"On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. [...] Power prices actually went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity.
"Animal eyes span an incredible variety of weirdness
. Also coolness. This mollusk has eyes made of rock!
"It may be that different animals arrived at different times. A 2008 study of Movile's only snail suggested that it has been down there for just over 2 million years. When it entered the cave, the ice age was just beginning
, and the snail may have escaped the cold by going underground." (That's, uh, the species of snail, not a single really-old individual.)
"Psychologist Jackie Andrade of the University of Plymouth in southern England showed that doodlers actually remember more than nondoodlers when asked to retain tediously delivered information
, like, say, during a boring meeting or a lecture."
"How many other people are learning Spanish, and where do they live? Duolingo recently answered such questions by running the numbers on their 120 million users
, spanning every country on the planet."
"Coming to terms with the fact that he couldn't outrun a volcano, Landsburg decided to make his last moments on Earth count. He documented the eruption until the last possible second, then carefully rewound his film, placed his camera in his backpack, and lay down on top of it
, shielding the equipment from the encroaching shower of magma and ash with his own body."
"Thanks to the colossal changes humans have made since the mid-20th century, Earth has now entered a distinct age from the Holocene epoch
, which started 11,700 years ago as the ice age thawed." With a gorgeous gallery of ways we've altered our own bedrock.
"A giant pothole, the Devil’s Kettle, swallows half of the Brule and no one has any idea where it goes
. The consensus is that there must be an exit point somewhere beneath Lake Superior, but over the years, researchers and the curious have poured dye, pingpong balls, even logs into the kettle, then watched the lake for any sign of them. So far, none has ever been found."
An animal shelter that used to have "unadoptable" cats now has a 30-day waiting list
, thanks to hiring them out as mousers.
"As you can see from these pictures, Smoothie knows how to pose for the camera. Then again, it’s pretty easy for her. After all, while most of us have a best angle, EVERY angle is Smoothie’s best angle
." This is a magical elf cat, you guys.