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An Out-of-this-World Cheese, Literally

I was today-years-old when I found out that the “secret payload” in SpaceX's (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) Dragon spacecraft was a wheel of Le Brouère.

The Dragon’s mission marked the first time a space capsule developed by a private company was launched into orbit and successfully returned to Earth. In a feat previously accomplished by only six government space agencies, the cone-shaped capsule reentered the atmosphere and emerged from its Pacific Ocean splashdown intact. Only then did Musk reveal that a wheel of Le Brouère had hitched a ride, circling Earth twice on its journey. 

I love Elon Musk for his crazy ideas! Any other "crazy Elon Musk moments" you'd want to share?

Image Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX


How a Manhole Cover Became the Fastest Manmade Object Ever

Half as Interesting tries to answer the question, "What is the fastest manmade object?" As you can figure, first they have to clarify the parameters of the question, defining the terms and such. But that leads us to a truly bizarre story of an experiment that is still somewhat classified. I really want to know if we have a 1957 manhole cover orbiting the earth, or possibly some other heavenly body.


Students Help the Differently Abled and Elderly with Yard Work

Yardwork becomes more and more common as the Summer months approach. For some, it is a blessing and delight, but for those who are hindered by physical circumstances, it's a dreadful season. Thankfully, students at the Alternative Learning Center are stepping in to help. As part of their school's initiative to encourage both the students and the people they're trying to help - the elderly and the differently abled people, the school will count the initiative to their physical education credits.

“The students and I and other students come out and help them. Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need.”
“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated. What they really like is A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”

Image Credit: KWWL News


Boab Trees: The Baobab's Australian Cousins

If you have ever seen or heard of the baobab, then you will know how imposing it is. With their thick trunks, they look like bulbous roots that grew out of the ground. They could grow as tall as 30m (around 100ft) and can reach a diameter of about 16m (or 52ft). They also live very long, with some even reaching 2,500 years.

But these deciduous trees can usually be found in Madagascar and Africa, so how did they travel to Australia? There are three key theories about the journey that the baobab took to get to Australia which you may read on The Conversation.

(Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)


What Frida Kahlo's Voice Sounds Like, Probably

A tape recording of what researchers believe to be Frida Kahlo reading a passage from her own essay was discovered by the National Sound Library of Mexico. They are analyzing the voice if it could really be the painter's because it's different from what one might expect.

The recording was found in the archives of late radio personality Alvaro "The Bachelor" Galvez y Fuentes. On it, a female voice reads from Kahlo's essay "Portrait of Diego" for a radio program about Mexican artist Diego Rivera, Kahlo's husband.

Listen to the recording on Big Think.

(Image credit: Guillermo Kahlo/Wikimedia Commons)


Drunk Woman Drives a Toy Truck, Avoids DUI Charges

Next time you’re going to drive while under the influence of alcohol, be like this woman. Yes, you’ve heard it correctly. This woman just avoided DUI charges “because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck.” Although, the police would instead charge her of public intoxication.

(Image Credit: WTSP)


Student Cafe at Whati

This student cafe is a unique program of the Mezi Community School in Whati, N.W.T. In here, students are taught how to bake cookies, brew coffee, and create tasty cappuccinos and lattes. The cafe being is overseen by Jessica Barber, a high school and junior high teacher.

"They certainly are more energetic when they come to school, especially my senior high boys. They're very motivated by the coffee. So it's something that's new for them and it's kind of novel."
Barber said beyond making making drinks, the café teaches students other skills they can use outside the classroom like food handling and business skills.
"I saw that the life skills [were] lacking and that there was a need for it," she said on starting the café. 
Currently, there isn't a formal coffee shop in Whati, but some people operate businesses out of their homes.
"It would be really great for especially the youth right now if they could establish their own business and become entrepreneurs," Barber said. 

Learning, indeed, does not end inside the classroom.

(Image Credit: Emily Blake/ CBC)


Alligator With Knife Stuck On Its Head Found Swimming On Lake

"It looked like a steak knife that was sticking out of his head," Erin Weaver told CNN affiliate KTRK.

In her six years living in the neighborhood where alligators are frequently present, Erin stated that she has never seen one of these gators attack, and is unsure why someone would do this to one of these alligators.

"I feel that somebody did this on purpose." 
A Texas wildlife agency is expected to check out the gator next week, but until then, Weaver and her neighbors are acting as its advocates.

More details of this news on CNN.

(Video Credit: KPRC 2 Click2Houston/ YouTube)


FDA Clamps On Poop Transplants After Procedure Went Wrong

We might be going too far with some of the medical procedures we are experimenting with nowadays. There was the controversial gene-edited babies which caused quite an uproar with the scientific community due to its ethical implications. Now, the FDA has stepped in after a poop transplant went wrong.

One patient has died and another became seriously ill after fecal transplants inadvertently seeded their innards with a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.
The FDA shared minimal details from the deadly transplants. Its warning only noted that the cases involved two patients who were immunocompromised prior to the experimental transplants and received stool from the same donor.

It appears that the stool carried a strain of E. coli which was resistant to multiple drugs and that prior to the transplant, the patients' immune systems had been compromised. However, no details surrounding the procedure were released to the public. Only that the FDA will be more stringent in regulating fecal microbiota for transplantation (FMT) procedures.

Usually, FMTs are conducted in order to help revitalize the gut microbiome. They say it has potential in treating intestinal infections and regulating the bacteria in our gut. However, it's still in the trial phase and due to this recent incident, it might not have bright prospects for any further developments.

(Image credit: skeeze/Pixabay)


Don't Skip Rocks. Collect Stone Alphabets

Want to do something new for your next outing? Save this idea for your next visit to the beach!

Clotilde Olyff, a type designer from Belgium, collected stones at the beach which resembled the letters of the alphabet.

Here are the other stone alphabets, some of which are featured in a book called 3D Typography.

To be honest, I thought these were designed digitally, but I was wrong. They're still lovely, nonetheless.

Of course, only do this if it's allowed at the beach you're visiting!


A Heaven-Like View At Diablo Lake

Nathaniel Wise, a nomadic photographer currently living life along the Pacific Northwest (PNW) region of the US, captured these alluring photos of the Diablo Lake Overlook in Washington’s North Cascades National Park.

“It’s a striking blue/green color due to the glacial runoff from the surrounding peaks,” Wise explains to My Modern Met, “and one of the most vibrant lakes I’ve ever witnessed.” Using his Nikon D800, his approach to the composition was unconventional. “Most people opt to go wide and capture the entire scene (and rightfully so, it’s gorgeous),” he says, “but I enjoyed a telephoto approach, isolating the small sections of beauty around me.”

The lake may be named Diablo Lake, but it's surely a heavenly sight to behold.

Head on to My Modern Met's article featuring Nathaniel Wise' story and photos here.


The Walking Dead - Simon's Best Lines and Moments

Gotta love the stash.


Negan's Funniest Lines and Moments - Part 3

Hot diggity!


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Virtual Empathy – How The Witcher 3 Encourages Moral Reflection

I heard this is a great game.

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