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How Does A Sparkler Work?

Today’s the day that we celebrate our independence—and the best way to do that is by lighting-up a sparkler and holding a little bit of fire in your own two hands. But what’s in that sparkler that burns so bright? That’d be the eternal flame of freedom. (Also incredibly hot-burning chemicals.) Read more… Continue Reading […]

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10 Sports Metaphors Used in Business, and Where They Really Came From

Sports lingo permeates many aspects of life, especially the business world. You’re probably heard them around the office, things like being “down for the count” or some project being a “slam dunk.” Here are the etymological origins of those popular sports phrases, and for the uninitiated, what they really mean. Read more… Continue Reading from […]

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What Are Caucuses and How Do They Work?

Before the general election, each state has its primaries and caucuses, and today’s Iowa caucus kicks off the election seasons. If you’re nodding your head like “yes, of course, the caucus,” but secretly have no idea what the heck everyone is talking about, this explainer is for you. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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A Pair of Tremors Highlight the Different Types of West Coast Earthquakes

It was a day for quake, rattle, and roll on the west coast when small earthquakes hit both Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday. While the pair shared common characteristics, the stories behind why they happened reveal dramatically different Worst Case Scenarios for future earthquakes. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Why Algae Could Be the Greatest—and Trickiest—Fuel Source of All

From powering airplanes to replacing nuclear energy , algae has been touted as a green energy miracle. So if our waterways are already filled with the stuff, why isn’t it filling the world’s skies with biofueled planes? Algae is a tricky creature that presents a lot of challenges and misconceptions. Here’s why it’s difficult to […]

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The New DMCA Rules Don’t Go Far Enough

Decrypting copyrighted materials is, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an illegal act. Yesterday, the Library of Congress issued a set of exemptions to the DMCA’s decryption ban, which many outlets, including Gizmodo , hailed as “victories” and “big wins.” They’re not. At best, the new rules allow people to do things they legally […]

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Some “Ghosts” May Be Sound Waves Just Below Human Hearing

There are many possible explanations for hauntings, not least that humans are highly suggestible creatures, especially when we want to believe. But some ghost sightings might actually be the result of sounds — sound waves that vibrate just below our range of hearing, dubbed the “fear frequency.” Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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