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The Science of Gluten Explained With Baking Bread

In a crusty episode of ACS Reactions, host Alexa Billow shares the science behind the oddly controversial grain protein of gluten by baking a loaf of bread. Billows also explains what gluten looks like, the importance of gluten in baking and those amongst the population who should really avoid gluten. …

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An Excited Dog Rides Piggyback Behind His Human on a Sled Going Downhill

During a day of sledding with his family, an excited dog decided that he wanted a turn. As his human sat down in the sled, this eager canine jumped on and rode piggyback style down the hill. It snowed here so we took our 2 yr old to go sledding. …

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Why the People of Longyearbyen, Norway Are Forbidden to Bury Their Dead In Their Town

In a frosty episode of Half As Interesting, the narrator explains the reason why Longyearbyen, Norway, one of the northernmost places in the world, does not allow for the dead to be buried in their town and instead, sends them south to the much warmer Oslo. This seemingly cruel act …

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Surf Photography: Catching The Wave

A long-exposure motion blur image of a surfer riding a perfect tube at Banzai Pipeline on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. To get this image, I panned the camera as smoothly as possible as the surfer flowed across the wave face.Nikon D700, AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II …

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Photo Of The Day By Rob Fischer

Photo By Rob Fischer Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Pony Express Wild Horses” by Rob Fischer. Location: Utah. “Wild horses roaming the west deserts of Salt Lake City,” says Fischer. “The dominant horse would keep all other horses from roaming too far from the herd.” Photo of the Day …

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City Cats Come Out of Hiding for a Private Violin Concert in the Lovely Animation ‘Fantasia dei Gatti’

“Fantasia dei Gatti” is a beautiful story by violinist Augustin Hadelich and animated by Tam King, in which a concert violinist (Hadelich) is convinced by a neighborhood cat to play a concert in the streets. Upon hearing the beautiful music, other cats of a city come out of their hiding …

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An Interactive Map Showing the Range of the Solar System If Earth Were the Size of a Basketball

The Solar System Map is a fascinating interactive map that shows how big the range of the solar system would be if the earth or any other planet were the size of a basketball or a tennis ball. The example above shows the earth as the size of a basketball …

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Rescue Drone Drops a Lifesaving Flotation Device to Help Two Stranded Swimmers Get Back to Shore

Two swimmers who were stranded out in the heavy surf at Lennox Head in New South Wales, Australia were amazingly rescued by a drone that dropped a lifesaving flotation device that helped them get back to shore. This drone, called a Little Ripper UAV, is part of a trial program …

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How Resonant Frequency Causes a Wine Glass to Break With Only the Sound of a Person’s Voice

In a shattering episode of the PBS show Physics Girl, host Dianna Cowern partnered up with Mike Boyd of Learn Quick so that he could teach her how he was able to break a wineglass with his voice. After a few tries, Cowern finally hit the right note and broke …

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Determined Dog Deftly Navigates the Sidewalk With a Giant Stick In His Mouth to Add to His Collection

A wonderfully determined black dog on a turquoise leash deftly navigated the sidewalk with a giant stick in his mouth. Upon arriving home, his human immediately deposited it into a pile of other sticks of similar shape and size, all of which explains how the dog became so navigationally skilled. …

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