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Cats are Liquids

French physicist Marc-Antoine Fardin was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize a couple of months ago for his groundbreaking research in rheology, which is the study of how matter flows and deforms. One of the problems in rheology is the definition of terms. The definition we learn in school is that a liquid is the state of matter that takes the shape of its container, but not the volume. The definition is further refined for scientists.

At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container. The action must also have a characteristic duration. In rheology, this is called the relaxation time. Determining if something is liquid depends on whether it’s observed over a time period that’s shorter or longer than the relaxation time.

If we take cats as our example, the fact is that they can adapt their shape to their containers if we give them enough time. Cats are thus liquid if we give them the time to become liquid.

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Centaur-ific: The Centaur Excavations at Volos

September 29, 2017 — I was surrounded by hordes of 19-year-olds dressed in bright orange and white. Their youth was brazen with their tan legs and fresh faces, and they spoke in accents that placed them far below the Mason-Dixon. I stroked the scraggily beard on my pale, craggy face, feeling my age, and hunkered deeper into my dark cardigan. I just wanted to find a centaur skeleton.

I was braving the sunny campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, slipping through alleys and over walking bridges trying to find the shortest distance between my parking garage and the John C. Hodges Library. Because it had a centaur skeleton. Did I mention that?

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Deadliest American ANIMALS

Deadliest American Animals

Whale lifts two kayakers out of the water

Aa video of a large surfacing baleen whale lifting a kayak filled with a father and daughter into the air while they were whale watching off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. There’s some speculation as to the species of whale doing the gentle lifting, with some viewers believing it’s a southern right whale — a type commonly spotted off the coast of the South American country.

Odds of Being Killed by an Animal

Odds of Being Killed by an Animal

Furniture for his majesty…

Deer vs Police Car at 114 MPH

A deputy in Isanti County, MN, was responding to a report about a man with a gun at a restaurant in the early hours of last Saturday morning, reports local outlet Isanti County News. He was traveling down a dark road in the squad car with the lights and sirens on at 114 mph when, suddenly, a deer leapt out from the side of the road. There was no time to stop.

Miraculously, the deputy was able to walk away from the incident uninjured, despite both front airbags deploying and the hood going into the windshield. He was also able to keep the car in its lane during the crash.

Below, you can see the deputy’s dashcam footage, as well as some photos of the aftermath.


Bear rides in sidecar, blows horn!

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