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Where Did Kissing Come From?

Kissing is so commonplace that most people rarely think to stop and ask where humans picked up the habit in the first place. Where in humanity’s evolutionary history did smooshing our faces together come to be regarded as a display of lust, care, friendship, and love?

Volcanic Eruption In Chile Fills Argentinian Lake With Ash

On June 4, southern Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in 50 years. It’s been spewing giant ash clouds ever since. Enough ash, it seems, to make the Nahuel Huapi Lake in neighbouring Argentina an unrecognizable, soot-covered abyss, as you’ll see in the above video of one diver’s attempt to sift through it all. [via The Telegraph]

Great Moments In Autopen History

Minutes before midnight, after a landslide House vote of 250-153, President Obama signed legislation backing a four-year extension on the controversial USA PATRIOT Act. (Did you know that’s an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism? Now you do.) Yay, habeas corpus denials, warrantless searches and carte blanche wiretapping! Four more years! Four more years!

SpaceShipTwo Returning To Earth Looks Just Awesome

Virgin Atlantic has tested the return capabilities of their SpaceShipTwo spacecraft for the first time. The video of its first feathered flight is just too beautiful and elegant too describe. Just watch it:

Someday You'll Keep A Rainbow In A Cage

Scientists have been able to use metal to do tricks with light. Now they can differentiate that light into a spectrum, and store each colour in separate little grooves on the metal. With the power of plasmonics, you may one day have a rainbow on your keychain.

This Is The Scariest First-Person Video Of The Japan Tsunami Yet

This first-person view is the most terrifying and unbelievable video I’ve seen of the Japan tsunami. Initially everything seems ok, just a mild wave coming towards the camera. Then, the sea goes Godzilla on the city, destroying everything it finds.

The Best Feature Of Your New iPad Is A Hidden Secret

Your new iPad—and old too, with iOS 4.3—has a new hidden feature that Apple doesn’t want you to know about: Extra multi-touch gestures that completely changes the iPad experience—for the best.

The House From Up! Has Been Built In Real Life—and It Flies!

This is really nuts. The people from National Geographic have built a house inspired by the Pixar’s movie Up! Yes, a house tied to gas balloons that actually flies. I’m so giddy I can’t barely type.

The Ever-Increasing Invisibility Powers Of The Amazing Liu Bolin

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TSA Harasses 9-yo Boy And Other Train Passengers After Their Trip

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