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Pollutants May Have Held Global Warming At Bay

Scientists have discovered the reason why global warming trends seemed to be locked in stasis between 1998 and 2008: layers of pollutants, particularly sulfur, being spewed into the air by Asian factories in record breaking quantities. The layer of sulfur that formed in the atmosphere counteracted against warming greenhouse gases while reflecting light back into [...]

The Quick 10: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the fastest ride in the wilderness

With the addition of Splash Mountain and recent revamp of Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, not to mention other parks’ thrill rides like Tower of Terror and Expedition Everest, I think Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is often overlooked. It’s a speedy little coaster ride, but it’s not going to drop you from dizzying heights [...]

$2000 Homemade Airplane

Bernard H. Pietenpol had a dream. He wanted to make an airplane accessible to the masses. So in 1928, with only an eighth-grade education, he set out to design and build a simple, inexpensive plane. The result was the Pietenpol AirCamper, and his family is still selling the plans for it, just in case you’re [...]

Reliving Radio History This Halloween

This Halloween marks the 71st anniversary of the night The Mercury Theater aired a live production of the H.G. Wells story of a Martian invasion, The War of the Worlds. At least two websites are offering streaming versions of this historic event that “panicked America.” Produced by and starring Orson Welles, the chilling tale was told as [...]

Creative Lifeguard Stations Around the World

Photo: Wikimedia Commons Bedsearcher has a collection of pictures of colorful and creative lifeguard stations that can be found around the world. Pictured above is one by engineer Ulrich Müther and architect Dietrich Otto at Binz, Germany. Müther was a prolific designer in the 1960s and was noted for his buildings composed of concrete shells. Link via [...]