Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Link roundup

1. "There’s a small, tentacled freshwater animal called a hydra, whose mouth disappears every time it closes."
its closed mouth fuses shut to form a continuous, sealed sheet. In the words of one scientist, “when a hydra closes its mouth, it obliterates it.”

Which means that whenever a hydra opens its mouth, it must tear itself apart.
2. "Secretive U.S. Spy Plane Crashes in Iraq"
When Talal Abdulqadir woke up on March 5, he probably didn’t expect his farm in northern Iraq would end up crawling with American troops guarding a crashed aircraft. In an instant, the green field outside the town of Kawrgosk put on full display some of the more shadowy elements of Washington’s fight against Islamic State.
3. "The Nefertiti 3D Scan Heist Is A Hoax"