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A furtive moth slurps up this sleeping bird's tears

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 16:02

Deep in the Amazon jungle, ecologist Leandro Moraes filmed a moth sucking the tears out of a sleeping antbird's eye. 

The delicately-performed nighttime feeding is a rarely seen event, wrote Moraes in a report about the experience, entitled "Please, more tears: a case of a moth feeding on antbird tears in central Amazonia."

The short clip depicts a moth carefully dipping its tubular mouth into the bird's closed eye. For a brief moment, the antbird opens its eye, but doesn't seem to notice the large insect perched on its back — nor the tube resting in its eyeball.

SEE ALSO: The wilderness has returned to idyllic Cape Cod. That means great white sharks. Read more...

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The best gifts for your horror movie loving friend

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 16:00

Everyone has a friend who knows not to run upstairs when they should be running out the front door.

I’m talking the horror movie fan in your life, who’s so similar to Randy Meeks from Scream or Marty Mikalski from Cabin in the Woods they’ll never, ever investigate a basement or deep, dark forest with you. 

This is the friend who knows “the rules” — they will tell you not to pick up the phone, not to have sex (“sex equals death”), never drink or do drugs, and never, ever, ever, under any circumstances, say "I'll be right back." 

You won’t be back.

SEE ALSO: The new 'Halloween' is everything you'd want out of a new 'Halloween' Read more...

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Kanye West, armed with his MAGA hat, naively rants at the 'SNL' audience

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 15:54

Kanye West was the musical guest for the Season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live. He brought his MAGA hat along.

It was originally supposed to be Ariana Grande, but she cancelled. So instead we got West, performing three songs (not SNL's usual two): A debut of "We Got Love," featuring Teyana Taylor, along with "Ghost Town" (from West's June 2018 album, Ye) and "I Love It," featuring Lil Pump.

Those who attended the show's live taping were also treated — maybe not the right word to use here, but just go with it — to another Kanye West trademark: An impassioned rant.

"They bullied me backstage. They said 'Don't go out there with that hat on.' They bullied me." Read more...

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Scientists make artificial Martian dirt, will sell it to you for $20

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 14:19

Scientists don't expect to get their hands on Martian soil anytime soon, so they're making their own.

Created by University of Central Florida astrophysicists, this red soil, called Mars "simulant," is designed to give researchers a useful approximation of the actual, far-off extraterrestrial soil. This might be especially relevant for testing the growth of crops, or how exploration equipment might fare on the surface.

At $20 per kilogram (2.2 pounds), NASA's Kennedy Space Center has already placed an order, according to the university

Mars simulant in a bowl.

Image: University of Central Florida

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All the most beautiful places in the world are in Illinois, according to this Twitter account

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 14:00

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.

It's been an exhausting few days, so let's take a moment to appreciate Beautiful Illinois. 

I'm not talking about the state of Illinois, though I'm sure it's great. I'm talking about @IllinoisViews, a Twitter account dedicated to posting the most breathtaking photos of their beloved Prairie State. Kind of. 

SEE ALSO: Glowing snow is falling thousands of feet under the sea. Here's why.

The account, which offers no information about its creators, tweets stunning photos of other places and insists they're in Illinois.  Read more...

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Here's five minutes of 'Saturday Night Live' Weekend Update trashing Brett Kavanaugh

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 13:41

Saturday Night Live's recurring Weekend Update sketch is usually a rapid-fire series of one-liners cracking jokes at the top headlines of the week. It's telling that this five-minute segment from the show's Season 44 premiere focused only on one thing: Brett Kavanaugh.

Hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost — who look much more at home here after their questionable Emmy Awards appearance — trade barbs back and forth, touching on Kavanaugh's angry demeanor during Thursday's Senate hearing, his beer-soaked high school years, and his overall (lack of) fitness for the job of Supreme Court justice.  Read more...

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'Armageddon'-style asteroid will now not destroy human race, sorry

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 13:00

This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi, Mashable's ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books.

Some days are so damaging to your faith in humanity, you may find yourself idly wishing for the cleansing global firestorm that would follow an impact from the kind of asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

If that's the case, then astrophysicist and planetary scientist Michael Busch has some bad news. Over the last couple of decades, telescope-watchers like him have done such a good job of detecting and tracking the orbits of all possible extinction-level rocks out there that we can now say with confidence that none will hit us, at least not in the next 860 years.  Read more...

