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Climate & Energy

Holy crap, iceberg tsunami!

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to almost get flattened by a collapsing glacier, now you can find out. This boat was right in the line of fire — er, ice — so this video is the next best thing to being there. Actually, it’s the first best thing, because being there looks like it was terrifying.

Climate & Energy

Here’s what lightning looks like in 3-D

From our vantage point on the ground, lightning usually looks like a forked line from the sky to the ground. But it's way more complicated and cool, as this model of lightning from the D.C. derecho shows.

Living

Spectacular image of the Southern Lights from space

If you need an excuse to love the planet, just hang around NASA’s site for a while — the images they post make it kind of hard not to feel awed about the Earth.

Living

‘Water cafe’ sells filtered bottled tap water and nothing else

Bottled water is often just tap water in a bottle. A new store is basing their entire business plan on that concept: They sell nothing but bottled tap water.

Animals

Here is a very, very gross picture of mayflies

My first thought when looking at this photo (posted by Reddit user ILikeWhereThisIsGoin, who probably doesn’t) was “oh, a lawnmower must have exploded! Look at all those grass clippings. All those perfectly innocuous, not-alive grass clippings.” But no, that’s just thousands and thousands of mayflies. Still perfectly innocuous, in the sense that they won’t hurt you, but WOW a lot more gross.

Cities

City officials are waging a war on gardens

We've heard one too many stories in which people decide to use their yards to grow some fresh vegetables, only to have city officials come down hard on them, forcing them to tear out their food or bulldozing the gardens themselves.

Sustainable Farming

Farmer spends $100,000 on waterbeds for cows

Even on a small, family-owned dairy farm, life as a milk cow looks not so great. I mean, you do spend a lot of time standing around in a stall with devices attached to your nipples. That’s cool if it’s your thing, and if there are enough of you who feel that way, I should maybe try to market my manuscript 50 Shades of Hay. But most of us look at that scenario and think “jeez, you could at least get them some fancy furniture, maybe a massage now and then.” Which may be why the Van Loon Dairy just …

Green Cars

How to make a tiny car: Just cut a regular car in half

Look, it still totally works!

Living

Map shows where the biggest couch potatoes live (and it’s NOT the U.S.!)

A group of researchers looked at health surveys covering 89 percent of the world’s population and came to a surprising conclusion — Americans are not the least active people on the planet. Six in 10 of us get “30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week,” “20 minutes of vigorous exercise three days a week,” or a combination of the two, the Economist reports. The most physically inactive people are the Maltese, 72 percent of whom do not get enough exercise. The second and third least-exercising countries are Swaziland and Saudi Arabia.

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