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National Geographic

  1. Hard Core Video of the Day: Octopus Kills Shark

    No, we're not talking about a Syfy Channel exclusive movie. National Geographic has posted footage taken from a zoo aquarium tank where keepers decided to introduce some Spiny Dogfish Sharks. According to the narrator, they were hoping that their sharks, despite their omni-carnivorous diets, wouldn't decided to make a meal of their Giant Pacific Octopus.

    And then shark corpses kept showing up at the bottom of the tank. Understandably eager to know what was killing their animals, the keepers set up some cameras, and the footage they captured is below.

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  2. Saturn’s Moon Titan is Slushy All the Way Down

    A new look at Saturn's satellite reveals that beneath its icy crust and lakes of liquid methane is a slushy mixture of ice and rock. This new data is suggested by readings of Titan's gravity field made by very precise measurements of its effect on the movements of NASA's Cassini Orbiter. Scientists say this means that Titan "never got hot enough to separate out into a core, mantle, and crust." We only have one question. Blue-Raspberry?

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  3. Longtree is Looooooooooooong

    Photographer Nick Nichols struggled with the problem of trying to photograph the entirety of a giant redwood without the dense forest that surrounded it getting in the way.The results involved raising gyroscope-balanced cameras up into the forest canopy that were mechanically able to move themselves along their rigging lines. His photo, a fraction of which was used for the October '09 cover of National Geographic, can be found here. National Geographic's video on the making of the photo after the jump.

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  4. Science Alert: Drunk Bats can Still Fly Just Fine

    According to a new and very important scientific study, bats that are 'drunk' on fermented fruits and nectar have no trouble flying straight.

    Scientists theorize that bats have developed higher alcohol tolerance precisely because their diets contain so much natural alcohol:

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