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  1. Weird

    Helicopter Pilot Stages Daring and Adorable Deer Rescue [Video]

    A mother deer and her fawn became stranded on the ice of a frozen lake in Antigonish Harbour, Nova Scotia, and the situation looked dire. The deer struggled to stand and repeatedly fell back to the ice and appeared to be getting exhausted. The Department of Natural Resources was called, but the ice was too thin to safely go out after the animals. That's when DNR pilot David Farrell flew in to save the day. He carefully piloted a helicopter above the ice and used the air pressure from the rotors to blow the deer safely back to shore. The video is pretty impressive.

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  2. Science

    Can You Feel It? Neuroscientists Turn Off Ability to Feel Cold in Lab Mice

    For many of us, Valentine's Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the one we love. For others among us... well, we mostly just try not to hate all you cute couples too much and get through the day without feeling too many feelings.  For those of us who would rather shut down our perceptions today, there's a far-off glimmer of hope -- researchers at the University of Southern California have succeeded in turning off the ability of mice to feel. Well, to feel the sensation of cold, anyway, though we're hopeful that turning off the ability to feel the bitter sting of disappointment or the dull, lasting ache of loneliness is just down the road.

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  3. Science

    Ever Wondered What a Ball of Red Hot Nickel Would Do to a Block of Ice? [Video]

    One of the greatest things to come out of the creation of YouTube is the ability for pretty much anyone to video any kind of thing and throw it up for the viewing pleasure of others. There were other ways before YouTube, but the video giant centralizes things well. It also allows creators of videos to field suggestions from their viewers, and that's just what YouTube user carsandwater did. They've been heating up balls of nickel and placing them in things, and one comment suggested that they place the red hot ball of nickel on a block of ice.

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  4. Weird

    This Video of People Slipping on Ice is Eight Minutes of Pure Schadenfreude

    There are quite a few people out there who are quick to point out that slipping on ice is never a laughing matter. Admittedly, they're half right in their belief, but what those killjoys fail to grasp is that it all depends on the context. See, when you fall down flat on your face when trying to traverse an icy surface, it's not at all funny. Now if someone else, on the other hand, takes a spill, then by all means, feel free to giggle a little bit -- even if this brief moment of relishing in another's public humiliation is frowned upon. Better yet, whip out the camera and start filming the poor saps getting acquainted with the icy concrete that, up until a few seconds ago, was beneath their feet. That's what one person did when some hapless pedestrians thought they'd make it across a frozen sidewalk with their dignity in one piece.

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  5. Science

    First Clean Water Sample Retrieved From Antarctic Lake Sealed by Ice for Eons

    After years of failure, a team of Russian researchers and engineers working in Antarctica have succeeded in taking a clean sample of water from Lake Vostok, a liquid water lake sealed beneath two miles of ice sheets at the bottom of the world. Scientists hope that this first untainted sample of the water -- which has been largely untouched by the outside world since prehistory -- will provide them with new insights into some of Earth's earliest lifeforms.

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  6. Tech

    Feds Took Down 132 Websites, Just Like Rep. Zoe Lofgren Said They Would

    Happy Cyber Monday everyone! Everyone, that is, except for the owners of the 132 websites taken down by the government today. You all are probably pretty bummed. The websites were seized by a joint effort between the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and officials from several European countries in an attempt to crack down on counterfeit goods being sold online. This is exactly the sort of thing House Representative Zoe Lofgren was asking for help about on Reddit last week.

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  7. Space

    Water On Moon’s Surface Created By Solar Winds, Could Suggest Water Present On Asteroids

    Researchers from the University of Tennessee have found proof for the theory that water present on the surface of the Moon is the product of solar winds. This work not only shows that other teams have been on the right track, but suggests that large, planet like bodies such as asteroids could also house water created by the same process, in which solar winds carry charged hydrogen particles millions of miles to bond with oxygen particles, producing water molecules in unexpected places.

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  8. Science

    World’s Smallest Snowflake Created, Only Takes 275 Water Molecules

    Have you ever wondered how many molecules, exactly, it actually takes to make an ice crystal? You haven't? Yeah, us neither. That hasn't stopped researchers at Germany's Max Planck Institute from devoting significant portions of their rapidly passing mortal lives to answering that question. We can all now sleep better knowing that to make an ice crystal, you need about 275 water molecules.

