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Why plane tires don’t explode during landing

Plane tires can handle thousands of pounds of weight and high speeds – and it’s mostly due to how they’re made. A combination of sturdy materials and nitrogen create a tire strong enough to handle the rigorous conditions upon landing. Goodyear, one of the leading manufacturers of plane tires, gave […]
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There are serious health reasons why you shouldn’t eat your boogers

Over 90% of adults pick their noses, and many people end up eating those boogers. But it turns out, snacking on snot is a bad idea. Boogers trap invading viruses and bacteria before they can enter your body, so eating boogers might expose your system to these pathogens. Odds are […]
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What if the Earth stopped orbiting the Sun?

It’s a natural cycle: the Earth orbits the sun. But what if something catastrophic happened and we were knocked out of orbit? The sun’s gravity would quickly take hold of Earth and we’d go flying straight toward the sun. Turns out, you’d only have about one month to live, and […]
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I used the 10-year-old original Motorola Droid for a week

The original MotorolaDroid was released 10 years ago on November 6, 2009. The phone popularised the Android operating system with its touchscreen and iconic slide-out keyboard, and it was one of the first direct rivals to the iPhone. We put the 10-year-old phone to the test to see how it […]
I used the 10-year-old original Motorola Droid for a week
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Why it’s so hard for planes to land on water

When US Airways Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson river, all 150 passengers survived and the event was dubbed the Miracle On The Hudson. But despite that success, landing a plane on the water, known as “ditching,” can be extremely dangerous. This controlled, emergency-landing procedure is very rare, especially on […]
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8 weird robots NASA wants to send to space

NASA is developing a bunch of robots it wants to send to space. Some are humanoid like the RoboSimian and Robonaut 2, but other bots, like the Ice Worm and Astrobee, are more abstract. Arguably the most famous robot on its way to Mars is the Mars 2020 Rover. It’s […]
8 weird robots NASA wants to send to space
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Doctors debunk the 25 biggest pregnancy myths

Business Insider asked two high-risk OB-GYNs to debunk 25 of the most common pregnancy myths. They explain that pregnant women don’t need to eat twice as much, there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy or while you’re breastfeeding, and cocoa butter does not prevent stretch marks. […]
Doctors debunk the 25 biggest pregnancy myths
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Inside the US government’s top-secret bioweapons lab

Dugway Proving Ground tests and stores some of the deadliest chemical and biological agents on Earth. The facility, which opened in 1942, covers about 800,000 acres – larger than the state of Rhode Island. Past experiments include weaponised mosquitoes and fleas, as well as tests with deadly diseases such as […]
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Here’s why in-flight WiFi is so slow and expensive

The in-flight WiFi industry is expected to grow significantly by 2035. The current WiFi on planes is slow, spotty, and usually expensive. But airlines are planning to invest in upgrading their equipment. A survey showed that 67% of customers are more likely to rebook with an airline that has good […]
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7 ways Apple makes its keynote presentations so engaging

Before every new iPhone and Apple product comes a keynote presentation. Apple’s keynotes have been an essential part of its brand for over 20 years. Apple’s presenters use techniques that may not be immediately obvious, but they are effective, and they create enormous anticipation prior to Apple’s multiple product launches. […]
7 ways Apple makes its keynote presentations so engaging
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Why bidets are better than buying countless rolls of toilet paper

Bidets have been around for over 300 years – the first known bidet appeared in France in the 1700s. People all over the world use it as a standard in their bathrooms, but Americans haven’t caught on yet. Americans use about 34 million rolls of toilet paper a day. Investing […]
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Here’s what would happen if all insects on Earth disappeared

Although it’s impossible to say exactly what would happen if all insects on Earth suddenly vanished, it’s likely that civilisation and ecosystems would be in serious trouble. Nitrogen-rich faeces would potentially build up, choking plant life and preventing new growth. Meanwhile, no dermestid beetles and other corpse-eaters would lead to […]
Here’s what would happen if all insects on Earth disappeared
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How Adidas is turning plastic ocean waste into sneakers and sportswear

In 2015 Adidas partnered with Parley for the Oceans to turn marine pollution into sportswear. Adidas uses recycled plastic bottles as a replacement for virgin polyester. Adidas is developing a 100% recyclable shoe called Futurecraft Loop, which is expected to be available in 2021. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more […]
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16 inventions getting us off fossil fuels and into renewable energy

Much of the world’s energy is sourced from fossil fuels. Several innovators and companies have developed inventions to help get the world off of non-renewable energy. For example, the HomeBiogas 2.0 turns food waste into gas, producing up to three hours of cooking gas. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more […]
16 inventions getting us off fossil fuels and into renewable energy