Monthly Archives: October 2016
Dak Prescott hits rookie wall, then breaks through it in Cowboys’ win
Nearly an hour after Dak Prescott added to his budding legend with a touchdown in overtime that ignited a mob scene of a celebration for the Dallas Cowboys, the vibe was still flowing upstairs in the owner’s suite.
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The Venom From This Snake Will Make Your Life a Living Hell
The menacingly beautiful blue coral snake preys on other fast moving, venomous snakes. To immobilize its prey, this reptile employs a particularly nasty venom—one that makes the last moments of the victim’s life a living hell.
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The Slang that Made Ghostface Killah A Rap Legend
It’s been 20 years since one of the most consistent rappers OF ALL TIME (© Yeezy) dropped his debut album, Ironman. Of course, Ghostface Killah wasn’t exactly a newbie, as the masked rapper had already played a key role in two classic albums—Wu’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…—but “since the face been revealed, game got real,” in ‘96, it was time for Tony Starks to take his turn in the spotlight.
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Tesla’s Electric Domination Moves Forward With Debut of Beautiful Solar Shingles
In a move that would make Steve Jobs boil over with envy, Elon Musk presented Tesla’s latest product in an over the top presentation at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Four houses on the old set of Desperate Housewives were refitted with the company’s new, almost unnoticeable solar panel roofing.
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Short Film: Hum
It is quite remarkable how much empathy can be wrung out audiences if you put a pair of sad eyes on a box. Despite a relatively straightforward narrative in Hum, its creative team certainly know the importance of character design, and, in a stylishly impressive short reminiscent of WALL-E, they are able to ladle on the melodrama to such an extent that this reviewer neared his breaking point.
How Skyscrapers Are Being Built Higher and Higher
Tall buildings often have tuned mass dampers hidden inside their structures to stabilize them against the wind. Those tuned mass dampers are huge and heavy and help limit a building’s movement by swaying in the opposite direction of the building. That is, if the wind is making a skyscraper sway to the right, the damper will sway to the left to dissipate the kinetic energy, and reduce the, um, swaying. What’s interesting is that the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, doesn’t have that.
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