A porcupine with a full belly.
Credit: Lake Eland Game Reserve
Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles around, here are 10 of the coolest stories in Science this week.
A prickly tale: Have you heard the one about the python and the porcupine? It's not a joke, it's a tale of what happened when a giant python consumes a 30-lb porcupine.
[Full Story: Python Eats Porcupine, Regrets It Later (Here's Why)]
Alien invaders: A strange worm from New Guinea has invaded the U.S. The odd creature has its mouth in the middle of it's belly and ingests snails, putting local species at risk.
[Full Story: Alien-Like Worm Invades US]
Smile stats: Researchers asked nearly 150,000 people across the globe questions about five aspects of their happiness in order to rank the world's happiest countries. While the U.S. fell in the rankings to 23rd, Mexico, Guatemala and Chile rank among the top 10.
[Full Story: US Falls in World Happiness Rankings]
Skinny jeans do what?! While the practice of wearing skinny jeans is perfectly safe, wearers should take care when squatting because the compression of the pants decreases the flow of blood to the lower legs, ankles and feet.
[Full Story: Skinny Jeans Gave Woman Nerve and Muscle Damage]
And butt injections: The illegal practice of injecting silicone into the buttocks is apparently on the rise. There are risks to even the safest practice, but due to the illegality of the procedure, some women have been injected with sealant, mineral or baby oil or even cement, even leading to fatalities.
Poopy lookalike: Caterpillars are a favorite snack for many birds so they have evolved different defenses to protect themselves. One particulary disgusting option is to curl up and look like a piece of poop.
A planet with a tail? A peculiar find has left experts stunned. A planet the size of Neptune is circling its sun posing as a comet, with a gigantic gas cloud surrounding it.
[Full Story: Bizarre Cometlike Alien Planet Is First of Its Kind]
Tumbling roach bot: A group of researchers is using a species of cockroach as inspiration for a new type of robot for search and rescue missions. The small bug rolls its body to traverse cluttered areas with many obstacles.
[Full Story: Rough-and-Tumble Roach Bots Barrel Over Obstacles]
Did ancient Greeks fear zombies? Two stange burials from ancient Greece may be explained by superstitions about the living dead. The odd graves each held a body pinned down with large stones.
Let kids be kids: The trend of parents keeping kids closer to home may be affecting a child's ability to understand their own limits. An analysis of nearly 2,100 previous studies revealed no negative effects of "free-range parenting" and many positive effects, such as increased physical activity, increased self-confidence and increased mental resilience.