News Flash: 500-feet tall Bin Laden emerges from the sea to wreak havoc on the USA

America’s finest news source, TheOnion is reporting what everybody feared. Osama Bin Laden has come back from the dead and is now terrorizing the USA. A 500-feet Osama is said to have come out of the ocean and destroyed large swathes of both Washington DC, and New York. Weapons had no effect on the Godzilla-sized terrorist who seemed to absorb bombardments and attacks to grow stronger, angrier and larger. It is never a good idea to throw someone into the ocean. Apparently, prime targets in Washington had been evacuated before Bin Laden reached there, and we assume the leadership league is busy making plans for a counter-attack on the giant terrorist.

Via: TheOnion

‘Make Your Franklin’ project mods $100 bills

Nothing gets fantasies going like money. Some of these might be serious attempts at the dollar, others more playful like the Make Your Franklin project. The project website allows anyone to download the bill, and rework it into something artistic, like those shown here. There’s a lot more at the project gallery, with the ultimate goal of the project founders being to make a book with the best submissions, and possibly to get a few Franklins for themselves.

Via: Wired

Researchers see a possibly habitable planet in our neighborhood

Twenty light years sounds like a massive distance, but it is just a stone throw away when talking in astronomical distances. That happens to be our distance from Gliese 581d, a planet orbiting a red dwarf star, with a stable atmosphere, comfortable temperatures and plenty of water. Gliese planetary system has been of particular interest for quite some time now, getting some limelight with scientists speculating possibility of life on another planet, the 581g. Scientists now believe the 581g may not be such a great place after all, and it may just be a fairytale coming out of errors in measurement. The 581d though, is sure to exist, lying on the fringes of the star systems habitable zone, called the Goldilocks zone.

The brain in love [pic]

Frankly, the heart gets too much credit for love. While its boss, the brain sits there doing a lot of hard work, and never getting any credit. This image of the brain was made using MRI scans of people who claimed they were experiencing passionate love, material love or unconditional love. It is this situation that gets neurotransmitters and chemicals into action, making us feel the pleasures of love.

Via: ScienificAmerican

Iceland’s ash plume as captured by weather satellites

Explosion of Iceland’s Grimsvötn volcano has already made news, sending off a 7 mile high plume of ash and dust into the atmosphere. These series of images were captured by US GOES 13 satellite, and stitched together to create this video-effect for us. So how massive is the ash plume? For comparison, the blue lines mark Iceland’s area. The GIF image is after the jump.

Via: BadAstronomy, PopSci

X-Ray sees dog slurping, understands the mechanics involved [video]

Exploiting the magic of X-Ray cameras and high frame rate, scientists evolutionary biologist Alfred Crompton and some Harvard colleagues have found the exact way a dog drinks. It is generally believed that dogs scoop liquids into their mouth from the underside of their tongues, but now it seems they are quite similar to cats, pulling columns of water into their mouth using neat fluid mechanic tricks. Basically, the tongue hits the liquid and snaps back, forcing water into the space behind it.

Via: PopSci