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Christopher Driskell 2016-06-10
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From alfalfa to yams, a map that shows where the world s major crops originated.

Like Rotten Tomatoes for books: Book Marks aggregates book reviews.

The history of pho, the Vietnamese soup that some liken to a flirty mistress.

And in the world s most realistic/depressing periodic table, each symbol stands for a social ill or injustice.

HT GMSV reader Arun  Photo: A bowl of pho.

Bay Area News Group

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Donny Stiteler 2017-09-15
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Natural History Museum vs. Science Museum Twitter war is the best kind of Twitter war.

A National Geographic tour of Cassini’s 20-year voyage, which today came to an end.

Scandal in the world of bestseller lists — and it looks like Twitter helped crack one case.

(HT GMSV reader Andy) And this video isn’t bad: “How to Talk Minnesotan: The Power of the Negative.”

Photo: A model of the Cassini spacecraft at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sept. 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California.

Cassini’s 20-year mission to study Saturn ended Sept. 15, 2017, when the spacecraft burned up after being intentionally plunged into the ringed planet’s atmosphere in what NASA called “The Grand Finale.” (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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James Lamb 2017-04-03
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The Arizona desert where airplanes go to die.

American bald eagles: “Turns out that when you live with a federal symbol up close and personal, day in and day out, it’s a little harder to think of them as majestic.” Genetically modified ants: what happened to them when scientists dulled their sense of smell.

And in case you care, the powers and abilities of Superman.Photo: Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

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Luke Hall 2016-07-18
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Do you have a doppelganger?

BBC Future looks at the math.

From rock art in China to a fossil site in Canada, newly named World Heritage Sites.

New tally of trees in the Amazon: More than half a million trees and about 12,000 species.

And a history of embarrassing presidential campaign logos.Photo: Iraqi women ride a boat on July 14, 2016 in the Ahwar area in the southern Maysan province — also known as the Iraqi Marshlands — one of the world s largest inland delta systems and now a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.

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Steven Jones 2016-05-31
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Here s what s going on in tech.HP vs. Oracle: Trial begins today in case of Itanium mess, other bad blood between two Silicon Valley giants.

Zoox, a Menlo Park-based autonomous-driving startup, is reportedly seeking to raise $252 million at a $1 billion valuation.Russian watchdog again puts off decision on fining Google over its requirement that some apps be pre-installed on Androids, which was found to violate Russian law.French financial prosecutor: Data analysis from recent raid of Google s Paris offices over suspected tax evasion could take years.Mumbai police have asked Facebook and YouTube to remove a video mocking a cricket star and a Bollywood singer.

Some have called for the arrest of the comedian who posted the video.

NYT  Tesla s Gigafactory opening ceremony reportedly set for July 29.Twitter talks bug bounties: It has paid out more than $322,000 in two years.Asus unveils a robot assistant that costs about the same as a smartphone.

Zenbo costs $599.PayPal to stop operations in Turkey over new requirement to establish IT center there.

Photo: The Oracle campus in Redwood City, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2015.

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Anthony Breedlove 2016-09-23
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You ve heard it all before: the world s most sampled songs.

Can we do it without Will Smith?

— concerned citizen files official request asking how the Indian government would deal with a zombie apocalypse.

Buns n Roses, Bin There Dump That and other punny businesses in America, mapped.

And at Mini Mini, Portland s new hipster-themed convenience store, there are Snickers and black water, plus kombucha and coffee are on tap.

Photo: Will Smith as the title character who didn t become a mutant/zombie like most everyone else in the sci-fi action thriller I Am Legend.

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Eddie Cox 2016-10-11
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What happened to the 1-900 number?

Blame its demise on the internet and on regulations to keep people from racking up the phone bill.

Now being tested in Poland: a glow-in-the-dark bike lane that s charged by the sun.

How do blind people dream when they have no images to draw from?

And how to save the princess in eight programming languages.

Photo: People used to call 1-900 numbers on corded, screenless telephones like this.

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Marion Kimberlin 2017-04-18
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Which animals came first, the sponges or the jellies?

Some scientists say the former, others say the latter.

Defining happiness: a look at how people have tried to describe it through thousands of edits on Wikipedia.

Not in my back yard: stubborn real estate holdouts around the world.

And archaeologists find that some medieval villagers in England mutilated their dead to keep them from rising again.Photo: A huge smiley face made out of an old satellite dish in Salem, Illinois in 2006.

