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Small Town Flips for Centuries-Old Sport of Pancake Racing

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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Pancake racing, the most wonderfully random of all weird sports, is held on Shrove Tuesday and is exactly what its name suggests.




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Boiling Down the Meaning of Life

Sunday, February 12th, 2012
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Shipud writes “A recent article in Journal of Biomolecular structure and Dynamics proposes to define life by semantic voting [Note: open-access article]: ‘The definitions of life are more than often in conflict with one another. Undeniably, however, most of them do have a point, one or another or several, and common sense suggests that, probably, one could arrive to a consensus, if only the authors, some two centuries apart from one another, could be brought together. One thing, however, can be done – short of voting in absentia – asking which terms in the definitions are the most frequent and, thus, perhaps, reflecting the most important points shared by many.’ The author arrives at a six-word definition, as explained here.”

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North Star May Be Wasting Away

Friday, January 27th, 2012
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sciencehabit writes “The North Star, a celestial beacon to navigators for centuries, may be slowly shrinking, according to a new analysis of more than 160 years of observations. The data suggest that the familiar fixture in the northern sky is shedding an Earth’s mass worth of gas each year.”

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