Cats are lazy balls of fur and claws, right? They do nothing but sleep the day away? Maybe–or maybe not. Outdoor cats have varied lives, according to a new interview with Maren Huck, animal behaviorist, in Science magazine. She strapped cameras on outdoor cats to see what they did all day. Read the Science news article here.
World War II historians often focus on inventions like radar and the “bouncing bomb” as the history-making tech. Many engineers, however, credit the “Mulberry harbor” with winning D-Day. The Engineer found footage of the floating docks in action in honor of the invasion’s 75th anniversary.
Aerogels are the world’s lightest–that is, least dense–solids. Inspired by a bet two scientists had over jelly in 1931 (yes, as in “peanut butter and…”), aerogels are used as insulation and other capacities in space missions. How well do aerogels work? Find out as the gel defends a chocolate Easter Bunny from a Bunsen burner.
Among many experiments launched to the ISS was one questioning how nonhuman subjects–mice–responded to microgravity. It ended up being…strangely adorable? Watch as mice start playing with weightlessness as the days go by. Read more about their behavior here.
Meet Mostik, the Russian cat with a hard hat. This fuzzy propaganda mascot helps oversee a politically fraught construction project–a bridge connecting Russia and the Crimean Peninsula. Read the Washington Post project coverage here.