Plants and Animals

139 New Species Discovered In Mekong, Including Thorny Tree Frog And 'Dementor' Wasp

Photo credit: WWF/Gracixalus lumarius, a thorny tree frog.

Last year in the Greater Mekong region of South East Asia, a whopping 139 new species were discovered by scientists, including a half-meter-long stick insect and a cute color-changing thorny tree frog (pictured above).

Also amongst these discoveries were four moths, which have been named after Thai princesses, a “dementor” wasp with paralytic venom named after the evil creatures from the Harry Potter series, and a bent-toed gecko, which has the esteemed honor of being the 10,000th reptile to be recorded on Earth.

Space

Bill Nye Explains How The Universe Speaks To Us In A Hilarious New Video

Photo credit: Comedy Central

White women in your 20s, rejoice! Bill Nye reveals how you can realize your potential using the awe-inspiring powers of the universe in this funny video by Comedy Central below.

Starring Amy Schumer, with a cameo from Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Nye explains that “sometimes the universe creates a coincidence just so a publicist at Aeropostale will have a realization” before being overwhelmed by the sheer awfulness of it all.

 

Space

NASA Selects Instruments To Send To Europa In Search Of Alien Life

Photo credit: Artist's concept of the orbits of the Europa flybys via NASA

ICEMAG, REASON, EIS and MASPEX may sound like superheroes from a new crime-fighting team, but they are actually scientific instruments with an out-of-this-world mission. Nine brave instruments have been selected—assembled, if you will—to go to Jupiter's glacial moon, Europa. Their quest is to send back information about the icy moon and maybe even detect signs of alien life.

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