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This Fungus Cannon Shoots Off Spores Faster Than Bullets from A Shotgun (Video)

Back in June, I wrote a post about the fastest animals in the world, including the hydromantes salamander, the mantis shrimp, the cheetah and the peregrine falcon. But life on this planet is not limited to the animal kingdom. If we’re talking about the fastest organisms in the world, then the Pilobolus crystallinus, a fungus typically found growing on herbivore poo, is definitely a contender. The fungus creates spores which it eventually shoots off at speeds up to 25 meters per second (~56 miles per

Designing 3-D Printed Prosthetics to Make Kids Feel Like Superheroes

Losing a limb can be extremely difficult, especially if you’re still a young child trying to make sense of the world. So with 3-D printing technology already capable of producing relatively inexpensive prosthetics, a group of prosthetic designers decided to set up a network where volunteer engineers and artists could share ideas and stories with one another. The organization, known as E-nabling The Future, describes itself as, A network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a “Helping

This Man Lost Both Arms at Age 10. Now, He’s A World-Famous Pianist (Video)

Liu Wei was born and raised in Beijing, China. When he was 10 years old, Liu had an electrical accident while playing a game of hide and seek with his friends. After 45 days under intensive care, Liu found out that he would be losing both of his arms as a result of the accident. The boy was crushed. But Liu’s mother refused to let him wallow in self-pity. “You are nothing different,” she told him, urging him to learn to

This Well-Known Hair Stylist Spends His Day Off Giving Haircuts to the Homeless

Mark Bustos is a hair stylist based in New York City. Currently, Mark works at the swanky Three Squares Studio, which  has been featured in magazines like GQ, Details and Vanity Fair, among others. But on his day off, you won’t find Mark shmoozing with his high-end customers. Rather, you’ll find him walking the streets of the city, offering free professional-level haircuts to homeless people. The idea started back in May of 2012, when Mark took a trip back to his family’s

Liberators or Terrorists? The Origins and History of Israel and Hamas

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages on, much of the focus lately has been on Hamas. Critics say the group is a terrorist organization that wants nothing but to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. Supporters say Hamas, which represents the only organized Palestinian military force, is a coalition of freedom fighters and liberators defending the Palestinian people. But where did the organization even come from? And how has is it become what it is today? Thinking you can understand the current

The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On

In a recent interview with the Argentine publication Viva, Pope Francis issued a list of 10 tips to be a happier person, based on his own life experiences. The Pope encouraged people to be more positive and generous, to turn off the TV and find healthier forms of leisure, and even to stop trying to convert people to one’s own religion. But his number one piece of advice came in the form of a somewhat cliche Italian phrase that means, “move forward and

These “Hero Rats” Are Saving Countless Lives By Detecting Land-mines and Tuberculosis (Video)

As a boy, Bart Weetjens loved to play with his pet rats. One thing that always stuck in his memory was the rat’s strong sense of smell and the ease at which they could be trained. Bart recalled these skills years later as a student at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, where he was working on an analysis of the global land-mine detection problem (ie. how to find all of the unexploded mines left over from countless wars around the world).

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

New Study: The More Education You Have, The Slower Your Brain Ages

A group of Danish researchers recently made an interesting discovery about the relationship between our education level and how fast we age. The researchers were led by Eigil Rostrup, who works as a doctor at Denmark’s Glostrup Hospital. The study, published in the journal Human Brain Mapping, was based off of data from a group of 2,400 boys who had been born in the Greater Copenhagen area in 1953. The boys were tested both physically and mentally at the age of 20, and

Despite All the Depressing News, The World Is Not Getting Worse, It’s Getting Much, Much Better

Today, I woke up and skimmed the world news headlines. 80% of the stories were about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis or the Malaysian aircraft shot down in Ukraine. The other 20% was mostly news on the Air Algerie flight which disappeared earlier this morning and ISIS’s exile and persecution of the Christians in Mosul. It was a very depressing experience. But then, I thought to myself: are things really that bad? And I realized, the answer is undoubtedly NO. What we must realize here

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