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The Coolest Places On Earth: China’s Rainbow Mountains (Pictures)

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The “Rainbow Mountains”, part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in the Chinese province of Gansu, are one of the most unique geological landforms on Earth. Over millions of years, layers of different colored sandstone and other minerals slowly formed on top of one another. Then, about 40-50 million years ago, plate tectonics kicked in. You see, India actually used to be an island, until its tectonic plate began to collide with the Eurasian plate, upon which the main continent of Asia

New Discovery: 11,000 Year Old Burial Site Offers Insight Into Earliest Americans

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An ancient burial site for two infants (causes of death still unknown) was discovered earlier this month in what is now Alaska. Experts estimate that the burial took place approximately 11,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. The site is believed to be credited to some of the earliest Americans, who were actually descendants of peoples who had crossed over from east Asia a few thousand years earlier via the Bering Land Bridge, which once connected the continents of Asia and North America.

Hendo Hover – The World’s First Hoverboard Finally Arrives (Video)

Earlier this year Funny Or Die and Tony Hawk released a video that showed off what seemed to be an awesome new hoverboard. The video turned out to be a spoof, but now a company called Arx Pax has actually created a real hoverboard – they call it the “Hendo Hover”. This week Arx Pax launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project. Ten boards were put up for presale at $10,000 and all ten have already been sold. Although there are no more boards available for

Draw Your Own 3-D Masterpiece With The “3Doodler” (Video)

The art community is never lacking in creativity or innovation. One new device is getting a lot of attention after turning heads with an impressive Kickstarter campaign last year. Wobble Work’s “3Doodler” is a 3-D pen that actually allows you to create three dimensional artwork using a two dimensional drawing technique. According to 3Doodler’s website… “As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure. This allows you to build an infinite variety of

This Guy Made Himself A Self-Folding Paper Plane Machine Gun (Video)

The 3-D printing revolution is in full stride, with the printers being widely used in engineering, design, medicine and more. But some people are also using the printers for more enjoyable endeavors. YouTube user Papierfliegerei is one of those people. His real name is Dieter Michael Krone, and he is a German paper airplane enthusiast. Krone just recently released a video showing off his prototype “A6 V1.0 Paper Airplane Gun”. He built his own automatic paper airplane machine gun, using designs from the German 3D

The Physics Behind Why Cats Always Land On Their Feet (Video)

Almost everyone knows that cats have an extraordinary ability to land on their feet, even if they start out upside down. But how are they actually able to do this? Destin, founder of the popular youtube channel SmarterEveryDay, recently broke down the science behind how cats are seemingly able to always land on their feet. He posed the following question: How does a cat go from feet up to feet down in a falling reference frame without violating the conservation of angular momentum?

Why Ultra-Pure Water Is Actually Bad for Your Health (Video)

We tend to imagine that purity is the ultimate indicator of the quality of water. So why is 100%, ultra-pure water not good for us? Well the simple answer is that water (H20) purely comprised of hydrogen and oxygen doesn’t provide our body with the natural electrolytes and salts we need to survive. There is no such thing as truly pure water in the natural world. Even water in the purest springs and lakes contains small amounts of dissolved minerals such as sodium, chloride,

No Borders in Space: An Astronaut’s Perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A German astronaut named Alexander Gerst recently created a lot of online attention earlier this week with a picture he posted of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from space. These photos were taken from the International Space Station as it flew over Israel last week. Below is the image that went viral, getting over 39,000 re-tweets after Gerst posted it on Twitter. As you can see, from space, borders are indistinguishable… Gerst also added that the crew could actually see the rocket explosions as they passed over the

If These Photos of Dogs Underwater Don’t Make You Smile, Nothing Will (Photo Gallery)

Seth Casteel is a photographer based out of Chicago and Los Angeles who specializes in taking pictures of animals. Though he photographs all types of animals, dogs are one of his favorite subjects. A few years back, he shot a series of photos of dogs playing underwater. Check out the pictures below (click an image to enlarge): The success of the photos landed him a book deal, and the photo-book “Underwater Dogs” was released in October of 2012. Casteel’s photography company, Little

Saskatoon: A New Kind Of “Super Fruit” Berry Is Making Its Way Into The States

Saskatoon berries may look like blueberries, but the shrub is actually more closely related to an apple tree. According to NPR’s The Salt, the berry, “…is pretty common in Canada but hasn’t been grown by farmers in the U.S. until recently. Here [in the U.S.], the berry, also sometimes called the serviceberry, has been collected in the wild for generations.” Until recently the berry had not been commercially grown in the U.S.. The commercial strain, which produces a larger berry with

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