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This Ikea magazine ad is also a pregnancy test

Ikea collaborated with Medical Lab Mercene Labs to create an ad that doubles as a pregnancy test. Peeing on the marked area will show whether you’re pregnant. If you are pregnant, a discounted price will appear right on the ad. Peeing on an ad may be unconventional but it could also be the future of advertising.  Read more…

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Blame Hawaii’s apocalypse fake-out on this common video game mistake

Nobody likes a bad user interface.

It makes video games — and really, any app or software — needlessly confusing and difficult to navigate. And as we now know, it’s also the reason the state of Hawaii experienced a brief yet horrifying period of existential panic on Saturday.

SEE ALSO: Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines flight got to kiss 2017 goodbye twice

When an unnamed state official accidentally issued the alert about an incoming ballistic missile attack, this is the screen they were looking at:

This is the screen that set off the ballistic missile alert on Saturday. The operator clicked the PACOM (CDW) State Only link. The drill link is the one that was supposed to be clicked#Hawaii pic.twitter.com/lDVnqUmyHa

— Honolulu Civil Beat (@CivilBeat) January 16, 2018 Read more…

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Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world’s largest in decades

What could be the largest oil spill since 1989’s Exxon Valdez is unfolding in the East China Sea after a deadly and fiery collision between two vessels caused a tanker to sink. All 32 crew members are thought to have died aboard the Iranian vessel “Sanchi,” which was carrying about 1 million barrels of condensate. 

According to Bloomberg News, the ship was transporting hydrocarbon liquid that’s a key ingredient for making petrochemicals, including jet fuel. It was headed to the port of Daesan, South Korea when it struck the transport ship “CF Crystal” off China’s eastern coast. 

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Stunning NASA Image Reveals Jupiter’s Apocalyptic 355mph Storms

NASA has continued its trend of releasing ever more impressive images of Jupiter with this stunning overview of the planet’s tempestuous weather.

Taken by the Juno spacecraft the image reveals the sheer breadth of colours that make up the gas giant’s cloud belts and gives some indication of the frightful speeds at which they’re moving.

With storms travelling at speeds of up to 355mph, Jupiter’s weather means that it is not a place you would want to visit for long.

In fact for now, none of us would ever be able to get this close to the planet thanks to its lethal radiation belt that extends for millions of miles.

Taken on the 16th December, 2017, the image also conveys the sheer size of the planet.

Each pixel in this image represents 5.6 miles.

The gas giant is 300 times more massive than our planet and five times farther from the sun. Jupiter years are twelve times longer than earth’s, but the planet rotates so fast that its days are only 10 hours long. 

If it had been just 80 times larger Jupiter would have become a star with its very own solar system. Instead it remains a giant among our planets, indeed minus the sun, Jupiter contains more than twice the amount of material within everything else in our solar system – all the planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

Voyager’s primary mission was actually Jupiter and Saturn

NASA clearly built the Voyager spacecraft hoping that they could reach interstellar space but just in case, they set the bar far lower. Initially Voyager’s mission was simply to make it to Jupiter and Saturn, little did they know that both spacecraft would exceed all their expectations.

Voyager took over 33,000 images of Jupiter

When the Voyager spacecraft arrived at Jupiter in 1979 it started taking pictures, lots of them. Some 33,000 photos laters and scientists had made some incredible discoveries ranging from the erupting volcanoes of the Jupiter’s moon IO to the hurricane-like storms that covered Jupiter’s terrifying surface.

Voyager helped us finally understand Saturn

Arriving at Saturn in 1981, both Voyager spacecraft altered our understanding of this ringed giant. Not only did we first discover that Europa had a vast subsurface ocean but it allowed us to actually measure the wind speed on Saturn revealing a gas giant that suffered from a permanent 1,100mph gale at its equator.

Voyager 2 is the ONLY spacecraft to have visited Neptune and Uranus

Incredibly, Voyager 2 is still the only spacecraft to have visited both the planets Neptune and Uranus. When it arrived at Uranus in 1986 it made some incredible discoveries including 11 previously undiscovered moons around Uranus. When it arrived at Neptune in 1989 the records continued to be set as it discovered the planet’s ‘Great Dark Spot’. Later that year Voyager 2 would turn its cameras off, they will never be switched on again.

Voyager 1 captures ‘Pale Blue Dot’

On February 14 1990 Voyager 1 would take one last look back at our solar system and capture one of the most famous pictures ever taken. ‘Pale Blue Dot’, is a part of the first ever ‘portrait’ of the solar system taken by Voyager 1. The spacecraft acquired a total of 60 frames for a mosaic of the solar system from a distance of more than 4 billion miles from Earth and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic. From Voyager’s great distance Earth is a mere point of light, less than the size of a picture element even in the narrow-angle camera. Earth was a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size.