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Everett Toliver 2016-05-19
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Here s what s on the Thursday menu.Theranos voids two years of blood-test results, issues thousands of corrected reports.

WSJ Google appeals French right to be forgotten order — which calls for Google to apply removals of links to all its domains, not just ones in Europe — to France s highest court.The students who are suing Google over email scanning have asked magistrate judge Paul Grewal, who is overseeing procedural matters related to the case, to recuse himself because he has accepted a job with Facebook.

He starts next month.In meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, China regulator stressed Chinese users security.LinkedIn said Wednesday it s working to invalidate 100 million potentially compromised passwords that were taken during a 2012 breach, after reports that a hacker is selling them.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos responded Wednesday to recent accusations by Donald Trump that he and the company have tax and antitrust issues, saying it s not an appropriate way for a presidential candidate to behave.

Washington Post Taxi prices around the world have declined because of what Deutsche is calling the Uber effect.

Photo: Judge Paul Grewal poses in his office in the federal courthouse in downtown San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Grewal, a magistrate judge, is set to start working at Facebook next month as deputy general counsel in charge of litigation.

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David Sandoval 2016-05-19
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Commune with nature — and ads?

National parks may relax corporate-sponsorship rules to pay for big centennial bash.

From duct tape to brass knuckles, things labeled American in other countries.

An interactive infographic shows how the American diet has changed over the past several decades.

And walking in 100-mph winds — and living to tell about it.

Photo: Duct tape apparently is called American tape in Spain.

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Richard Skaggs 2016-12-02
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Hope you aren t vegetarian because the new five-pound note contains traces of animal fat.

In Canada, cops threaten to play Nickelback to those who drink and drive.

Get ready to update the periodic table, the four newest elements now have names, including one that s named after a U.S. state.

And in case you re feeling prehistoric, dinosaur parks around the United States.Photo: A dinosaur model on exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley in 2011.

There are many places to see dinosaurs across the country.

Doug Oakley/Bay Area News Group

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Milagros Lester 2017-01-04
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Shaker group founded in 1783 — which hasn t grown because its members are celibate and have stopped taking in orphans — now has just two members after Maine woman dies.

The DC Cannabis Coalition will be handing out 4,200 free joints on Inauguration Day in the nation s capital.

Speaking of weed, Snoop Dogg used to watch Snoopy all the time, plus how other rappers chose their names.

And in case you missed it, Lake Superior State University has released the 42nd annual list of words its wordsmiths would like to see banned, and it s on fleek.

Photo: Snoop Dogg smokes a blunt onstage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California.

Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/MCT archives

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Jose Rhoades 2017-05-10
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p The Museum of Failure opens next month and will showcase pens for women, Harley-Davidson perfume, the Newton and other products that flopped.

Crayola is soliciting ideas for a name for a new (accidentally created) blue crayon it’s planning to introduce.

A chart of the average time an American adult spends on sleeping, work, leisure, eating and more.

And Venice bans new kebab shops and fast-food shops to try to “preserve decorum and traditions.” /p p Photo: A prototype for the Apple Newton in the stacks at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Sept. 26, 2007.

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Oliver Dyer 2017-07-20
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The ultimate placebo: sham surgeries.

Humans speak more than 7,000 languages — why?

How baseball came to be played in nine innings.

And “Do Not Pair” is the system that lets pilots request not to work with people they can’t stand.

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William Franklin 2016-06-30
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True chemistry: A look at the possibility of love potions — and perhaps a cure for heartbreak, because who wants to go through all that?

Speaking of science, a U.S. company has reportedly been given permission to try to resurrect the dead.

Hey, at least my nails are young: A video explains how old certain parts of our body are.

And which of the three kinds of sidewalk walkers are you?

Photo: In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a couple played by Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey undergo a procedure that erases them from each other s mind.

But what if you could get over a person — and a broken heart — by using medication?

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Keith Hake 2016-12-14
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Beyonce s got nothing on him — Mozart sold the most CDs this year.

I prefer tasty food the regular way, but apparently you can taste garlic through your feet.

The story of a Japanese internment camp in Canada.

And if you re feeling the holiday spirit and want to see New York stores window displays, Google s Window Wonderland lets you do a virtual walk-through.

Photo: Apparently you can taste garlic through your feet.

How about some Gilroy garlic fries from McDonald s?

