Among many experiments launched to the ISS was one questioning how nonhuman subjects–mice–responded to microgravity. It ended up being…strangely adorable? Watch as mice start playing with weightlessness as the days go by. Read more about their behavior here.
Meet Mostik, the Russian cat with a hard hat. This fuzzy propaganda mascot helps oversee a politically fraught construction project–a bridge connecting Russia and the Crimean Peninsula. Read the Washington Post project coverage here.
In a twist in the ongoing saga about predatory journals, Rick Sanchez (the drunk, swearing dimensional traveling scientist in the adult-oriented cartoon Rick and Morty) has finally made his academic mark. Farooq Ali Khan—an undergraduate college professor and PhD student in Hyderabad, India, sent out a fake paper written by “Beth Smith” titled Newer Tools to Fight Inter-Galactic Parasites and Their Transmissibility in Zyrgion Simulation detailing a way to use magnets to fight back against intergalactic parasites that live by implanting false memories in their hosts. Vice Motherboard details the prank and which predatory journals fell for it. Read about it here.
How does what you see through the phone affect how you approach the world? Wired explores this in depth, from selfies that make you self-conscious to landscapes that take you out of the world.
Watching gears turn is somehow immensely satisfying. They’re even better when you make them yourself! Watch this video for intricate moving paper gear ornaments and then learn this engineering origami method.