Crazy video: World’s toughest security barrier destroys truck


Here, a security barrier designed to prevent vehicle bomb and terrorist attacks gets tested against a 15,000 lbs truck (almost 7 tons). Things get… pretty messy! The truck speeds up to 50mph (80 km/h), hitting the barrier with immense force, about three times higher than what it takes to lift a Boeing 747. The barrier wobbles but doesn’t even budge, while the lorry’s engine

Animals, Mind & Brain, News, Offbeat, Science

Chimps enjoy the movies just as much as we do


A video of an ape, breaking out of its cage and attacking; the victim — a human scientist, that picks up a small red hammer and defends himself, battering the primate ran amok. It sounds like a pretty gruesome video, bound to have animal right’s activists redouble their efforts to see the heartless jailers brought to justice. But hey, wait a minute… Apes don’t wear sneakers.


Troll A – The tallest moved structure in the world


The tallest structure ever built by mankind on Earth is actually an oil rig – Troll A.

Environment, News, Offbeat

Join the great Californian Trash Treasure Hunt, and help keep the ocean clean

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Ok ok it’s not technically called that, but the California Costal Cleanup Day is definitely something you should check out this Saturday if you like finding cool stuff and wish your beach looked less….garbage-y. For 31 years now, thousands of volunteers all over the world come together, put on the strongest pair of gloves they can find, and go scour the coast, lakes, rivers and their surroundings, picking up what we throw out the rest of the year.

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Historians document the first use of the F-word

Cheshire County Court Rolls – TNA CHES 29/23 – photo by Paul Booth

An English historian has come across the “F word” in a court case dating back to 1310, making it the earliest reference to the swear word. Dr Paul Booth of Keele University found the name ‘Roger Fuckebythenavele’ as he was documenting the trial.

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Making your bed every day might encourage mites to breed in it

Image via Nutritious Life.

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who religiously make their bed every day in cleanliness and order… and the rest of us. If you’re in the latter group, then I’ve got some good news: keeping your bed messy might be good for your health.

News, Nutrition, Offbeat

French court condemns Monsanto of chemical poisoning

Paul Francois. Image via Le Monde.

A French court upheld on Thursday a 2012 ruling in which Monsanto was found guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer who suffered from neurological problems after inhaling the U.S. company’s Lasso weedkiller. Alachlor is an herbicide, the second most widely used herbicide in the United States; it’s been banned in Europe since 2006, but in 2004, grain grower Paul Francois used it

Offbeat, Science

Sure We Need Scientists, But We Also Need Scientific Literacy


As long as there are questions, humans will seek answers, as well as better means by which to seek and validate them. Science as a process for knowing will undoubtedly remain a vitally important part of human society, as will the scientists who bring these skills to the workplace.

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Oldest Message-in-a-Bottle: 108 year old Science Experiment washes ashore in Germany

One of George Parker Bidder’s bottles used to elucidate ocean currents  Photo: MBA archive

In 1906, British scientist George Parker Bidder released more than 1,000 bottles in an attempt to study oceanic currents. The bottles were specifically design to float and last, and all bottles contained detailed instructions in English, German and Dutch to return the note to the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, England, in exchange for a shilling. The experiment was a success, most of

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Extremely rare and stinky flower will blossom in Denver for the first time in 15 years

A Corpse Flower in bloom in Boston, 2014. Image via Inhabita.

It’s big, it’s beautiful… and it reeks. Amorphophallus titanum, more commonly known as the corpse flower, is the flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, and it often requires over 7 years to bloom. For this particular flower in Denver, it took 15. The flower will not only delight visitors with its unique look, but will also threaten all