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Here is an awesome photo of Curiosity parachuting down to Mars

This tiny jellyfish/hot air balloon-looking thing is actually the Curiosity rover on its way down to the surface of Mars, photographed by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Get used to this view, because once we’re forced to move off Earth, it’s going to be what you see every day on your morning commute. When you fly from your house on Mars … to where you work … on Mars … OK fine, you won’t see it on your commute, I just wanted an excuse to post this picture because it is rad.

Living

If this photo doesn’t make you want to live in a tiny house, nothing will

We love us a good tiny house, but you know what is better than your run-of-the-mill tiny house? A tiny house on a tiny rock. A tiny house on a tiny rock in the middle of a river. With a kayak your only connection to land.

Cities

Awesome idea: Require a cycling test to get a driver’s license

As a cyclist, sharing the road with cars is scary, for obvious reasons: They’re gigantic metal objects moving fast enough to kill you. But as a driver, sharing the roads with cyclists is also kinda scary. Most drivers are good people who don’t want to kill anyone while they’re out doing errands, but they don’t really understand the logic of how cyclists behave. At the Guardian, Tom Richards has a simple suggestion to ameliorate this problem and to make the roads safer: Make sure that people driving cars on the road have had experience biking on the road, too.

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