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NASA Flies Over Lake Erie To Scan For Dangerous Algae Blooms

What started as a small research project at NASA has become an important tool in a campaign to combat the toxic algae blooms that recently left 500,000 people in the Toledo area without drinking water. NASA is deploying flight missions equipped with hyperspectral imaging instruments similar to those intended to...

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This Game Brings Post-Apocalypse To The Present

Saving the world through spirulina Players of the online post-apocalypse game Viridis control the workings of a real algae farm, hidden somewhere in the mountains of France. viridis.guru In the wake of a mysterious disaster that destroys human civilization, a poisonous mist has spread over the land. The only way...

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Create A Smoking Pumpkin With An E-Cigarette

Want to put your neighbors to shame this Halloween? Pimp your pumpkin with a miniature smoke machine. A modified e-cigarette can create a surprising amount of fog, giving your carving an extra eerie touch. Start with a type of e-cig called a clearomizer, available online or at your local vape...

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The Ultimate Slo-Mo Camera

In the time it takes to blink, the Phantom v2511 has already captured more than 7,500 frames of video. Expand that rate to one second, and the v2511 captures 25,600 frames at a resolution of about 1 megapixel. That’s still a far cry from the 1-trillion-FPS-camera MIT researchers developed in...

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Players Build Working Hard Drive Inside Minecraft

Over the hills, across the stone bridge, past the giant pony, around the lake of questionable test, and beyond the giant rainbow barrier sits a work of great artifice on a grey plain. Far larger than any single inhabitant of this virtual world, the contraption is a complete, working computer,...

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The Encyclopedia Dramatica

Encyclopædia Dramatica is a satirical open wiki launched on December 10, 2004. It lampoons both encyclopedic topics and current events, especially those related or relevant to contemporary Internet culture. It is frequently utilized by a socially fluid and dynamic Internet subculture known as Anonymous. The not safe for work site...

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Calcio Fiorentino: Football Without Rules

[icon icon="0056.png"]Opponents clashing during a modern game of Calcio Fiorentino[/icon] Calcio fiorentino was an early form of football that originated in 16th century Italy. The Piazza Santa Croce of Florence is the cradle of this sport, that became known as giuoco del calcio fiorentino (“Florentine kick game”) or simply calcio....

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Calorie-counting microwave on the horizon?

You might think that nothing good could come out of a husband asking his wife if she would like an activity tracker as a birthday present. And, indeed, when GE senior scientist Matt Webster proposed the gift to his wife, she flat out refused — but not for the reason...

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Ernest Shackleton, Explorer

[icon icon="0056.png"]Sir Ernest Shackleton (2nd from left), with members of the Nimrod expedition party (1907)[/icon] Ernest Shackleton was an Anglo-Irish explorer, born at Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland in 1874. The Shackletons were originally from Yorkshire. When he was 33 years old, he left his farm to go to Trinity College...

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The Singapore Chewing Gum Ban

[icon icon="0056.png"]An aerial view of Singapore’s skyline[/icon] Since 2004, only chewing gum of therapeutic value is allowed into Singapore following the Singapore–United States Free Trade Agreement. This law was created because people disposed of gum incorrectly by sticking it under places like chairs or tables. Chewing gum is banned in...