The Friday Feelgood for May 12, 2017

Hello hello and Happy Friday! This week for the Friday Feelgood, we wanted to share some of the recent news that’s made us go WOW!


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Popular Science shares an interview with a star-nosed mole researcher (so that’s a job!), who highlights findings like how the mole uses that star as a super-sensitive touch organ. The mole has also been found to be that fastest-eating mammal in the world – but I’d counter that they’ve never seen me when my mom makes enchiladas 😂 😂

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In news that might be literally out of this world and with almost too many cool names to count, researchers are sharing their theory that a pillar called the Vulture Stone at the archaeological site Göbekli Tepe in Turkey shows confirmation of a theorized comet strike thought to contribute to a miniature ice age about 12,800 years ago. Vulture Stone is definitely a Nicolas Cage movie waiting to happen, right?

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In probably the biggest WOW we’ve had lately, human tools found alongside a mastodon now dated to be 130,000 years old suggest that humans may have come to the Americas more than 100,000 years before previously thought. That might change the way we understand a huge chunk of human history! (!!!)

PS how much does that picture make you love the internet!? Shoutout to Pixabay user SerenaWong!

What made you say wow this week? Let us know in the comments!

It’s World Penguin Day!

It’s World Penguin Day! Could any day be more lovely?

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Greenpeace invites you to invite today by helping protect penguin habitats. Click the pic to learn more!

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The Telegraph offers a quiz to find out what kind of penguin you are!

National Geographic Kids has a whole playlist of penguin videos!

And last but not least, this underwater penguin cam from Explore.org!

 

The Friday Feelgood for April 21, 2017

Hello hello! It’s Friday once again! Making us happy this week:

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This week brings us news of the discovery of giant exoplanet KELT 11b. 320 lightyears away, the gas giant is 40% larger than Jupiter with just one-fifth its mass – making it about the same density as styrofoam!

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This week also brings us exciting news in the animal world. Scientists have discovered that the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) can recognize its own body as an impediment in task performance. This unique marker of intelligence places elephants in a group with other animals like great apes, dolphins and magpies!

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This last one is one of my favorite pieces of news in a while! Khipus (above) were used by the Inca to store accounting and other information, but they have remained untranslated and unreadable. That may change, though, with new evidence emerging from a color code found in a spectacular pair of khipus preserved by Andean village elders since colonial times, demonstrating consistency with a logosyllabic writing system. This is a major step towards understanding ancient Incan writing!


What’s making you feel good this week? Let us know in the comments!

Newly discovered animals!

Discovery happens all the time, and these incredible creatures are just some of the recent finds!

Live Science has a great feed for animal discoveries – but just a heads up, a shocking number of new animal discoveries are nightmare spiders 😂 😂

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This newly discovered colorful Hawaiian fishy, Tosanoides obama, received the honor last month of sharing its name with another famous Hawaiian, former President Barack Obama. Adorbs!

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Turns out, 6 million years ago these LITERAL OTTERS THE SIZE OF WOLVES terrorized China. BUT SO ADORABLY! 

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Oh my gibbon! Specifically: Skywalker hoolock gibbon! The scientists who named the adorable primate friend say their inspiration came from the Chinese name, which translates to “heaven’s movement,” as well as from the Star Wars fandom. May the gibbon be with me!

What’s your favorite recent discovery? Share it in the comments!