of that. In recent years, however, it’s come out that a lot of the scaly dinosaurs we’ve come to know and love were actually covered in feathers. That might be a hard reality for some of us to swallow, but T. rex enthusiasts don’t have to, because a new study seems to confirm that the strong-jawed dino was

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These 15 Magnet GIFs Will Show You The Power Of Magnetism

1. When a magnetic field is applied to a ferrofluid. 2. These homing magnets destroy the tiny goblet to bits. Huh! plastics! 3. When you apply a magnet to your old TV that used cathode rays. It disrupts the path of electrons constituting the video. 4. A magnet inside a copper tube. A never ending tunnel 5. A neodymium magnet being absorbed completely by a magnetorheological fluid. Monstrous stuff. 6. A well-engineered bottle opener with a

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15 Mind-Blowing Featured Images by NASA

Photograph by NOAA/NASA GOES Project The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the United States’ largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe. They are also home to some of the most amazing images, visualizations and videos NASA has to offer! Please do yourself a favour and check out their incredible Flickr page which

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21 Myths (Almost) Everyone Believes About The Human Body

We all like to think we know a thing or two about science. But chances are the stuff we remember was told to us by other people, who in turn were told by other people, who in turn were told by other people — none of which were qualified to speak so authoritatively. That’s how we ended up believing bullshit such as … #21. by AuntieMeme #20. by AuntieMeme #19. by AuntieMeme #18. by AuntieMeme

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You Don’t Know These 15 Things About The Ocean (It’s Actually Terrifying)

Sci-fi writer H.P. Lovecraft once said that the ocean “is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.” We land-dwellers can sometimes take the ocean for granted, but we really shouldn’t, since the Earth’s surface is 70% water. When you think of it that way, this is the ocean’s planet, and we’re just guests. Here are some crazy facts about oceans that will instill upon you a healthy

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6 Scientific Discoveries That Laugh in the Face of Physics

  As we’ve pointed out before, there are some startlingly simple questions that science can’t answer. And then there are the special occasions where the universe up and does a freaking magic trick that seems to be designed by an unjust, all-powerful entity dedicated to making scientists slowly pull off their glasses while saying, “What in the hell?” For instance … #6. The Sun Can Make Stuff Hotter Than Itself We intuitively understand the direction

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10 Strange Things About The Universe

The universe can be a very strange place. While groundbreaking ideas such as quantum theory, relativity and even the Earth going around the Sun might be commonly accepted now, science still continues to show that the universe contains things you might find it difficult to believe, and even more difficult to get your head around. 10 Negative Energy Theoretically, the lowest temperature that can be achieved is absolute zero, exactly ?273.15°C, where the motion of

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25 Amazing Electron Microscope Images

All the common objects are kinda boring when you look at them, but the situation changes when an awesome Electron Microscope comes in the scene. I mean, take a look at the Salt and pepper image. Isn’t it cool? Is like you’re eating massive stones and pieces of wood. Next, check out the 50x zoom of human eyelash hairs image. Oh my god, we have some ugly eyelashes! Anyway, in this article you can see

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POURING PHOSPHORESCENT INK INTO WATER IS A SIGHT RIGHT OUT OF SKYFALL

Even when Daniel Craig’s Bond is on the brink of death in Skyfall, he still has plenty of time to sink coolly through what appears to be an abstract ocean of his regrets, romantic entanglements (so many entanglements!), and some stunningly realistic drops of blood. But while the drops of blood in the film were 3D fluid simulations—something akin to these—it turns out that real-life phosphorescent ink being dropped into water puts on an equally impressive show.

