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  1. Science

    Bumblebees Are Taking Over South America

    Bumblebees are the harmless doofuses of the bee world, or so we thought. It turns out that when introduced to a foreign ecosystem, they actually wreak havoc on native species. Bumblebees brought in to South American greenhouses have escaped, and are quickly dominating the continent at the cost of other species.

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  2. Weird

    Over 2,000 Dead Birds Wash Ashore on Chilean Beaches

    Several news outlets are reporting that some 2,300 dead sea birds have been found along four miles of beach in Chile. The mass avian die-off has left corpses from Cartagena to Playa de Santo Domingo, and is a no doubt unnerving sight. We really need to stop these mass animal die-offs, they're creeping me out.

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  3. Space

    Meteorito is Wine with a 4.5 Billion Year Old Meteor In It

    They say a fine wine gets better with age. If so, it'll probably also get better if you just throw a 4.5 billion year old meteorite in there as well, right? That might be up for debate, but that hasn't stopped Ian Hutcheon from doing exactly that to produce his space-tastic wine Meteorito: "The wine that's made with a really old rock in it." I'm not sure that's the official Meteorito tagline, but it might as well be.

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  4. Tech

    Netherlands to Become First European Country to Enact Net Neutrality as Law

    Telecom companies in The Netherlands must be kicking themselves now as the small European country, home to 16.7 million people, prepares to enact net neutrality principles into law. Yesterday, the Dutch Parliament agreed in a nearly unanimous vote that going forward, carriers must equally guarantee access to all web content and applications. Though they lobbied vociferously against the new law, telcos arguably brought this fate upon themselves discriminating against applications like VoIP and videochat service Skype and web-based text messaging service WhatsApp, among others. As these directly competed with their pricier packages for voice and texting services but could be used by customers who had bought data-only packages, Dutch telecom companies were rumored to throttle or even block them specifically. But when one company openly charged for these services, it triggered a backlash that led to the new net neutrality law.

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  5. Weird

    Chilean Miners Lose Friendly Soccer Match To Their Rescuers, 3-2

    The team of rescuers that pulled 33 Chilean miners to safety from over 2,000 feet below the Earth’s surface acted with purpose, togetherness … and of course, compassion for the trapped workers. And yesterday, the rescuers used two of those three qualities to beat the miners in a friendly soccer match, 3-2, held in the [...]

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  6. Gaming

    The Chilean Miner Rescue Flash Game

    This is genius. (Although you probably won't finish it.) Chilean tech and design firm Root33 has made a playable Flash game called Los 33 in which you rescue the Chilean miners trapped underground. They've been kind enough to let us embed it here. Rotate the wheel to get the rescue vehicle underground to pick up miners one-by-one, then rotate it again to bring it back up to the surface and drop them off amid the cheering crowds. Programming credit goes to Felipe "Peluche" León. >>>Play the game.

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  7. Weird

    The Chilean Miners: What Comes Next?

    As you no doubt know if you've been following the news at all today or yesterday, the effort to rescue the Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for sixty-nine days is currently underway, and thus far, things are mercifully going well, with fifteen of the thirty-three miners rescued as of posting. We'll leave the wall-to-wall coverage and rescue videos to other outlets -- our sister site Mediaite has been doing a good job documenting the media response . But once the livestreams and live-Tweets and gamification of the rescue wind down and all of the miners are hopefully brought to the surface safely, what comes next? It's more complicated than you might think:

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  8. Science

    Chile Earthquake Moved City of Concepción 10 Feet to the West

    In addition to shifting the Earth's axis, shooting energy halfway around the world, and shortening our days, February's earthquake in Chile apparently moved the entire city of Concepción 10 feet to the west.

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  9. Science

    As The World Turns: Chile Earthquake Shifted Earth’s Axis by About 3 Inches

    Have you been feeling slightly more in the dark these last few days? Literally. This is crazy but apparently the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile Saturday was so strong it knocked the Earth a few degrees off its axis and shortened our days. Not a joke.

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  10. Science

    Visualizing the Chilean Earthquake: A Blast of Energy Half the World Wide

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has posted a striking visualization of the energy dissipated by the earthquake in Chile.

    As you can see from the picture, almost the entire Pacific Ocean felt some effects from the quake. Note that the red reappears on coastlines as far as Alaska's.

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  11. Tech

    Hackers Exploit Chile Earthquake, Tsunamis to Spread Malware

    We could have seen this coming based on past tragedies like the Haiti earthquake last month, but that doesn't make it any less wrong: hackers are already exploiting the widespread concern over the earthquake in Chile and the threat of tsunamis to infect people's computers with malware and viruses.

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  12. Science

    Hawaii Issues Tsunami Warning After Chile Earthquake

    It's been declared a state of emergency in Hawaii, where officials have started to plan for the possible tsunami caused by yesterday's earthquake in Chile. The first waves are expected to hit at 4:19 EST this afternoon. Sirens blare to alert residents in the coastal areas to instruct them to evacuate, even as Hilo International Airport has been shut down and the planes grounded. American officials are prepared to visit both Chile and Hawaii, according to a Washington Post report.

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