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A Big New Diet Study Just Disproved a Lot of Pet Theories on Weight Loss

Teach 600 people to eat more vegetables and less added sugar for a year, and it turns out they’ll lose weight. There’s nothing super shocking in the DIETFITS study published today, but there’s a lot to learn about what doesn’t matter in dieting.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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SpaceX’s Ambitious Internet Satellite Project Is Set to Launch This Weekend

With the inaugural launch of the super-powerful Falcon Heavy rocket now in the books, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is ready to set his sights on an ambitious project known as Starlink. On Saturday, SpaceX will launch two experimental mini-satellites—the first batch of what Musk hopes will eventually comprise a 4,000-satellite…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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What Is Ultra-Processed Food?

We eat a lot of ultra-processed food, and these foods tend to be sugary and not so great for us. But the problem isn’t necessarily the fact that they’re ultra-processed. This is a weird and arguably unfair way to categorize foods, so let’s take a look at what “ultra-processed” really means.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Boston Dynamics’ Unsettling Robodog Can Now Escape Through (Unlocked) Doors

The first time we saw Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robo-dog in action, it used its gripping arm to help load a dishwasher. But after getting a fancy new yellow coat a few months ago, SpotMini has apparently since learned how to open doors, enabling the robot, and its comrades, to escape a life of servitude.Read more… […]

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NASA Has Officially Listed Musk’s Tesla Roadster As a Celestial Object

You may remember that, as a publicity stunt, SpaceX propelled a red Tesla, driven by a dummy in a spacesuit named Starman with the words “DON’T PANIC” written on the control panel, into space using its Falcon Heavy rocket. That car is now a permanent advertisement on the NASA HORIZONS directory of solar system bodies.Read […]

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No, McDonald’s French Fries Will Not Cure Baldness 

A technical paper about growing hair follicles in a laboratory was reported this week as a discovery of a baldness cure in the fryers at McDonald’s. “Japanese scientists say eating McDonald’s fries could cure baldness,” one Australian station reports. No. No they do not.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Here’s Why A Bugatti Chiron Can Hit 200 MPH Quicker Than The Falcon Heavy Rocket

Apparently bored with hawking flamethrowers, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX launched the world’s most powerful currently operating rocket into space yesterday with a Tesla Roadster as its payload. It’s an impressive breakthrough in science for sure. But the Bugatti Chiron can hit an impressive speed milestone even quicker…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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So Like, If You Could Bring Elon Musk’s Tesla Back From Space, Would it Still Work?

Today’s SpaceX launch was spectacular, making the Falcon Heavy the most powerful rocket in the world and wowing us with the synchronized landings of the side boosters. Yadda yadda, historic space stuff. But the payload was Musk’s own Tesla roadster with a spacesuit-wearing dummy in the driver’s seat.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Stupid Truck Driver Drove Right Over the Nazca Lines

There’s a 2,000-year-old archaeological mystery preserved in Southern Peru: enormous images carved into the desert by unknown ancient artists. The beautiful Nazca Lines depict birds, monkeys, and humans, and some of the creations span up to 1,200 feet. And a man just drove over them with his truck. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Seemingly Doomed SpaceX Rocket Surprises Elon Musk by Surviving Ocean Landing Test

Yesterday, SpaceX delivered a government satellite to orbit using its Falcon 9 rocket. Typically, these rockets return to Earth to live another day, but on this occasion, the company wanted to test an experimental landing system. The Falcon 9 was meant to end this mission in a watery grave, but the rocket unexpectedly…Read more… Continue […]

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Astronomers Say Giant Disco Ball in Space Is Bad for Science

This past Sunday, rocket startup Rocket Lab launched a three-foot-wide mirror ball into orbit. Called “Humanity Star,” it’s supposed to remind us that we’re all puny specks of dust living in the terrifying vastness of the Universe. Some astronomers have spoken out about the stunt, claiming the sparkly object will…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Shimmering Disco Ball Launched Into Space by a Millionaire Who Is Totally Not Compensating for Anything

It’s called “Humanity Star,” and it’s supposed to remind us of our puny place in the Universe. Barely brighter than other chunks of metal we’ve put in space, and with an achingly short six-month lifespan, the giant “disco ball,” is more of a publicity stunt than anything else. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Don’t Expect Mail-Order Tests to Diagnose Your Food Allergies

“You are what you eat. What is slowing you down?” reads a sales page for EverlyWell’s food sensitivity tests ($199 and up). It would be great if any vague complaints you had about your body could be detected with a simple test and fixed at your next meal. Too bad that’s not how it works.Read […]

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A Breakdown Of Torque Vs Horsepower Using Toy Cars And Fun Charts

When I finally learned what torque was in high school physics, I was absolutely elated because finally there was a term taught in the classroom that could relate school with my car knowledge. If you needed a simple yet effective brush-up on torque and horsepower, here’s a video for you.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Burning Oil Tanker Sinks, Creating Huge Spill in East China Sea

After burning for nearly an entire week, the Sanchi oil tanker has finally plunged to the bottom of the East China Sea. A large, toxic oil slick now threatens the region, with models suggesting it won’t reach land for another three months. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Stop Feeding Your Pets Raw Meat

An emerging trend among pet owners is the practice of feeding dogs and cats raw meat. This idea is that we should put our domestic cats and dogs on diets that more closely approximate what they might eat in nature. New research from Europe shows the surprising degree to which germs and parasites can be […]

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Japanese Astronaut Concerned After Growing 3.5 Inches Taller in Three Weeks

Microgravity environments do strange and often undesirable things to the human body, such as weakening muscles and bones, shrinking hearts, and flattening eyeballs. But it’s also known to make astronauts a bit taller, as Norishige Kanai is now learning. The Japanese astronaut arrived at the ISS just three weeks ago…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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