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One might be the undisputed king of the sky in terms of speed, but which is the better aerial acrobat? The folks at Earth Unplugged find out using trained birds and a VampyreBATT high-speed camera.

A bunjin pinus bonsai by artist Laurent Darrieux.

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The producers of the new Carrie movie set up a hidden camera experiment capturing the reactions of unsuspecting customers at a New York City coffee shop as they witness a telekinetic meltdown.

 

A 1925 photo of a Tibetan skeleton dancer by photographer Joseph Rock.

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Mojito Pops

I’ve been seeing home-made popcicles in all the magazines, made with fresh fruit and other lovely ingredients. First, I needed to find popcicle molds, which wasn’t easy. The ones I finally found came with cheap plastic kiddie tops with built-in sticks which were worthless. I quickly threw those away and found real wooden sticks at Joann Fabric & Craft store. Plain teaspoons worked in a pinch, too.

I always have lime juice on hand, and I’ve got a ridiculous amount of mint right now, so mojito pops seemed like the perfect solution.

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Lime juice

Agave nectar

Ginger ale

Mint leaves

Cheap rum (optional)

 

Special Equipment:

Popcicle molds

Popcicle sticks

Plastic wrap

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First, pour water into all the molds, then transfer into a bowl. Measure out the water with a measuring cup to figure out how much volume you’ll need. This will help determine the proportions of your mix. My four molds take 1-1/4 cups of liquid, so my amounts will reflect that.

Wash the nicest mint leaves and place in a bowl. Add just under a 1/4 cup of lime juice and a generous splot of agave nectar.

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Use the back of the measuring cup (or some other appropriate bludgeon) to thoroughly muddle, mash, smash, bruise, and abuse the mint leaves.

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Add remaining measure of ginger ale and/or rum. I used about 1/8 cup of rum and the rest ginger ale. Just remember how much lime/agave you’ve already added and to stay within your volume limit. Also remember that hard liquor doesn’t freeze, so keep it light or virgin or you’ll just end up with slush. (Found this out the hard way)

Strain out the mint leaves.

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Pour evenly into the popcicle molds. Don’t fill them all the way up or they’ll overflow in the freezer.

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Cover with plastic wrap (I prefer Glad Press N Seal) and use a knife to cut a slit in the top of each mold.

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Place a popcicle stick in each mold through the slit.

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Freeze until solid, preferably overnight. Remove plastic wrap.

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Give the bottom a little squeeze while wiggling the stick up, and they should slide right out. If necessary, run a little cold water over the outside of the mold to loosen it up. I’ve also heard of spraying a light coat of spray oil inside the molds before pouring, but then wouldn’t you end up with greasy pops? Ew.

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See what it looks like to fly from an eagle’s point of view:

Bambi and Thumper in real life!

“Don’t judge us.”

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One of my tillandsias, the scaposa, bloomed recently! Here’s a slideshow showing one picture a day for nine days:

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They were so strange looking, like little Warner Brothers “instant Martians”:

It’s a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. In this TED Talk, Malcolm Gladwell asks, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?

Uh oh.

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