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Thousands of Pikachus Take Over Japanese Streets

By Kim Bussing on August 21, 2017
Thousands of Pikachus Take Over Japanese Streets

For the past four years, the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama, Japan, has been bringing Pokémon’s most famous character to life with a Pikachu Outbreak Festival. The event, which features numerous fun activities, including colorful parades with thousands of people dressed in Pikachu costumes, began in 2014 to promote an upcoming Pokémon movie. It was such a success that its sponsors, The Pokémon Company, decided to make it an annual, week-long extravaganza.

Origami-Inspired Petit Pli Clothing Grows With Kids

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on August 18, 2017
Origami-Inspired Petit Pli Clothing Grows With Kids

Parents often use the expression “in the blink of an eye” to express their astonishment at how fast their children reach adulthood. However, for those with newborns, the phrase is literal given that an average baby grows between 6 to 7 sizes within the first two years! While exciting, the constant wardrobe replenishment is expensive and also results in a lot of wasted clothing. To tackle the issue, Ryan Yasin has created an origami-inspired line of clothing that expands (or contracts) automatically, resulting in a perfect fit each time.

"Doomsday Vault" Will Protect Precious Data In The Event Of A Global Catastrophe

By Shariqua Ahmed on August 15, 2017
"Doomsday Vault" Will Protect Precious Data In The Event Of A Global Catastrophe

Governments, corporations, and even individuals concerned about losing valuable data or photos in the event of a cataclysmic disaster can now rest easy thanks to the recently opened Arctic World Archive. Located 300-meters (984-feet) below the ground inside an abandoned coal mine in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the “Doomsday Vault” is equipped to keep information safe in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophe.

Japanese Town Seeks Help From Dogs To Sniff Out Stomach Cancer

By Ashley Johnson on August 12, 2017
Japanese Town Seeks Help From Dogs To Sniff Out Stomach Cancer

While Japan is known to have higher than average rates of stomach cancer, the residents of the town of Kaneyama in Yamagata Prefecture appear to be particularly susceptible to the gastric ailment. After a recent report revealed that the municipality had one of the highest stomach cancer fatality rates out of the nation’s 344 “secondary medical districts”, the town officials decided to get its 6,000 residents tested.

Why NASA Researchers Plan To Chase The "Great American Eclipse" In Jets

By Sowmya Kolluru on August 9, 2017
Why NASA Researchers Plan To Chase The "Great American Eclipse" In Jets

The total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, is the first of its kind to go coast-to-coast across the continental United States in nearly a century. While the partial eclipse will start earlier and end later, the total eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina in a speedy 93 minutes. Its narrow, 70-mile-wide, path of totality will begin at Lincoln Beach, OR at 10:15 a.m PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT) and continue through Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina, before ending in Charleston, SC at 11:48 a.m. PDT (2:48 p.m. EDT).

Millions of Glowing Sea Creatures Invade U.S. Pacific Coast

By Kim Bussing on August 5, 2017
Millions of Glowing Sea Creatures Invade U.S. Pacific Coast

A massive patch or “blob” of warm water experienced along the usually cool U.S. Pacific coast from 2013 to 2016 wreaked havoc on the marine ecosystem. Fishermen in Alaska reported seeing warm water sharks, while California beachgoers encountered tropical poisonous water snakes. Though the return of cooler temperatures in 2017 rid the area of most unwanted visitors, bioluminescent pyrosomes ((Pyrosoma atlanticum) have decided to stay and are now washing up along the coast in unprecedented numbers.

Perseid Meteor Shower Will Be In Full Glory On August 12 And 13

By Meera Dolasia on July 30, 2017
Perseid Meteor Shower Will Be In Full Glory On August 12 And 13

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most anticipated celestial events in the Northern Hemisphere. Though the shooting stars are already lighting up the skies in small numbers, the pace will accelerate around mid-August, making them easy to view without a telescope. This year, the best time to see nature’s annual firework display will be on August 12 and 13.

Lost Irish Beach 'Magically' Reappears After 33 Years

By Kim Bussing on July 26, 2017
Lost Irish Beach 'Magically' Reappears After 33 Years

With its majestic mountains, spectacular landscapes, and pristine beaches, Ireland’s Achill Island has always been a popular European tourist destination. However, since April, the rugged 57-square mile island of just 2,600 residents has gained worldwide fame thanks to the ‘miraculous’ return of a beach that was washed away over three decades ago.

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