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Skydiving spiders show off their gliding skills

By dropping spiders from tree tops, researchers are discovering how they maneuver their bodies in the air.

via New Scientist:

These jungle spiders free fall with style. After being dropped from the tops of trees, the spiders shown in this video are typically able to soar to the nearest tree trunk, providing the first evidence that spiders can glide.

Stephen Yanoviak from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and his colleagues filmed spiders of the genusSelenops as they were released from a height of 24 metres during tests at a research station in the Amazon rainforest in Peru.

Characterised by a flat body, which has earned them the nickname “flatties”, they quickly right themselves and get into a posture similar to that of skydivers. Then they head for a tree trunk more than 90 per cent of the time, travelling up to 5 metres horizontally while steering with their forelegs.

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Footage of Rare White Whale Off the Coast of Australia

A white humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of Australia last Monday. It’s now suspected that this beauty is the beloved Migaloo (meaning “White Fella”).

Jenni Ryall via Mashable:

UPDATE: Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m. AEST: Executive director and chief scientist at the Pacific Whale Foundation, Greg Kaufman, who has been studying Migaloo for decades confirmed toMashable Australia the whale spotted off the Gold Coast, Australia earlier this week is 100% the beloved creature. Both Sea World Australia and Oskar Peterson have continued to deny this claim.

UPDATE: Aug. 10, 6:10 p.m. AEST: On Monday evening, the department told Mashable Australia via email it has still not been able to confirm whether the sighting is that of the Migaloo.

A rare white humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of Queensland on Monday, and whale watchers are hoping it is Australia’s famous whale Migaloo.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasms

Alright. I’m going to show you a couple of images from a very diverting paper in The Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. I’m going to go way out on a limb and say that it is the most diverting paperever published in The Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. The title is “Observations of In-Utero Masturbation.” (Laughter) Okay. Now on the left you can see the hand — that’s the big arrow — and the penis on the right. The hand hovering. And over here we have, in the words of radiologist Israel Meisner, “The hand grasping the penis in a fashion resembling masturbation movements.” Bear in mind this was an ultrasound, so it would have been moving images.

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22 Bizarre Conspiracy Theories

It’s silly season (a/k/a summer) and Mental Floss has decided to celebrate with a video about 22 bizarre conspiracy theories. They’re not really that bizarre (the usual fare: illuminati, reptilians, Skull & Bones, subliminal advertising, Area 51, Fluoride, Paul is dead, Elvis is alive, Jesus was married, Princess Diana was assassinated, Clinton deaths, 9/11, pro sports are fixed, etc.) but it’s a fun few minutes:

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Maintain Global Population Under 500 Million


That statement (“Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature”) has an awful lot of people perplexed, anxious or both. It’s one of the ten instructions carved in eight languages on the Guidestones in Elberton, Georgia and certainly the one that captures the imagination of people thinking there is a plan afoot to drastically reduce the world’s population.

It’s also at the core of the award-winning web series Guidestones, which we’re pleased to bring you free of charge until the end of September, now conveniently collected into a single auto-playlist on YouTube:

Let us know what you think of the series. We’ll be bringing you Season 2 in full on or about August 21st.

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