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    If all of the ice in the world melted, sea levels would raise some 216 feet. But what exactly would that look like? And more specifically, what would such a worse-case scenario mean for the Earth’s population?

    National Geographic has created a fascinating visual representation of this thought experiment and provided an analysis of how each continent would be affected by such a catastrophic change.

    First off, this is not a blanket statement about climate change. As National Geographic notes, even scientists tracking the melting of ice around the world say it would take some 5,000 years for all the world’s ice to melt.

    Still, it’s interesting to look at exactly what would happen if this scenario was taken to its most extreme conclusion.

    As a result of the drastic rise in sea levels, the average temperature around the Earth would rise from 58 degrees to 80 degrees.

    In North America, the entire Atlantic seaboard would vanish beneath the waves, including Florida and the Gulf Coast. Much of

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  • In February 1967, a 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle was stolen from a man's backyard in Omaha, Neb. More than 45 years later, that same bike was found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at a Los Angeles port.

    The bike was on its way to Yokohama, Japan, when authorities from customs decided to take a closer look, the Orange County Register reported. Upon seeing that bike's vehicle identification number (VIN) matched a bike that was reported stolen way back when, agents seized the bike.

    The bike, estimated to be worth around $9,000, was then sent to the California Highway Patrol, which  tracked down the owner, now 72 and still living in Nebraska.

    Via the OC Register:

    Lou Koven, special agent for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, who was in charge of finding the owner, said the owner was in disbelief and shock when contacted about the motorcycle, which had an estimated value of $9,000. When it was stolen, the bike was worth $300.

    "He thought I was scamming him," Koven

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  • The curators of DreamsCloud say analyzing your dreams is like training a muscle (DreamsCloud)

    The average person will spend five years of life dreaming — that’s more than 100,000 dreams over a 70-year lifetime. Still, not many of us spend more than a few passing moments reflecting on what those nightly dreams say about our waking life.

    But would you give them more credence if you could get free feedback from licensed psychologists and other dream experts?

    The curators behind DreamsCloud says dreams are the world’s common language, and they’ve got some evidence to support it: Hundreds of thousands of users already have shared their personal dreams across the site and its mobile app.

    Here’s how the site works: You upload a description of your dream to the site or mobile app and within 24 hours you receive a “reflection,” i.e. analysis, of your dream from the DreamsCloud team of experts.

    “We believe that the social media platform can be used to communicate, interact and help society better understand their dreams,” DreamsCloud Chairman and co-founder Jean-Marc Emden told Yahoo

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