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Nice to meet you, Falcon Heavy. Are you ready to take us to Mars? After years of keeping space nerds around the world on the edge of their collective seat, SpaceX has finally released the first video of its new Falcon Heavy rocket in the midst of a test.  SEE ALSO: Elon Musk’s SpaceX is […]

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Josh heard all the buzz about Silicon Valley coders and young entrepreneurs who took tiny doses of LSD to boost productivity and spark creativity. But the 32-year-old was drawn to the psychedelic drug for another reason: the possibility that it could lift the fog of his depression, if only temporarily.  Josh, who asked to withhold […]

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Africa’s biggest social issues and taboos are no match for these girls. A revolutionary new cartoon series called Tibeb Girls features a group of three young superheroes, who unite to make rural Ethiopian communities safer for girls experiencing gender-based violence and discrimination. SEE ALSO: Meet the Ethiopian community getting access to clean water for the […]

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The Trump administration is steadily removing and revising climate change-related resources on government websites. But some vital portals remain online and are worth checking out — while you still can. Climate Explorer, for instance, is a treasure trove of downloadable maps, graphs, and tables of climate projections for every county in the mainland U.S. Visitors […]

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China’s Great Firewall blocks its people from accessing dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Google and Twitter. But now there’s a way to rebel. SEE ALSO: Everyone on Twitch can’t stop watching this new survival shooter The_Wall is a game which lets you virtually take down these barriers. The game was spotted, and greenlit, on […]

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President Barack Obama returned to the spotlight on Sunday to receive the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. And his acceptance speech will probably go down as yet another example of his gift for mixing the truth of current realities with inspiration for the future.  SEE ALSO: Trump said Australia’s healthcare is better, […]

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In case you needed further proof that vaccines are vital and important, consider what’s happening now in Minnesota.    An outbreak of measles has sickened more than 40 children since mid-April, primarily within the state’s large Somali-American community. Anti-vaccination activists have helped spur unfounded fears in Somali parents that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine […]

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The producers of Norway’s smash-hit “Slow TV” genre have captivated audiences with videos of a 134-hour-long cruise voyage and 13 hours of people knitting.  But sometimes even Slow TV can be too slow. Norway’s public broadcaster NRK recently suspended a show following the progress of migratory reindeer because the animals stopped moving, The Local reported, […]

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A secretive space plane returned to Earth on Sunday with a sonic boom. The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned, reusable vehicle landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after spending a record 718 days in space. Powerful shock waves rippled throughout Central Florida as the mini-space shuttle returned from its mission. SEE ALSO: SpaceX’s most recent rocket […]

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It’s been a tough few months for opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). First Donald Trump officially approved the $3.8 billion project. Then indigenous people were forced to clear out of the Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone protest camps. And with construction done, oil has now begun flowing from North Dakota to Illinois.  But […]

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A starving, struggling otter in Arizona was nursed back to health after utility workers plucked it from a canal on the outskirts of Phoenix.  The 4-week-old animal was dehydrated and covered with fleas when three heroes from Salt River Project noticed the otter struggling to escape the drying canal.  “He was calling for his momma, […]

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You’ve probably already seen The Oatmeal comic in your social media feed several times now.  Its beautiful illustrations are paired with an elegant, clever explanation about something called the “backfire effect.” Basically, it describes why people double down on their beliefs when presented with contradictory information.  SEE ALSO: What Facebook must do to prepare its […]

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President Donald Trump took on the topic of medical marijuana for the first time since he took office in November, and it appears he’s kind of in favor of it. Along with signing the most recent federal funding bill (the one that always brings the threat of a government shut down if it isn’t passed), […]

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