In a twist in the ongoing saga about predatory journals, Rick Sanchez (the drunk, swearing dimensional traveling scientist in the adult-oriented cartoon Rick and Morty) has finally made his academic mark. Farooq Ali Khan—an undergraduate college professor and PhD student in Hyderabad, India, sent out a fake paper written by “Beth Smith” titled Newer Tools to Fight Inter-Galactic Parasites and Their Transmissibility in Zyrgion Simulation detailing a way to use magnets to fight back against intergalactic parasites that live by implanting false memories in their hosts. Vice Motherboard details the prank and which predatory journals fell for it. Read about it here.
How does what you see through the phone affect how you approach the world? Wired explores this in depth, from selfies that make you self-conscious to landscapes that take you out of the world.
Watching gears turn is somehow immensely satisfying. They’re even better when you make them yourself! Watch this video for intricate moving paper gear ornaments and then learn this engineering origami method.
Sometimes, engineering saves the world. Others, it introduces you to off-the-wall ideas. Thus, I present to you the Puff-N-Fluff, a full-body doggie dryer. It might work if your pup stays still long enough to suffer the indignity!