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Flying frogs, Turtle tears and Trypophobia

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Unusual science stories you may have missed this week!

Talk about flying high! Last week at the exact moment NASA launched its LADEE spacecraft to the moon a sound triggered camera on the ground near the launch site captured a heavenly hitchhiker of sorts. Look closely at the dot in the upper left of this picture and you'll see a frog in free-fall perfectly silhouetted by the Minotaur V Rocket's smoke plume. NASA officials confirm the picture is real, but there is no word on the fate of the air born amphibian.

You've heard the term crocodile tears, so what about turtle tears. Butterflies in the western Amazon Rain Forest know all about them. Check out this beautiful picture of them actually drinking the tears of yellow-spotted river turtles. Scientists at Tambopata Research Center in Peru say the region is low in nutrients especially sodium and turtle tears are the only source of salt for the butterflies. Turtle tear drinking is unique to South America and the turtles don't seem to mind the butterfly kisses.

Finally, do holes in your socks or a sink full of soap bubbles make you queasy, uneasy or anxious? If so you may have trypophobia. That's a fear of holes and clusters of holes. Psychologists in England say some brains may link the sight of holes to a fear of poisonous animals.The good news is trypophobia is common the bad news is few studies have been done on it. The study can be found in the journal Psychological Science.

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