TIME Science

Here’s the Absolute Worst Place to Get Stung by a Bee

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A bee in the D. For science.

Michael Smith, a Cornell University graduate student, studies the evolution and behavior of honeybees. But when he wanted to know the answer to a question that is likely to be at the forefront of many bee researchers’ minds — “Where is the most painful place to be stung?” — he realized that academia was light on research into the subject of bee stings and pain. So, he did what any student of science would do: He stung himself 190 times in various body parts to find out.

Everyday for 38 days, Smith would use forceps to pick up a honeybee by its wings and then hold the undoubtedly bewildered bee on the place he was testing for pain and kept the stinger in place for one full minute. Smith rated the pain on a scale of 1 to 10 and calibrated his experiment by starting and ending each stinging session with a sting on his forearm. Over the course of the experiment, Smith stung himself in 25 different body parts, three times each. Body parts on the list? The entire body from toes to the top of the skull and everything in between, including penis, testicles and rear end.

The results of his study, which were published in the scientific journal PeerJ, revealed that out of the 25 different body part the most painful place for a bee sting was, surprisingly, the nose. Smith ranked it a 9 out of 10 on pain levels. Lips followed close behind with a rating of 8.7 out of 10 — surprisingly more painful than the sting to his penis, which came in at 7.3 and testicles, which merited merely a 7, tying for fourth with the cheek, palm and armpit.

Smith admits that the results of his experiment are subjective as other people might feel pain more sharply in different places and could have different results in different locations. Sorry, masochists, but Smith isn’t looking for volunteers to continue the study. “I didn’t see a lot of merit in repeating this with more subjects,” he said in National Geographic.

[via National Geographic]

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TIME Music

VIDEO: Katie Herzig Premieres “Walk Through Walls”

Katie Herzig’s new album Walk Through Walls is out April 8

Katie Herzig may not be a household name, but you’ve definitely heard her music.

Songs from her four albums have been featured in many commercials and soundtracked the drama on television shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Bones, and most recently, in the the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks. She’s even been nominated for a Grammy Award. Yet universal recognition continues to elude her — but her new album, Walk Through Walls, may finally put her over the top.

The album, which is due out April 8th, shows Herzig continuing to break with her folksy roots, swapping acoustic guitars for the poppy electronica and synthesizers that worked so well on her last album. TIME is excited to premiere the album’s title track, “Walk Through Walls,” a pretty and ethereal number that showcases Herzig’s deft vocals and poignant lyrics.

“This song was written in a time when I had to come to terms with the fact that life does not always reflect the picture we grow up having in our mind. And when it starts to look like something outside of that, we are stuck between hanging on to that picture with all our might, or letting it go and embracing the picture that is,” Herzig says. “This song lives in the space between those two worlds.”

As for the making of the video, Herzig explains: “My director, Shih-Ting Hung, came across Edward James’ Las Pozas in Xitlitla Mexico when we were looking for locations and we both fell in love. With a spirit of adventure and some crazy planning and coordination we flew into Mexico City, met up with a wonderful Mexican crew, drove 9 hours to Las Pozas and shot the video in one day… in the middle of a place that I can only describe as heaven on earth.”

“This shows only a tiny bit of its breathtaking structures,” she adds. That description is an apt analogy for the song itself, which hints at the power and beauty in Herzig’s voice and songwriting capabilities.

You can pre-order her album here and catch her on tour through the end of May.

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TIME Music

Lana Del Rey Goes Disco In Old Track “Meet Me In the Pale Moonlight,” Reveals New Single Title “West Coast”

Lana Del Rey performs on stage at Scala on November 16, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. Andy Sheppard—Redferns/Getty Images

Where else would you meet her?

Lana Del Rey fans have been waiting (and waiting) for her to finish her forthcoming album, Ultraviolence. But fans may have been looking in the wrong place: “If you wanna be my little baby you can meet in the pale moonlight,” she sings on a track that surfaced this week. Take a listen to the aptly-named “Meet Me In the Pale Moonlight” below before heading off to the closest patch of moonlight to wait for Ms. Del Rey.

The track is as upbeat a number as we’ve heard from the singer, a disco-inflected track with funky guitar melodies set to a thudding drum beat and a melodramatic swirl of strings underneath Del Rey’s husky voice.

The song is an unlikely follow-up for the “Born to Die” and “Young and Beautiful” singer, and as intriguing as “Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight” is, the track will reportedly not be included on her forthcoming album, as Del Rey explained on Twitter yesterday:

While fans wait for “West Coast,” listen to the old track below.

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TIME space

Watch a Skydiver Almost Get Hit By A Meteorite

That would've hurt

Whenever a wolf or a coyote creeps into a suburban backyard, someone is bound to mention that as humans spread out across the planet, wild animals have no place to go. Asteroids don’t really have that same excuse. Yet a Norwegian skydiver claims he was nearly hit by a flying space rock during a recent air jump and he has it on video.

Back in 2012, Oslo Parachute Club member Anders Helstrup jumped from a plane with two camera strapped to his helmet. He opened his parachute and glided down to earth, but felt something was off. “I got the feeling that there was something, but I didn’t register what was happening,” Helstrup explained to NRK.no. When he went back to review the footage he had captured, he realized what it was: A rock was hurtling at him. From above.

He was perplexed and contacted the Natural History Museum in Oslo for assistance. The experts confirmed his suspicion. “It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites – a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded,” said geologist Hans Amundsen to NRK.no..

According to the article, the search is on to find the meteorite on the ground. However if this is all a hoax, it should be fairly hard to track down.

