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New Zealand Experiences Biggest Whale Stranding In Decades

By Meera Dolasia on February 13, 2017
New Zealand Experiences Biggest Whale Stranding In Decades

New Zealand is no stranger to beached whales. Every year, rescuers help refloat many disoriented mammals that get stuck in the coastal waters or sand during low tide. However, last week’s simultaneous stranding of two pods, totaling over 650 pilot whales, in the shallow muddy waters of Golden Bay at the northwest tip of South Island is almost unprecedented. Local marine experts say it is the largest known whale stranding since 1985 when 450 of the mammals were found beached in Auckland, and the third largest on record.

Batteries With Built-In Fire Extinguisher May Be The Answer To Exploding Devices

By Viswa Teja on February 11, 2017
Batteries With Built-In Fire Extinguisher May Be The Answer To Exploding Devices

In retrospect, 2016 was a banner year for exploding devices. The trend began when hoverboards — two-wheeled self-balancing motorized devices — randomly began to burst into flames, hurting riders and causing millions of dollars in property damages. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone, which debuted to stellar reviews in August faced similar issues and was withdrawn from the market by October. It turns out that all the mishaps were the result of malfunctioning lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used to power the devices.

How Valentine's Day Became A Commercial Juggernaut

By Meera Dolasia on February 9, 2017
How Valentine's Day Became A Commercial Juggernaut

Every February 14, people worldwide demonstrate their affection for family members, friends, teachers, and significant others with a gift or two. However, this display of love does not come cheap. The National Retail Federation say that 55% of Americans will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, spending an average of $136.57 USD each. Though lower than the $146.84 USD expended in 2016, it will add a respectable $18 billion USD to the economy! It is no wonder that retailers love the holiday.

Robot Barista Debuts At San Francisco's Cafe X

By Ashley Johnson on February 8, 2017
Robot Barista Debuts At San Francisco's Cafe X

Gordon, the barista at San Francisco’s Cafe X, will not greet you by your name or wish you a pleasant day. However, the one thing Gordon will guarantee is “precision crafted specialty coffee in seconds, the way the roaster intended.” That’s because Gordon is not a human, but a robotic arm programmed to make the perfect cup of java, using beans and recipes from local favorites like Peet’s, Verve Coffee Roasters and AKA Coffee.

Speedy Quick Mako Shark Swims A Record-Breaking 13,000 Miles In Less Than Two Years

By Jeffrey Shao on February 7, 2017
Speedy Quick Mako Shark Swims A Record-Breaking 13,000 Miles In Less Than Two Years

A mako shark is being dubbed the “Energizer Bunny” after traveling a distance of half the globe, or 13,000 miles (just over 21,000 km), in less than two years. According to researchers at the Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), it is the longest track recorded in the Atlantic Ocean by a tagged mako shark.

Video Of The Week — Epic Football Pass By ISS Astronaut Covers 564,664 Yards!

By Meera Dolasia on February 6, 2017
Video Of The Week — Epic Football Pass By ISS Astronaut Covers 564,664 Yards!

To get into the spirit of last night’s NFL Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) also decided to play “ball.” In a video released by NASA, Tim Kopra is seen gently tossing a football down the length of the ISS. By the time it got to the end, the ball had covered an astounding 564,664-yards or the distance of 5,646.64 football fields!

Pokémon Aficionados Help Scientists Prove Practice Makes Perfect

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on February 6, 2017
Pokémon Aficionados Help Scientists Prove Practice Makes Perfect

Avid Pokémon video and card game fans were recently called upon to use their expertise for an unusual task – to help scientists understand the inner workings of the brain. Specifically, Weiwei Zhang, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, wanted to learn the connection between the short-term — or working memory — and long-term memory.

It's Super Bowl Sunday! Are You Ready For Some Puppy Bowl?

By Meera Dolasia on February 5, 2017
It's Super Bowl Sunday! Are You Ready For Some Puppy Bowl?

Wish to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday celebrations, but skip the NFL game? Then tune into Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl! The idea to create a show that features puppies “playing” ball came about in 2005 when the programming team was brainstorming ways to attract viewers on Super Bowl Sunday. While filming the animals on a football field was initially suggested in jest, it resonated with the team. After all, who doesn't like watching cute puppies frolicking around?

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