|Credit: Animal Mummies at Manchester Museum|
Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles around, here are 10 of the coolest stories in Science this week.
Lady Mei's tomb: A tomb discovered in Nanjing, China, revealed the mother of a duke who called herself the survivor. She not only raised her son well but aided him in his rule to bring peace to a torn region.
[Full Story: Gold-Filled Tomb of Chinese 'Survivor' Mom Discovered]
Why we brag: People who engage in self-promotion tend to underestimate how much other people appreciate it. Facebook, Twitter and even Monster.com encourage and even reward bragging but research shows lack of empathy between the bragger and the listener.
[Full Story: Braggers Gonna Brag, But It Usually Backfires]
Trap-jaw ants' springy muzzles: A new study found that the trap-jaw ant can use this predatory evolution as a unique defensive stance as well. The ant uses it's jaws to fling itself out of traps dug by the antlion.
[Full Story: Spring-Loaded Jaws Help Ants Escape from Death Pits]
Death in your state: A newly released map reveals the most distinctive cause of death in each state. This could be extremely helpful in starting converstations in the medical field about unusual patterns of death.
[Full Story: Death in Your State: Map Shows 'Most Distinctive' Causes]
Great white near NYC? A great white shark dubbed "Mary Lee," who was tagged in 2012, is traversing the waters off New York City. The nearly 3,500 pound creature has travelled nearly 20,000 miles since its initial tagging.
[Full Story: Great White Shark 'Mary Lee' Spotted Near NYC]
Missing mummies! Egypt, while known for human mummies, has actually mummified nearly 70 million animals. Researchers have been surprised to find out, through xrays and scans, that most of the animal mummies are missing their bones.
'Super vision' for athletes: Baseball players who participated in visual training exercise actually improved upon their already 20/20 vision. By conditioning their eyes to notice contrast, the players refined their vision an amazing 20/7.5.
[Full Story: Brain Training Exercise Gives Athletes 'Super Vision']
Pot's dark side revealed: A recent study of previous research found several unforeseen side effects of the popular drug. Scientists involved in the study were surprised at the number and variety of potential mental and physical side effects: from long-lasting delusions to vomitting and bronchitis.
[Full Story: Pot's Dark Side: Delusions, Psychotic Symptoms]
Octo-arm for surgery: An octopus-inspired robot, designed to aid surgeons with challenging procedures, uses mechanics and inflatable chambers to move and interact gently with objects. An important upside to the bot could be fewer insicions which will likely reduce postoperative complications.
Will jet bike break world record? A new two-wheeled bike built in Britain is poised to set a new land speed record in 2015. The contraption will be tested in May in preparations for the official attempt in September.