Marine biologists at the University of Copenhagen and Denmark's Natural History Museum have discovered an entirely new genus, Dendrogramma, of two new species. Dendrogramma is Latin for "baffling," because the species don't fit any existing classification. The little guys live in the deep sea and look like mushrooms.
Berlin is over. A Rolling Stone feature on its greatest club, Berghain, put it in critical condition two weeks ago ("The Secretive, Sex-Fueled World of Techno's Coolest Club"), and its obituary appeared in the Times Styles section (where else?) this weekend, in an article sub-headlined "Brooklyn Bohemians Invade Berlin's Techno Scene":
We learned yesterday that Duncan Brannan, the longtime voice of Chuck E. Cheese, the anthropomorphic character designed to indoctrinate children into belief in fiat money, has been fired from his position. Who will replace him? "The lead singer for the pop-punk bank Bowling for Soup." And Chuck himself?
Is Barack Obama cool? Anyone who is actually cool can tell you that no, the president is not cool. He is old, and he is a dad, and he is president. And yet here we have a political ad claiming the president is cool, and commentators nodding their heads in agreement. The New Yorker's John Cassidy cites the Washington Post, a Politico commenter, and Grantland to conclude that the president has a "dazzling hipness."
Thanks to Phil Plait of Discover Magazine's Bad Astronomy blog, who flagged this amazing photo, we are now freaking out about bioluminescence, because what could possibly be cooler than algae that light up like this? Australian photographer Phil Hart took these photos in 2008-2009, after intense bushfires, torrential rain, deep flooding, and one algal outbreak in the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria all finally led to the arrival of the algae Noctiluca Scintillans, which produces light (well, bioluminescence) when the water moves. So Hart did the smart thing and took pictures. Lots of them. You can read the story here, and enjoy more of his photos here. Bioluminescence! Right?
After a long night of partying, as evidenced by these many empty bottles, these creative young men found the energy to put together a sweet performance of fast-paced orchestral classic "Flight of the Bumblebee". Enjoy.
How cool could a train video possibly be? Well, judging from this mesmerizingly beautiful video, VERY cool. Watch as a long-as-hell Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train makes its way through the foothills of the Rockies—like a boss.
This appears to be some sort of PSA for the Best Friends Humane Society about adopting dogs. What's so cool about it, though, is that it shows the aforementioned dogs crafting/decorating for the holidays with human hands! Whoa. Watch inside.
The further you go into dream levels, the more action you can fit into the same amount of real time. Here's a video that shows everything happening at once! (Warning: it's still not going to make sense)
It's hard to tell what this commercial is for - or that it's a commercial at all. Batelco, a telephone company in Bahrain (a country in the Persian Gulf) thought it'd be cool to watch objects transform and stuff.