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Five Japanese Whiskey Samples Were Just Unloaded on the International Space Station

Last week, a Japanese resupply spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS) and unloaded some unusual cargo. Included in the 10,000 pounds of supplies were five small samples of whiskey, provided by Japanese brewing and distilling company Suntory. But the high-end spirit samples were not brought for consumption by any astronauts on board the ISS. Instead, the whiskey was brought to research how alcohol mellows in microgravity. The samples will be used for experiments while spending roughly a year

Astronauts Consume Lettuce Grown On the International Space Station (Video)

Earlier this month astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) tried space-grown lettuce, marking the first time NASA astronauts have been cleared to eat something they grew while in orbit. “Astronauts have been growing crops in space for years for research, but this is the first time they have been allowed to eat their produce,” reports BBC. The crop was eaten by Expedition 44 crew members Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, along with Kimiya Yui of the Japan

Slackliner Sets World Record, Crossing a 950 Ft. High Gully Unharnessed! (Video)

Earlier this month, Spencer Seabrooke broke the world solo slacklining record when he walked across the Chief North Gully in Squamish, British Columbia. The record-setting highline spanned a 210 foot (64 m) gap across the infamous “Stawamus Cheif north-north gully”, and was suspended 950 feet (290 m) up in the air. Amazingly, Seabrooke completed the stunt without a harness or attachment of any kind to the line. Fortunately for Seabrooke, the attempt went smoothly for the most part. Slacklining is similar to tightrope walking,

Chinese Contemporary Artist Creates Spectacular Flaming “Sky Ladder” (Video)

Back in June, Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang showcased a unique flaming display in Quanzhou City, China which he called “Sky Ladder”. The “living” piece of art required a tremendous amount of preparation to be achieved, taking Cai more than two decades and three attempts to accomplish. Cai’s first attempt came in 1994, but strong winds prevented his success. His second attempt was in 2001, when Shanghai hosted the APEC summit. However, the tragic events that occurred in New York on September 11th restricted Cai’s access

Ever Wondered What Happens When You Put Alka-Seltzer in a Floating Water Droplet? (Video)

Due to the lack of gravity in space, water is not the easiest thing to control. Astronauts have to take their time and use a tremendous amount of focus to perform the most basic water related activities like washing their hair. While aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Terry Virts wanted to record the effects of adding an Alka-Seltzer tablet to a floating water droplet. Often used for heartburn and digestion relief, Alka-Seltzer tablets dissolve and effervesce (the “fizzing” effect) in

Google Is Currently Going Through a Massive Change In Its Business Structure

Earlier this week, in a press release to investors, Google made an announcement that surprised a lot people: a massive change in its business structure that would put Google under a newly-formed parent company called Alphabet. Former Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page made the announcement, saying that a big reason for the change is to help the company, “get more ambitious things done”. As if Google has not already accomplished enough, Page believes the restructuring will make it easier for the company to

Ultimate Frisbee and Other Flying Disc Sports Get Olympic Recognition (Video)

Earlier this month, the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC’s decision gave the 30-year-old WFDF much deserved acknowledgement and respect for their flying disc sports, like ultimate frisbee. Currently, disc-based games are played in over 50 countries around the world by thousands of athletes. The Olympic recognition will help boost the WFDF’s efforts to grow the presence of flying disc sports all over the world. The WFDF governs many disc-based activities, including

This is the World’s First Smartwatch for the Visually Impaired (Video)

A South Korean startup called Dot has created the first wearable device for the visually impaired. To display information, the smartwatch raises and lowers tiny physical dots that can display up to four braille characters at once. Thanks to the braille-enabled technology, not only can the smartwatch act as a time-keeper, it can also receive text messages, emails or other notifications from the user’s smartphone or a webpage. “Electronic braille readers have existed for quite some time, but this is

Archeologists Discover 2,200-Year-Old Termite Mound in Central Africa

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Scientists recently discovered a termite mound in the Miombo woodland area in central Africa that they believe to be at least 2,200 years old. The new discovery suggests that termite colonies use the same mounds for hundreds if not thousands of years — this is particularly impressive when you consider a termite queen rarely lives longer than 20 years. The new discovery also suggests that mounds are passed on and used by multiple generations, helping them achieve their incredible size and

Gotham Air is the Affordable Helicopter Version of Uber for New Yorkers (Video)

A new helicopter service is now offering New Yorkers rides from Manhattan to the JFK and Newark airports for as cheap as $100. Provided by Gotham Air, the service is similar to the rapidly growing transportation service app Uber. Riders can download the app, call or book their ride online, and have a helicopter ready in as little as 20 minutes. “Never sit in tunnel traffic again. Helicopter charters from Manhattan to JFK, Newark Liberty and Teterboro cut the travel time

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