Monthly Archives: November 2014

Girl Scouts to start selling cookies via the Internet, app and tablets



Samoas and Thin Mints could be coming to your inbox soonGirl Scouts of America announced Digital Cookie on Monday, a new digital platform that allows Girl Scouts to sell cookies through the Internet

It’s a move to get girls interested in computers at a young age. Girl Scouts has always touted the cookie program as a way to lay the groundwork for good business and negotiation skills, and the digital program is modernizing those skills

Digital Cookie will not be an online store for cookies, howeverAs a precaution, Girl Scouts will initiate all sales. So you won’t be able to order cookies online unless you’re directly contacted by a Girl Scout. This does not change typical cookie season timelines, either Read more…

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Giant sunspot may cause massive solar storms



The largest sunspot to appear on Earth’s nearest star in more than two decades is once again pointed at the planet, and it will likely kick-start solar storms, NASA scientists say.

The massive sunspot, previously known as Active Region 12192, was turned toward Earth in October and early November, but rotated out of view. While it was on the Earth-facing side of the sun, the sunspot did not produce any coronal mass ejections — hot bursts of material ejected into space at 4 million mph (6.4 million kilometers/hour) — which have the potential to damage satellites and power grids. Now the active region has rotated back around to face Earth again, and although the sunspot has shrunk in size, it will likely be disruptive, NASA scientist Holly Gilbert told Space.com during a video interview about the massive sunspot Read more…

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Giant sunspot may cause massive solar storms



The largest sunspot to appear on Earth’s nearest star in more than two decades is once again pointed at the planet, and it will likely kick-start solar storms, NASA scientists say.

The massive sunspot, previously known as Active Region 12192, was turned toward Earth in October and early November, but rotated out of view. While it was on the Earth-facing side of the sun, the sunspot did not produce any coronal mass ejections — hot bursts of material ejected into space at 4 million mph (6.4 million kilometers/hour) — which have the potential to damage satellites and power grids. Now the active region has rotated back around to face Earth again, and although the sunspot has shrunk in size, it will likely be disruptive, NASA scientist Holly Gilbert told Space.com during a video interview about the massive sunspot Read more…

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Vox Media Raises $46.5M At A Reported $380M Valuation



 Vox Media, which owns sites like The Verge, Racked, and SB Nation, has raised $46.5 million from General Atlantic at a valuation of $380 million. The new funding, which is supposed to be announced on Monday, was reported in a New York Times article that has been retweeted by Vox Media. We’re taking that as confirmation of the funding amount, but have reached out to Vox to see if the… Read More

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10 times science ruled in 2014



There’s no denying it: Science is cool, and 2014 was no exception

This year, we discovered that one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus, was shooting geysers out of cracks in its surface. We also found a way to make a teeny, tiny radio that requires no battery. The human race is pushing forward into the final frontier — and also the tiniest frontier

Although 2014 was also the year Kim Kardashian’s butt broke the internet, let’s take some time to remember the actual cool stuff people do. Read more…

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Why do people have different laughs?



Laughter may be contagious, but sometimes it sounds like we all have different strains.

Think of those famous, trademark laughs — Fran Drescher’s nasally titter, Eddie Murphy’s breathless guffaw, Nick Offerman’s unexpected giggle. Now, think of your own. They’re all different, as if dialects or accents from across the geography of laughter.

The reasons we laugh extend beyond responses to humor — laughter is a social tool, one we use to interact with each other and also to take advantage of its benefits (like its therapeutic effects and advantages for improving memory) Read more…

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What a J.J. Abrams-directed 'Guardians of the Galaxy' might look like



In a galaxy far, far away a genetically engineered raccoon blasts the Imperial Fleet

Guardians of the Galaxy melds with Star Wars: Episode VII in a mashup straight out of J.J. Abrams’ nerdy daydreams

Needs more lens flare and maybe a Groot-shaped smoke monster.

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Kermit hip hops when Muppets sing 'Hip Hop Hooray'



Kermit the Frog puts the hop in hip hop with a Muppets version of “Hip Hop Hooray.” Wocka wocka

Fozzie Bear, Kermit and MC Beaker sing along to the Naughty by Nature classic in a mashup worthy of fuzzy props.

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Your work week motivation is a cat begging for treats



A cat with a taste for fish treats proves that you, too, can achieve greatness with a little persistence

So stop messing around, humans — reach for that metaphorical cat treat in the sky.

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Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hint at 'gorgant' Golden Globes



Stilts, ice skates and drunk, back-patting celebrities — the 2015 Golden Globes promises it all.

Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey offer a first glimpse at the Golden Globes shenanigans in a promo that reminds us all that Poehler and Fey should just host every award show. (Sorry, Ellen and NPH.)

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