So, I know there are a few threads dedicated to science, but they're all specifically for debating scientific issues, addressing scientific misconceptions, or addressing specific scientific questions. There isn't really a thread for science per se, or for new developments/discoveries in science. As many here know... I'm not a scientist. But as many here also know, I'm obsessed with reading about science and have a particular fascination with unexpected, unsettling, or confusing scientific discoveries. I'll just go ahead and call this "weird science" for the fun of it (and yeah, for the sci-fi angle: https://io9.gizmodo.com/finally-a-novel-about-weird-science-thats-genuinely-w-1528348041) This thread is intended to share and discuss the incredible, unbelievable, disturbing, confusing, and just fucked up discoveries from the sciences. I realize this topic could fit in the "News" thread or possibly in the "Dakryn" thread, but both of those tend to attract political and philosophical topics, and also tend to invite debate. I think this thread would be best served by keeping debates out of it. If debate does ensue, then I'd ask that those involved move it to another space (for instance, the scientific debate thread started by Cyth way back in the day; the Dakryn thread is also a fitting place to discuss disagreements in methodology, theory, and practice). This doesn't mean that we can't ask each other questions about methodology, theory, and practice in this thread; if you're unclear about how researchers are arriving at their findings, then feel free to say so and ask for more info. All I ask is that argument about methods and theories be moved to other threads. Try to include a brief comment along with your link so people have an idea what the post is about. I'd suggest that we try to limit discussion to the hard sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, astronomy, geology, climatology, oceanology, etc.), but I don't want that to be a strict rule (if you want to debate the difference between hard and soft sciences, then I'll see you in the Dakryn thread ). For example, it's fine if someone wants to share some strange or counter-intuitive finding in sociology or anthropology; but be warned that such findings often lend themselves to political debate more easily than those in the hard sciences. As a final note, I realize that what some people find unbelievable or fucked up may not appear unbelievable or fucked up to everyone, especially those more familiar with the particulars of a given science. If you have more knowledge about a given science than someone else, don't berate them for not understanding it; just kindly and patiently explain things from your perspective (yeah I know, this is asking a lot--try to slow your rolls ladies and gents, jadies and lents, steers and queers, however you be). I'll kick it off with a topic appropriate to a metal forum: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/crypt-keeper-wasps-parasites-new-species/ The article is from last year, but this is the first I'm hearing about it. Parasitic wasps creep the hell out of me, and this little fucker is just the absolute worst.