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The Florida Man Challenge

It's time to check in with our favorite superhero, Florida Man! The Twitter hashtag #FloridaManChallege is a game of sorts. Go to your favorite search engine and type in Florida Man and your birthday. Then share the resulting headline.

My birthday is September 27. I didn't get a news headline, but I got this:

Feel free to share what you find for your birthday, or check out stories from others at Twitter. Florida Man- he's everywhere! -via Buzzfeed


The Viral Jupiter Comet Crash That Lit Up the Internet

The internet was only in a fledgling phase when the first sort of viral event happened. Shoemaker-Levy 9, a comet that flew very close to Jupiter and whose fragments were shredded by Jupiter's gravity.

Shoemaker-Levy 9 lit up the tiny online community. Degroot found that nearly as many people as were hooked up to the internet at the time accessed NASA's resources about impact week.
"This was really the first sort of viral event," Degroot said, and the internet fervor was covered by print media as well. "That really raised the profile of the internet, and not just for the online minority but also for the offline majority … it was pretty much everywhere."

(Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)


Super Fast Pulsar Seen Hurtling Through Space

From the impacts of a supernova explosion, a pulsar was seen dashing through space going at nearly 2.5 million miles an hour, propelled by the explosion.

“Thanks to its narrow dart-like tail and a fortuitous viewing angle, we can trace this pulsar straight back to its birthplace,” said Frank Schinzel, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Socorro, New Mexico. “Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to ‘kick’ neutron stars to such high speed.”

(Image credit: Scott Rosen)


For "Playing Possum" Behavior To Work, Various Factors Come Into Play

Some animals, when cornered, play dead in the hopes that the predator would leave it alone thinking that there is no use in eating a lifeless carcass.

When you think about it, there are certain things with this behavior that seem illogical and rely purely on the hope that the predator would not be interested in dead prey. But the fact is not all predators are concerned with that. So why do certain animals feign death?

(Image credit: Tony Alter/Flickr)


Behind the Makings of the HK G11, A Soviet-Era Rifle That Never Saw Combat

One look at Heckler & Koch's G11, there is just something weird about its design. You might think that it is a rifle that comes from a sci-fi film but its design may hold something that would make it even more potent or deadlier than anything that came out during that time.

A typical firearm uses brass cases to hold the propellent, which are then topped by the bullet. While a dependable design, and one still in use today, this brass case adds weight to an already overburdened soldier.
But the late 1960s, German designers from Heckler & Koch tried another approach. Producing a working prototype in 1974, the G11 was Germany’s attempt to combine advanced caseless ammunition with a brilliantly engineered weapon system that could increase the average infantryman’s accuracy.
West Germany would test the weapons system, as would the U.S. Army in the 1980s. In another timeline, the G11 could have been the next-generation replacement for the M16.

(Image credit: Matt Moss/Michael Stillwell)


Cracking Down On p-Hacking

Trying to make correlations appear among data where there is none should be considered intellectual dishonesty but as is the case, this has been happening as mainstream practice in the highest levels of academia. Only recently are statisticians cracking down on these misconducts.

Playing with data to meet the significance thresholds required for publication — known as p-hacking — is an actual thing in academia. In fact, for decades, it’s been mainstream practice, partly due to researchers’ lack of understanding of common statistical methods.
But in recent years, many academics have gone through a methodological awakening, taking a second look at their own work, in part due to heightened concern and attention over p-hacking.
Perhaps the most high-profile recent case of mining and massaging of data was that of food scientist Brian Wansink, who eventually resigned from Cornell University after being found to have committed scientific misconduct.

(Image credit: PhotoMIX-Company/Pixabay)


From A Dried Fish Exporter To Top Name In Tech - The Story Of Samsung

Have a look at Samsung's history, starting way back in 1938, when it was founded by Byung-Chull Lee in South Korea. It had it's humble beginnings by exporting items like dried fish and flour to China. In the 1950s and 1960s they dabbled in life insurance and textiles. Samsung Electronics started in 1969 - and that's where they made an impact on most of our lives today.

Article as posted via Amaze and Amuse



A Small Helping of Korean White Rice History

A staple in much of Asian cuisine is rice. We can't live without it. Especially in East and Southeast Asia, rice is a sacred part of our dishes.

Now, Korea has a pretty interesting little-known history with white rice. And it has something to do with the Japanese occupation of the tiny peninsula in the early 1900s.

(Image credit: Bobbi Lin/Food52)


Misophonia and A World Full of Noises

Certain sounds may trigger some negative reactions from us but for people with a condition called misophonia, seemingly ordinary sounds like chewing or coughing can be extremely uncomfortable or disturbing.

Misophonia is characterized by intense emotion like rage or fear in response to highly specific sounds, particularly ordinary sounds that other people make. The cause is unknown.

Recently, a study was conducted to assess how misophonia works.

The team looked at 20 adults with misophonia and 22 without it. They had the participants rate the unpleasantness of different sounds, including common trigger sounds like eating and breathing, universally disliked sounds like nails on a chalkboard, and neutral sounds like footsteps or a bird chirping.

The results of the test showed that both groups had similar reactions to both neutral and negative sounds. But people with misophonia rated eating and breathing as highly disturbing.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

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