At Live Science, we delve into science news from around the world every day — and some of those stories can get a little weird. Here are some of the strangest science news articles from this week.
Woodpeckers aren’t immune to all that pecking, it turns out. When looking at woodpeckers’ brains, scientists found accumulation of the so-called tau protein, which is linked to trauma and brain damage in humans. Makes sense — when the little bird hammers at a tree, it experiences forces up to 1,400 times that of Earth’s gravity (1,400 G’s). That’s a lot! Humans can withstand about 8 G’s before blacking out. [Read more about the woodpecker discovery.]
It looks so fake!
“It looks so ridiculous and impossible,” Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, told reporters after the Falcon Heavy rocket launched the car into space this week. Why did images of the Roadster look so fake? In space — unlike here on Earth where there’s lots of dust and other particles messing with light waves — there’s barely anything to bend or block light. And so, images look amazingly sharp … almost fake. [Read more about the Tesla Roadster in space.]
This starfish has up to 50 eyes, each on the tip of one of its arms. That’s what scientsits recently found. And while it’s vision may be a tad blurry, they can see with those eyes, in the inky depths of the deep sea. [Read more about this funky starfish.]
A 31-year-old Kentucky man developed a life-threatening infection and nearly lost his hand after cracking his knuckles. What gives? Turns out, his frequent knuckle-cracking may have opened a scab on his hand, letting bacteria, like the flesh-eating kind that contracted, get into the wound. [Read more about this odd medical case.]
Recently, a drone videoed itself dive-bombing a passenger jet over McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. It’s unclear from the video just how close the drone came to the jet. But, drone pilots immediately condemned the risky “behavior.” [Read more about the drone dive-bomb.]
It’s raining viruses! Literally. Billions of them. That’s what scientists found after analyzing, for the first time, these viruses swirling around in our atmosphere, some traveling thousands of miles before plopping onto the planet’s surface (or a human head). [Read more about the raining viruses.]
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