Angel Of Death: The Demon Core

Oppenheimer built the bomb But now he’s dead (dead) Einstein was very very smart But not enough not to be dead (dead) So don’t go into science You’ll end up dead. – “Don’t Go Into Politics,” by the Arrogant Worms People in every field are standing on the shoulders of giants, from music to politics…
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Amy Winehouse Is Dead (And The 27 Club Nonsense)

I was grumpy throughout most of yesterday after I heard Amy Winehouse had died. If there were ever a perfect example of wasted talent it was Amy Winehouse, and yes, sometimes the “wasted” in that sentence had more than one meaning. Of course her death is still under investigation and it is a little premature…
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Strange Places: Lake Nyos, Cameroon

People have already begun to resettle the area around Lake Nyos, a deep crater lake next to an inactive volcano in the small country of Cameroon, but they may look to the lake with cautious eyes. Overnight, its waters once turned from a brilliant blue to a bloody rust hue, taking more than 1,700 human…
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Strange Places: The Zone Of Alienation, Ukraine

The Ferris wheel has remained still for decades, with rust slowly overtaking the brightly painted yellow gondolas meant to entertain children who will likely now never even see them. Nearby, the bumper cars have been entirely overtaken by the wild growth of weeds from between concrete slabs and even trees poking through the wires above.…
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Bad News… Yay!

As I have had cause to mention before, people love bad news. Until, of course, it happens to them, or their families, or someone they know. What’s really necessary to make bad news enjoyable, either through schadenfreude or else simply through thinking "well, my life could be worse, at least <insert bad news here> didn’t…
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