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Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral

A spokesman for President Tommy Remengesau said there was scientific evidence that the chemicals found in most sunscreens are toxic to corals, even in minute doses. He said Palau’s dive sites typically hosted about four boats an hour packed with tourists, leading to concerns a build-up of chemicals could see the reefs reach tipping point. […]

Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt

Microplastics were found in sea salt several years ago. But how extensively plastic bits are spread throughout the most commonly used seasoning remained unclear. Now, new research shows microplastics in 90 percent of the table salt brands sampled worldwide. Of 39 salt brands tested, 36 had microplastics in them, according to a new analysis by […]

EU to recommend end to changing clocks twice a year

The European commission will recommend that EU member states abandon the practice of changing the clocks in spring and autumn, with many people in favour of staying on summer time throughout the year. Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission’s president, said a recent consultation had shown that more than 80% of EU citizens were in favour of […]

Mumbai bans plastic bags and bottles

Mumbai has the become the largest Indian city to ban single-use plastics, with residents caught using plastic bags, cups or bottles to face penalties of up to 25,000 rupees (£276) and three months in jail from Monday. Council inspectors in navy blue jackets have been posted across the city to catch businesses or residents still […]

Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated. “We report that nine […]

How to make perfect fried rice (and I mean perfect)

Perfect fried rice Photo: Kevin Pang 2 slices of bacon, diced 2-3 scallions, sliced thinly on a sharp bias 3-4 cups leftover medium or long-grain rice, such as jasmine (no freshly steamed rice) 3 eggs, well beaten Salt 2 tsp. light soy sauce Toasted sesame oil Photo: Kevin Pang Heat a 12-inch non-stick skillet or […]

22 Ambassadors Recommend the One Book to Read Before Visiting Their Country

Preparing for a visit to a foreign country can often be overwhelming, with no shortage of things to learn before you go. Where should you eat? Where should you stay? What do you tip? More so than this service information, though, is a sense of cultural understanding that’s hard to put your finger on. With […]

Stupid Truck Driver Drove Right Over the Nazca Lines

Argentine newspaper Clarín reports that the driver said he didn’t know the area because he had never traveled there before and that he left the road because of a mechanical problem. The newspaper speculated that the driver actually drove off the Pan-American Highway to avoid paying a toll. Flores Vigo left tire tracks in a […]

Total solar eclipse: find out when and where eclipses will be in your lifetime

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will traverse the contiguous United States. It’ll be the first to traverse coast to coast in nearly a century. Source: Total solar eclipse 2017: How rare is the Aug. 21 eclipse path? – Washington Post

Finally, a Tool for Making Totally Clear Ice Spheres 

Finally, a Tool for Making Totally Clear Ice Spheres

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change Source: Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts because global warming isn’t happening. NOT.

Boaty McBoatface to go on its first Antarctic mission

A small yellow robot submarine, called Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired, is being sent on its first Antarctic mission. Boaty, which has arguably one of the most famous names in recent maritime history, is a new type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), which will be able to […]

Easy Solutions: So, you’re in love with one of your friends, but she has a boyfriend and probably wouldn’t have sex with you anyway.

309 Easy Solutions #1 So, you’re in love with one of your friends, but she has a boyfriend and probably wouldn’t have sex with you anyway. What you will need: 1 x knife, 1 x ring, access to a sunbed, the ability to grow a beard. Step One: Place the ring on your wedding finger […]

I put on my robe and wizard hat

#104383 +(15587)- [X] bloodninja: Baby, I been havin a tough night so treat me nice aight? BritneySpears14: Aight. bloodninja: Slip out of those pants baby, yeah. BritneySpears14: I slip out of my pants, just for you, bloodninja. bloodninja: Oh yeah, aight. Aight, I put on my robe and wizard hat. BritneySpears14: Oh, I like to […]

Charting All the Beer Styles

The Beer Judge Certification Program lists 100 styles with defined ranges of alcohol by volume (ABV), bitterness (measured in IBUs, or International Bittering Units), and color (measured using SRM, or Standard Reference Method).Below is a series of charts for all 100 styles. Mouseover any style for more details and commercial examples. Rectangles to the top […]

Why all world maps are wrong

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World’s largest Rube Goldberg machine lights up Christmas tree

Dicks By Mail – Anonymously mail a bag of dicks

This bag of gummy penises is a great way to tell your friends, family, loved ones, or enemies to ‘EAT A BAG OF DICKS’. Sent anonymously with a stock message, this product will get your point across in a way that nobody will mistake. A tasty gift? or just a funny reminder that someone should […]

Wine Worlds

The world’s annual consumption of wine is almost 250 million hectolitres (one hectolitre = 100 litres). That corresponds to the volume of 10,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. The United States accounts for 30 million hectolitres and has, in recent years, become the world’s largest market for wine – a position it took over from France in […]

Microsoft’s maps lost Melbourne because it used Wikipedia data

hahahahahahahaha HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Really? People still trust Wikipedia?! Source: Microsoft’s maps lost Melbourne because it used bad Wikipedia data

All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020

Open access means that scientific publications on the results of research supported by public and public-private funds must be freely accessible to everyone. That is not yet the case. The results of publicly funded research are currently not accessible to people outside universities and knowledge institutions. As a result, teachers, doctors and entrepreneurs do not […]

120 sided dice

because awesome FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit: Food Saver: Kitchen & Dining FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit: Food Saver: Kitchen & Dining Source: FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit: Food Saver: Kitchen & Dining You need one for sous vide cooking.

Air Spaces: Where the Planes Fly – Views of the World

The following map is a gridded cartogram visualisation of global flight tracks taken from the OpenFlights database. The map distorts the land area by the number of flights that pass a certain space Source: Air Spaces: Where the Planes Fly – Views of the World

We get an extra second on june 30th 2015

To authorities responsible for the measurement and distribution of time UTC TIME STEP on the 1st of July 2015 A positive leap second will be introduced at the end of June 2015. The sequence of dates of the UTC second markers will be: 2015 June 30, 23h 59m 59s 2015 June 30, 23h 59m 60s […]

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