There may not strictly be streets in Antarctica, but that hasn’t stopped Google from trekking its Street View cameras through some of the continent’s most impressive landmarks. Now you can visit penguin rookeries, the South Pole Telescope, and the actual (ceremonial) South Pole without leaving your desk.
Not that I was under any illusions that Death Valley, Calif., is a temperate place to live, but this is nuts: The overnight LOW on July 11-12 was 107 degrees F. That ties for highest-recorded daily minimum. (The previous 107-degree night was last year, in Oman.)
These images from NASA’s Earth Observatory show Greenland’s Petermann Glacier calving an iceberg — watch the lower right quadrant of the image to see the split go from a hairline crack to a visible break. The resulting iceberg is twice as big as Manhattan.
Switching from disposable to reusable coffee cups lets you avoid a ton of trash — but it often means you’re left carrying an empty reusable coffee cup, which can’t be thrown away and is cumbersome to cart around. It’s a First-World problem, sure, but why have problems you don’t need to? The 16-ounce Zip Cup is as big as a standard disposable coffee cup, but collapses small enough to fit in your pocket. Much better!
Is that a tiny air conditioner in your pants, or do you just feel lukewarm about me? These cargo pants from Japan have a built-in battery-powered fan that sits in an exterior pocket, blowing cold air on the outside of your thigh. This is maybe not the most effective option, since ideally you want to cool major blood vessels, but it would be pretty awkward to sling the fan closer to your femoral artery. Also, you’d have to worry about shrinkage. Anyway, they probably keep you colder than pants with no thigh-fan at all.
A growing number of cities in Central and South America are giving residents what may be the best deal ever made: You give us trash, and we give you food.
Keyla McCree, an autistic 7-year-old, pushed a panel out of the new air conditioner in her Brooklyn apartment and climbed through it, out a third-story window. But she doesn’t even have a scratch, thanks to New York bus driver Steven St. Bernard, who lives in the same apartment complex. St. Bernard managed to catch Keyla before she hit the ground. Man, sometimes your city community really comes through. (Or, I guess, sometimes people are amazing. Either moral will work here.) This video includes some grainy cell-phone footage of the incident. (The video at the New York Post has a hilarious …
I don’t know what you all look for in a mate, but if one of those qualities is “a willingness to trade farm labor for the possibility of romance,” you might skip speed dating and go for “weed dating.” The AP explains: Typically, speed daters meet at a bar or restaurant and switch conversational partners every few minutes, in hopes of finding someone compatible. With weed dating, this rapid-fire courtship takes place on the farm, with singles working together in the fields. Women are assigned to particular rows and instructed in the art of weeding. Men have to switch rows …
What have you done for your country lately? Sixteen-year-old Azza Abdel Hamid Falad has figured out a way to make Egypt $78 million worth of biofuel each year. The key: an inexpensive catalyst that will turn plastic into fuel.
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