Blind Dog Trapped Down Manhole For 2 Months

Two months after Meng Xiaoting’s blind puppy disappeared without trace she had given up hope of finding him – until a friend read a story about the discovery of a dog down a manhole. The cute young dog, named Dou Dou, went missing in September while out for walkies with its owner in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. She scoured the area in search of her pet but he was nowhere to be seen. Realizing the improbability of a blind dog finding its way home without help, she accepted she would never see Dou Dou again. However, when her friend told her of a newspaper story about a puppy with eye problems who had been trapped for several months down a manhole in Shandong Province, she knew it had to be more than just be a coincidence. ‘I immediately found the newspaper and from the picture I instantly knew it’s my Dou Dou,’ she said.” w/ photo

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Big Ass Books

“Clever lyrics, nicely cadenced… good tune!” — Panindias

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Rise & Fall Of Bitcoin

“In November 1, 2008, a man named Satoshi Nakamoto posted a research paper to an obscure cryptography listserv describing his design for a new digital currency that he called bitcoin. None of the list’s veterans had heard of him, and what little information could be gleaned was murky and contradictory. In an online profile, he said he lived in Japan. His email address was from a free German service. Google searches for his name turned up no relevant information; it was clearly a pseudonym. But while Nakamoto himself may have been a puzzle, his creation cracked a problem that had stumped cryptographers for decades. The idea of digital money—convenient and untraceable, liberated from the oversight of governments and banks—had been a hot topic since the birth of the Internet. Cypherpunks, the 1990s movement of libertarian cryptographers, dedicated themselves to the project. Yet every effort to create virtual cash had foundered… Other proposals followed — bit gold, RPOW, b-money—but none got off the ground… Read on for the rise and fall of bitcoin.” w/ photos

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Underwater Rocket Birds

“Meet the murre, an unassuming little bird… until it gets its feet wet. Murres may be clumsy in the air, but these tiny arctic birds are like rockets underwater.” — NatGeo

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Ninja Gecko

“In Madagascar, there’s a gecko for all seasons. During sunny hours, geckos lap up honeydew and insects. But nighttime is for the ninjas. The leaf-tailed gecko is a master of stealth disguise — see if you can spot this camouflage master in one of its favorite spots.”

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Top 10 Scientists Robbed Of A Nobel Prize

“To win a Nobel Prize is the ultimate accolade for a scientist. However, the Nobel prizes have rules which sometimes lead to people being overlooked for a prize: prizes may only be awarded to those still alive at the time of awarding, and no more than three people can share any one prize. This has led to some scientists, who many feel have contributed significantly to their field, never receiving a Nobel Prize. Of course, this list is highly subjective but I hope I can make good cases that the following were all deserving of a Nobel Prize.” w/ photos

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