1. I’m still here.
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    114-year-old woman lies about age to join Facebook

    Told by the social network that her birthday — in 1900 — was invalid, Anna Stoehr wrote a letter to Mark Zuckerberg himself

     

  2. Look at this baby picture of our universe. Wasn’t it cute? 

    The European Space Agency on Thursday released this image yesterday, which depicts what the universe looked like a mere 380,000 years after the Big Bang. While that may sound like a fair amount of time, the universe was virtually an infant then, giving scientists new insight into its origins.

    "The new satellite data underscored the existence of puzzling anomalies that may yet lead theorists back to the drawing board. The universe appears to be slightly lumpier, with bigger and more hot and cold spots in the northern half of the sky as seen from Earth than toward the south, for example. And there is a large, unexplained cool spot in the northern hemisphere.

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  3. Oh my goodness. Caption this photo

    PHOTO: AP Photo/Kevin Wolf

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  4. Newly crowned “Sexiest Man Alive" Kim Jong Un isn’t the biggest fan of Park Sang-hak, an anti-Pyongyang defector now living in South Korea who’s near the top of North Korea’s hit list. The outspoken activist was recently the target of a would-be assassin equipped with three seemingly innocent, easy-to-conceal weapons plucked straight from a 007 script. A South Korea “investigation official,” speaking with CNN, described the weapons thus: A poison-tipped device built to look like a Parker ballpoint pen; a second pen equipped to shoot poison-filled bullets directly into the skin; and a small flashlight rigged to fire three bullets at close range. “You’d notice a gun,” said Park, “but these weapons are so innocuous [they could] easily kill someone [without warning]. I’d be dead immediately.” Park is hardly the first to be the target of top-secret spy weaponry. 

    8 real-life spy weapons

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  5. Skateboarding through a ghost town — A group of lucky skaters live every kid’s dream of tearing their way through an eerie ghost town unchecked by authorities. This short takes place in Ordos, a northern China city that’s nearly completely deserted thanks to soaring property taxes. 

    More awesomeness can be found in our list of this week’s best of the internet

     

  6. Scientists in Scotland have developed an unorthodox plan to help fight climate change: They want to trigger a far-off asteroid to spew a large dust cloud into space. This dust would function as a cosmic shade to block some of the sun’s harmful radiation from reaching Earth. 

    The nearest potential asteroid for the project, 1036 Ganymed, could potentially emit a cloud 1,600 miles wide with a mass of roughly 11 quadrillion-pounds, says Shane McGlaun at Slashgear. That’s more than enough to block a sizeable chunk of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation from hitting Earth. 

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  7. New laundry detergent makes your clothes remove pollution from the air

    In an unusual collaboration of form and function, scientists from the University of Sheffield and designers from the London College of Fashion have teamed up to create a liquid laundry additive, CatClo (Catalytic Clothing), that turns your clothes into pollution magnets using the magic of nanotechnology. 

    The laundry additive coats your clothes with minuscule particles of titanium dioxide, which, when exposed to daylight, attract nitrogen oxides — a major source of pollution — from the air. You only have to use CatClo once per clothing item, the developers say, as “nanoparticles of titanium dioxide grip onto fabrics very tightly.” The additive can remove 5 grams of nitrogen dioxide a day — the same amount as emitted daily by an average family car, says the University of Sheffield’s Tony Ryan — and the pollutants wash off your clothes the next time you do the laundry. “Not a bad haul for simply getting dressed in the morning,” says Clay Dillow at PopSci.

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  8. PHOTO: ThinkStock/Hemera

    Scientists have confirmed with 99.996 percent certainty that dark energy exists, and is causing the universe to expand. 

    "Our universe is a mysterious place," says Jennifer Ouellette at Discovery News. Roughly 4 percent of it is made of ordinary matter like stars and planets. The rest, according to physicists, is a combination of mysterious dark matter — which functions as an invisible glue that holds the universe together — and an even lesser-understood substance call dark energy, which is “causing the cosmos to expand at an accelerating rate.”

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  9. Jupiter may have “saved Earth from a devastating cosmic collision” on Monday when it took a hit from what may have been a massive asteroid, resulting in a 100-mile-wide fireball large enough to be caught on film from Earth.

    This is the third time since 2009 observers have seen an impact flash on Jupiter’s surface, and some astronomers think the big planet’s gravitational pull serves as a sort of “cosmic shield” for the inner rings of planets — including Earth — “sweeping up incoming objects that would have a deadlier effect” if they were to crash into us. A few scientists think that without Jupiter’s protection, life on Earth wouldn’t have been able to develop.

    Watch the collision on Jupiter
     

  10. This is too good to not share: Sitting in between her husband Prince Philip (left) and her son Prince Charles (right), the Queen appears to get a kick out of watching a sack race competition in Scotland.

    More of this week’s best photos

    PHOTO: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

     

  11. "Nature is chock full of amazing stuff," says George Mathis at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    This little critter has been compared to everything from a cross between ”a miniature gargoyle and a Furby” to a puzzling new ”Pokemon character.” But whatever people think of its looks, the Venezuelan poodle moth is, apparently, the real deal.

     

  12. Twelve years after he left his last regular TV series, Spin City, to deal with his Parkinson’s disease, Michael J. Fox is returning to prime time.

    According to Josef Adalian at New York's Vulture blog, the 51-year-old Fox has already pitched a new single-camera sitcom to all four major networks, and “two industry sources — using phrases such as ‘feeding frenzy’ and ‘bidding war’ — tell us it’s now just a matter of which network will offer the most attractive deal.”

    Here’s what we know about the anticipated return of one of America’s most-loved TV stars.

     

  13. Jon and Natasha Cain of Lancaster, Ohio, are vying for the title of Best Parents in America, thanks to a little something they built in their backyard for daughter Olyvia and son Samual: A roller coaster.

    (Source: theweek.com)