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The World’s Fastest Train Just Set Another New Speed Record (Video)

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It’s been a good month for Central Japan Railways. Last week, the company’s cutting-edge “maglev” (magnetic levitation) train hit a record speed of 590km/h (367 mph), breaking its own record of 581km/h (361 mph) set back in 2003. Less than a week later, the maglev has bested itself once again, reaching a speed 603km/h (374 mph) during a test-run near Mount Fuji on Tuesday. Check it out in the video below: According to the company, the maglev train, which was carrying 49

Man’s Best Friend: Scientists Uncover Bonding Hormone Between Dogs and People

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The bond between a dog-lover and their pooch is one of the strongest bonds in the world. Now, a team of researchers from Japan believe they have uncovered the science behind this phenomenon. During a recent study, scientists from Azabu University found that when a dog owner stares into their dog’s eyes, that person experiences a rush of a hormone called oxytocin. According to The Guardian, “The same hormone has been shown to spike in mothers’ brains when they look into their

Study: There’s Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold, Silver and Other Metals in Our Sewage

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Lots of things flow into our sewers – food, drinks and whatever else we throw down the sink, runoff from storms, chemicals from industrial processes, and of course, human waste. But our sewage also contains something you might not expect: millions of dollars worth of copper, silver, gold, platinum and other valuable metals. After sewage is processed in a treatment facility, it leaves behind a think goo known as sludge. By running this sludge through a spectrometer (an instrument that is able to identify

Obama’s Tax On the 1%: Redistributing Wealth Amidst Historic Levels of Inequality In America (Opinion Piece)

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Last night (January 20), President Obama used his State of the Union speech to officially propose a new tax plan. Though the White House has yet to release all of the specifics, the plan would basically increase taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the financial burden on America’s struggling middle class. By most accounts, the American economy has been making a healthy recovery since Obama took office in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth has been

World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 100x More Food While Using 99% Less Water

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Humans have spent around 10,000 years mastering the art of farming. But one thing we  have yet to figure out is how to prevent the destruction of crops as a result of natural weather-related disasters, like severe droughts and violent storms. Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist and indoor farmer based in eastern Japan, thinks he may have solved that problem. Shimamura got the idea to pursue indoor farming when, as a teenager, he came across a “vegetable factory” at Expo ’85 (an international science and technology

Entrancing New Species of Fish Discovered at Record-Breaking Depths (Video)

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Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. But despite centuries of ocean study, we’ve only explored about 5% of the world’s oceans. In fact, we know more about the surface of Mars than we know about our own deep oceans and the creatures that live there. The Mariana trench – a 1,500-mile underwater valley just south of Japan – is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. Recently, a team of researchers exploring this mysterious deep-ocean world made quite the discovery:

Obama Announces Plans to Normalize Relations With Cuba and Open Embassy in Havana

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In 1960, the U.S. enacted a series of economic regulations, travel restrictions, and international legal penalties on Cuba in response to Fidel Castro’s nationalization (government seizure) of American property. The embargo’s long-term goal was to create a more democratic government in Cuba, but many critics say that the embargo has failed to accomplish this goal and has only served to hurt the Cuban people. Back in October, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to end

U.N. General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor of Ending U.S. Embargo On Cuba

For the 23rd straight year, the United Nations General Assembly has once again voted to condemn the American embargo on Cuba. Out of the 193 member countries, 188 voted in favor of the “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” resolution. Only two countries, the U.S. and Israel, voted against the resolution (Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained from the vote). The Cuban embargo was enacted in 1960 to impose economic regulations, travel restrictions,

Segaki Keita’s Incredibly Intricate “Manic Doodles” (Pictures)

Like many of us, Japanese artist Segaki Keita enjoys a good doodling session from time to time. He likes to doodle all kinds of things but tends to focus mainly on people, animals and other mythical creatures from his imagination. His doodles are pretty cool in and of themselves. But when you take a step back and see the big picture, they become even more impressive. The way that Keita is able to juxtapose extremely fine art with whimsical notebook doodles in the

Perspective: 50,000 People Once Lived In 0.0102 Sq. Miles In China (Pictures)

No that’s not a typo. The Kowloon Walled City was a collection of 300+ interconnected high-rise buildings constructed without the guidance of a single architect or engineer. The city was also ungoverned by any health or safety standards. The Walled City was initially built as a Chinese military fort but became an enclave in 1898 while China was under British occupation. The population of the city ballooned after the Japanese took control of Hong Kong during World War II. The

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