This Week in Science: December 14-20 2013

How to make a life-size origami elephant.

Hobbit villains hobbled by “vitamin D deficiency”‘.

Anti-bacterial soap isn’t any better than regular soap, but it carries extra risks. Also, warm water doesn’t get your hands any cleaner than cold.

The Smithsonian recently got the skeleton of an endangered 1,400 lb North Atlantic right whale.

Pro-tip: don’t build your house on a sand dune, or at the bottom of a cliff.

A new species of tapir has been discovered in the Amazon!

In defense of feathery dinosaurs.

Inflatable Moth Butt Featherdusters‘.

Meet the world’s newest island: Niijima.

Surprise! Narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease.

A dwarf Asian elephant has been found in the wild.

After months of wondering, the mystery behind the silk structures in the Amazon has been solved!

Why does time seem to go faster as we get older?

Sheep like to turn left.

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2 thoughts on “This Week in Science: December 14-20 2013

  1. The Rock fall in Rockville really upsets me, because the hazard should have been obvious. Such things will continue to happen. It’s distressing.

    The inflatable moth-butt featherduster came across my twitter-feed as a GIF when I was grading geology exams and proved to be an amazing distraction to me and my fellow graders.

    A very nice summary here!

    • In my ecology class, my professor would get very upset when people would build their houses on sand dunes. It seems ridiculous that people would live in such geologically unpredictable places! It’s so easy to avoid.

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