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Sci-Fi Characters Who Survived Their Planets’ Destruction

Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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The destruction of your home world is one of the worst things that could ever happen to a science fiction character. It’s also a popular theme laced throughout science fiction movies and television shows. The annihilation of planets happens in a variety of different ways, from explosions, to war, or a gradual destruction where the planet’s environment causes the destruction of the lifeforms that inhabit it. There are many famous planets that have been destroyed over the years, and many sci-fi characters who have survived their planet’s destruction. We’ll take a look at a couple of them below in this graphic from Confused. [Read more...]

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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System

Tuesday 06.11.2013 , Posted by

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. Fruits and vegetables are our friends; foods like chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers, and candy are the devil. With the way our current food system works, these processed foods are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store you enter, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, however, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy foods over artery cloggers. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks. From farm to fork, our food system is toxic. [Read more...]

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Inception in Real Life? Learn to Control Your Dreams

Friday 06.07.2013 , Posted by

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Most of us have many types of dreams… but few of us realize there’s far more to experience. Some dreams are wild adventures in mysterious lands; some are the frustrating type where we repeatedly try to do something that never seems to work; others are crazy nightmares that startle us awake in a cold sweat; and some are sex dreams that add a little spice to our lives (ooh la la!). But have you ever had a dream that you could control? [Read more...]

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How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain?

Tuesday 05.28.2013 , Posted by

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Each day we write things down – maybe a grocery list, something memorable in a journal or if we’re feeling really creative, even a story. But, how often do we consider the effects and benefits the process of writing has on our brains? This infographic looks at the many ways writing influences positive change for the brain, from helping us remember things more accurately, to influencing a focused, meditative state in the mind. [Read more...]

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Interactive Guide To The Jokes On Arrested Development

Friday 05.24.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to the fact that season 4 of Arrested Development will be released May 26th, I can barely contain my joy! So, it would probably be a surprise if I told you that the first time I saw the show I was completely lost and thought it wasn’t funny. I know what it was now, I caught the show half way through season 1 and the recurring jokes had begun long ago. Like close friends, the show used inside jokes from times long past – easily leaving new viewers behind. Have no fear, this seriously awesome interactive graphic, Recurring Developments, will get you back up to speed on all the running jokes from the first 3 seasons. [Read more...]

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Wine Pairing: What Wine with What Food?

Monday 04.29.2013 , Posted by

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With the traditional and practiced “wine and cheese crowd” quickly being outnumbered by a world in love with wine, it’s not surprising that many of us have no idea what wines go with what food. Wine pairing is an art often lost on the new wine fanatics, not that it’s entirely their fault. There are loads of wine types out there – and even more types of food – making it a tough task when you just want to quickly select a nice bottle to go with that soft cheese and cured meat platter. [Read more...]

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The Global Impact of Movember in Numbers

Wednesday 04.24.2013 , Posted by

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What seemed like a fun excuse to try out growing a mustache is actually a global action plan that raised over $141.5 million and led to more than 2.3 billion conversations about men’s health! In the great month of Movember 2012, 1.1 million participants from 21 countries tried to do their best impression of 70′s Burt Reynolds. The powerful upper lip hair did not go un-noticed as people posted pictures of their staches all over Facebook and Twitter, each one reaching 2,413 people on average. When you multiply this number by the 1,127,152 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas participating, you get a whopping 2.72 billion conversations! [Read more...]

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Graphic Shows How Google Glass Works

Wednesday 04.10.2013 , Posted by

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By now you’re familiar with seeing fantastic videos filmed while people use Google Glass. From sharing sunset moments on top of skyscrapers to skydiving while streaming live video, the glasses-like device looks poised to revolutionize the way we both experience and interact with the world. But, among so many other questions about the system that we don’t know yet, how does Glass work? Although we’re treated to video based mockups of the clever looking UI seen on the tiny glass block the devices sport, there isn’t much mentioned about how you actually see the picture. Artist Martin Missfeldt recently pulled together documents on Glass’ design – including the patent itself – and has made a revealing infographic explaining how it focuses the picture on your eye. [Read more...]

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Happy 40th Birthday Cell Phone!

Wednesday 04.03.2013 , Posted by

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On this date forty years ago the first cell phone call was made in New York City by Motorola’s Martin Cooper. To celebrate the 40th birthday of the cell phone, Column Five teamed up with Mashable to bring us the most important facts in a single timeline. What started as a 2.5 lb brick with a 20 minute battery life that only the richest people could afford is now something that the vast majority of first world citizens carry in their pockets. [Read more...]

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drone Attacks Interactive

Saturday 03.30.2013 , Posted by

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The US has been waging war in the middle east for over 10 years now, making the combination of conflicts in the region the second longest war in our history. This is due, in part, to something new to our war making stategy: drone attacks. These non-manned flying machines allow the government to wage war without the risk of losing American military, while at the same time lowering the financial cost to wage such a conflict due to fewer deployed soldiers. Their are hidden costs to these tactics however, as this shockingly affective interactive graphic from Pitch Interactive makes abundantly clear. [Read more...]

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