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Fake Miami Dolphins player scams women into sleeping with him for 3 years, gets caught (10 Photos)

1 Just over three years ago Ricardo ‘Maserati Rick’ Agnant, who had never played a single snap of college football, finessed his way into an NFL Regional Combine that was being held at the Miami Dolphins Training facility. His performance was overall lackluster, and the Dolphins had only one small comment on him: “Guard Ricardo Agnant, despite not having a record of attending college, displayed tremendous heart as he pushed through his drills – all

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THIS WORM’S SLIMY BRANCHING GRABBER ORGAN IS GUARANTEED TO DISGUST YOU

There’s an unthinkable number of weird and gross creatures slithering through the depths of the sea, including this Plumbus-looking floater, these creepy creatures hanging around the depths of the Mariana Trench, and of course, the Cthulhu (fictional, but still). The sea creature that takes the cake in terms of skin-crawl factor however, has to be the alien-looking worm in the above video. It’s slimy, it heaves, it wiggles, and most crucially — and disgustingly — it

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ELON MUSK FOUNDS NEW COMPANY, NEURALINK, TO TURN US ALL INTO CYBORGS

At this year’s World Government Summit in Dubai, Elon Musk discussed what he perceived to be the most probable future for humanity; one in which people find themselves feeling “useless” due to A.I. taking an ever-increasing share of the labor market. But for man leading the companies that are now making re-landing orbital class rockets just something you do on a Tuesday and soon producing decently long-range, (kind of) affordable fully electric cars, getting phased

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WE MAY SOON MAKE HUMAN HEART TISSUE OUT OF SPINACH LEAVES

Ugugugugug. Well blow me down! It seems that now, Popeye‘s favorite super-powering snack isn’t just good for your heart because it provides vitamins and your daily dose of veggies. It can also be made into heart tissue to help folks recovering from cardiac issues. No, this isn’t going to turn you into Swamp Thing. Basically, the plant cells are all stripped away from the leaf, leaving the vascular structures which, on a micro-level, are a

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NEWLY DECLASSIFIED FOOTAGE OF US NUCLEAR TESTS REVEALS DEATH STAR-LIKE POWER

    Sometime after he witnessed the first atomic bomb detonation in 1945, theoretical physicist and “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer quoted the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita in order to describe what he felt. “Now I am become death” he said, “the destroyer of worlds.” One look at these clips of newly declassified nuclear bomb-test footage from Operation Teapot, which took place at a test site in Nevada in 1955, and it

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HOW WE MIGHT GET THE FIRST-EVER PHOTO OF A BLACK HOLE

Of all the things we’ve seen in outer space, black holes are probably the oddest. Actually, let us rephrase that: We’ve technically never seen a black hole, because nobody’s ever been able to get a photo of one. However, it looks like scientists are on their way to filling that photographic gap (via Gizmodo). There’s something called The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which isn’t actually a single telescope, but a network of ten ultra-powerful ones

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NASA’S PUFFER BOTS ARE THE CUTEST LITTLE ORIGAMI-INSPIRED PLANET EXPLORERS

Exploring other planets in our solar system is obviously a daunting and dangerous task that will require only the bravest souls we can muster here on Earth. But first, before we dispatch any real-life Mark Watneys, we need to send in the bots! NASA’s “PUFFER” bots to be specific, which are cute little (relatively) disposable and foldable explorers that will scout out unexplored terrain on other planets. Via Laughing Squid, The PUFFERs (PUFFER is an acronym

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SPIDERS EAT TWICE AS MANY ANIMALS A YEAR AS WE DO

Every year, humans eat around 400 million tonnes of animal protein — roughly the weight of every living human (weird). Our stomachs are pretty big, but compared to the humble spider, that’s basically nothing. Recently, a team of Swiss and Swedish scientists calculated that globally, spiders eat up to 800 million tonnes of prey annually — primarily juicy insects but also frogs, lizards, fish and small mammals — twice as much as we eat. Spiders

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10 Ways the Next 10 Years Are Going To Be Mind-Blowing

We are living in an extremely exciting time in terms of science and technology. Things that have always been considered science fiction are becoming normal day-to-day components of our lives. And while we have been seeing invention after breakthrough over and over in the last couple of decades, this next ten years is going to blow everything else out of the water. The awesome thing about all these scientific discoveries it that they create technology

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