Author Archives: The Higher Learning Team

Paris Is Halving the Number of Cars on the Road to Battle A Recent Spike In Pollution

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For the past few days, the Eiffel Tower has been shrouded in a smoky haze. That’s because the city of Paris has experiencing a sharp rise in air pollution, even topping the world air pollution charts for a brief period earlier this week. Now, Paris is taking drastic measures to combat the smog spike. On Saturday (3/21), the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that Paris would be cutting the number of cars on the road in half beginning next week. On Monday,

Scientists Catch Pregnant Stingray That May Be World’s Largest Freshwater Fish

massive stingray

Earlier this month, scientists in Thailand caught and released a stingray that they believe could be the largest freshwater fish ever documented. According to National Geographic… “The ray (Himantura polylepis or H. chaophraya) was 7.9 feet (2.4 meters) across and 14 feet (4.3 meters) long and weighed an estimated 700 to 800 pounds (318 to 363 kilograms).”   The ray, which was caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River, has actually had encounters with scientists in the past. The same ray was caught

NASA Suggests “Orderly Evacuation” of Space Station If Russia Cuts Off Access to ISS

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The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest spacecraft to have ever been put into orbit by mankind. The construction of the 140 billion dollar orbiting laboratory involved the collaboration of 15 different countries, with the United States and Russia leading the way. Since the first component of the space station was launched in 1998, the ISS has continued to rely upon international cooperation — specifically between Russia and the U.S. — to remain in operation. Since the end of NASA’s space shuttle

Likely “Extra-Terrestrial” New Zealand Meteor Lights Up Night Sky (Video)

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A few nights ago (2/11), a strange blue and white light reportedly flashed above the skies seen from Whangarei to the upper South Island. According to WeatherWatch.co.NZ head weather analyst Philip Duncan… “This was an exceptionally bright flash of light across the country, with many people saying they heard sonic booms that scared them and the animals”   Check out the video below to see the meteor lights above Tauranga, New Zealand According to The New Zealand Herald… “A “blinding” flash, intense explosion

Find Out What Happens When Lava Is Poured Directly Onto Ice (Video)

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A few years ago, some folks at Syracuse University had an idea to create the “Lava Project”, in hopes of sparking interest in the Arts and Sciences. According to their website… “The goals of the project include scientific experiments, artistic creations, education, and outreach to the Syracuse University and City communities.”   By involving professors from a number of different departments, the project offers a wide variety of scientific experiments to engage faculty and students. One of the most notable and intriguing of these

DTV Shredder- Turning the Outdoors Into Your Own Personal Terrain Park (Video)

dtv shredder feat

In 2009, Canadian entrepreneur Benjamin Gulak founded BPG Werks, with a vision of creating, “an off-road powersport vehicle marketed specifically at the Action Sports community.” This vision provided the conceptual basis for the DTV Shredder, one of the most unique action sport toys you will ever come across. BPG Werks describes the craft on their website: “The DTV Shredder is the first true crossover vehicle for action and power sports. A combination of tank, skateboard and motocross bike, the DTV (Dual Tracked Vehicle) Shredder is

Hot Wheels Enthusiast Unlocks Toy Car Drifting Formula (Video)

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Hot Wheels enthusiast and TYO Toys designer Phil Foss has figured out a way to get his toy Hot Wheels cars to “drift” naturally. Drifting is a driving technique where the car intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the wheels while still maintaining control.  But getting a car without a driver to do a technical driving maneuver like controlled drifting isn’t exactly easy. The first step to making this happen is using a low-friction surface that is more slick than the

“Living Fossil”: Australian Fishermen Catch Extremely Rare Goblin Shark (Photos)

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Last week, fishermen fishing off the south coast of New South Wales Australia netted the catch of a lifetime: a goblin shark, considered one of the rarest sharks in the world. 22-year-old fisherman Lochlainn Kelly was trawling for crayfish when he noticed that he had accidentally pulled in the shark in his fishing net’s load. According to The Sydney Morning Herald… “The trawlermen knew they had found something unusual, with another local man “old Errol” saying he had never seen one in the flesh in all his decades

Intense Dashcam Video Shows Yesterday’s TransAsia Aircraft Crash

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TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crashed during takeoff yesterday (2/3) while en route from Taipei Songshan Airport in Taiwan to Kinmen Shang-Yi Airport in southeastern China, killing at least twelve people. The aircraft, an ATR72-600, was carrying 58 passengers when it crashed into the Keelung river near Taipei. The aircraft reportedly called a mayday after an engine failure, coming down just 3 minutes after take off. The exact cause of the engine failure is still under investigation. Ambulances, water craft, several fire trucks and over 150 rescuers were

Artist Uses Bananas And Other Fruits To Create Mini Masterpieces (Photos)

fruit doodle feat

When it comes to art, the most simple concepts and ideas are often the most brilliant. Abstract artist Stephan Brusche is a perfect example. Stephan’s illustrating skills are certainly impressive, but what really sets him apart is his unique choice of canvas: fruit. A number of his clever fruit art masterpieces have been compiled into a book called “Fruitdoodles: Drawings on loads of bananas, some kiwis, a few oranges and two apples”. In recent months, Stephan – better known on social media as ISteef – has begun to create an internet following

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