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  • 300 Million Year Old Fossil Fish Likely Had Color Vision
    By on December 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    westlake writes Nature is reporting the discovery of mineralized rods and cones in a 300-million-year-old fossil fish found in Kansas. The soft tissues of the eye and brain decay rapidly after death, within 64 days and 11 days, respectively, and are almost never preserved in the fossil record — making this the first discovery of fossil rods and cones in general and the first evidence for color vision in a fossilized vertebrate eye.

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  • 87-Year-Old World War II Veteran Takes On the TSA
    By on October 26, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    McGruber writes “Orlando Sentinel columnist Lauren Ritchie has written about how Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints handle her father Sam, an 87-year-old who has a propensity to question authority in a quiet way, and make his target feel stupid. Sam points to the signs that the TSA posts stating that those above the age of 75 don’t have to take off their shoes for screening. Maybe the TSA thinks all old people wear floppy tennies, (more…)

  • Opportunity Begins 10th Year on Mars
    By on January 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader points out that 9 years ago the Opportunity rover started to explore the red planet. “The older, smaller cousin of NASA’s huge Mars rover Curiosity is quietly celebrating a big milestone Thursday — nine years on the surface of the Red Planet. NASA’s Opportunity rover landed on Mars the night of Jan. 24, 2004 PST (just after midnight EST on Jan. 25), three weeks after its twin, Spirit, touched down. Spirit stopped operating (more…)

  • Human Ingenuity: A 100,000-Year-Old Story
    By on July 11, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Humans have been the most successful species on the planet (roaches and rats have done well, too). Scientists credit our success to three traits: technology innovation, group collaboration, and communication. Humans not only have all three abilities, but we excel at all three. The question of when we started being human and flexing our abilities has been coming under constant revision in recent years.

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  • What Was the Real Theme of E3 This Year?
    By on June 15, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Il7Mvn8X4 You may think that 3D, motion controls or touchscreens were the hot ticket at this year’s E3, but if so you’re

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  • Shih tzu saved her 83-year old owner from the Tsunami.
    By on March 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    A miracle survivor story out of the tsunami in Japan. A 12-year-old shih tzu named Babu insisted that her owner take her for a walk the morning of the tsunami, and it’s a good thing she did. The pair was saved when the 30-foot wall of water consumed their home and the entire district surrounding it.

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  • 16-year-old Murders Mother Over PlayStation Dispute.
    By on February 22, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    A municipal court in Philadelphia heard the confession yesterday of Kendall Anderson, a 16 year-old who will stand trial for the murder of his mother over a Playstation system.
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  • 9 Year Old Girl Dying of Cancer, Gets Wish To Heckle David Wright
    By on January 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    9 year old girl Allison Pencey doesn’t have much to live for, but that won’t stop The Wish Zone from making her last dream come true. To heckle the balls off of David Wright. Thankfully, she was able to do just that, before security removed her.

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  • The 2010 Videogame of the Year Awards
    By on January 18, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    With a Game of the Year that does not contain the words “Halo” or “Duty”!

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  • Chevy Volt Captures North American Car of the Year Title
    By on January 12, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    The Chevy Volt’s list of major awards and accolades grew this week with the addition of the North American Car of the Year title, which was conferred by automotive journalists in a vote announced on Monday.

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