What’s Actually Going On in the Two Seconds of a Formula 1 Pit Stop

Formula 1 pit stops are almost comically quick. The driver rolls in; a gang of crew workers buzz around; and then two seconds later, the race car shoots out to zip around the track again. But what’s actually going on? And what the hell are all those damn people doing? This video explains.

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2 Billion Children Are Exposed To Poisonous Air Every Day

Air pollution is killing the world’s children.

At least 2 billion kids globally are exposed daily to unhealthy levels of outdoor air pollution, according to a sobering UNICEF report released Monday. And about in 1 in 7 — or 300 million children — live in areas with the “most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution,” measured as six or more times higher than standards set by the World Health Organization.

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These Bionic Plants Can Detect Deadly Land Mines

Popeye was right when it came to the health benefits of spinach, but that simple sailor man couldn’t have predicted this unorthodox use of the superfood. Researchers at MIT have found a way to use spinach to detect explosive materials in soil, potentially making the plant a safe way to detect landmines.

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