An Explanation of the Possible Ramifications of Bees Going Extinct

A recent episode of AsapSCIENCE explains the possible ramifications of bees going extinct. Bees have been suffering from a mysterious condition known as colony collapse disorder that some studies show may be linked to neonicotinoid pesticides. Bees are responsible for pollinating 70% of fruit and vegetable crops, and without them those crops could be in danger.

A Menacing Octopus Peeking Out of a Teacup

Octopus teacup

Brisbane, Australia-based artist Michael Palmer of Voodoo Delicious creates creepy sculptures from cast resin and teacups. Each teacup contains a darkly cute beast—a menacing octopus, a single foreboding tentacle, or a bathing imp—floating in tea made from resin. Each piece is hand-painted by the artist.

Please note the “tea” is hard and not drinkable (why anyone would actually want to drink it anyway after this little guy has been sloshing around in there is beyond me, but there you are).

More of Palmer’s work, including creepy plush toys, can be seen at his Etsy store.

Tentacle teacup

Octopus teacup

images via Voodoo Delicious

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‘Men In Shorts Are Disgusting’, Musician Jonathan Mann Sarcastically Songifies Fran Lebowitz’s Fashion Advice

Singer/songwriter Jonathan Mann, known for his ongoing “Song-A-Day” project, created today’s song, “Men In Shorts are Disgusting,” as a wry ode to author Fran Lebowitz and the opinionated fashion advice that she gave in a recent interview with Elle.

I have to say that one of the biggest changes in my lifetime, is the phenomenon of men wearing shorts. Men never wore shorts when I was young. There are few things I would rather see less, to tell you the truth. I’d just as soon see someone coming toward me with a hand grenade. This is one of the worst changes, by far. It’s disgusting. To have to sit next to grown men on the subway in the summer, and they’re wearing shorts? It’s repulsive. They look ridiculous, like children, and I can’t take them seriously.

I must admit that I took a bit of umbrage with her comments as well.

After all, actor Zachary Quinto looks anything but ridiculous in his shorts.

Zachary Quinto

image via Zachary Quinto

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‘PBS Idea Channel’ Explores Whether Upvotes Illuminate the Flaws of Democracy

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explores whether upvotes–like those used with Yik Yak or reddit–actually illuminate the flaws in democracy in the latest episode of the series.

Are upvotes democratic? Supposedly, YikYak is a democratic social network, following the lead of forums like reddit that use upvoting as “community sourced decisions.” The IDEA behind both is that compelling, unique posts will float to the top, and weak ones will sink to the bottom. Reddit is a democracy! Much like The United States. HOWEVER, in both cases, the notion of true democracy may well be an illusion! Does seeing upvotes promote more upvotes? Does provocative content beget more provocative content? Is all content created equal?

AirPano Travel Book 360°, A Collection of Gorgeous Aerial Panoramas From Some of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

AirPano (previously), the Russian not-for-profit project that’s “focused on high-resolution spherical panorama shots from a bird’s eye view” that they’ve captured from some of the most beautiful places on Earth, has made all their work available via their AirPano Travel Book 360° app, which is available for iPad and iPhone via the iTunes store.

AirPano Travel Book is a collection of unique spherical photo panoramas of the most amazing places in the world shot from a bird’s eye view. AirPano Travel Book takes you on exciting journey with a real-life presence at a photographic location. Unlike conventional photographs, spherical 360° photo panoramas allow viewers to rotate an image, change the field of view, and zoom in on a particular detail. You will see the most beautiful cities of the world, historical locations, beaches, night landscapes, witness volcanic eruptions, amazing lakes, mountaintops, and waterfalls. …The AirPano Travel Book application is now available on the iPhone! The first version of the app was released in the summer of 2014 and was suitable only for the iPad. Now, owners of iPhones can download this great application too.

images via AirPano

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A Rap Battle Between Hodor of ‘Game of Thrones’ & Groot of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ That Consists of Very Few Words

The Warp Zone (previously) has created an amusing rap battle between the Game of Thrones’ gentle Hodor and the tree-like Marvel superhero Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy that consists of very few words. Just when you think Groot has Hodor beat with his mind-blowing “I am Groot!” rhymes, Hodor fights back with his effortless “Hodor!” flow. The song (explicit and non-explicit) is available to purchase online via The Warp Zone’s iTunes store.

Hey Guys! Guess what?! After an hour of studying, we’ve managed to translate this rap into English! Turn on the “translation” subtitles to reveal all the sick rhymes and disses!? Hodor and Groot have it out in the ultimate rap battle to prove who is the true lyrical genius.

AsapSCIENCE Breaks Down the Effects of Psychedelic Mushrooms on the Brain

The latest episode of AsapSCIENCE (previously) takes a look at how psychedelic mushrooms affect the human brain. The short video breaks down the chemical reactions that lead to hallucinations.

The main psychoactive ingredient in ‘shrooms is called psilocybin. When ingested, the body breaks it down into the active drug psilocin, which makes its way to the brain. And here, it begins to prevent the re-uptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin, increasing its activity.

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A Remote-Controlled Quadcopter Drone That Looks Like a ‘Star Wars’ Imperial Star Destroyer

Grenoble, France-based Olivier C, who previously built a Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor starfighter drone, is back at it again with a new remote-controlled quadcopter drone that looks like an Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars.

Olivier shared the first, second, and third flight of his custom Imperial Star Destroyer on YouTube. More photos of his Star Wars build are available to view on the RC Groups forum.

RC Imperial Star Destroyer

RC Imperial Star Destroyer

RC Imperial Star Destroyer

RC Imperial Star Destroyer

RC Imperial Star Destroyer

photos via Olivier C

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