First up, in case there aren’t enough cats on the Internet: photos of an 11-month-old lion cub at the Scottish Drummond Safari Park, discovering the joys of autumn leaves. (Hat tip to Inge.)
Have you ever heard of Dance Your Ph.D.? It’s a contest sponsored by Science magazine and the publisher of ScienceNOW, which challenges doctorate students to present their thesis topic in the form of dance. Now in its sixth year, the contest has attracted a stellar group of entrants. The winner was “Sperm competition between brothers and female choice,” demonstrating the biology of sperm competition in red jungle fowl. It involves skimpy outfits, synchronized swimming, and an inspired choice for representing the egg. Read more about the research here. (You can thoroughly enjoy the video without the extra information, but knowing a few details about what you’re watching adds some punch to it.)
There were several other top entrants, whose very worthy videos can be seen here. The Reader Favorite award went to an invigorating salsa dance interpretation of cancer cells vs. normal cells, but my favorite was “Sleep loss in a social world,” in which Ph.D. candidate Tina Sundelin dances her way through two versions of the same day: one in which she got a good night’s sleep, and one in which she did not. What’s different about this thesis is that it doesn’t explore the effects of sleep deprivation on the deprived one, but rather on the perception of others within the same social net.
(Hat tip to Mary.)
Finally, Buzzfeed asked Brits to label the states on a blank map of the United States, with hilarious results. I’m happy to note that more often than not, Oregon was in the right place. Colorado got no respect, though, being labeled variously Potatoes, Nebraska, Ohio, Kansas, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas (!!), and my favorite, Squaresies.
Just to keep things balanced, here are the results when Americans tried to label a map of Europe. Spoiler: We have no room to criticize.
(Hat tip to Astrid.)