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Monday, March 7, 2016

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Today in History

322 BC
The Greek philosopher Aristotle dies.
On the death of Antoninus at Lorium, Marcus Aurelius becomes emperor.
The British close the port of Boston to all commerce.
In Palestine, Napoleon captures Jaffa and his men massacre more than 2,000 Albanian prisoners.
Aeronaut Jean Pierre Blanchard — the first person to make the an aerial voyage in the New World — died on March 7, 1809, at the age of 56.
Soprano Jenny Lind (“the Swedish Nightingale”) makes her debut in Weber’s opera Der Freischultz.
U.S. General Winfield Scott occupies Vera Cruz, Mexico.
The Austrian Reichstag is dissolved.
Confederate forces surprise the Union army at the Battle of Pea Ridge, in Arkansas, but the Union is victorious.
Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for the telephone.
The Japanese bomb the Russian town of Vladivostok.
Finland becomes the third country to give women the right to vote, decreeing universal suffrage for all citizens over 24, however, barring those persons who are supported by the state.
French aviator, Heri Seimet flies non-stop from London to Paris in three hours.
Finland signs an alliance treaty with Germany.
The Soviet Red Army occupies Outer Mongolia.
A Texas law that bans Negroes from voting is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The board game Monopoly is invented.
The film King Kong premieres in New York City.
Malcolm Campbell sets an auto speed record of 276.8 mph in Florida.
Hitler sends German troops into the Rhineland, violating the Locarno Pact.
Japanese troops land on New Guinea.
U.N. forces in Korea under General Matthew Ridgeway launch Operation Ripper, an offensive to straighten out the U.N. front lines against the Chinese.
The Battle of Saigon, begun on the day of the Tet Offensive, ends.
A thousand U.S. planes bomb Cambodia and Laos.
Voyager 1 reaches Jupiter.

Why We're All Going Nearsighted

The five most addictive substances on Earth

Here are the five most addictive substances on Earth -- and what they do to your brain

The Pizza Bagel Bites You Can Enjoy At Home

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The Pizza Bagel Bites You Can Enjoy At Home—Without the Freezer Burn
Eat pizza anytime with this delicious homemade bagel bites recipe

How Much Would It Cost to Buy One of Everything on Amazon.com?

It would cost $12.86 billion USD. That's the answer on Quora from Kynan Eng, an expert on artificial intelligence and something called neuromorphic engineering--whatever that is. To sum up: he's a math guy who is much smarter than you or me. He's also the guy who once calculated how much money we spend rescuing Matt Damon over and over again.
Eng explains in great detail over at Quora how he arrived at $12.86 billion. He found a way to randomly generate a sample of Amazon.com products, then created a price distribution of them for his statistical model.
He did not include the price of shipping.

Angry ‘Patriot’ Who Assaulted A Black Woman At A Trump Circle Jerk Finds Out It Ruined His Life

Angry ‘Patriot’ Who Assaulted A Black Woman At A Trump Rally Finds Out It Ruined His Life(IMAGES)In America you have freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean freedom from consequences.

8-Year-Old Dies Because Her ‘Extremely Religious’ Mother Thinks Doctors Are ‘The Work Of The Devil’

8-Year-Old Dies Because Her ‘Extremely Religious’ Mother Thinks Doctors Are ‘The Work Of The Devil’8-Year-Old Dies Because Her ‘Extremely Religious’ Mother Thinks Doctors Are ‘The Work Of The Devil’
This was a slow and agonizing death, and it didn’t need to happen.

This New Study Could Change Everything About the Abortion Debate

pro choice protesters
This New Study Could Change Everything About the Abortion Debate
It turns out anti-abortion agitators have been wrong about one critical detail all along.

The Majority Of All State Abortion Bills Are Based On Lies

United Nations peacekeepers from 21 countries accused of sexual abuse

United Nations peacekeepers from 21 countries accused of sexual abuse

Cell Phone Footage Of Cop Brutally Assaulting Student Will Make You Sick

Cell Phone Footage Of Cop Brutally Assaulting Student Will Make You Sick (VIDEO)Cell Phone Footage Of Cop Brutally Assaulting Student Will Make You Sick
The cop’s attorney has a vile excuse for the assault.

Tears Under the Microscope

To appreciate art is to have an emotional experience. But a new project makes emotion art.

Why Can't We Reverse Nerve Damage?

Modern medicine can fix all kinds of things -- we can repair broken bones, replace malfunctioning organs and even restore microbiomes. How come our nerves are so hard to repair?

Dental Drilling is Older Than We Thought

The current thinking about the history of dentistry tells us that humans didn’t have many dental problems until we settled down and developed agriculture. With the rise of carbohydrates in our diets (although there may be other factors), we started to get tooth decay. It must have been horrible. If a rotten tooth eventually fell out, it must have seemed a blessing. But people tried to do something about it even before dental drills were developed. A 14,000-year-old skull shows evidence of dentistry, in which a decayed tooth was deliberately scraped with a tool, possibly a flint blade. The first real dental drill is thought to have arose in Pakistan, between 9,000 and 7,500 years ago. How did they do it?
Some indigenous societies today carve holes in objects using a tool called a bow-drill. This consists of a few sticks of wood, a sharp stone, and a length of cord. The cord is tied to either end of one flexible stick, making it look like a small version of an archer’s bow.
The cord is then wrapped tightly around a second stick held perpendicular to the “bow”. By simply moving the bow back and forth, this second stick will rotate just as a drill does. Attaching a sharp stone to the end of this drill increases its cutting power.
To get an idea of whether a stone-tipped bow-drill could function in dentistry, the research team working in Pakistan constructed a bow-drill and attempted to drill holes in human enamel. The results were surprising; it took under a minute to drill holes of the kind seen in the 9,000-year-old teeth.
Evidence of prehistoric dental drilling comes from other parts of the world, too. An wait until you find out what they filled those teeth with! Read about the history of dental drilling at BBC Earth. You’ll want to brush and floss as soon as you finish the article

The Ridiculously Photogenic Caveman Goes On Photoshop Adventures

You'd never think to describe a caveman as "ridiculously photogenic", but there's no better way to describe this rugged guy with a smug look on his face spotted by Redditor mambungalon at the Espace de l'Homme de Spy in Belgium.
This incredibly realistic wax statue looks like he has some wild and crazy stories to tell, and thanks to the power of that digital imagination tool known as Photoshop we can see those stories play out.
Here he is doing some soul searching
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Before going through an inevitable hipster phase when he moves to the big city
But then he lands a steady job with good pay at the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin
Where he makes millions of dollars and lives happily ever after...wait, how does The Great Gatsby end again?

Zooplankton Poo

Altering the tiny creatures' excrement turns out to have potentially serious environmental consequences.

Biologists Identify Six New Unique Species of the Western Rattlesnake

Biologists Identify Six New Unique Species of the Western RattlesnakeBiologists Identify Six New Unique Species of the Western Rattlesnake
There are more species of rattlesnake slithering around western North America than previously thought. That’s the conclusion of a new study conducted by University of Arkansas biologists Michael Douglas and Marlis Douglas and their colleagues at the University of...

Animal News

About 80 Omura’s whales have been spotted off the coast, doubling the number of sightings in the entire research record of the animal.
The Veluwe Nature Reserve plays host to a special new visitor.
The pale hunter gives watchers at the organization Project SNOWstorm a treasure trove of information.
In a world where park rangers are generally not supported in their critical conservation roles, Nepal is an exception.

Animal Pictures