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Matt Damon was an angry, water-chugging mess as Brett Kavanaugh on 'SNL'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 12:44

Remember how we spent the past week feeling like crap as a gang of powerful white men tried to force a disgraceful and clearly problematic Supreme Court nominee through the appointment process?

Well. Whether or not you've, uh, blacked it all out, Matt Damon is here to help us remember.

Damon paid a visit to the Saturday Night Live stage this week for the show's Season 44 premiere. His cold open sketch amounted to a reenactment of IRL Kavanaugh's Thursday sitdown with the Senate Judiciary Committee. It's almost as frustrating to watch as the real thing. Read more...

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Top 5 Essential SEO Reporting Tools for Agencies by @SEOBrock

Search Engine Journal - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 12:00

Here are 13 essential requirements and an evaluation of five of the most popular SEO reporting tools.

The post Top 5 Essential SEO Reporting Tools for Agencies by @SEOBrock appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

How male video game characters awakened my sexuality as a teen girl

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 11:30

Editor's note: The internet has changed how kids learn about sex, but sex ed in the classroom still sucks. In Sex Ed 2.0, Mashable explores the state of sex ed and imagines a future where digital innovations are used to teach consent, sex positivity, respect, and responsibility.

As a 12-year-old girl, I didn’t quite know what to make of the sensations that overcame me when I played Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

It felt like butterflies, only they fluttered much lower in my stomach, rising like a hot wave all the way up my body. If I’d looked in the mirror, my cheeks would’ve flushed scarlet.

The Prince was my first-ever sexy male video game protagonist crush. But he was far from my last. A desire to bang virtual leading men became a common thread for most of my favorite and formative gaming experiences in girlhood. Read more...

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This vibrator (of sorts) can help you get a workout

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 10:00

Who doesn't have a love-hate relationship with exercise? 

In a perfect world, you'd have evenly toned extremities and six-pack abs without ever leaving the couch. The problem is that working out isn't fun. Ever. Who wants to go on a run when there are so many television shows to watch and snacks to devour? 

If you're looking to inject a bit of fun into your workout routine, Rock Solid's Whole Vibration Fitness Machine is here for you. Simply turn on the platform so it begins to vibrate, then use it to step, stand, or lunge. (What, you thought we were talking about a different type of vibrator?) Read more...

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Norway wants to clean up our oceans. Here's how it could work.

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 10:00

Earlier this year, Norway's minister of international development visited Ghana.

Minister Nikolai Astrup had a simple request: He wanted to spend some time with his team collecting trash from beaches in the developing nation. 

His team assured him that could be arranged. Then he was asked the most telling question of all: Where would they put the trash once it was collected?

"That's the point," he responded. 

Developing countries like Ghana lack the necessary infrastructure to properly dispose of waste, meaning that trash ultimately ends up in rivers and streams that dump into the ocean. 

Now, Norway is trying to change that. 

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10 political podcasts to help you keep your sanity before the midterms

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 09:00

In a time of volatile politics and chaotic news cycles, it can be hard to separate the signal from the noise, to stay informed without getting completely and totally overwhelmed. 

Which is why, despite recent talk of a "podcast bubble," the medium is exactly what we need right now. Podcasts can slow down and really study a topic or event, bringing in the kind of nuance that's too often lacking in our current discourse.

SEE ALSO: 15 podcasts guaranteed to tell you a fantastic story

Sure, partisan political podcasts — from the Crooked Media/"Pod Save America" crew on the left to Ben Shapiro's show on the right — are still incredibly popular, as are news podcasts that dip into politics, like the New York Times' "The Daily."  Read more...

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Level up your business skills by taking an online course

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 09:00

Go to business school, they said. It will widen your network, boost your credibility, and enhance your earning potential, they said.

While all these things ring true, going to B-school requires shelling out Big Bucks and dedicating a few years of your life to hitting the books, attending classes, and breaking your back completing dissertations — which to some people might seem like a Very Bad Idea™ indeed.

If you don't think the MBA route is right for you, there are still a myriad of options available that can aid in enhancing your business skills. Here are some of the online classes that can get you started: Read more...

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Google Confirms An Algorithm Update Occurred September 27 by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 00:09

Google's Danny Sullivan has confirmed that an algorithm update occurred this week. Here's what we know so far.

The post Google Confirms An Algorithm Update Occurred September 27 by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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