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A Chain Just Cut Through A Capsized Cargo Ship Filled With Cars And The Process Is Fascinating
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Back in September of 2019, a 600+ foot cargo ship called the MV Golden Ray, which was apparently loaded in an unstable fashion with over 4,000 cars, capsized in St. Simons Sound just off the port of Brunswick, Georgia. Since then, responders have been working to remove the ship in sections to send the hulk to the scrapper. November was particularly exciting, as workers used a chain to cut off the first enormous chunk of ship, revealing mangled cars within. Here’s at look at the fascinating way …

1950s Payola Scandal
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It was an era when radio DJ’s could make or break an artist. They had complete control over when and how often a record was played.

Dreamliner crew rest: The secret space where your 787 pilots, attendants sleep
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The onboard experience on most long-haul flights follows a similar routine. After settling in and taking off, flight attendants typically come through the aisles with a meal and drink service. Once the first service is complete, the overhead lights are typically dimmed. Passengers then either doze off, catch up on work or watch a movie …

Updating an Old Way to Leave the Baby on the Doorstep
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Advanced versions of the Middle Ages’ “founding wheel” are proliferating through Europe, allowing unwanted babies to be abandoned safely.

Experience: I mine for 100-year-old jeans
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‘I kept coming across scraps of denim, because jeans, especially Levi’s, were worn by the silver miners in the late 1800s’

How did "nuts" and "bananas" come to mean "crazy"?
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Dear Cecil: Oh master, how did the terms nuts and bananas come to refer to something or someone crazy Shane Adams ...

How the Late Rock God Eddie Van Halen Hacked His Guitar
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The legend, who passed away today, didn't just transform the guitar forever—he even patented his game-changing innovations. Here's how he redefined rock and roll, in his own words.

5 Greatest Spreadsheet Errors of All Time
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Chances are, at some point in time you’ve probably messed up a spreadsheet. And when we take into account that nearly 9 out 10 spreadsheets contain errors, that’s to be expected! But when millions of pounds are at stake it becomes a bit more important to get your spreadsheet right…

Europe's strange border anomaly
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The Dutch municipality of Baarle-Nassau is home to more than 20 Belgian enclaves, some of which contain Dutch enclaves.

How Iran’s diaspora are using old-school tech to fight censorship at home
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With the threat of another big internet blackout looming, companies are creating workarounds for Iranians using satellite dishes as conduits for the web.

There is a Tesla statue which radiates free WiFi
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A statue of the inventor Nikola Tesla -- equipped with free Wi-Fi and a time capsule to be opened in 2043 -- was unveiled in Palo Alto on Dec. 7.

HPP: A ‘Cool’ Innovation in Food Packaging
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The added shelf life benefit of HPP could produce savings across the production and distribution spectrum.

The Most Valuable Airspace in the World
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Get your world globe out. You'll see that a polar route is often the most direct way to get from many places in the Northern Hemisphere to other places in the Northern Hemisphere, where most of us live. But there is one big problem: so many of those polar routes go over Russia. The USSR didn't allow other countries to use their airspace. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia relaxed the restrictions, but only to a point.

How Micro Drill Bits Are Made
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Find out how tiny drill bits are made and packaged in factories.

How airplanes counteract St. Elmo's Fire during thunderstorms
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At the height of a thunderstorm, the tips of cell towers, telephone poles, and other tall, electrically conductive structures can spontaneously emit a flash of blue light. This electric glow, known as a corona discharge, is produced when the air surrounding a conductive object is briefly ionized by an electrically charged environment.

Anti-crime color balls
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Dear Alice, I've spotted pairs of plastic Day-Glo orange baseballs sitting in polystyrene containers behind the counter at banks and convenience stores...

How Your Heart Influences What You Perceive and Fear
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The heartbeat and other bodily processes play a surprising role in shaping perception and cognition.