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Today in History

At a grand feast, Philip the Good of Burgundy takes the “vow of the pheasant,” by which he swears to fight the Turks.
Boris Godunov, the boyar of Tarar origin, is elected czar in succession to his brother-in-law Fydor.
Spain signs the Treaty of the Hague with the Quadruple Alliance ending a war that was begun in 1718.
The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr.
The Confederate submarine Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.
The South Carolina capital city, Columbia, is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through.
Apache chief Geronimo dies of pneumonia at age 80, while still in captivity at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Germany signs an armistice giving up territory in Poland.
The first issue of Harold Ross’ magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy.
The League of Nations censures Japan in a worldwide broadcast.
Thirty-one prisoners escape an Oklahoma prison after murdering a guard.
The first color television is demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London.
U.S forces land on Eniwetok atoll in the South Pacific.
Gen. MacArthur’s troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines.
Packard introduces its “250” Chassis Convertible.
Britain announces its ability to make hydrogen bombs.
The United States launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II.
Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.
Russia and Peru sign their first trade accord.
Nixon names Patrick Gray director of the FBI.
Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan.
China begins a “pedagogical” war against Vietnam. It will last until March.
Murray Haydon becomes the third person to receive an artificial heart.

Good Music Kind of Gets You High

Why Corny Pickup Lines (Surprisingly) Work

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Why Corny Pickup Lines (Surprisingly) Work, Explained By Science
Here are 7 great suggestions, because "Nice eyes" won't cut it

Would You Blast Your Penis With Liquid Nitrogen Vapor?

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Would You Blast Your Penis With Liquid Nitrogen Vapor?
​Some people are freezing their genitals to have better sex

Gene Editing Could One Day Make Us All Super-Humans

​How Gene Editing Could One Day Make Us All Super-Humans
​Or at least wipe out several diseases

Trendy Nanosilver Products Are Hazardous to Your Health and the Environment

Don't Feed the Trolls

Defeating the Dumbass Trumps in Your Own Life

Southern Poverty Law Center says U.S. hate groups increased in 2016

Southern Poverty Law Center says U.S. hate groups increased in 2016

A United States of Hate Has Exploded Under Dumbass Trump

Climate Deniers Use Conspiracy Theories, False Narratives and Distractions to Avoid the Truth

Ancient Amazonian Afgroforestry

Football field sized patterns of deep ditches dot the landscape of northwestern Brazil. The discovery of these huge earthworks, which date back almost 2,000 years, has triggered intense debate regarding their origins among archaeologists and ecologists...
It wasn't until the late 1970's that deforestation first revealed the geoglyphs hiding under upland rainforest. Covering more than 5,000 sq. miles in the Brazilian state of Acre, more than 450 large-scale earthworks...
A relatively heavy charcoal layer suggests that the new residents cleared the bamboo forest with fire, letting the fast-growing palm trees spring up to fill the space left behind. Over the long term, one would expect the palms to be overtaken by slower-growing plants, but that’s not what the team found.
Instead palms flourished for three thousand years, likely encouraged by the human newcomers, who could use them for food and building material. Dr. Watling suspects they engaged in practices including planting seeds, transplanting saplings, and weeding out undesirable plant species, as well as light burning and farming. She calls these techniques agroforestry: “[maintaining] the forest but [changing] its species composition to make it a more livable place.”
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Unearthed essay on alien life reveals Churchill the scientist

Stuff in Space

Stuff in Space is a neat interactive visualization of all the objects orbiting the earth. There are tons of satellites, spacecraft parts, and debris out there, just circling the earth until someone does something about it. You can scroll to zoom in and out, and drag to rotate your view of earth and its surroundings. Mouseover to find the name of an object, and you might be able to look it up somewhere. The menu at the top left allows you to sort objects by type.
Notice the distinct red ring 35,800 km above the equator; those are geostationary satellites. You'd think that aliens should be able to find us by all our satellites, rockets, and garbage.

Fossils show quick rebound of life after ancient mass extinction

Squirrel Attacks Burglar

Adam Pearl of Meridian, Idaho, came home to find evidence that his home had been burglarized- footprints in the snow, missing items, etc. His pet squirrel Joey was okay, though. As events unfolded, it turns out that Joey had acted as a guard dog, and repeatedly bit the intruder!
He should get a "Beware of Squirrel" sign to warn off any future home invaders. Joey is now regarded as a hero.

This Beetle Pretends to be an Ant's Butt

A newly-discovered species of beetle manages to benefit from army ants by riding around on them. Nymphister kronaueri is a small red beetle that clamps its jaws around the waist of the army ant Eciton burchellii and tags along, unseen because it looks like the ant's normal backside. Science writer Ed Yong calls it "A prosthetic posterior. A gluteus extraneous. A beetlebum." Christoph von Beeren and Daniel Kronauer discovered the beetle in 2014 in Costa Rica while following the relentless army ants.  
Von Beeren and Kronauer were also relentless. They would watch the ants for hours at a time, sitting in fold-up chairs in the pitch-black jungle, and peering at the legions through headlights.  One day in the spring of 2014, they realized that some of the ants looked a little odd. “The abdomens reflected the light differently, and the color was a little different,” says von Beeren. “Then, we noticed that they looked like they have two abdomens.”
They collected some of these dual-derriered insects and put them in a vial. Back at camp, Kronauer shook the vial… and the back-up backside fell off. It was a beetle. “And it blew our minds,” says von Beeren. After working with USDA entomologist Alexey Tishechkin, he realized that the bonus-butt beetle was new to science. And he named it Nymphister kronaueri, after his colleague Kronauer, who helped to discover it.
Not much is known yet about the beetle. Does it benefit by hiding in plain sight? Does it eat what the ants eat? Read what we do know about the butt beetle at The Atlantic. -via Metafilter

Diseased rat urine kills New Yorker in outbreak of rare illness

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