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  • Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made quite a name for himself while he was a commander on board the International Space Station by releasing fun and informative videos of how everyday activities are carried out in space. Hadfield is perhaps best known for his music-video remake of his own version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." He took his expeditions seriously but also made it a point to reach out the masses via social media and educate us non-space travelers.

    There's a new superstar in outer space. Meet Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping. She and two other astronauts are currently on board the Chinese space lab Tiangong 1.

    Just yesterday, Wang taught a science class for the enjoyment of 60 million Chinese schoolchildren. Just as Hadfield did, Wang got in touch with her audience via social media. Her lecture contained awe-inspiring examples of what makes physics in space so interesting.

    Users of the Chinese service Weibo, which is a lot like Twitter, became enamored with Wang. Users

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  • What do a smitten boyfriend, an engagement ring, and a super-accommodating airline have in common? They all worked together to pull off the ultimate wedding proposal for one very lucky girl.

    Adam, from San Francisco, asked JetBlue Airlines to play a proposal video for his girlfriend, Taryn, during their flight together to Long Beach, California. The airline was happy to oblige the young man. They even kicked it up a notch by playing the video simultaneously on all 150 TVs on the plane.

    In the video, Adam details how he first met Taryn when she was a hostess at a P.F. Chang's restaurant and he was a server there. He says that at first they did not get along, because Taryn thought he was arrogant. He later persuaded her to go to his birthday celebration and then to the lake. Finally, he asked her out on a first date. That was all in 2008. As the video continues, a montage of pictures from their five years together plays. Then these words appear: "You are the girl I think about. You are

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  • One of my favorite scents is that of fresh laundry wafting through the house. Sure, you can buy it in a candle, in its artificial form with names such as "clean linen" or "fresh laundry"—but there's really nothing that can replace the smell of freshly laundered garments and towels.

    Obviously, the only way to get the most authentic smell is to actually do laundry, which I do not mind doing. In fact, I'm pretty good at it. I'm even pretty good at doing the necessary activity of folding once the laundry is done, thanks to my years of working retail during college. I'm no Martha Stewart prodigy or anything, but even Ms. Stewart ain't got nothing on Dave Hax when it comes to shirt folding.

    Hax is a YouTube how-to expert who has come up with the perfect tutorial for speeding up the sometimes-tedious activity of folding shirts. If you take his advice in "How to Fold a Shirt In Under 2 Seconds" and follow the steps to a T,' you, too, can fold a shirt in under 2 seconds.

    The technique Hax uses

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  • Seriously. We could not make this stuff up even if we wanted to. A wild bull got loose in Malaga, Spain, caused all kinds of panic, and created quite the chaotic scene. The 440-pound bull escaped from a truck onto a busy street. That's when the street became an impromptu arena, except there was no bullfighting. For more than an hour, the bull was ramming into cars, perhaps in frustration and confusion. That's when a passer-by jumped in to take a video of the action.

    A man who happened to be wearing a red T-shirt (matadors use a red cape; could this be a coincidence?) is charged by the bull. The man tries to tackle the animal to the ground as other men rush in to help him subdue the bull. The man was able to hold the bull in a headlock until the national police arrived. Once the police were on the scene, they secured the bull's legs with rope. One officer was injured and four cars sustained some damage during the ordeal.

    The entire scene unfolded Monday morning. No further information

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  • It's summer, and as much as I love the sunshine, I am doing my best to stay hydrated. Besides central air conditioning, a cool glass of water is my seasonal BFF. A newly discovered water source is making me appreciate those glasses of water in a whole new way.

    A mile and a half below the Earth's surface, in a zinc and copper mine in Canada, are pockets of water that have been trapped, unchanged for at least 1 billion and perhaps even 2.6 billion years without being touched.

    Even though the prospect was not at all appetizing, scientist Barbara Sherwood Lollar gave the water a taste. What did she think about the ancient H2O? She said, "It tastes terrible. What jumps out at you first is the saltiness. ... It has the consistency of a very light maple syrup. It doesn’t have color when it comes out, but as soon as it comes into contact with oxygen, it turns an orangy color because the minerals in it begin to form." Lollar also said that it was way saltier than seawater.

    She said that the

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