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A Superstitious Fisherman Kept This $100 Million Pearl Under His Bed

According to city government officials in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines, a local fisher just dropped off this monster of a pearl to a local tourism office. If legit, it would far surpass the current Guinness record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, at a comparatively measly 6.4kg, which also came from the Philippines.


This Is How South Florida Ends

It’s a scorching midsummer day, and the sawgrass is still under a pale blue sky. Waist-deep in water and sinking slowly into the muck, I fend off mosquitoes as a man from South Florida’s Water Management District mixes a bag of salt into a hot tub-sized bucket on the side of the road. Nine metres away in the marsh, another city official wearing waders and a bug hat stands on a narrow steel walkway, dangling the end of a long hose over a plexiglass chamber.


Scientists Just Found Signs Of Supernovae On The Sea Floor

Is it possible to find trace evidence of supernovae from millions of years ago in the sediment lining the ocean floor? One astrophysicist has spent the better part of a decade trying to find the proverbial smoking gun to prove that it is. And now, it seems, he has succeeded.


How US Congress, The FDA And Sarah Jessica Parker Helped EpiPen Become A $1.3 Billion Business

EpiPen, the life-saving allergy product, is now a $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) a year business for Mylan, a drug company that’s currently enduring a wave of bad publicity over the extraordinary surge in US EpiPen pricing. In 2007, an EpiPen in the US cost about $US57 ($75). Today that price has skyrocketed to over $US600 ($787) — all for about $1 worth of injectable medicine.


Why Drums Only Sound As Good As The Room They're In

I’ve spent a fair bit of time in the company of drummers, and every last one has been a little bit weird. That level of independent limb coordination must do something to your neural circuitry. Some of them hide their strangeness… unless they get to talking about “room tone”. Then they start describing sounds as boomy or dry or slappy and the secret is out.


Watch Gravity Foil This World Record Domino Tower Attempt

Video: Sometimes failure isn’t always a bad thing. This 5.79m tall domino tower was only 10 layers away from officially becoming the second tallest in the world — but then gravity claimed yet another victim. As heartbreaking it is to see all this hard work go to waste, it’s also pretty cool to watch 241 layers of dominoes, some 3242 in total, come spectacularly crashing to the ground.


Why Apple's Move Towards Health Is So Exciting

Apple’s slow creep towards becoming a health company just made a little progress with the acquisition of Gliimpse, a personal health data startup. It’s unclear what Apple plans to do with the company, but I have a free idea for Tim Cook: Let me control my health records on an iPhone. It could save my life.


What Happens When A Shopping Cart Hits A Wall At 117.8km/h

Video: We’ve all had the occasional shopping cart fender bender while coming around a blind corner at the end of an aisle. But here’s what would happen if you were trying to speed through a grocery store at 117.8 km/h, got distracted and then slammed your cart head-on into a concrete wall.


Bicycle Brakes Are No Match For A Spinning Lathe

Video: Remember your high school DT teacher’s non-stop litany about safety? Here’s a real-life example of why you shouldn’t goof off with power tools. Taking a break from smooshing stuff, the folks behind those hydraulic press videos attached a bicycle brake to a lathe to see if they could bring it to a grinding stop. Nope.


Monster Storm Throws Thousands Of Tonnes Of Cargo Into The Sea

Video: Even a massive cargo ship can sometimes be no match for the massive storms brewing on the world’s oceans. But when you add hundreds of thousands of tonnes of cargo into the mix, the last place you want to find yourself is on deck when cargo starts spilling overboard.


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