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A crosseyed planthopper

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I need to take about a week off to tend to some urgent family matters. When I come back I'll offer you a series of posts about Siberia.Image (credit June Aubrey Young) via the QI elves' (creators of my favorite podcasts) Twitter fee...

Richard Feynman's lectures on physics are now online

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As reported by Open Culture:Last fall, we let you know that Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website joined forces to create an online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. They started with Volume 1. And now they’ve followed up...Show More Summary

Misinformation in televised medical dramas

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"It turns out that popular medical dramas don't always portray medical treatment accurately. A new study found that seizure care in particular was depicted appropriately less than half the time on major fictional medical shows...TheShow More Summary

"Swatting" explained

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YouTube link. Militarized local SWAT teams can be tricked by hackers into raiding homes of innocent people. The Vice video above illustrates the problem, which is also discussed at Salon:“The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them,” the Littleton Police Department said in a statement. Show More Summary

Wooden toilet seat found at Vinlandia

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"What is believed to be the only wooden toilet seat to be found in the Roman Empire has been unearthed at Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall...The seat was discovered by Dr Birley in the deep pre-Hadrianic trenches at Vindolanda. There are...Show More Summary

Christianity-based health care

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" way Americans can avoid buying private insurance or paying into the Affordable Care Act.The deal, made possible by a little-known provision in the health-care law, has one particularly important requirement: The Duff household of nine must abstain from general debauchery. Show More Summary

American League teams win more interleague games

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American League teams have won the majority of interleague games for 10 consecutive years; this year will likely be the 11th. Graphic from the Wall Street Journal, where there is speculation about the reasons for this trend.

Movement of Death Valley's "racetrack" rocks finally explained

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Rocks of various heft – some weighing 600 pounds or more – leave trails that wiggle like snakes or form complete loops or even rectangles. The trails are cut sharply into the earth but no other tracks are visible.Theories over the decades...Show More Summary

The surprising effect of road salt on butterflies

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Salting roads in winter can tweak the physiques of butterflies the next summer.Milkweeds and oaks, plants that caterpillars graze on, collected from alongside a country road carried higher sodium concentrations than the same speciesShow More Summary

"FreeD video"

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YouTube link. The technology is explained in this video of tennis coverage.

Online versions are not saving newspapers

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The blue line in the chart displays total annual print newspaper advertising revenue (for the categories national, retail and classified) based on actual annual data from 1950 to 2011, and estimated annual revenue for 2012 using quarterly data through the second quarter of this year, from the Newspaper Association of America (NAA). Show More Summary

The world's most famous iceberg

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Because Titanic.The iceberg lay at latitude 41-46N, longitude 50-14W, off the coast of Newfoundland. Newspaper reports of the time said that the visible part of the iceberg – that above the waterline – was anywhere between 50 to 100 feet high and 200 to 400 feet long. Show More Summary

Calcified ectopic fetus

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As reported by The Telegraph:Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world's longest ectopic pregnancy... A team of doctors in Nagpur successfully performed surgery to remove the mass that was lodged between the woman's uterus, intestines and bladder. Show More Summary

And the award for "Best Antennae" goes to...

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"The beetle family Phengodidae, known also as glowworm beetles." From Project Noah, via A London Salmagundi.

"Sand-activated' puppets

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YouTube link. You pour the sand in at the top. And it comes out... well, at the bottom. Via A London Salmagundi.

Just follow the directions on the signs

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For a brief time Thursday and Friday the parking regulation signs outside Linwood E. Howe Elementary School topped 15 feet.The signs were meant to clarify a new drop-off and pick-up procedure for when classes resume at the school, but as CBS2’s Juan Fernandez reported, neighbors just found them confusing. Show More Summary

People wilil still climb over this sign

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Discussed at a Reddit thread. (Image cropped from original)

"A poetic remake of the strategic achievement of Hannibal"

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Gimme a break. Dragging a replica elephant on wheels along the Cavalla Pass in Italy is hardly a remake of Hannibal's achievement. Via the Washington Post, with an additional photo here. Credit: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images.

World record price for a Navajo blanket

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YouTube link. Only about 100 of these original "first-phase" chief's blankets are thought to exist.Details at The Telegraph. At the risk of throwing a wet blanket on a feel-good story, one has to wonder whether his ancestor in the 1860s spent four years' salary to purchase the blanket, as is postulated in the video.

Birds catching fire in mid-air

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IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in...Show More Summary

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