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Christopher Driskell 2016-06-10
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From alfalfa to yams, a map that shows where the world s major crops originated.

Like Rotten Tomatoes for books: Book Marks aggregates book reviews.

The history of pho, the Vietnamese soup that some liken to a flirty mistress.

And in the world s most realistic/depressing periodic table, each symbol stands for a social ill or injustice.

HT GMSV reader Arun  Photo: A bowl of pho.

Bay Area News Group

James Lamb 2017-04-03
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The Arizona desert where airplanes go to die.

American bald eagles: “Turns out that when you live with a federal symbol up close and personal, day in and day out, it’s a little harder to think of them as majestic.” Genetically modified ants: what happened to them when scientists dulled their sense of smell.

And in case you care, the powers and abilities of Superman.Photo: Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Steven Jones 2016-05-31
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Here s what s going on in tech.HP vs. Oracle: Trial begins today in case of Itanium mess, other bad blood between two Silicon Valley giants.

Zoox, a Menlo Park-based autonomous-driving startup, is reportedly seeking to raise $252 million at a $1 billion valuation.Russian watchdog again puts off decision on fining Google over its requirement that some apps be pre-installed on Androids, which was found to violate Russian law.French financial prosecutor: Data analysis from recent raid of Google s Paris offices over suspected tax evasion could take years.Mumbai police have asked Facebook and YouTube to remove a video mocking a cricket star and a Bollywood singer.

Some have called for the arrest of the comedian who posted the video.

NYT  Tesla s Gigafactory opening ceremony reportedly set for July 29.Twitter talks bug bounties: It has paid out more than $322,000 in two years.Asus unveils a robot assistant that costs about the same as a smartphone.

Zenbo costs $599.PayPal to stop operations in Turkey over new requirement to establish IT center there.

Photo: The Oracle campus in Redwood City, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2015.

Eddie Cox 2016-10-11
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What happened to the 1-900 number?

Blame its demise on the internet and on regulations to keep people from racking up the phone bill.

Now being tested in Poland: a glow-in-the-dark bike lane that s charged by the sun.

How do blind people dream when they have no images to draw from?

And how to save the princess in eight programming languages.

Photo: People used to call 1-900 numbers on corded, screenless telephones like this.

Everett Toliver 2016-05-19
img

Here s what s on the Thursday menu.Theranos voids two years of blood-test results, issues thousands of corrected reports.

WSJ Google appeals French right to be forgotten order — which calls for Google to apply removals of links to all its domains, not just ones in Europe — to France s highest court.The students who are suing Google over email scanning have asked magistrate judge Paul Grewal, who is overseeing procedural matters related to the case, to recuse himself because he has accepted a job with Facebook.

He starts next month.In meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, China regulator stressed Chinese users security.LinkedIn said Wednesday it s working to invalidate 100 million potentially compromised passwords that were taken during a 2012 breach, after reports that a hacker is selling them.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos responded Wednesday to recent accusations by Donald Trump that he and the company have tax and antitrust issues, saying it s not an appropriate way for a presidential candidate to behave.

Washington Post Taxi prices around the world have declined because of what Deutsche is calling the Uber effect.

Photo: Judge Paul Grewal poses in his office in the federal courthouse in downtown San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Grewal, a magistrate judge, is set to start working at Facebook next month as deputy general counsel in charge of litigation.

Richard Skaggs 2016-12-02
img

Hope you aren t vegetarian because the new five-pound note contains traces of animal fat.

In Canada, cops threaten to play Nickelback to those who drink and drive.

Get ready to update the periodic table, the four newest elements now have names, including one that s named after a U.S. state.

And in case you re feeling prehistoric, dinosaur parks around the United States.Photo: A dinosaur model on exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley in 2011.

There are many places to see dinosaurs across the country.

Doug Oakley/Bay Area News Group

Jose Rhoades 2017-05-10
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p The Museum of Failure opens next month and will showcase pens for women, Harley-Davidson perfume, the Newton and other products that flopped.

Crayola is soliciting ideas for a name for a new (accidentally created) blue crayon it’s planning to introduce.

A chart of the average time an American adult spends on sleeping, work, leisure, eating and more.

And Venice bans new kebab shops and fast-food shops to try to “preserve decorum and traditions.” /p p Photo: A prototype for the Apple Newton in the stacks at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Sept. 26, 2007.

