It’s Sea Turtle Week!

I saw a sea turtle swimming in the ocean once–it was elusive and mysterious, flapping its flippers so gently, it looked like it was flying. Social media has been aflood this week with images of these cute little guys. Check out NOAA’s hashtage #seaturtleweek on Twitter to see more images of these endangered animals.

Alone At Last

Sometimes being around too many people, even in your own home, can be overwhelming. And that’s why the Japanese company kagu-cozy made the “Forever Alone” pod. You can camp out in there to study, play videogames, or just contemplate your place in the universe.

A Scary Virus Looks Surprisingly Elegant

Dengue Fever is particularly nasty to humans. Often called the “bone-breaker” because of how painful it can be (if it doesn’t kill you), the virus is transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical regions. Researchers recently made a 3D model of the virus, revealing its “soccer ball-like” shape and symmetrical arrangement of the glycoprotein, which look like hot dogs flecked with sparkles in this image (the specks are actually sugar molecules). When the virus is first introduced, the body’s cells bind to these glycoproteins, which releases the virus’ RNA to infect the host.

A Constellation Of Soccer Balls… Found In The Ocean

British photographer Mandy Barker is no soccer bandwagoner–she’s been collecting soccer balls for months for her series titled “Penalty.” But what makes the 769 soccer balls unique is that they are “marine debris” and were picked up from shorelines all over the world. Through her work she intends to demonstrate the severity of plastic pollution in our oceans.

What Your Hands Say About You

This image was part of a book titled “Analyzing Character, the New Science of Judging Men: Misfits in Business, the Home and Social Life,” published in 1917. It was part of a larger, centuries-old pseudoscience called physiognomy, which ascribed many of people’s personality traits to their physical attributes. There was definitely a dark side of this theory (in the form of “scientific racism”) but, as we now have a better understanding of how these attributes come about, it’s nice to think that maybe my hands could mean that I’m an artistic person. Dare to dream.

A Quantum Chip?

This is the D-Wave 2 Vesuvius chip, which may be the first chip capable of quantum computing, according to a recent study. How do the researchers know? It’s the first chip to ever show evidence of quantum entanglement, where two units of quantum information become linked. While the benefits of quantum computing are still debated, this chip could be a breakthrough. READ: The Newest, Strictest Test Of A Quantum Computer Yet
We humans love water in all its forms. And that’s why we try to find out its weird habits, especially in extreme states. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have been able to observe the structure of liquid water at temperatures as low as -51 degrees fahrenheit, where some of its stranger quirks reveal themselves. Work like this can give scientists a better idea of how water acts in more “natural” temperatures. SLAC

Wound Man

This image–and others like it–were common in medical texts in the Medieval era. Although their exact purpose isn’t known, diagrams of Wound Man are thought to show the different effects that injuries can have on the human body. In case you were wondering, though, Wound Man tells us here that swords, arrows and clubs are _not _good for the human head. The more you know.

A 3D Model Of 3D Printer Sales

As prices fall and 3D printers become more available to the public, their sales have increased. WSJ has a cool graphic to show you that.