World’s Most Visually Stunning Vegetable

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The Romanesco Broccoli is nothing short of a mathematical marvel, reminiscent of the Fibonacci series – a sequence of consecutive numbers that add up to the next number. Like: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, and so on. So how can a broccoli imitate a series of numbers? Simple. On closer inspection, the Romanesco is revealed to have a spiral starting from the center point. All the smaller florets are arranged around this spiral. In essence, this is the Fibonacci spiral – a series of arcs with radii that follow the Fibonacci sequence. If you count the number of spirals in each direction, they will always be consecutive Fibonacci numbers. A math lesson on a vegetable – isn’t that amazing?” w/ photos + video

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Direct Proof Of The Big Bang Expansion!

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“Somebody’s going to win a Nobel Prize. At least that’s what the physics community is saying after the announcement on Monday that a Harvard team has found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation right after the Big Bang. It’s more proof that the Big Bang really was the beginning of it all. The discovery itself is a little bit tough to wrap your head around — as it should be, given that it helps to explain the beginning of existence.” w/ photos

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Best Juke Ever!

“This juke was so dirty, I had to switch to porn when my mom walked in.” — Billy Sanchez

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New Hybrid Car Runs On Air!

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Hybrid air sounds a bit worrying – just what are they proposing to cut our air with? It’s actually a technology that allows a car to run on compressed air with gasoline back-up for longer journeys and high speeds. Peugeot are about start mass production. Compressed air is a way of storing energy with some advantages over traditional batteries, including the capacity to release more power in a short amount of time for quick acceleration, less toxic materials and longer lifetimes for storage vessels.” w/ photos

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IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X?

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A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge. The process of trapping the sunlight produces water that can be used to produce filtered drinkable water, or used for other things like air conditioning etc. Scientists envision that the HCPVT system could provide sustainable energy and fresh water to communities all around the world.” w/ photos

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Ski Flying World Record

“Johan Remen Evensen landing at 787ft at the new hill in Vikersund Norway. His second world record for the day.” — Bjørn Ivar Haugdal

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Scientists Freeze Light For An Entire Minute

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It sounds weird and it is. The reason for wanting to hold light in its place (aside from the sheer awesomeness of it) is to ensure that it retains its quantum coherence properties (i.e. its information state), thus making it possible to build light-based quantum memory. And the longer that light can be held, the better as far as computation is concerned. Accordingly, it could allow for more secure quantum communications over longer distances.” w/ photos

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Crow Solves An 8 Step Puzzle

“Crow solves a very difficult puzzle that has eight steps. See how this crow solves the puzzle that is very difficult. Sets a difficult problem solving task.” — Edna Bradshaw

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7 Billion Mobile Devices On Earth?

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The adoption of new technologies is accelerating, and nowhere is the trend more obvious than in mobile computing. It took telephones some 45 years to enter mainstream use in the US. Mobile phones took seven years. Smartphones just four. Today, according to Cisco’s 2013 global mobile data forecast, there are almost as many mobile devices (7 billion) as there are humans on the planet, and the mobile data network in 2013 was 18 times greater than the entire Internet in 2000. In North America, monthly data usage doubled to 1.38 gigabytes.” w/ photos

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Crocodiles Can Climb Trees

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Researchers in the climbing study observed crocodiles in Australia, Africa and North America. The study documented crocodiles climbing as high as six feet off the ground. But Dinets said he received anecdotal reports from people who spend time around crocodiles of the reptiles climbing almost 30 feet. Dinets said crocodiles lack the toe and foot structure that would be expected of a climber. However, smaller and juvenile crocodiles in particular were observed climbing vertically while larger ones tended to climb angled trunks and branches, all of which is a measure of the reptiles’ spectacular agility, he said. ‘They just go slowly,’ he said. ‘Eventually they get there.” w/ photos

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