Somewhere along the way, I failed to notice that I passed the 1 1/2 year mark of #weirdscifacts on Twitter! Enjoy them while you can — I’ll be definitely stopping at 2 years!
564. Sep 28: The psychedelic frogfish moves by acting a bit like a bouncing ball in the wind!
565. Sep 29: Glacial earthquakes: the Antarctic Willans Ice Stream releases 2 magnitude 7 seismic events/day. These are remarkably intense earthquakes, being caused twice a day by the glacier! The kicker is that it is still unclear exactly what causes them.
566. Sep 30: Chastity belts: alive and well in the animal kingdom. It is very easy to think that certain human social conventions couldn’t possibly have an analogue in the animal kingdom; much of the time that assumption turns out to be wrong. (Post by @DrBondar)
567. Oct 01: In 1904, the discovery of radium prompted a hit Broadway song, “The Radium Dance“. Science can permeate popular culture in very surprising ways! (Post by @ptak)
568. Oct 02: Williamina Fleming, (1857-1911). went from Pickering’s housekeeper to astronomer. Many great scientists have started from humble origins; I’ve noted previously how Michael Faraday started as a valet for Humphry Davy. Williamina Fleming had even more working against her, but worked her way up to a respected astronomer. (Post by @womanastronomer)
569. Oct 03: By the time Josephson won the Physics Nobel Prize in 1973, he had become a researcher in the paranormal. A surprising number of scientists eventually adopt… ahem… unconventional views as they get older. What is particularly unusual about Josephson is that he had already become a rather goofy believer in the paranormal years before he won his Nobel. (h/t @DrMRFrancis) (More can be read here and here.)
570. Oct 04: Tiny projections inside nose slowly stop beating hours after death, giving time of death! (ht @scimomof2)