Think twice the next time you pluck a daisy from the sidewalk, because that flower may actually be ‘screaming’ in a language you don’t understand— or at least, not yet. Today, we’re cracking the code of the fascinating world of plant sentience, a.k.a., the secret way in which everything from your Ikea houseplant to a 200-ft tall sequoia tree is communicating, feeling, even socialising.
Sunday, Oct 28th 2018 (12:01am)
You can now buy Martian dirt. And no this is not Sci-fi. University of Central Florida (UCF) has announced that it will be selling martian dirt for $20 per Kilogram plus shipping.
Indeed, a team of UCF astrophysicists has come up with a method for creating Martian dirt. This red soil, created by the UCF researchers, is known as “Simulant” and very closely resembles Martian dirt as its formula is based on the chemical composition of soil actually collected from Mars by the Curiosity rover. The formula has been published online and is accessible to everyone.
Wednesday, Oct 3rd 2018 (12:00am)
What was that loud boom?
Apparently, no one knows yet. But a lot of people heard it, and felt it.
Birmingham area law enforcement agencies said they've received reports, and so has St. Clair County EMA. The areas that experienced whatever it was include Arab, Oxford, Anniston, Hayden, Kimberly, Center Point, Jasper and Gardendale just to name a few.
Thursday, Nov 23rd 2017 (2:27am)
Satellite images and computer projections that you see on the TV news doesn't quite give you the impression of how huge this storm system is. You need a low Earth orbit perspective.
Wednesday, Sep 6th 2017 (7:24pm)
Your friend just sent you a link. Or you saw a tweet. Or a Fecesbook entry. And you just mindlessly forward or retweet or share.
One word: Don't.
Invest about 30 seconds of common sense. Here is how to do that.
Saturday, Dec 10th 2016 (12:44am)
A friend of mine complains bitterly about how there is no good news online. It's all doom, gloom, politics, murder, violence, and whatnot. Fortunately, she is from the UK so I found a web site that will cheer her up.
Thursday, Nov 3rd 2016 (12:00am)
No, this wasn't an invasion of illegal aliens from south of the border. An estimated 1500 Americans ended up on Canadian shores on Sunday, Aug 21, when high winds blew rafters into foreign lands.
Fortunately, our Canadian friends had sufficient manpower to save the victims en masse.
Wednesday, Aug 24th 2016 (12:00am)
Early morning commuters in New Jersey saw heavy delays on Friday after a truck carrying deli meat collided with another truck hauling bread on Interstate 287.
Monday, Jun 20th 2016 (12:00am)
I'm sure by now the news has gotten around the world that a giant snow storm is due to strike the northeastern United States this weekend. Between two and three feet of accumulations are forecast for Washington DC on Saturday.
The radar image of this storm seems to indicate that maybe it is best to have a gentle but firm hand when dealing with this storm.
Thursday, Jan 21st 2016 (6:49pm)
Friday, Nov 13th 2015 (7:32pm)
A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida.
She ordered an iced coffee around 7 a.m. Wednesday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel mocchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favor. The chain kept going as employees began keeping count.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the chain finally ended around 6 p.m. when customer number 379 pulled up and ordered a regular coffee. Barista Vu Nguyen leaned out the window and explained the chain that started earlier in the day, asking if she'd like to participate. She declined, saying she only wanted to pay for her coffee.
Friday, Aug 22nd 2014 (2:53am)
A fake sign language interpreter took to the stage during yesterday's memorial for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, gesticulating gibberish before a global audience of millions and outraging deaf people across the world.
Wednesday, Dec 11th 2013 (6:11am)
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Several people complained to Coca-Cola when they opened up their bottles of vitamin water. A promotion mixed random words in both French and English with some rather unpleasant results.
Friday, Sep 20th 2013 (5:33am)
With a hand-painted sign, Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 Friday while she sold lemonade outside the Equality House across from the Westboro compound, and the online effort has raised $15,000 and counting.
Monday, Jun 17th 2013 (3:24pm)
Greatest Showman, The (2017)
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