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99% of the energy produced in Norway is renewable and clean!

The United States should take a lesson from Norway! There, 99% of all energy produced is renewable and clean, due to the country’s use of hydropower. Hydropower is power derived from the energy of falling water. Other clean sources of energy that are being experimented with are wind power and wave power.

What makes hydropower renewable? Renewable energy is energy that comes from sources that are continually replenished, such as sun, wind, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Using hydropower as an energy source is “green” because it doesn’t use un-renewable resources such as oil which have potential to harm the environment.

The renewable energy movement is gaining worldwide attention, with new legislation mandating it's use. Government support and rising oil prices are also catalysts to encourage the use of renewable energy sources.


Phil Collins dumped his wife of over ten years by fax!

Phil Collins is known for his love ballads. Personally, he’s been married three times and shells out 42 million Euros in alimony bills. His first wife, Andrea Bertorelli, married him in 1975 and it lasted for five years.

Only months after the divorce, he met Jill Tavelman and they got married. Collins and Tavelman made it 12 years into married bliss before he axed that marriage, too. He opted to notify her of the doomed marriage via fax. She got 17 million Euro out of that raw deal.

So, Collins obviously sought the love of a younger woman; 22 years younger to be exact. He married Swiss translator Orianne Cevey. Their nuptials were cut short in 2007 with her payout being 25 million Euros. Collins and his exes aren’t enemies, though.

The women are all friends and they go out to dinner with Collins together. Collins has since sworn off ever getting married again, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t date the ladies still.


There is a vlog-style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice on YouTube right now!

Pride and Prejudice is a timeless tale. In fact, it paved the way for a majority of the romantic comedies we see today, and has spawned multiple adaptations. You all probably know of the BBC miniseries, the 2005 Keira Knightly movie, and Bridget Jones' Diary.

Well, now we have the Lizzie Bennet Diaries; a web-series in which Elizabeth Bennet is a prominent Youtube vlogger/mass communications graduate student.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is not just a show, it's an immersive (and some would say, addictive) transmedia experience. All the characters, from Lizzie Bennet to Lydia Bennet to William Darcy have their own twitter pages.

Audience members can tweet the characters, and sometimes the characters will even tweet them back. It's a daring feat of story-telling, and has been called "the best adaptation of Pride and Prejudice around." Jane Austen would have been proud.


Caterpillars literally melt down into a sac of fluid cells, which are used to create the entire body from scratch, forming a butterfly!

The transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly is amazing. It’s a type of recycling, like a plastic bottle dropped off in the recycling bin and is melted down into an entirely different shape. That’s basically the idea behind what happens inside the chrysalis, or more commonly called the cocoon.

Most of the body breaks itself down into imaginal cells, which are undifferentiated like stem cells and they can become any type of cell. The imaginal cells put themselves back together into a new shape. A few parts of the body, such as the legs, are more or less unchanged during this process. This process of complete transformation is known as holometabolism.

The amount of time required to transform completely varies from one species of caterpillar to another, but in general it takes about two weeks. For species that survive the winter by staying in the chrysalis, it can take months.


CAPTCHA is an acronym for 'Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart'!

CAPTCHA is the computer challenge-response test used to ensure that the response is made by a human and not another computer. The process usually involves a computer asking a user to complete a simple test which the computer is able to grade.

These tests are designed to be easy for a computer to generate but difficult for a computer to solve, but again easy for a human. They aren’t always easy for humans, though. If a correct solution is received, it can be presumed to have been entered by a human.

A common type of CAPTCHA requires the user to type letters and/or digits from a distorted image that appears on the screen. Such tests are commonly used to prevent unwanted internet bots from accessing websites, since a normal human can easily read a CAPTCHA, while the bot cannot process the image letters and therefore, cannot answer properly, or at all.



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