Absurd Creature of the Week: The Badass Snail That Has a Shell Made of Iron

by Matt Simon, WIRED

IN WHAT IS arguably the most famous scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur faces the Black Knight, relieving him of his limbs even though he’s wearing some nice chain mail. But there’s a Black Knight in the depths of the Indian Ocean whose armor doesn’t yield to blows quite so easily. Continue reading Absurd Creature of the Week: The Badass Snail That Has a Shell Made of Iron

This Seems to Be Just an Ordinary Roadside Barrier, But You’ll Be Amazed When You See It in Action!

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The world is full of good people constantly looking for ways to apply their creativity in order to help others. Here’s just one more example that we at Bright Side have discovered.

Metallic barriers at the side of roads are meant to keep people safe, preventing cars from going off the highway. However, if a car hits one of these barriers at great speed, the consequences can be serious. Continue reading This Seems to Be Just an Ordinary Roadside Barrier, But You’ll Be Amazed When You See It in Action!

Deep-Sea Ghost Shark Filmed Alive In Ocean For First Time

by Jason Bittel, National Geographic

The odd-looking fish, which sports a retractable sex organ on its head, was also spotted in the Northern Hemisphere for the first time

Dive deep deep down into the ocean, long past the point where the sun’s rays can penetrate, and you will enter the realm of the ghost sharks.

Also called chimaeras, ghost sharks are dead-eyed, wing-finned fish rarely seen by people.

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Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”

by Jef Akst, The Scientist

Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals

After completing an undergraduate psychology course taught by Michael Colombo at the University of Otago in New Zealand, Damian Scarf was hooked on animal cognition. Colombo told Scarf how he and other behavioral researchers were demonstrating that nonhuman animals seemed to possess cognitive abilities that researchers had previously considered to be exclusively human. “Testing these human-unique abilities just seemed awesome, so I switched from zoology to psychology the following year,” Scarf recalls. Continue reading Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”