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November 19, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Map: Which country is downing the most brewski?

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Map courtesy of the Telegraph. You can check out the Telegraph's interactive map here.

Map courtesy of The Telegraph. You can check out the Telegraph’s interactive map here.

Although the Chinese (population 1,355,692,576, in the CIA’s July estimate) drank the most beer (14 billion gallons) this year, Czechs consumed the most (37 gallons) per person, The Telegraph reports. Americans lagged behind, lapping up a mere 19 gallons per head, which means we didn’t even make the Top 10 (see below). Continue Reading →

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November 18, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Predator drone pilot could have gotten bin Laden in 2000

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What if?

Precisely a year before the 9/11 attacks, a Predator drone pilot caught Osama bin Laden on his screen. The drone was flying over Tarnak farm, the al-Qaida headquarters where the terrorist mastermind plotted against the United States. Continue Reading →

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November 12, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Planes could give tobacco the thumbs up

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Don’t expected to see the “smoking permitted” light to flash the next time you fly.

But Boeing does hope to make tobacco part of regular flights.

The aircraft manufacturer is working on biofuel experiments. A new type of tobacco seeds may provide the jet fuel of the future, Smithsonian Magazine reports.

The plant, which is being grown in South Africa, produces oily, nicotine-less seeds that can be converted into aviation biofuel,  according to SkyNRG, the company that’s working with Boeing and several airlines, including Air Canada, Qantas and KLM.

Read more here and here.

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October 29, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Amelia Earhart’s plane part found in 1991

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earhartPatchTIGHARIt looks like Amelia Earhart did go down on or near Nikumaroro, an atoll in Kiribati, according to  TIGHAR, an Oxford, Pa., research group.

A small piece of aluminum (above) was found on the uninhabited Pacific island in 1991. Now the researchers say they have identified it as  a patch made to her Lockheed Electra while the doomed plane was making a stopover in Miami. Continue Reading →

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