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Learn About Human Anatomy With This Cool Augmented Reality Tee

In the tech world, “wearables” typically refers to devices like fitness trackers, heart rate monitors, and cameras. But a company called Curiscope is looking to change that with its recently introduced Virtuali-Tee, which uses augmented reality to teach kids (and adults) more about the human body.

“It’s a little like The Magic Schoolbus, except now you’re actually there,” Curiscope CEO Ed Barton said in the Kickstarter film for the Virtuali-Tee. When viewed through Curiscope’s free mobile app for Android or iOS (which will be released when the shirts are available), the graphic on the T-shirt becomes a 3D model of the body that uses augmented reality to allow for exploration of the internal organs. Users can zoom in to get a closer look at the heart, lungs, urinary and digestive systems, and can even dive in to view 3D representations of blood vessels. When paired with a virtual reality headset, the experience becomes a 360-degree educational adventure.

"Engagement-driven curiosity drives learning, and we are going to encourage kids to pursue learning outside of the classroom as well as in it," Curiscope said on Kickstarter. "This technology allows us to create learning you can really connect with." At the time of this post, backers had already pledged nearly $17,000 of Curiscope's $96,957 goal. There are 29 days left, so if you want to learn more about and support the tech, head over to the campaign.

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Why Do Female Spotted Hyenas Give Birth Through Their Pseudo-Penises?
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At the zoo, you can sometimes tell the difference between male and female animals by noting their physical size, their behavior, and yes, their nether regions. Hyenas, however, flip the script: Not only are lady spotted hyenas bigger and meaner than their male counterparts, ruling the pack with an iron paw, they also sport what appear to be penises—shaft, scrotum, and all.

"Appear" is the key word here: These 7-inch-long phalluses don't produce sperm, so they're technically really long clitorises in disguise. But why do female hyenas have them? And do they actually have to (gulp) give birth through them? Wouldn't that hurt … a lot?

The short answers to these questions are, respectively, "We don't know," "Yes," and "OW." Longer answers can be found in this MinuteEarth video, which provides the full lowdown on hyena sex. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Are Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll Really Linked? Researchers Investigate
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Around the world, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll are said to go hand-in-hand. But do they? As PsyPost reports, a pair of Pennsylvania psychologists recently dove into the empirical evidence tying the three together, asking college students to talk about their drug use, sex lives, and music preferences and talents to suss out whether people who play and enjoy rock music really do have more active sex lives and drug use.

Published in the journal Human Ethnology Bulletin, the study [PDF] of 467 students relied on self-reporting, which isn't typically the most reliable evidence—people are wont to exaggerate how often they've had sex, for instance—but the survey also asked them about their desires, posing questions like "If you could, how frequently would you have sex?" It also asked about how often the students drank and what drugs they had tried in their lifetimes. They also described their musical experience and what kind of music they listened to.

The results were mixed, but the researchers identified a relationship between liking faster, "harder" music and having more sex and doing more drugs. Acoustic indie rock aficionados weren't getting quite as wild as heavy metal fans. High-tempo-music lovers were more likely to have taken hallucinogenic drugs like LSD, for example, and tended to have had more sexual partners in the previous year than people who favored slower types of music. According to the study, previous research has found that attention-seeking people are more likely to enjoy "hard" music.

The study didn't have a diverse enough group either in age or in ethnicity to really begin to make sweeping generalizations about humans, especially since college students (the participants were between 18 and 25) tend to engage in more risky behaviors in general. But this could lay the groundwork for future research into the topic. Until then, it might be more accurate to change the phrase to "sex, drugs, and heavy metal."

[h/t PsyPost]

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