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Chinese Scientists Just Built the World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Tram (Video)

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Last week, the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram rolled off the production line in Qingdao, a city on the eastern coast of China. The tram was designed by a team of local scientists and engineers and manufactured by the Sifang Company, a subsidiary of the China South Rail Corporation. According to Science Alert, “Its only emission is water – the temperature inside the fuel cell will be controlled to stop any nitrogen oxides from forming – so it’s doing zero damage to

A Dutch Nursing Home Is Letting Students Live There Rent-Free, With One Condition

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In a yellow-brick building in Deventer, Netherlands, college students and senior citizens share a living space as part of a unique “intergenerational” project that benefits everyone involved. The Humanitas retirement home allows students to live there rent-free, with only one stipulation: they have to spend at least 30 hours a month with the home’s senior citizens. So far, a total of six college students have moved in. “They go see the pensioners for a chat, they play games, go with them to the shopping centre, (and)

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,

54-Year-Old Texan Sets Guinness World Record For Pull-Ups (Video)

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Mark Jordan, a 54-year-old man from Corpus Christi, Texas, just broke the world record for the most pull-ups completed in a 24-hour period. Each pull-up was filmed and counted by Guinness World Records in Jordan’s hometown of Corpus before the new record was affirmed. The previous record was an impressive 4,210, but Jordan set the bar even higher by completing a whopping 4,321 pull-ups (that’s 180 pull-ups per hour, if you’re wondering). According to Huffington Post… “He reportedly trained for a year for

German Court Forces Anti-Vaxxer to Pay $106,000 After He Loses Measles Bet

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Despite the tireless efforts of doctors, scientists and the more level-headed members of society, the anti-vaccination movement has been stubbornly resilient. The latest chapter of this frustratingly ridiculous argument took place in Germany, where a recent measles outbreak has put the anti-vax discussion at the forefront of public discourse. Stefan Lanka, a German biologist and vocal anti-vaxxer, refuses to believe that measles is a virus (which is why he opposes vaccination). Instead, Lanka insists that the disease is a psychosomatic illness that occurs when,

This 95-Year-Old World Record Holder Might Run Faster Than You (Video)

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95-year-old Charles Eugster, who you may know from YouTube as the 93-year-old bodybuilder, set a new 200 meter world record (for his age group) at the indoor British Masters in London earlier this week. Check out the video below to see Charles Eugster’s 200m World Record, courtesy of the Silver Grey Sports Club… The new record timed out at 55.48 seconds, beating the previous record — set by American Orville Rogers in March 2013 — by more than 2 seconds. Eugster, who has already well

The Newest Big Thing From Coke Is… Premium Milk??

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Over the years, Coke has tried out a number of creative ideas aimed at growing their customer base. Some ideas, like Cherry Coke, enjoyed long-term success. Others, like coffee-flavored Coca-Cola BlāK, didn’t go so well. But Coke’s newest product is pretty out there – even for the makers of the “OK Soda“. This past December, Coke stepped into the dairy industry, rolling out a “premium milk” called Fairlife. What makes it premium? According to Coke, Fairlife milk has 50% more protein, 30% more calcium and 50% less sugar than

X-Prize: From Private Space Race to Tackling Some of the World’s Biggest Problems

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What started as an ambitious plan to spur the private space industry has blossomed into a powerful tool for sparking innovation and affecting large-scale change around the world. Launched in 1996, the X-Prize Foundation uses a contest model to incentivize major technological advancements. The Foundation’s initial contest, the Ansari X-Prize, led to the development of SpaceShipOne, which completed the first privately funded spaceflight in 2004. Since then, the Foundation has expanded, applying their innovative model to all sorts of issues,

England Announces Ban On Smoking In Cars With Children On Board

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On Wednesday (2/11), England’s House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favor of a measure to ban smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 18. The new law, which will take effect on October 1, follows a similar measure announced by Wales last summer (Scotland is also considering adopting the policy). Those caught violating the new regulation will face fines of up to £50 – about $76. The ban is an attempt to protect young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke. “Three

Migrating West African Fruit Bats May Play A Key Role In Finding A Cure for Ebola

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The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest yet, killing more than 8,000 people and stretching the health infrastructures of a number of African countries to their limits (and sometimes beyond). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 20,000 people from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia – the three hardest hit countries – have contracted the Ebola virus. Since the outbreak began, scientists have been searching for clues to help them understand where the virus came from and how it behaves. Part of

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