photo by Michael Holden
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The Maksimatic is a vehicle cup holder with a clever self-leveling design that prevents drinks from spilling. The cup holders pivot freely as the vehicle moves, keeping drinks level. The wide mouth opening at the top of the cup holder catches any spills and makes it easier to fit a drink in the holder by touch alone. Maksimatic’s inventor, Maksim Ghyvoronsky, is raising funds for the project on Indiegogo.
images via Maksimatic
The web series Science Friday spoke with Madeline Girard, an animal behavior specialist at University of California at Berkeley, who talked about the elaborate mating dance of the peacock spider and how the dance varies among the different species of maratus.
With their ornately-colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract the attention of spectating females as well as researchers. One such animal behavior specialist, Madeline Girard, collected more than 30 different peacock spider species from the wilds of Australia and brought them back to her lab at UC Berkeley. Under controlled conditions, she recorded their unique dances in the hopes of deciphering what these displays actual say to a female spider and how standards differ between species.
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Actress Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Mystery Team) will voice Internet cat celebrity Grumpy Cat (see previously) in the upcoming Lifetime original movie Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. In the movie, Grumpy Cat is overlooked at a pet store but can communicate with a 12-year-old girl. Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever will premiere on Lifetime on November 29th, 2014.
On the day the news was released, Plaza tweeted an image of Grumpy Cat.
— Aubrey Plaza (@evilhag) September 18, 2014
Artist Lili Chin of Doggie Drawings has created “Dogs of the World“, a wonderful illustrated guide that groups the dogs of the world by their geographic origin. These charming illustrations are available as prints for purchase at Lili’s Etsy Shop, while items such as T-Shirts, mugs and pillows are available via Lili’s Society 6 store
Dogs Of The World is a new series of designs that I have been working on Spring-Summer 2014. There are a total of at least 192 dog designs and 24 cat designs, which are available as grouped and individual prints at my etsy store.
Armenian photographer Suren Manvelyan is documenting the remarkable diversity and beauty of animal eyes in an ongoing macro photography series. The series is posted on his Behance portfolio — see part 1, part 2, and part 3. We previously posted about his macro photography series of human eyes.
photos by Suren Manvelyan
via Twisted Sifter
Astronomers have discovered what may be a Thorne–Zytkow object (TZO), a binary star system where a neutron star is enveloped by a red giant or supergiant star. TZO’s were first theorised in 1977 by Kip Thorne and Anna Zytkow. On June 4th, 2014 a team of astronomers led by Emily Levesque that included Zytkow published a paper identifying red supergiant star HV 2112 in the Small Magellanic Cloud as a possible TZO candidate.
In an interview with Caltech about the discovery, Kip Thorne called the evidence for HV 2112’s classification as a TZO, “strong, but not ironclad.” Adding, “Certainly it’s by far the best candidate for a TZO that anyone has seen, but additional confirmation is needed.”
image via NASA Blueshift