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Lane Change Highway

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I just think lane markers should follow the local magnetic declination.
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chrisrosa
5 days ago
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Not too dissimilar from Germany's Rechts fahren. Anything to mitigate the fast lane campers!
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BestMacTools
3 days ago
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Ohh Gosh.. even i can't imagine how this will work.
India
urbanraccoon
5 days ago
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For those who won't stop talking about how perfect zipper-merge is AND for those who don't know what a "passing lane" is!
fancycwabs
6 days ago
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Finally a highway designed for the driver who cannot under any circumstances turn off their blinker.
Nashville, Tennessee
alt_text_bot
6 days ago
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I just think lane markers should follow the local magnetic declination.
dbdoug
6 days ago
You'd be made head of the department if you moved to São Paulo Brazil!

Horrible Therapist - Random Comic Generator

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Horrible Therapist - Random Comic Generator

The images here are picked randomly, so they might be nonsensical and/or terrible.

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chrisrosa
17 days ago
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This is kinda fun.
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I searched Google Patents for the toilet paper patent

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Did you know Google has a search engine where you can look up patents? It's called "Google Patents," and is a place where you can, according to the site, "search and read the full text of patents from around the world."  — Read the rest

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chrisrosa
26 days ago
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over the top...settled forever.
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Manzabar
27 days ago
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Cedar Rapids
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Fiona Apple covers The Waterboys' "The Whole of the Moon"

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Here's a beautifully chilling version of The Waterboys' The Whole of the Moon sung by Fiona Apple. Here's some context about the cover, posted on Zelda Hallman's YouTube:

After Mr. Scott (@ MickPuck) heard the performance he tweeted – "Prepare ye to receive goosebumps."

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chrisrosa
29 days ago
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Amazing cover of an amazing song.
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Perseverance Rover Dropped a ‘Lightsaber’ on Mars

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The Perseverance rover on Mars dropped off a tube of rock samples and it looks like it came straight from a galaxy far, far away. There’s (probably) no kyber crystals inside, but it bears a strong resemblance to a lightsaber. Somehow we doubt that the design similarities are an accident. There’s probably a bunch of Star Wars-loving nerds at NASA geeking out over this moment as well. If you’ve seen Apollo 13, you’ll know that NASA is also capable of the same kit-bashing skills that led to the iconic lightsaber hilts.

A sample tube dropped on Mars by the Perseverance rover looks just like a lightsaber
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Whether or not the sample holder is meant to look like a lightsaber, the task of returning them to Earth is a big deal. Each hilt (or sample tube) is filled with a sample collected by Perseverance. NASA shares information about each one, including pictures from the rover of the drill site. Not counting the pet rock it picked up in its wheel while roving around Mars, Perseverance has collected 18 samples. The rover dropped the first one at a potential pickup spot near its original landing site. Next, it took the picture above to make sure the sample hadn’t rolled under the rover’s wheels. It will drop more lightsabers/tubes over the course of the next two months. But it also holds onto duplicates of each sample in case anything goes wrong. 

Returning the samples to Earth is a long term goal. NASA is aiming to put a lander on Mars in 2028 and the samples may not make it back to Earth until 2033. Even then, scientists would preserve some of the the rocks for decades. That way, they can be analyzed with technology that doesn’t even exist yet. Researchers did the same with lunar samples collected by the Apollo program, some of which they are just now studying 50 years later.

If you want your own lightsaber/Perseverance sample tube, you can try kit-bashing your own build. Or put one together on your next trip to Savi’s Workshop at Galaxy’s Edge in the Disney theme parks. That way, you’ll get to choose what color your lightsaber is. We assume all those coming back from Mars will be red.

Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth. 

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chrisrosa
38 days ago
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turdsaber?
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Redactle is a fun game where you must guess a wikipedia article

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In Redactle, players are presented with a wikipedia article full of redacted words. Type in a guess to see how many times a word fits into the article, if any. The game feels incredibly hard at first, but becomes easier as you guess more words.  — Read the rest

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chrisrosa
83 days ago
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Love this idea!
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