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These 15 GIFs Prove Science Is More Amazing Than Fiction

Warning: Don’t try some of these things at home.

1. This is what happens when you cut a water droplet using a superhydrophobic knife on a surface that doesn’t get wet.

Arizona State University/Sploid / Via journals.plos.org

2. This is the view from the Soyuz capsule, the spacecraft that takes astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS), as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA / Via youtube.com

3. This is what vibrating guitar strings look like up close (captured using a rolling shutter effect).

Andy Nicolai / Via youtube.com

4. This is how Astronaut Koichi Wakata rides a flying carpet in space.

AFP News / Via youtube.com

5. This is what happens when you light a CD and blow on it.

Science Videos / Via youtube.com

6. This is what happens when you stuff an orange full of fireworks.

Michael Hession/ Slo Mo Lab / Via youtube.com

7. This is what happens when cardinal fish eat ostracod plankton. Ostracods produce bioluminescence so that the fish spits them out.

BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

8. This is what happens when you mix Russell pit viper snake venom with human blood.

BBC / Via youtube.com

9. These Neodymium magnets spark when they collide in a blender.

Blendtec / Via youtube.com

10. These Astronauts put a GoPro camera inside a floating ball of water in space.

NASA / Via youtube.com

11. These magnets can attract cereal.

Omar Kardoudi / Via sploid.gizmodo.com

12. This is what you see when a GoPro is strapped to the back of a lioness while she’s hunting prey.

GoPro / Via youtube.com

13. This is what happens when you crack an egg 60 feet below the surface of the ocean.

Live Science / Via youtube.com

14. Airplanes look like shooting stars in this time lapse of an airport.

Milton Tan / Via youtube.com

15. This bot fly from Belize emerges from a scientist’s skin after he let them incubate inside of him.

Piotr Naskecki / Via thesmallermajority.com

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/natashaumer/these-15-gifs-prove-science-is-more-amazing-than-fiction

Fireman Wearing GoPro Saves Kitten From Fire

Fireman Wearing GoPro Saves Kitten From Fire

Back in July, a firefighter wearing a GoPro helmet camera went viral after saving a precious kitten from a fire and bringing it back from the near dead. How could the web resist?

Now, the official GoPro Camera YouTube channel has posted the entire video which has caused the story to resurface online. In just one day, the new video has amassed over half a million views!


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/09/26/fireman-saves-kitten-gopro/

Ring of Stellar Fire Surrounds 12-Billion-Year-Old Galaxy

The galaxy NGC 1291 is about 12 billion years old—and that’s old. So what’s it doing with a ring of newborn stars around it? In this newly released image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, trapped gas at the galaxy’s outskirts have triggered star birth.

Located 33 million light-years away in the Eridanus constellation, NGC 1291 is known as a barred galaxy because its central region is dominated by a long bar of stars—which appears as an “S” in the blue circle in the image above. (Our galaxy has a bar too, though not as prominent.) The stellar bar formed early in the galaxy’s history, and as it stirred material around, stars and gas were forced into large, non-circular orbits. This created areas where gas was compressed—called resonances—which trigger the formation of new stars. 

“The rest of the galaxy is done maturing,” Kartik Sheth of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory explains in a news release. “But the outer ring is just now starting to light up with stars.”

In young, gas-rich galaxies, stellar bars drive gas toward the center, feeding star formation. But as the galaxies age, and the star-forming fuel runs out, the central regions become inactive, and star-formation shifts to the galaxy’s outskirts. There, spiral density waves and resonances produced by the central bar convert gas into stars.

In the image above, shorter-wavelength infrared light appears blue, longer-wavelength light is red. The stars in the galaxy’s center (blue) are older, since most of the central region’s gas was already used up by earlier generations of stars. The outer ring (red) is the resonance area where trapped gas has ignited a star-forming frenzy. The new stars are heating up dust that glows with infrared light. 

To better understand how stellar bars influence galaxies, Sheth and colleagues are analyzing the structures of more than 3,000 galaxies in our local neighborhood as part of the Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in Galaxies, or S4G. “The bars are a natural product of cosmic evolution, and they are part of the galaxies’ endoskeleton,” he says. “Examining this endoskeleton for the fossilized clues to their past gives us a unique view of their evolution.”

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/space/ring-stellar-fire-surrounds-12-billion-year-old-galaxy

Cat Plays With Candle Fire

Most animals have an internal instinct to fear fire. But this is no scaredy cat. The kitty plays with a candle fire like a thirteen year old boy would to show off to his crush. The older video from 2009 just went viral now, and is shared by TheDailyWhat, the Japanese blog Kotaro, Peecee1978, and Viralizou from Brazil


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2011/10/31/cat-plays-with-candle-fire/