Boing Boing shared an over one minute YouTube video showing "Urinal Dynamics: a tactical summary -- We illustrate the importance of good technique when using a urinal and offer some advice. Through high-speed video footage of a simulated male urine stream we show that reduced splash can be achieved by aiming at a vertical surface, moving closer to the urinal and by decreasing the impact angle."
NewsDaily answered the questions and provides details to "Hurricane? Cyclone? Typhoon? Here's the difference -- How a hurricane differs from a typhoon or cyclone:
Engwinner's forum thread mentioned a ScienceShot article -- "Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies -- The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which occurs in some ant species but not in others, affects the sanitary brood care and fungal infection patterns after exposure to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum. We use a) a comparative approach analysing four species with either naked or cocooned pupae and b) a within-species analysis of a single ant species, in which both pupal types co-exist in the same colony..."
Davidhumus' /. comment mentioned Dr. Chulder's web page showing "How Much Do Animals Sleep? -- Most animals have a daily pattern of rest and activity. Some animals are more active during the day (diurnal) and some are more active during the night (nocturnal). How much time do animals spend sleeping? Well, it depends on the animal..."
This Science Daily article mentioned "Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference ... For some entomologists, an apparent paradox exists: Despite choosing a career working with insects, they exhibit negative feelings toward spiders which range from mild disgust to extreme arachnophobia..."
"Beatrice the Biologist is part science blog, part comic, and part incoherent rambling..."
HardOCP shared a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Science infographic showing fireworks injuries.
C.G.P. Grey's YouTube video channel shows many educational and interesting episodes of "complex things explained."
Boing Boing shared a bunch of interesting links on "your car is not a tornado shelter":
"... That said, if a situation kills experts, you probably don't want to be that untrained person trying to navigate it on your own.
British Medical Journal (BMJ) research report said that "Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal ... compared to those who opt for really bad Mondays, Britons who have a planned surgery on a Friday are 44 percent more likely to die. And the few patients who had a leisurely weekend surgery saw that number jump to 82 percent. The skeleton staff working on weekends might be to blame..." and the "day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics..."
A Contactually blog reports "Turn That Frown Upside Down? Maybe Not: Negative People Reply to Emails 36% Faster ... Engineers at Contactually, a referral marketing platform, recently analyzed over 100 million email conversations and determined that being negative actually is helpful when it comes to email. On average, negative people tend to reply to emails 36% faster than their positive, bubbly colleagues..."