William Franklin 2016-06-30
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True chemistry: A look at the possibility of love potions — and perhaps a cure for heartbreak, because who wants to go through all that?

Speaking of science, a U.S. company has reportedly been given permission to try to resurrect the dead.

Hey, at least my nails are young: A video explains how old certain parts of our body are.

And which of the three kinds of sidewalk walkers are you?

Photo: In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a couple played by Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey undergo a procedure that erases them from each other s mind.

But what if you could get over a person — and a broken heart — by using medication?

Donny Stiteler 2017-09-15
img

Natural History Museum vs. Science Museum Twitter war is the best kind of Twitter war.

A National Geographic tour of Cassini’s 20-year voyage, which today came to an end.

Scandal in the world of bestseller lists — and it looks like Twitter helped crack one case.

(HT GMSV reader Andy) And this video isn’t bad: “How to Talk Minnesotan: The Power of the Negative.”

Photo: A model of the Cassini spacecraft at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sept. 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California.

Cassini’s 20-year mission to study Saturn ended Sept. 15, 2017, when the spacecraft burned up after being intentionally plunged into the ringed planet’s atmosphere in what NASA called “The Grand Finale.” (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Luke Hall 2016-07-18
img

Do you have a doppelganger?

BBC Future looks at the math.

From rock art in China to a fossil site in Canada, newly named World Heritage Sites.

New tally of trees in the Amazon: More than half a million trees and about 12,000 species.

And a history of embarrassing presidential campaign logos.Photo: Iraqi women ride a boat on July 14, 2016 in the Ahwar area in the southern Maysan province — also known as the Iraqi Marshlands — one of the world s largest inland delta systems and now a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.

Anthony Breedlove 2016-09-23
img

You ve heard it all before: the world s most sampled songs.

Can we do it without Will Smith?

— concerned citizen files official request asking how the Indian government would deal with a zombie apocalypse.

Buns n Roses, Bin There Dump That and other punny businesses in America, mapped.

And at Mini Mini, Portland s new hipster-themed convenience store, there are Snickers and black water, plus kombucha and coffee are on tap.

Photo: Will Smith as the title character who didn t become a mutant/zombie like most everyone else in the sci-fi action thriller I Am Legend.

Marion Kimberlin 2017-04-18
img

Which animals came first, the sponges or the jellies?

Some scientists say the former, others say the latter.

Defining happiness: a look at how people have tried to describe it through thousands of edits on Wikipedia.

Not in my back yard: stubborn real estate holdouts around the world.

And archaeologists find that some medieval villagers in England mutilated their dead to keep them from rising again.Photo: A huge smiley face made out of an old satellite dish in Salem, Illinois in 2006.

David Sandoval 2016-05-19
img

Commune with nature — and ads?

National parks may relax corporate-sponsorship rules to pay for big centennial bash.

From duct tape to brass knuckles, things labeled American in other countries.

An interactive infographic shows how the American diet has changed over the past several decades.

And walking in 100-mph winds — and living to tell about it.

Photo: Duct tape apparently is called American tape in Spain.

Milagros Lester 2017-01-04
img

Shaker group founded in 1783 — which hasn t grown because its members are celibate and have stopped taking in orphans — now has just two members after Maine woman dies.

The DC Cannabis Coalition will be handing out 4,200 free joints on Inauguration Day in the nation s capital.

Speaking of weed, Snoop Dogg used to watch Snoopy all the time, plus how other rappers chose their names.

And in case you missed it, Lake Superior State University has released the 42nd annual list of words its wordsmiths would like to see banned, and it s on fleek.

Photo: Snoop Dogg smokes a blunt onstage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California.

Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/MCT archives

Oliver Dyer 2017-07-20
img

The ultimate placebo: sham surgeries.

Humans speak more than 7,000 languages — why?

How baseball came to be played in nine innings.

And “Do Not Pair” is the system that lets pilots request not to work with people they can’t stand.

Keith Hake 2016-12-14
img

Beyonce s got nothing on him — Mozart sold the most CDs this year.

I prefer tasty food the regular way, but apparently you can taste garlic through your feet.

The story of a Japanese internment camp in Canada.

And if you re feeling the holiday spirit and want to see New York stores window displays, Google s Window Wonderland lets you do a virtual walk-through.

Photo: Apparently you can taste garlic through your feet.

How about some Gilroy garlic fries from McDonald s?