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The Japanese Bullet Train's safety record is amazing, especially when you remember that it goes nearly 200 MPH!


In nearly half a century of service, Shinkansen (perhaps better known as a Japanese bullet train) has never been involved in a single accident that has claimed a fatality.

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Shinkansen (which can be translated as "new trunk line," in Japanese) is noted for it's high speed and punctuality. It is operated by the Japan Railways and can travel at a speed of 320 kilometers per hour, or nearly 200 miles per hour. As a passenger train, it connects most major metropolitan areas in the island nation of Japan. At such a speed in such a relatively small area of land, it is a very quick and efficient form of transportation. Extreme events and natural disasters, such as typhoons and earthquakes, which are unfortunately a part of life in Japan, have been known to be some of the few exceptions to the bullet train's reputation for reliability. Typically, passengers can expect the train to be on time on any of it's six main lines and two smaller lines. The busiest line of which runs from Tokyo to Osaka.

If you're thinking of being a passenger on Shinkansen, you should know that they offer two classes, ordinary and Green Car. Green Car is more expensive but is generally more spacious.

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According to scientists, the more you use Facebook, the more unhappy you are!


Every time you log in to Facebook and check up on your friend's vacation pictures, crush's status update, or fan group of your favorite show, you get a little more moody. Turns out, the more you press the “like” button, the worse your mood gets!

A study by the University of Michigan monitored people's mood after two weeks of using the social networking site. Their moment-to-moment mood continued getting darker the longer they scrolled through the endless pages of droll statuses and boring pictures. Users with different network sizes, varying degrees of supportive friends, and reasons for getting on in the first place participated, and it always ended up the same.

Browsing others' Facebook pages can leave people with diminished self-images and envious feelings towards their more fortunate acquaintances. For those with self-esteem issues, tinkering with their profile doesn't seem to help their self-worth—even if they fibbed on a few aspects to seem cool.

The test group consisted of 82 college-aged volunteers who answered questionnaires five times a day for two weeks straight, then rated their well-being at the beginning of the study and the end. I must admit, my mood might sour if I had to answer five questionnaires a day!

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The internet has its own weather and you can see it on this map


When thinking of weather, usually the internet doesn’t come to mind. The internet, however, does have it's own type of weather and it is monitored like any other type of weather. The Internet Weather Map or IWM is a free map website that will let you see how the latency of the World Wide Web is trending at the moment.

The internet is constantly growing every day and if there are going to be delays, then the public wants to know. You can access the IWM site and check how the internet is operating in almost any city in the world. You also have the option of searching your own domain, to make sure everything is running smoothly.

The Internet Weather Map operates with the help of volunteers all around the globe who submit their feedback as they surf the web. The IWM may not be completely accurate because of the thousands of new domains being created every day, but it is able to give you a general understanding of the overall performance of the internet. The site will also automatically refresh every 60 seconds, so you can keep it open on a spare monitor.

So, when you wake up in the morning to check the weather, don’t forget to check http://www.internetweathermap.com/map too.

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The weird Bluetooth logo is really the initials of Danish King Harold Bluetooth, the tech's namesake


Bluetooth is one of the modern age's most wonderful technologies. You might be surprised to know that it was named after a King from a very long time ago. The name comes from Ericcson's—Bluetooth's parent company—Viking heritage.

Legend says that Danish Viking Harald Blatand had a gift for bringing people together and fostering communication. He even united Norway and Denmark as a single territory.

So, since Bluetooth is intended to connect people and allow them to communicate easily, what better person to name it after then Blatand? In English, Blatand translates to "Bluetooth."

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Google maps uses anonymous cell phone data to give its live traffic feeds.


If you’ve ever used the mobile Google Maps application to navigate your way through an unfamiliar place, then you’ve probably also unknowingly returned Google the favour. When you choose to enable Google Maps with My Location, your phone sends anonymous pieces of data describing how fast you’re moving, back to Google. 

A collection of different people’s speeds from across thousands of phones moving through city at a given times, gives a pretty accurate picture of live traffic conditions. Google Mobile’s privacy policy includes an entire list of private information that Google is allowed to gather; your phone number, your carrier, basic usage stats about your device, etc. Google claims that it uses this information to create practical solutions and create a better user experience. 

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