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  • You've heard of a jellyfish sting, maybe you've even experienced one. But have you ever seen one?

    When a jellyfish actually stings someone or something, the action is often too small and too fast to see with the naked eye. This video, however, captures a real-life sting in slow motion!

    Destin from SmarterEveryDay visited toxinologist Dr. Jamie Seymour, one of the team members present when Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter," was fatally stung by a stingray in 2006.

    At James Cook University in Australia, researchers used a microscope and high-speed camera to discover what exactly happens when a jellyfish, or in this specific case, an anemone, stings you. They have wanted to capture the process on camera for years, but only now has the technology been able to do so.

    Instead of thinking it's just tentacles dragging across your skin and leaving venom behind, what actually happens it that an organelle (a  specific subunit within a cell with a special function) called a nematocyst takes the

    Read More »from Video Captures First-Ever Footage of Jellyfish Sting Through Microscope
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is no stranger to commuter controversy following Bridgegate earlier this year, has been taken to task on Twitter while on vacation with his family in California.

    The conversation came after a New Jersey commuter faced delays heading home for the weekend from New York.

    The governor tweeted:

    The call to “hang in there” was not received well by transit riders. Twitter user Patrick Daly called out the governor’s decision to cancel a train tunnel in New York City back in 2010.

    Daly replied "ARC TUNNEL.  You are killing our home values and the NJ economy. We HANG IN THERE at least with delays, 4 times a week."

    The two continued to go back and forth in successive and sometime heated tweets.

    Daly referenced a famous line said by Christie during Hurricane Sandy:

    "Wow. really.

    Read More »from Gov. Chris Christie Gets Into Twitter Argument With Constituent
  • Has this ever happened to you? You go to a wedding reception to celebrate. You have a few drinks. Maybe you take to the stage and do a little performance. Somebody videos it and puts it on Instagram. Cute. Except whenthat somebody is a celebrity, and now, like it or not, you're Internet famous.

    That's what happened to Sarah Lane.

    The 26-year-old council worker from Bridgend, Wales, in the United Kingdom, was the maid of honor at her best friend's wedding Saturday. Actress Michelle Rodriguez from "Avatar" and "Fast & Furious" movie series, also a friend of the bride, was in attendance.

    Michelle took a video of Sarah, dressed in a beaded bridesmaid dress and a flower crown, performing the 4 Non Blonde's hit "What's Up" at the wedding reception. She then posted it to her Instagram — which has about 800,000 followers — and wrote, "I love life people are resilient to life love and the endurance of it all"

    Sarah recounted to the Daily Mail how she found out.

    She says she went for brunch on

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  • We first told you about the #icebucketchallenge last week. In efforts to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, you dump a bucket of ice water on yourself and then nominate three others to do the challenge. If they don’t, they have to donate at least $100 to the ALS Association.

    You’ve seen your friends doing it all over social media. Well, now the people at the head of those social media platforms are getting in on the action.

    Mark Zuckerberg was issued the challenge by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and in turn passed it on to his Facebook colleague COO Sheryl Sandberg, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Microsoft founder-turned-superphilanthropist Bill Gates.

    Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella braved the cold and also made two $25,000 donations to the cause. He then nominated Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Google’s Larry Page.

    Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, posted his #icebucketchallenge to the Twitter-owned video platform, Vine.

    Since the

    Read More »from Mark Zuckerberg, Other Tech Heavyweights Take the #IceBucketChallenge
  • It’s Aug. 13, and it’s Left-handers Day.

    Going all the way back to 1976, it’s a day for 7 to 10 percent of the world’s population to celebrate their left-handedness and highlight some of the challenges faced by those who adapt to use right-handed tools and objects such as scissors, spiral-bound notebooks, and can openers. Even high-fiving and shaking hands with a right-handed person can be a little tricky for a lefty.

    The website has a list of ways to celebrate, including creating "Lefty Zones" in the kitchen, playroom, or study or even while you’re away on a holiday.

    Left-handed folks are often considered to be more creative, artistic, and intuitive. An Australia study found that right-handed people tend to be left hemisphere-dominant, therefore, more logical and objective, while left-handed people are more balanced across both hemispheres of their brain.

    In studies on matters of health, lefties are found to be more resilient when recovering from strokes, while

    Read More »from Left-Handers Day Celebrates Southpaws the World Over


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