Trippy slo-mo fun

It's true: everything seems weirder in slow-motion. Now that video technology is making it easier for semi-average Joes to make slo-mo movies (you can't just pick up a 1,000-fps film camera at Rent-a-Center), some fun new clips are starting to circulate the web that aren't just your laboratory-based, run-of-the-mill bullet-piercing-watermelon or droplet-falling-into-pool type films. For instance:

Slo-mo flying dogs

Slo-mo water balloon hits kid

Slo-mo face slap

Slo-mo Home Depot
... part of a social experiment conducted by an improv group in 2004, which about 250 people (slowly) participated in. Which just goes to show that even fake slo-mo is trippy.

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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