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Plan to Cut Down the World’s Largest Underwater Forest in Ghana Sparks Controversy

Nearly 50 years ago, in 1965, the government of newly-independent Ghana built the Akosombo Dam on the Volta river to provide electricity to the country’s growing aluminum industry. The dam flooded 3,275 square miles of tropical forest, creating the Lake Volta reservoir, the largest man-made body of water on Earth. Though the flooding killed the trees, the oxygen in the water preserved them, and they quickly became the center of a complex underwater ecosystem in the lake. For local fishermen, however, the trees

DARPA Asked This Grad Student To Design A Jetpack That Makes You Faster. He Delivered

Jason Kerestes is a graduate student studying engineering at Arizona State University. Not long ago, Jason was approached by a team from ASU’s Human Machine Integration Labs. They had heard that he owned his own welding business and wanted his help on a project they were working on designing robotic prosthetics to help amputees. The project was being funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new military technologies. When DARPA saw the amazing work the team

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

Hornets Built A Nest On This Man’s Window, Giving Him A Sweet View Inside (Video)

Usually, having hornets in, on, or even anywhere near your house is not a very enjoyable situation. But but for one reddit user, the experience was pretty much as good as it gets. A colony of European hornets have built a nest between the two panes of a double-glass window high up in the attic of the person’s house. The window doesn’t open and the nest is isolated in the attic, so the hornets don’t bother the homeowner or the neighbors. The window provides an awesome

What’s A Bobcat In 60 Seconds

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are a mainly nocturnal animal and like most feline are very elusive, so they aren’t often seen by humans. A mammal part of the cat family “Felidae”, bobcats first appeared around 1.8 million years ago.  Bobcats have adapted to thrive in many different habitats, such as forests, swamps, deserts, and even urbanized areas. They inhabitat regions from southern Canada all the way to northern Mexico and can be found all throughout the United States. There are an estimated 1 million bobcats living

A Quick Breakdown of Obama’s Plan to Deal With ISIS

Last night, President Obama held a press conference in which he outlined his plans for addressing the growing threat of the Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL, in the Middle East. The President started off his speech by questioning the very legitimacy of the organization and its core beliefs. “We continue to face a terrorist threat… ISIL is not a state, and it certainly isn’t Islamic… ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple.”   The President used the

This Awesome Artist Mom Turns Her 2-Year Old’s Scribbles Into Works of Art

Ruth Oosterman is an author, an artist, and a contributer for the popular website BoredPanda. But she is also a devoted and dedicated mother. So when her 2-year old daughter Eve started to become increasingly interested in her mother’s art, Ruth decided it was time to start doing some mother-daughter collaborations. She starts out by letting her daughter make an ink sketch, giving her no direction or instruction. Then once Eve has finished, Ruth turns the sketches into mind-blowing watercolor paintings. Here she is

This Red Bull Daredevil Took It to the Next Level With A Ridiculous Stunt (Video)

Red Bull has a long history of sponsoring some pretty crazy and extreme endeavors, from their annual cliff-diving competitions, to Felix Bumgartner’s “space jump“, to Robbie Madison jumping his motorcycle onto the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in 2008. But even for Red Bull, this stunt is pretty insane. In the video, parachute and skydive master Paul Steiner casually switches gliders in mid-air, hanging off the wing of one to drop onto the top of the other. If that wasn’t enough, he

These NFL Cheerleaders Thought It’d Be Fun To Zipline Across Their Stadium (Video)

With the 2014 NFL season officially underway, fans across the United States are feverishly talking fantasy football, team spirit, favorite players and more. But as excited as people are everywhere, nobody seems to be having more fun supporting the league than the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot (Jaxson DeVille) and some of the Jaguar’s cheerleaders. Aerial Concepts teamed up with the Jaguars to create an epic zipline ropeswing that launched from the stadium lights over the stadium. Check out the Jaguars mascot

The Lone Survivor of An Islamic State Massacre Tells His Story (Video)

Ali Hussein Kadhim is an Iraqi soldier and a Shiite Muslim. Back in June, he was captured (along with hundreds of other Iraqi military recruits) by the Sunni jihadist group ISIS. After taking the captives to Saddam Hussein’s old complex in Tikrit, the militants separated the soldiers: Sunnis were given an opportunity to repent for their service to the Iraqi government while all the Shiites were lined up in groups and marked for death. Kadhim was 4th in the execution line.

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