The Internet Wants to Name This Research Vessel "Boaty McBoatface"

If there's one thing that history has taught us, it's that you should never give the Internet the power to name anything. The Verge reports that the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) recently launched a poll on its website to find a name for its new $288 million polar research ship, and so far the name with the most votes is "Boaty McBoatface."

Other NERC ships have names that one would expect important vessels to have, including the RRS Discovery, but tens of thousands of people have cast their vote in the #NameOurShip poll for something far less conventional. The Verge points out that the name does not technically meet the standards set forth by the NERC, which stipulate that the name should be "inspirational and about environmental and polar science." But the NERC also asked that the name not be currently in use by another scientific vessel, and as far as we know, "Boaty McBoatface" is up for grabs. Other names submitted to the poll included the RRS NetflixAndEndureSubzero, RRS Seaward (an Arrested Development reference submitted by one George Bluth), and the RRS Ice Ice Baby.

This is not the first time that the Internet has shown its creativity when it comes to suggesting names. In 2014, expectant parents in British Columbia, Canada, asked the Internet to name their daughter. They ended up going with the name Amelia Savannah Joy McLaughlin, even though the top choice online was Cthulhu All-Spark. Mountain Dew also rejected the top pick for its Dub the Dew poll, which was supposed to provide a name for a new drink. Apparently, 4chan users wanted the drink to be called "Hitler Did Nothing Wrong," which prompted Mountain Dew to cancel the poll altogether.

The NERC poll ends on April 16, so there is still time to have your voice heard and potentially submit the winning name … or you can cast a vote for Boaty McBoatface.

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[h/t The Verge]

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How Accurate are Hollywood Medical Dramas? A Doctor Breaks It Down
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Medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy get a lot of things wrong when it comes to the procedures shown on the screen, but unless you're a doctor, you'd probably never notice.

For its latest installment, WIRED's Technique Critique video series—which previously blessed us with a dialect coach's critique of actors' onscreen accents—tackled the accuracy of medical scenes in movies and TV, bringing in Annie Onishi, a general surgery resident at Columbia University, to comment on emergency room and operating scenes from Pulp Fiction, House, Scrubs, and more.

While Onishi breaks down just how inaccurate these shows and movies can be, she makes it clear that Hollywood doesn't always get it wrong. Some shows, including Showtime's historical drama The Knick, garner praise from Onishi for being true-to-life with their medical jargon and operations. And when doctors discuss what music to play during surgery on Scrubs? That's "a tale as old as time in the O.R.," according to Onishi.

Other tropes are very obviously ridiculous, like slapping a patient during CPR and telling them to fight, which we see in a scene from The Abyss. "Rule number one of CPR is: never stop effective chest compressions in order to slap or yell words of encouragement at the patient," Onishi says. "Yelling at a patient or cheering them on has never brought them back to life." And obviously, taking selfies in the operating room in the middle of a grisly operation like the doctors on Grey's Anatomy do would get you fired in real life.

There are plenty of cliché words and phrases we hear over and over on doctor shows, and some are more accurate than others. Asking about a patient's vitals is authentic, according to Onishi, who says it's something doctors are always concerned with. However, yelling "We're losing him!" is simply for added TV drama. "I have never once heard that in my real life," Onishi says.

[h/t WIRED]

#RateaSpecies? Zoos Share Amazon-Style Reviews of Animals on Twitter

The online rating system popularized by sites like Amazon and Yelp has finally reached the animal kingdom. As Earther reports, zoos, aquariums, and science museums are taking to Twitter to review fuzzy, scaly, and feathery specimens with the hashtag #rateaspecies.

The official Twitter account of the Oregon Zoo kicked off the trend on March 9 by tweeting out a picture of a river otter with a four-star review. "Overall very good first impressions," the tweet reads. "Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me." Shervin Hess, who runs digital media at the zoo, told Earther he got the idea from an Amazon review he read that described hiking boots in a similar way.

He followed the tweet with reviews of other animals, each one receiving a four-star rating (Hess says he wouldn't consider giving an animal anything less). Soon other institutions on Twitter started jumping on the hashtag.

"High-quality squeak system, thrives in rocky situations," the Yosemite Conservancy wrote of the pika. It earned four stars despite being "maybe TOO cute" and a "potential pun hazard."

Check out more of the top-rated species below.

[h/t Earther]


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