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    At the risk of turning this thread more into 'those amazing animals', Im gonna nominate these guys:

    Frogs are lazy bastards, which is why they have such huge goddamned eyes, eyes that are placed so that frogs can see almost 360 degrees without moving at all. Postulated theories for their demonstrated behavior of being a bump on a log include the idea that frogs have licked themselves one too many times and are simply too stoned out to even care about anything beyond their parents' basement. The true weirdness of a frog's eyes doesn't lie in its 360 degree vision, nor does it lie in the fact that frogs close their eyes when swallowing because they use the back of their eyeballs to force the food down their throat (but that is pretty awesome). No, the cool thing is that frogs' eyes are so sensitive that they can detect the presence of a single photon.

    Here's some rudimentary physics: a photon is a packet of light. Quantum theory started when scientists observed that sometimes a photon acts like a particle (like a solid packet) but it also sometimes acts like a wave (like the rest of the electromagnetic spectrum). Nobody could figure this out for a while until somebody said, Hey, maybe light is acting this way because ghost photons from parallel universes are crossing over and fucking up its shit.

    If they ever get around to proving this theory, then that means frogs observe events happening on the quantum level. Always. Continuously. And not just able to see events in our universe, but also across an infinite amount of universes, including that one where Furrydom has risen as the dominant religion and you go to church every Sunday dressed as a giant teddy bear. This is why the world loves Hypnotoad.

    Because he sees everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    In smashers, these two weapons are employed with blinding quickness, with an acceleration of 10,400 g (102,000 m/s2 or 335,000 ft/s2) and speeds of 23 m/s from a standing start,[7] about the acceleration of a .22 calibre bullet.[8][9] Because they strike so rapidly, they generate cavitation bubbles between the appendage and the striking surface.[7] The collapse of these cavitation bubbles produces measurable forces on their prey in addition to the instantaneous forces of 1,500 newtons that are caused by the impact of the appendage against the striking surface, which means that the prey is hit twice by a single strike; first by the claw and then by the collapsing cavitation bubbles that immediately follow.[10] Even if the initial strike misses the prey, the resulting shock wave can be enough to kill or stun the prey.
    a lot like my parrot, his snap was sudden and painful.

    what intrigues me is to what extent we are influenced to behave in one way or another by microbes and assorted parasites, it's a major phenomenon if you think about it. the effect of toxoplasmosis in rats is known, not so much the effect on human behaviour. in any case we are not as independent as we like to think we are, i would like to read more about this.
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    Haha, that's some quality pseudoscience about the quantum frogs' eyes. Sounds like something Terry Pratchett would make up. Although I've heard about them using their eyes to help them swallow, that's pretty cool.

    Continuing the animals theme, gotta love those sea snakes that make venom potent enough to kill a couple of hundred people with a single drop.* Also, box jellyfish - I heard that being stung by one of these fuckers is so painful the recommended dose of IV morphine is something like 40mg...apparently paramedics typically shoot you up with around 15mg if you've broken your leg.

    *thanks, The Really Wild Show!
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    Anyone see anything in the sky ?


    Edit : Holy moley
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    In the fish thread there was that sea mite thing that finds a fish, eats its tongue, and then sits in the fish's mouth instead. I don't really want to see those pics again, so I'm not going to go find the links.

    Mind you, is that badass? Setting up shop in place of a body part you just ate? Pretty rough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael View Post
    Mind you, is that badass? Setting up shop in place of a body part you just ate? Pretty rough.
    I think that's pretty badass. Really inventive parasitism.

    I had a look out for aurora around midnight last night - not a sausage.
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    That thing was mad last night. I was running around the garden swearing for about an hour.
    You couldn't really see the colours very vividly just the creases and the sky distorting. It was still brilliant though, I never seen anything like that before.

    Like what in the top half of this.


    They got a great photo of the sun here


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    The male argonaut produces a ball of spermatozoa in a special tentacle called a hectocotylus. When meeting a female it fancies, the male then detaches its penis to swim by itself to the female.



    be pretty cool if i could do that. with one that flies...

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    brilliant thread

    (Mine are basically just wiki entries, but i found them all on my own!! ;-)



    Rope Tricks on Nuclear Bombs

    Rope trick is the term given by physicist John Malik to the curious lines and spikes which emanate from the fireball of certain nuclear explosions just after detonation.
    Everyone has heard of the below no doubt, still my brain cannot comprehend..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_bomba

    3rd degree burns from 62 miles away
    if true, then that is a weird kind of beauty.

    One more on the nuclear topic...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfish_Prime

    This was obiously tested due to threat of enemy attacks from great altitude but did they ever expect to have use it on Aliens for example?

    And one more slightly less tasteful example..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_r...on_experiments

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex View Post
    One of my favourite Wikipedia pages. Have you watched the video of the test? It's on youtube...just fucking unbelievable. 3,000 times the yield the Hiroshima bomb - and it was only tested at half the theoretical full yield.
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    Oh I can get lost in Nuclear Testing for hours & hours, I think the thing that makes it so interesting is that they have now banned atmospheric & exoatmospheric (and underwater?) testing, so there isnt a possibility of ever seeing one in this lifetime.

    Yes, have watched the video, although it always baffles me that they could develop (and detonate) the most powerful weapon aquired by humanity, yet couldnt get HD video of that shit. If it's the video where you see if from the drop plane that your on abotu then ive seen that, there is also one from the vantage point from the drop zone.

    I have found some really great shots of the test from Nevada & Johnson aswell.

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    Also re: Tsar, interesting that the extra 50tn was meant to be what the casing around warhead was, instead of that it was incased in lead.

    What do you think would of happened if they had detonated the 100tn?

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    They used lead for the tamper instead of uranium. Still part of the 'physics package', or warhead, but yeah, it formed a jacket around the fusion fuel. If they'd used U the fallout would have been horrific, too much even for the Soviet government to countenance. As it was I think it was ironically the 'cleanest' test ever, in terms of lowest ratio of fallout to yield.

    Compare that to the Ivy Mike test, by far America's worst ever radiological disaster.
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    Agree, however the tests that were conducted by the Russian's had a percentage of fallout that crept over a civillian area, that's pretty fucked.

    The Bluegill Prime test @ Johnson Island was a real disaster aswell and the way the americans treated the locals on the island (however 'willing' some reports suggest they were) was atrocious imo

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