Voyager 1 becomes the furthest man-made object in space

At around 5PM EST Voyager 1 passed Pioneer 10 and became the most distant man-made object in space. Travelling at a speed of around 39,000 km/h Voyager 1 was some 6.5 billion miles from the Sun.

Voyager 1 becomes the first man-made object to enter interstellar space

On the 25 August 2012 Voyager 1 becomes the first human-made object to leave the solar system and enter the vast blackness of interstellar space. It is now 11,600,000,000 miles from the Sun. In that same month Voyager 2 officially became NASA’s longest-running mission in history.

Where is Voyager now?

40 years later Voyager 1 is now some 13 billion miles away. Despite what feels like an almost unimaginable distance, it is still transmitting back to Earth and will continue to do so well into the 2020s.

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This chatbot wants to cut through the noise on climate science

Noise and misinformation, especially on climate, has long been a problem on social media.

To counter this, Australian not-for-profit the Climate Council has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to inform people about climate science.

SEE ALSO: Facebook announces a big News Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

Launched on its Facebook page last week, it’s an effort to connect with younger people who are interested in issues like climate change, but aren’t the most engaged with the organisation — largely due to broader information overload.

“Young people are saturated on social media because they’re the most active on it, we know that they care and that they’ve got the thirst for information,” Nelli Huié, digital manager at the Climate Council, explained. Read more…

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Scary video shows Prius ‘bobsledding’ down a powerful mudslide

With rescue efforts continuing in parts of Southern California following the region’s epic mudslides, footage of the insane power of the event are still emerging.

SEE ALSO: Mangled cars show the raw destructive power of California mudslides

Firefighters from Burbank posted a clip to Instagram showing the unlikely sight of a small car skidding down a torrent of gloopy muck. “Urban Prius bobsledding,” the caption read, and the video needs to be seen to be believed.

Urban Prius bobsledding in #Burbank ! . . We are granting permission of this video to be used as long as credit is given to Burbank Firefighters Local 778.

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Mangled cars show the raw destructive power of California mudslides

If anyone doubted the sheer destructive power of the mudslides that have devastated Southern California this week, a video posted to Instagram Thursday should hammer the point home.

SEE ALSO: Photos: California’s wildfires make way for destructive mudslides

The video, which was uploaded by The Knight Show podcast and verified by Storyful, hovers over two utterly mangled blobs of crushed steel and twisted plastic on Hammonds Beach in Santa Barbara. 

One of the unlucky cars, which had made a trip down Montecito Creek following heavy rain in the region, was apparently an H3 Hummer.

The destructive power of nature… what’s left of a Honda and an H3 hummer #santabarbara #mudslide #theknightshow

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Sheets of ice found below Mars’ surface could be a boon for human exploration

If you look at a photo of Mars, you’ll mostly see red. 

The rust-colored world is known for its oxidized look, but if you dig down into the dirt, Mars gets a lot more interesting.

The red planet is actually hiding pockets of water-ice up to about 100 meters thick just below its red surface, according to a new study published in the journal Science this week. The research found eight different pockets of ice of varying size not far below the planet’s surface.

That ice could have implications for science, human exploration, and even long-term living on Mars. 

SEE ALSO: Another thing we thought was water on Mars actually isn’t water Read more…

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Cold snaps like the one that just gripped the U.S. are far more rare thanks to global warming

The first week of January was the coldest such week on record in most locations in the Eastern United States. It was so frigid that week, and the week preceding it, that sea ice formed around Cape Cod and Chesapeake Bay, sharks froze to death on Massachusetts beaches, and alligators went into a resting state while entombed in ice. 

One might think that a cold snap like this one all but disproves global warming, or at least refutes the more dire scenarios about winter all but disappearing as the globe responds to sharp increases in greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane. 

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Snow falls on the usually quite hot Sahara Desert

Africa’s Sahara Desert isn’t the place you’d expect to see snow.

Yet a rare winter storm powdered the arid sand dunes of northwestern Algeria with white snow on Sunday, the third time an event like this has happened in 40 years.

SEE ALSO: How the ‘bomb cyclone’ formed to slam the East Coast

What’s even odder is snow also fell on the Sahara last year. Before that, the town of Ain Sefra saw snow all the way back in 1979, albeit for only half an hour.

The region typically experiences blisteringly hot weather in summer, exceeding temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). However, it cools right down in winter, hitting an average low of 31.5 degrees Fahrenheit (-0.5 degrees Celsius). Read more…

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