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Norway Builds The World’s First Bike Escalator

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If you’ve ever cycled in a hilly area, then you know what a problem it can be – especially if it’s an urban area; also, for older people, or people with mild cardiac issues but who still practice light cycling, it can be quite dangerous. Norway has come up with a solution to that issue – they’ve developed the world’s…

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Percentage of US workers who are male vs female

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OK, so this is going to be a long image, and after it you’ll find some analysis on it. This is a 2012 census on US data only, so you can expect some differences if you live in other parts of the globe. Here goes: The first thing which pops to the eye is that the stereotypes pretty much check…

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In 1911, Einstein wrote a letter to Marie Curie, telling her to ignore the haters

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Recently, a trove of new letters and manuscripts written by Albert Einstein were published online, and we’re already noticing some exciting letters, like this one addressed to Marie Curie. The gist of it is simple “ignore the trolls”. This 103-year-old letter from Albert Einstein to Marie Curie uses much more elegant language to tell her to continue with her work and…

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Mount Roraima – the most beautiful triple border in the world

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Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima mountain chain in South America and one of the most spectacular geological formations in the world. The mountain also serves as the triple border point of Venezuela (85%), Brazil (5%) and Guyana (10%). Ever since before Europeans explored the mountain and the plateau, Roraima played a very important spiritual role for the indigenous populations. The…

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This lucky tortoise can walk again thanks to a custom-built LEGO wheelchair

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When it comes to human prosthetics, there are usually many options available – from simple frames or tools, to advanced, electronic prosthetics. But life isn’t as easy for turtles; such was the case of Blade, a German tortoise with a growth disorder that left his legs so weak that he couldn’t hold himself up. Now, thanks to the ingenuity of this…

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Greenpeace Damages the Nazca Lines During Publicity Stunt

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Peru announced that it will seek criminal charges against Greenpeace, after activists from the organization damaged the Nazca lines – some of the most spectacular pieces of historical heritage in the world. Greenpeace set up a banner right next to the Nazca lines, and when they took it out, they left significant damage behind. “It’s a true slap in the face…

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How the alphabet evolved

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  The Phoenician alphabet is the oldest is the oldest verified consonantal alphabet; consonants are sounds articulated with complete or partial closure of the vocal tract. Phoenicians were an enterprising maritime trading culture that spread across the Mediterranean from 1550 BC to 300 BC. The next step in the evolution of the alphabet is the Greek alphabet – the modern Greek alphabet still…

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We’re heading for a chocolate crisis – cocoa shortage incoming by 2020

The world is heading towards a chocolate crisis. Image via Wallpaper Todays.

The world is running out of chocolate, and if we don’t take some significant action soon, we’ll be dealing with a major chocolate shortage in less then a decade. The Swiss Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s largest chocolate producer, has joined a host of industry experts in expressing concerns about “a potential cocoa shortage by 2020”. We are already seeing the…

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100 brains go missing from Texas university

Texas University reported 100 missing brains. Image via Business Week.

The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains, about one half of the entire collection from the University… and no one seems to know what happened to the brains. University staff are scratching their heads trying to figure out what happened to the brains; it may be an act of vandalism or theft, or perhaps even more…

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Zoo realises it has been trying to mate two male hyenas for four years

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Zookeepers in Japan have learned that no matter how hard you try and no matter what some Arnold Schwarzenegger movies tell you, two males can’t have offspring. In what seems like an article taken straight from The Onion, staff at Maruyama Zoo in the northern city of Sapporo spent four years trying to get two spotted hyenas to mate, only…