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WWII Sub Rumored to Have Taken Top Nazis to South America Found Off Danish Coast

In the dying days of World War II, a German sub was reportedly sunk near the Danish coast, but the wreck was never found, leading to speculation that high-ranking Nazi officials—even possibly Adolf Hitler himself—used the high-tech vessel to escape to South America. A museum in Denmark has finally found the missing…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Hubble Releases Mind-Blowing New Images of the Lagoon Nebula to Honor Its 28th Anniversary

NASA has released incredible new images of the Lagoon Nebula taken by the Hubble space telescope, in honor of its 28th anniversary and presumably 4/20. Dude… have you ever like… thought about how small we are… and how big the universe is…?Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Virgin Galactic Spaceplane Makes First Powered Flight Since Deadly 2014 Disaster

Earlier today, the VSS Unity went supersonic during crewed tests, reaching speeds of 1,220 miles per hour. It’s the first powered flight of Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo aircraft, and the first flight since the 2014 disaster in which a pilot was killed and a co-pilot severely injured. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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You Don’t Need to Worry About Aluminum in Your Deodorant

There’s a whole market for aluminum-free deodorants. They’re marketed as natural or primal or somehow vaguely better for you. But hold up a sec: why are you avoiding aluminum, which (unlike those natural deodorants) can actually stop you from sweating? It’s fine.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Simulation May Finally Explain Why Knuckle Cracking Makes That Awful Sound

For decades, scientists have debated the cause of the popping sound when we crack our knuckles. Using computer models, a research team from France may have finally reached the answer.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Here’s What Protects Shipwrecks From Looters and Hacks

On May 25, 1798, the HMS DeBraak was entering Delaware Bay when a squall struck without warning. The British ship that originally belonged to the Dutch capsized and sank, taking 34 sailors and a dozen Spanish prisoners down with it. Rumored to contain a hoard of gold and jewelry, the DeBraak became a popular target…Read […]

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought

For years, scientists have been tracking a large accumulation of floating trash, mostly bits of plastic, in the north Pacific ocean called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” or the “trash vortex.” This region, according to the latest research, has more lost and discarded plastic inside it than previous surveys…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Instead of Nuking an Asteroid Headed Toward Earth, We Could Just Splash It With Paint

Recent headlines have contained lots of asteroid-nuking talk. There’s a team of Russian scientists zapping mini asteroids in their lab, and supposedly NASA is thinking about a plan that would hypothetically involve nuking Bennu should it threaten Earth in 2135. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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How a Virus Spreads Through an Airplane Cabin

Traveling by plane greatly increases our chances of getting sick, or so many of us are wont to believe. To be fair, it’s not uncommon to come down with a nasty illness after we return from a vacation or business trip. But is flying the culprit? The latest research suggests the answer is no—but much […]

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Science Finds Once Again That Violent Video Games Don’t Turn People Into Rage Monsters

A new study published this week in Nature journal Molecular Psychology provides a well-timed rebuttal to the weary trope—occasionally alluded to by President Trump and others in the wake of mass shootings—that violent video games are causing real-life mayhem.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA Did Not ‘Change in Space’ the Way You Think

It seems like pure science fiction. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly goes to space for nearly a year, comes back, and suddenly has turned into a mutant with different DNA from his twin. As Newsweek wrote, his DNA “changed in space.”Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Stephen Hawking’s Most Delightful Pop Culture Cameos

Pioneering British physicist Stephen Hawking passed away early this morning at the age of 76. He’ll be forever remembered for both his outstanding contributions to science and the way he tirelessly championed them to the public. But we’ll also remember him for his wonderful contributions to the pop culture we…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Boaty McBoatface Has Returned From Its Most Perilous Mission Yet

Our favorite autonomous underwater vehicle, Boaty McBoatface, has completed a two-month mission in which it explored a massive ice shelf in Antarctica’s southern Weddell Sea. Swimming nearly a kilometer beneath the surface, and with hardly any human assistance or oversight, Boaty spent over 50 hours directly beneath…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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