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11 Sexting Acronyms From the 1930s

Sexting didn’t start with smartphones.<p>Abbreviating conversational phrases with acronyms isn’t unique to this decade or even this millennium. Friends …

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Today's <b>mentalfloss.com</b> Brain Game <i>Tuesday Test Time</i> asks you to break down an eight-letter word, one letter at a time. Are you up to the challenge?<p><b>By</b> …

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8 Foods You've Been Eating All Wrong

You <i>think</i> you know how to eat an apple, but you're wrong. Back in November 2013, FoodBeast posted a video called “How to Eat an Apple Like a Boss" …

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APOD: All the Colors of the Sun (2013 Oct 02) Credit & Copyright: Nigel Sharp (NSF), FTS, NSO, KPNO, AURA, NSF http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131002.html Explanation: It is still not known why the Sun's light is missing some colors. Shown above are all the visible colors of the Sun, produced by passing the Sun's light through a prism-like device. The above spectrum was created at the McMath-Pierce Solar Observatory and shows, first off, that although our white-appearing Sun emits light of nearly every color, it does indeed appear brightest in yellow-green light. The dark patches in the above spectrum arise from gas at or above the Sun's surface absorbing sunlight emitted below. Since different types of gas absorb different colors of light, it is possible to determine what gasses compose the Sun. Helium, for example, was first discovered in 1870 on a solar spectrum and only later found here on Earth. Today, the majority of spectral absorption lines have been identified - but not all. http://www.noao.edu/noao/scistaff/sharp.html http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/html/im0600.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131002 #APOD

13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using

Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, …

How We Remember To Remember

The way our brain handles remembering to remember something, called prospective memory, has been somewhat of a mystery to scientists, until now.<p>"Remind me not to forget…" I often say to my roommate. My phone charger. The sandwich I made to take to work. The bill I need to put in the mail.<p>The way …

11 Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory

Whether you want to be a <i>Jeopardy!</i> champion or just need to remember where you parked your car, here are 11 things you can do right now to turn your …

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11 Fast Food Oddities Nobody Had Asked For

Good news, everyone. Taco Bell’s waffle taco has been so successful in SoCal test markets that they’ve decided to expand the test. Get excited, …

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Fruit flies: a very distant cousin

The tiny insect has been behind amazing discoveries in genetics – and now it's a mainstay of embryology<p>A few tiny flies have set up home in my kitchen. Some eggs must have arrived with a batch of bananas, and now it seems they've settled in and are reproducing. I'm not too worried: there's not …

THE BIG LEBOWSKI Told In 60 Seconds - Animated Video

Extreme close-up shows you how a mosquito really bites your flesh and sucks your blood

Look at that proboscis go!<p>Usually, being bitten by a mosquito is an event that conjures up swear words and frantic itching, but more advanced souls might turn their thoughts to what exactly happens when the insect manages to get under your skin. Thanks to a video shot by researchers at the Pasteur …

The fury of our sun captured in never-before-seen detail

Normally it's harmful to stare at the sun, but for researchers at the NJIT’s Big Bear Solar Observatory, that's their job. Stripping away the danger with its New Solar Telescope (NST), the team used its newly-equipped spectrometer to help capture the clearest images of the sun's atmosphere to date, …

The Loveliest Short Story You Will Read Today Was Published on Craigslist

"Missed Connection" stays with you.<p>Lucas Jackson/Reuters, Chris Heller<p>Craigslist: that scourge of the newspaper industry, that den of lust, that middleman responsible for an untold number of bedbug crises.<p>Or, Craigslist: the Internet's simplest and most ingenious disruptor, a digital equivalent of …

FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

Scientists Achieve On-Demand Quantum Teleportation For The First Time

Quantum teleportation, more reliable than ever before, at greater distances than ever before.<p>Quantum teleportation has taken another step forward, thanks to two complimentary experiments, one from ETH Zurich and one from the University of Tokyo. The researchers have demonstrated the most reliable …

APOD: The Magellanic Stream (2013 Aug 15) Credit: Science - NASA, ESA, A. Fox, P. Richter et al. Image - D. Nidever et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF, A. Mellinger, LAB Survey, Parkes, Westerbork, and Arecibo Obs. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130815.html Explanation: In an astronomical version of the search for the source of the Nile, astronomers now have strong evidence for the origin of the Magellanic Stream. This composite image shows the long ribbon of gas, discovered at radio wavelengths in the 1970s, in pinkish hues against an optical all-sky view across the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Both Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, dwarf satellite galaxies of the the Milky Way, are seen near the head of the stream at the right. Data from Hubble's Cosmic Origins Spectrograph were used to explore abundances of elements along sitelines to quasars that intersect the stream. The results indicate that most of the stream's material comes from the Small Magellanic Cloud. The Magellanic Stream is likely the result of gravitational tidal interactions between the two dwarf galaxies some 2 billion years ago, the Small Magellanic Cloud losing more material in the encounter because of its lower mass. http://hubblesite.org/news/2013/27 http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic1314/ http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.4240 http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.4242 http://arxiv.org/abs/1009.0001 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130815 #APOD

New test could spot Alzheimer's disease a decade in advance

A new test that could allow doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in patients up to a decade before symptoms appear is being developed by scientists.<p>Researchers have found levels of a form of DNA in the spinal fluid of patients is reduced in those who go on to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.<p>The …

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