Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Origins of "Gerrymandering," How Edgar Allan Poe Debunked the Mechanical Turk, Battery-Free Cell Phones and More

 
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Where Did the Term
 
Where Did the Term “Gerrymander” Come From?
 
 
Lost Manuscripts From Composer of
 
Lost Manuscripts From Composer of “The Planets” Found in New Zealand
 
 
Thousands of Mysterious Yellow "Sponges" Wash Up On French Beaches
 
Thousands of Mysterious Yellow "Sponges" Wash Up On French Beaches
 
 
Debunking the Mechanical Turk Helped Set Edgar Allan Poe on the Path to Mystery Writing
 
Debunking the Mechanical Turk Helped Set Edgar Allan Poe on the Path to Mystery Writing
 
 
You'd Never Have to Plug in This Battery-Free Cell Phone
 
You’d Never Have to Plug in This Battery-Free Cell Phone
 
 
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Nature Lovers, You've Found Your New Home
 
What Makes Fido So Friendly? It Could Be Genetic
 
What Makes Fido So Friendly? It Could Be Genetic
 
 
From Melting Clocks to Lollipops, Salvador Dalí Left His Mark on the Visual World
 
From Melting Clocks to Lollipops, Salvador Dalí Left His Mark on the Visual World
 
 
The First Self-Cleaning Home Was Essentially a 'Floor-to-Ceiling Dishwasher'
 
The First Self-Cleaning Home Was Essentially a 'Floor-to-Ceiling Dishwasher'
 
 
Agatha Christie's Fiery Letters Offer New Glimpse Into the Queen of Crime
 
Agatha Christie’s Fiery Letters Offer New Glimpse Into the Queen of Crime
 
 
Humans May Have Ventured Into Australia 20,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
 
Humans May Have Ventured Into Australia 20,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
 
 
A Vehicle Like This Will One Day Go to Mars
 
A Vehicle Like This Will One Day Go to Mars
 
 
Why Snail Sex Is Like a Box of Chocolates
 
Why Snail Sex Is Like a Box of Chocolates
 
 
A Bike Ride Through Wright Brothers Territory
 
 
From Air & Space
 
A Bike Ride Through Wright Brothers Territory
 
 
'Twilight Zone' Enters the Stage Dimension
 
'Twilight Zone' Enters the Stage Dimension
 
 
This Bridge Transforms Data on Weather, Traffic and Twitter Rants into a Beautiful Light Display
 
This Bridge Transforms Data on Weather, Traffic and Twitter Rants into a Beautiful Light Display
 
 
Over 60,000 Plants Bloom Inside the World's Largest Orchid Garden
 
Over 60,000 Plants Bloom Inside the World’s Largest Orchid Garden
 
 
Humans Have Produced Nine Billion Tons of Plastic and Counting
 
Humans Have Produced Nine Billion Tons of Plastic and Counting
 
 
Feeling Bleu: Champion Cheddars Nabbed From English Ag Show
 
Feeling Bleu: Champion Cheddars Nabbed From English Ag Show
 
 
Today in History
 
On this day in 1881, Lakota leader Sitting Bull surrendered to the U.S. army. The decision came after his people had been pushed to the brink of starvation. Throughout his life, Sitting Bull strove to unite Native Americans of the Great Plains region in their struggle against the United States. Read how his great-grandson remembers his legacy.
 
 
 
 
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The quintessential backyard American Birthday party.  Here, my nephew tries to grab dozens of bubbles streaming his way on his first birthday.  His expression is one of absolute determination.
 
"Just One" Photo by Blake Burton
 
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