Sandstone Arches Form Under Their Own Stress


The fantastical arch shapes of sandstone formations have long been thought to be sculpted by wind and rain. But a team of researchers has now found that the shapes are inherent to the rock itself. “Erosion gets [excess] material out, but doesn’t make the shape,” says Jiri Bruthans, a hydrogeologist at Charles University in Prague, who led the research. Rather, erosion is merely a “tool” that works in combination with more fundamental factors embedded in the rock. These factors are stress fields created by the weight of overlying rock. Under low stress, Bruthans says, sandstone erodes easily. But as stress mounts — as parts of a cliff or pillar are eroded away, for example — the sand grains on the surface of the remaining rock lock together and become more resistant to further erosion.” w/ photos + video

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U.S Now Considers Homelessness A Crime


It’s getting harder to be homeless in America. Laws that criminalize homelessness are cropping up in cities throughout the country, while simultaneously, a national shortage of shelter beds and housing options is roiling the system. Since 2001, the U.S. has lost nearly 13 percent of its low-income housing according to a report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty that surveyed 187 cities. The advocacy group’s report found that laws placing restrictions on loitering, begging, sitting and lying down in public have increased nationwide since 2009. Eighteen percent of cities now ban sleeping in public and 42 percent of cities ban sleeping in vehicles.” w/ photos

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Guilty Dog Apologizes Baby For Stealing Her Toy

“When Charlie takes any of the Laura’s toys he always gives it back, we keep her toys in the basket, but he loves to open it and bring it to her (WITHOUT ASKING). What’s why we decided to record these moments and put it all together to one video!” — CharlieDaDog

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Why Chicago Has So Much Gang Violence

“Chicago recently suffered a bloody holiday weekend as more than 60 people were shot and 9 are reported dead. With police forces lacking manpower and crime on the rise, the city has been nicknamed Chi-raq due to the war zone of gang violence. But what caused Chicago to be as violent as it is today? Believe it or not, the uprise in violence may have to do with locking up gang members.” — TestTube

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The Massage Track


Do your own deep tissue massage with tennis or lacrosse balls for unequaled power, precision and versatility. Get loose, get relief! Because the Body Track and Neck Track let you use any ball you like, you can choose the one that gives you the right amount of pressure every time you use them. Sometimes that’s a tennis ball and other times it’s the lacrosse ball which is smaller and harder. And, if you have an injury, you’ll want to start with something very soft like the blue ball in our Massage Ball Set. Having a massage therapist work on you is wonderful, but doing your own self-care right away prevents muscle pulls and resolves tendinitis preventing pain!” w/ photos + videos

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Top 10 Exotic Fruits You’ve Probably Never Tried


“They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a cherimoya? Never heard of it? Cherimoya is a fruit native to the highlands of South America that Mark Twain once called “deliciousness itself.” While you may be a pro when it comes to pears, avocados and mangos, there are plenty of fruits considered delicacies in other countries. From durian to salak, discover 10 exotic fruits that are cherished around the world.” w/ photos

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