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  9. Science

    New Research Suggests Vast Methane Reserves Under Antarctic Ice

    A new study of Antarctic ice suggests that the continent may be harboring enormous stores of methane just beneath surface layers of ice. Okay, has everybody made their fart jokes? Good. Moving on. The main ingredient of natural gas and a common byproduct of digestion in everything from cows to people to microorganisms, methane is the among the big bads of the greenhouse gas world. It's super effective at trapping heat, trapping more than 20 times as much heat in the atmosphere than its more well-known cousin, carbon dioxide. Research published in the journal Nature suggests that there are more than 4 billion metric tons of methane underneath Antarctica's ice sheets. If that ice melts, releasing the methane stored underneath, the resulting gasses could contribute significantly to climate change. It's like the rich getting richer, only with instead of money, you have a greenhouse gas, and instead of investing wisely, everything melts.

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  10. Tech

    DVDs and Blu-Rays Will Now Contain Two Unskippable, Ten Second Copyright Warnings

    Remember that old FBI warning before movies that you probably don't notice anymore because there's a decent chance you exclusively use streaming services to watch your movies and television shows now? Remember how it was always annoying that, whenever you popped in a DVD, you couldn't skip that warning, as your DVD player would inform you that the operation could not be completed? Well, it's about to get even more annoying for DVD and Blu-ray owners. That single, unskippable FBI warning is multiplying, and now DVDs and Blu-rays from six major studios will carry two unskippable, ten second warnings.

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  11. Space

    NASA Spacecraft Finds More Evidence for Water-Ice on Mercury

    Though Mercury is generally thought of as an inhospitable, flaming ball of rock due to its close distance to the Sun, its poles are permanently cast in shadow. In the past, work has shown that areas near Mercury's poles reflect radar, which is something ice does. Now, it turns out, the Messenger probe has found that the radar patches near the shadowy poles actually line up with craters that are covered in shadow, which would make a perfect home for water-ice.

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  12. Tech

    The Feds Take Down 307 Domains in Preparation for Super Bowl Sunday

    The big game is on Sunday, so what better time for the Federal government to start seizing sports-related domains left and right under charges of illegal streaming and sale of unauthorized merchandise? This has actually been going on for a while now, but today marks the largest seizure to date: 307 sites in total, 16 of which were allegedly doing the streaming thing, the rest allegedly handling the unauthorized merchandise part.

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  13. Science

    “Brinicles,” the Terrifying Icy Finger of Death on the Ocean Floor

    Midwestern lore has it that icicles hanging off roofs can go right through a man unlucky to pass underneath as it falls. However, such terrestrial dangers seem like small potatoes when compared with "brinicles," the icy sheaths of super cold water found in polar regions. These bizarre, twisting tendrils of ice snake down from the much colder surface and freeze everything they touch once they hit bottom. Now, a BBC camera crew has successfully captured a time-lapse film of the birth of a brinicle, and the death it brings to the ocean floor.

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  14. Tech

    Wikileaks Reveals Some Media Leaks May Be Intended to Help Government Infiltrate Warez Sites

    A recently leaked diplomatic cable reveals that starting in 2009, entertainment entities teamed up with government agencies and at least considered the possibility of purposefully leaking media in hopes of infiltrating topsites. It's unclear whether or not this actually happened, but the leaked cable discusses the option in detail.

    The 2009 cable outlines a meeting involving the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), a representative from the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), and representatives from the South Korean government. While the cable makes no mention of any specific plans or instances of topsite infiltration, there is language which strongly implies that ICE is familiar with the process as a result of campaigns taking place here in the states.

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  15. Tech

    U.S. Government Accidentally Shuts Down 84,000 Websites

    Last Friday, ICE's Cyber Crimes Center proudly seized various domain names as part of "Operation Save Our Children," claiming the domains were involved with the distribution of child pornography. ICE managed to get a District Court judge sign a seizure warrant, then had the offending sites' doman registries make said offending sites point to the scary banner shown above. However, for whatever reason, a mistake was made and the domain, mooo.com, of a large DNS service provider, FreeDNS, was seized, causing around 84,000 innocent subdomains to be seized as well.

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