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Did Nike Not Get the Memo on Plastic Beads?

For the longest time, pockets of nothing but air were Nike’s secret to making comfortable shoes. But today the company revealed its new Joyride technology, which instead fills shoe soles with thousands of tiny foam beads. Nike promises the new design increases shock absorption, but the new design comes at a time when

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Flyboard Inventor Fails to Cross the English Channel, Falls Into Water

Daredevil inventor Franky Zapata failed to cross the English Channel today on his flyboard after taking off from Sangatte, France. Zapata traveled only halfway across the 22-mile waterway before he ran into trouble at his refueling point and went tumbling into the water. He was wearing a lifejacket and reportedly…

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Sorry, The Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’ Doesn’t Exist in the Natural World

The Lion King offers a number of lessons around innocence, deception, and love. However, one of my favorite takeaways from the movie—both the original and the remake—is the so-called Circle of Life. We all know the term, made famous by the classic song by the same title.

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NASA Sold an Original Moon Landing Video to an Intern in the 1970s and Now It’s For Sale Again

Later this month, some of the original videotapes that captured the first moon landing will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. But they’re not being sold by NASA. Incredibly, these tapes were sold to a random NASA intern back in the 1970s who had no idea at the time that he’d purchased an important piece of…

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The Gateway Protecting the Arctic’s Oldest Sea Ice Has Collapsed Months Ahead of Schedule

Every summer as the Arctic warms up, seasonal highways open on the ocean, allowing sea ice to migrate southward and melt. Now, satellite data is revealing that the gateway to one critical highway—the Nares Strait dividing northwest Greenland and Canada’s Ellesmere Island—has broken up months ahead of schedule. And…

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Nazis Weren’t the Only Ones Using Meth During World War II

Adolf Hitler’s use of methamphetamine, otherwise known as crystal meth, has been well documented during recent years in books like Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler. But did you know that Nazi soldiers, British troops, and even American military personnel used speed as well during World War II? That…

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These Designers of 1960 Predicted That Fashion of the Future Would Be Very Retro

I’ve spent a lot of time looking at past predictions of the future over the years. But every once in a while I uncover something that’s so accurate, it’s almost spooky. This video from 1960 is just such a video.

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Olay Tests a Refillable Moisturizer as Beauty Industry Grapples With Its Giant Trash Problem

Fresh, soft skin comes at a cost—to the planet. Specifically, I’m talking about all that packaging your favorite lotion or cream comes in, which is likely made of hard-to-degrade plastics. That’s why Olay—y’know, that bougie stuff your abuelita is always putting on—is dipping its toes in the refillable packaging…

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How People Talked About iTunes When it First Launched

It’s official. Apple announced yesterday that it would begin killing off iTunes, one of the company’s most important software products ever. And, to be honest, there isn’t much love lost, since iTunes has become widely reviled by most users in recent years. But that wasn’t always the case.

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Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Actually Has Teeth

Joe Biden’s energy advisor made waves (and not in a good way) last month by saying the former vice president was working on a “middle ground” climate policy. On Tuesday, the Democratic presidential hopeful put out his plan, and it shows that the middle of the road has been pulled pretty far to the left by both…

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