[Via NRK]

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This Dog Totally Thought She Could Fly


While the word “fail” gets bandied about the internet a great deal, it really, truly suits this video. Why? Because when this eager dog comes tearing across the living room with an eye for landing on the couch and gnawing on whatever is in her mouth, she is absolutely 100% convinced that she is going to make it. She’s certain of it. Convinced. Until she’s not and is instead face first in the furniture. We’ve all been there, puppy dog.

[Via Digg]

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TIME Crime

Mother’s April Fools’ Day Prank On Her Daughter Backfires Very, Very Badly

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School shootings are never a joke

File this under bad ideas.

Angela Timmons thought it would be a great April Fools’ Day prank to text her daughter in New York that she could hear gunfire from inside her office at Virginia College in South Carolina and was “hiding for her own safety.”

When the 54-year old woman failed to respond to any of her daughter’s text messages, the young woman called the police to report the incident.

According to The Smoking Gun, police raced to the Spartanburg, SC., college campus to investigate the school shooting, only to discover that it was all a very bad joke and no shooting had occurred.

Timmons told Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies that she “sent the text as an April Fools joke and that she has done such jokes on April Fools in the past.”

The punchline of her “joke”? Timmons was arrested and booked into the county jail, where she is being held on several charges, including aggravated breach of the peace and disturbing a school.

[Via The Smoking Gun]

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TIME Music

Drake Drops Surprise Track “Draft Day”: Listen

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Yes, Jennifer Lawrence gets namechecked

While you were sleeping, Drake dropped a new track, “Draft Day.”

The song is filled with Drake’s laconic beats and tough talk verses splayed over a sample of Lauryn Hill’s still-great “Doo Wop (That Thing)”.

The surprise song may be in response to Jay Z dissing him in a line on Jay Electronica’s remix of Drake’s “We Made It,” but Drake never mentions either of them by name. (Spin can explain that one.) That said, “Draft Day” does include plenty of namechecks, including American Hustle star Jennifer Lawrence (“Jennifer Lawrence, you can really get it”) and upcoming artist Chance the Rapper (“If I left this sh– to chance, I would’ve picked a name like Chance the Rapper / No offense ).

As for the title, Drake also mentions Johnny Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner, former Texas A & M quarterback and likely first-round NFL Draft pick.

The song is available for free download, so you can listen to it while making draft day predictions or starting a rap rivalry of your very own:

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TIME food and drink

Watch The Mouthwatering Evolution of Pizza

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So cheesy

Before you watch this video, in your best Homer Simpson voice say: Mmm, pizza.

Now that that is out of the way, order up a pie and wile away the 30 minutes or less until it arrives, educate yourself on the history of everyone’s favorite round food. (Sorry, Oreos!)

Some mouthwatering facts about that pepperoni pie: People have been putting toppings on flatbread since 500 BC, but the tomatoes and cheese thing didn’t start until Neapolitans started decorating their pies in 1500 AD. Only in 1700 AD did people consider actually baking the bread and toppings together resulting in the delectably melty thing we know as pizza. That means centuries and centuries of civilization were deprived of the deliciousness of a slice. But who are we kidding, “civilization” didn’t really start until people could split a pie.

Learn more facts in the video below, we’ll be over here stuffing our faces:

The Evolution Of Pizza by buzzfeedvideo

[via Neatorama]

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TIME Music

Head to Rio With Janelle Monáe’s Cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”

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Monae + Bowie = Magic

Janelle Monáe has covered David Bowie’s “Heroes” for a new Pepsi ad campaign — and it’s just as good as you’d expect.

“I’m a huge David Bowie lover and comrade and he has been part of my musical DNA for quite some time,” she told NME.

Paying homage to the Thin White Duke didn’t mean sticking to a straight cover, though. “We brought Atlanta in the drums and wanted them to be thick and hit hard. It’s like us reimagining it,” Monáe explained to Rolling Stone. “I thought, ‘If this song was in my dream, how would it get from our dream to my reality?'”

Monáe’s reality is currently Rio-centric. The pop firecracker not only contributed a track to the Rio 2 soundtrack, but the Bowie cover is part of Pepsi’s 2014 “Now Is What You Make It” ad, where she will be the featured artist for their football campaign as World Cup fever heads to Rio de Janeiro and takes over the world. To wit, Monáe’s version of the uplifting track is inflected with the sounds of Brazil to great effect.

Listen below:

[via Rolling Stone]

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TIME Music

Jack White Announces New Album Lazaretto, Out June 10

Jack White "Lazaretto"

Finally, a follow up to Blunderbuss

In the wake of the critical and commercial success of Blunderbuss, Jack White will rise again on Lazaretto: the former White Stripes frontman’s second solo album is due out on June 10.

The follow-up to 2012’s chart-topping, end-of-year-list-dominating Blunderbuss, the new LP will be released digitally and — naturally — in a limited-edition, one-time-only blue-and-white split colored vinyl version, complete with hard-bound book, postcards, 7-inch demo versions and a poster “featuring a classic National Archives photo” available through White’s Third Man Records. Sure.

Little is known about the new album, and the first single and title track from the album won’t be debuted until later this month. However, there is a teaser, in the form of a Ben Swank-directed video for a new instrumental track “High Ball Stepper”; you can hear that below.

In addition to his new solo album, White’s keeping busy with a handful of other projects, including a a third album from his group the Dead Weather and work with Neil Young on his forthcoming album, A Letter Home, which is also due out on Third Man Records.

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