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Italian Chefs Break Yet Another Guinness World Record For World's Longest Pizza

By Meera Dolasia on June 5, 2016
Italian Chefs Break Yet Another Guinness World Record For World's Longest Pizza

About a year ago, on June 21, 2015, 80 of Italy’s finest chefs delighted visitors at the Expo Milan with a slice of the world’s longest pizza  — A 1.59545 meter-long (about a mile) pie that they spent 18-hours crafting. On May 19, 2016, 250 masters of traditional Neapolitan pizza from across the world gathered at the beautiful bay along the Caracciolo seafront in Naples and outdid their achievement with a delicious pie that measured an impressive 1,853.88 meters or about 1.15 miles, long.

Guess What? Today Is National Donut Day!

By Meera Dolasia on June 3, 2016
Guess What? Today Is National Donut Day!

Though few people need an excuse to bite into a warm, gooey donut, it is always nice to have one. And what better reason to justify eating the treat than the fact that it is National Donut Day! Observed annually on the first Friday of June,  the origins of this yummy holiday can be traced all the way back to World War I.

The 3-D Zebra Crossings That Are Making India's Roads Safer For Pedestrians

By Meera Dolasia on June 2, 2016
The 3-D Zebra Crossings That Are Making India's Roads Safer For Pedestrians

Zebra crossings — the alternating dark and light stripes on the road surface — are meant to alert drivers that pedestrians may be trying to get across. Unfortunately, they are not very effective. A 1998 study done by the Department of Traffic Planning and Engineering at Sweden’s Lund University, revealed that three out of four drivers maintained the same speed or even accelerated as they were approaching a crossing. Even worse? Only 5% stopped even when they saw someone trying to get across. Now a mother-daughter team in Ahmedabad, India have devised a clever way to get drivers to pay more attention — A zebra crossing with an optical illusion.

ISS Astronauts Begin Testing BEAM — The World's First Inflatable Space Habitat

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 31, 2016
ISS Astronauts Begin Testing BEAM  — The World's First Inflatable Space Habitat

On May 26, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams spent seven hours inflating the first expandable room at the International Space Station. Called Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, the balloon-like structure that measures 10-feet by 13-feet, (about the size of an average bedroom) when fully inflated, is the first prototype of what NASA experts hope will be the space habitat of the future. The compressed module arrived at the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on April 8 and was put in place outside the Tranquility module by ISS’s robotic arm, Canadarm2.

Video Of The Week - Rakuten's Delivery Drone Serves Up Refreshments To Hungry Golfers

By Meera Dolasia on May 30, 2016
Video Of The Week - Rakuten's Delivery Drone Serves Up Refreshments To Hungry Golfers

On May 9, Japanese online retailer Rakuten announced the nation’s first drone delivery service at Tokyo’s Camel Golf Resort. Called Tenku, the autonomous vehicle, which has the capacity to carry up to 2kg can be summoned by golfers to bring snacks, drinks, and even equipment like balls, while enjoying a round of golf.

Cracking Up With A Friend Or Politely Chuckling With A Stranger? Your Laughter Reveals It All!

By Shariqua Ahmed on May 29, 2016
Cracking Up With A Friend Or Politely Chuckling With A Stranger? Your Laughter Reveals It All!

Laughter, be it a loud guffaw or a well-mannered giggle, is a universal way to express joy. But as it turns out, your chuckle reveals a lot more than the fact that you are happy. It enables listeners, even those that cannot observe you, instantly realize if you are having a good time with a close friend or laughing politely with a complete stranger. 

Panama's Plastic Bottle Village Will Be Constructed From Recycled PET Bottles

By Kim Bussing on May 28, 2016
Panama's Plastic Bottle Village Will Be Constructed From Recycled PET Bottles

Though the detrimental impact of plastic waste on the environment is well-known, consumption of drinks bottled in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) —the most commonly used polymer — continues to rise at alarming levels. According to experts, over 22,000 plastic bottles are discarded every second, and the numbers are only growing. While a fraction of them do get recycled, most end up in the ocean, where they disintegrate into smaller pieces and are often mistaken for food by innocent fish and birds.

EasyJet's Smart "Sneakairs" Makes Sightseeing Effortless

By Kim Bussing on May 27, 2016
EasyJet's Smart "Sneakairs" Makes Sightseeing Effortless

Most airlines go all out to ensure their passengers have the best possible flight experience. Now, Europe’s low-budget airline easyJet, wants to extend the positive experience beyond the plane ride with “Sneakairs” — Smart shoes that allow visitors to explore new cities and towns without ever looking at a map.

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