Congratulations to our first-place winner of the Sciencey Cat contest: Champy the Siamese, seen investigating microscopic cat treats.
Tiffany Tilton narrates Champy's thought process: "First, I’ll place the tasty kitty treat carefully here... next, I'll peek through the lens of this Embiggen Machine and enjoy a tasty giant cat treat!"
Tiffany and Champy have won a free one-year subscription to Discover. Here, we collect the rest of the runners-up.
"Copernicus Monochromocat, Head Scientist at the Institute for Feline Studies, has developed a new strain of catnip that will never lose its potency," writes Sandy Manges. "Senior Assistant Mordor von Mohs is still analyzing the risks of over-consumption of catnip and its association with on-the-job productivity.
"Their other scholarly research focuses on the proper hydration of canned tuna and the physics of bird watching."
"Pidgie loves static electricity," says Sarah Anderson. "She sits in front of vents when the heat is on to gather electrons and then begs to be petted, which shocks her over and over.
"As a side effect of her love of static, she attracts balloons (much to the amusement of my other cats)."
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