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Posted by bio_man   September 4, 2018   458 views
Tianducheng is a housing estate in China that's designed to evoke classical European charm. The suburb, located in the Zhejiang Province is also called the "Paris of the East", partially because it is home to the second largest replica of the Eiffel Tower in the world. 

Can you tell the difference between the two? 


Construction at Tianducheng began around 2007. As mentioned, its central feature is 108-metre-tall (354-foot) replica of the Eiffel Tower of Parisian style architecture, fountains and landscaping (right). It opened in 2007, and can accommodate more than 10,000 residents, although only 2000 residents inhabit the small town. [ ... ]

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Posted by bio_man   June 11, 2018   1872 views

I'm certainly a tomato lover. I enjoy them fresh in sandwiches, roasted on chicken, and fried with eggs. So when I randomly came across the photo you see in the middle, I knew I had to share a thing or two about this heirloom that's best known as the giant Belgium tomato. According to its growers, this variety is distinctive for its fruit that averages 2 lbs., but has been known to grow to an enormous 5 lbs! Tomatoes are dark pink and solid meat with smooth blossom ends and a delicious sweet flavor. Some people even make wine from these very sweet tomatoes. Planting season is now, make sure to find their seeds and plant a few. Probably won't regret it.


PS: I'm quite certain this would be the tomato Lisa Simpson grew before Bart sabotaged it! [ ... ]

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Posted by bio_man   March 8, 2018   2804 views

Since pearls are made mostly of calcium carbonate, the acid found in vinegar, known as acetic acid, will definitely dissolve one over a period of time. The same dissolution would occur if an egg were placed in a glass of vinegar and left to sit - the egg shell would disintegrate. Of course, the speed as which the pearl dissolves will depend on the concentration of the acid and the pearl's overall size. The reaction produces calcium acetate, water and carbon dioxide, summarized below:

\(\mathrm{CaCO_3+2CH_3COOH\ →\ Ca(CH_3COO)_2+H_2O+CO_2}\)

More Pearly Facts:

 Mollusks actually create pearls as a form of protection from foreign particles, sand and parasites. Natural pearls, though, are very rare in modern times due to a decline in mollusks [ ... ]

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Posted by bio_man   June 30, 2017   5414 views

Ever heard of the game console, Pippin? Neither did we!

The Apple Bandai Pippin, stylized "PiP P!N", was a multimedia technology console, designed by Apple. The console was based on the Apple Pippin platform – a derivative of the Apple Macintosh platform. The system was based on a 66 MHz processor and a 14.4 kb/s modem. It also featured a 4×-speed CD-ROM drive, and a video output that could connect to a standard television display.

Between 1996 and 1997, Bandai manufactured fewer than 100,000 Pippins, but reportedly sold 42,000 systems before discontinuing the line. Due to its failure, much like the Apple Newton, only 18 games were officially released in the US.

Watch a video of its unboxing from 1996, and a preview of a few games.


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Posted by duddy   May 30, 2017   5898 views

46 years ago, Alan Shepard pulled out a makeshift six-iron he smuggled on board Apollo 14 and hit two golf balls on the lunar surface, becoming the first - and only - person to play golf anywhere other than Earth.

With little atmosphere and much lower gravity, golf balls on the moon travel much farther than on the earth. Alan attributes his shot of nearly 200 yards to this fact alone.


The other sport played was javelin. [ ... ]

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