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Iceberg the size of Singapore breaks from Antarctica to roam the ocean

NASA's Earth Observatory says that a vast chunk of ice the size of Singapore has broken away from Antarctica, and may soon start drifting in the Southern Ocean. Named B-31 by the US National Ice Center, the slab of ice is 21 miles by 12 miles in size and now floating in Pine Island Bay, south-west …

Obama signs order to create climate change task force, may give fed overreaching authority

Through the stroke of the pen, President Obama on Friday used his executive powers to elevate and take control of climate change policies in an attempt to streamline sustainability initiatives – and potentially skirt legislative oversight and push a federal agenda on states.<p>The executive order …

This Week in Plagues: The Origin of Syphilis, Cheese Made from Armpit Bacteria, And More

Here are some links on infestations contagions, and controls from around the web, as well as a few on clever ways to use microbes. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In outbreak news:</b><p>In response to the confirmed polio outbreak in Syria, the UN is preparing to vaccinate 2.5 million children. The …

Check Your "Fitness Age" With This Research-Based Calculator

It's based on the suffering of 4,637 Norwegian men and women aged 20 to 90.<p>Five thousand Norwegians "ran to the point of exhaustion on a treadmill" so you wouldn't have to. They were research subjects whose measurements went into a new online fitness age calculator made by exercise researchers at …

Banksy in NYC

At the beginning of October, the famous street artist known as Banksy announced an upcoming "residency" on the streets of New York City, titled "Better Out Than In". Nearly every day this month, Banksy's website announced the appearance of a new piece somewhere in New York's five boroughs. New …

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope | Colossal

<p>Nearly 155 years before CompuServe debuted the first animated gif in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the …