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Do bananas really peel easier from the other end?

If you’ve been wandering around the internet these past few months you’ve undoubtedly seen the hype surrounding peeling a banana backwards. Yeah, that’s what 2017 has brought us: the revelation that we should peel bananas from the other end and we’ve been doing it wrong for all of out existence. Supposedly, when monkeys peel bananas, they do it from the tip towards the stem, and not from the stem to the tip like we humans have done all our lives. And that shows that peeling a banana backwards is more…

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Why does my cell phone charger get so hot?

Charging a cell phone is something we do regularly, every day of our lives if we have one. There are many different ways to charge mobile phones, and most people use the typical wall charger: that little plastic block that connects to the wall socket, and then plugs into our phone to charge it. Something that people notice a lot, and makes them kind of nervous is that the cell phone charger gets hot when it’s charging. This heating up is pretty noticeable: it’s not just that the charger gets slightly warm,…

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The best party in 2017 is almost here: Palmares, Costa Rica

The party at Zapote is still going strong, and goes until January 8. But since it’s New Year’s, we can now look to the future … to the best party in Costa Rica: Palmares! One of the best festivals every year, is at Fiestas de Palmares 2017. Historically, Fiestas de Palmares has been the most anticipated festival of the year, for more than a decade. Zapote has a much longer history, but Palmares quickly became the favorite of Costa Ricans, and now every year thousands of people flock from anywhere, for 2…

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Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia from Star Wars, dies at 60

2016 is going to be remembered as the year that had no truce when it came to taking our beloved celebrities and characters. Leonard Nimoy, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, and now, Princess Leia. Carrie Fisher, the famed Princess Leia from the Star Wars universe, had died at age 60. Carrie Fisher, dead at 60 Many fans will be asking themselves about now, how did Carrie Fisher die? Carrie Fisher died from a heart attack, in Los Angeles on December 27, 2016. She had suffered the heart attack while on…

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A Gen X Idol: George Michael’s Biography

Another icon of a generation, one of those voices that was with us throughout our lives, has left us this 2016. On Christmas Day, December 25, the sad news of the death of singer George Michael spread throughout the globe. He was 53 years old. Contents: George Michael’s biography: the first years and Wham George Michael goes solo George Michael gets serious: Listen without Prejudice Ladies and Gentlemen: the late stage of George Michael The end of George Michael: drug addiction and health problems George Michael’s Biography George Michael was…

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Never gonna dance again: George Michael dies at age 53.

2016 isn’t done taking our favorite celebrities, or so it seems. A few minutes ago it was confirmed that George Michael, the famous singer, died at his home in England this afternoon. He was 53 years old. George Michael dies: gone is another voice of a generation George Michael was one of the most well known voices of the 80’s generation. He started his career out as part of the group Wham!, where he immediately gained fame and rose to stardom with several number one hits. Most who lived those…

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Costa Rica’s renewable energy streak in perspective

Costa Rica made environmental news again this week, after announcing that it was well on its way to running for a year, solely on renewable energy. At this time the country has been running only renewable energy plants for exactly 200 days, and it could very well make it to a year if the weather plays along during these next 2 months. We’re very happy with the news, but unfortunately the announcement has also been plagued with a lot of hype and misinterpretation. Many are seeing this as definitive proof…

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Why do ants like Listerine?

Why do ants like Listerine? The other day I was brushing my teeth when I noticed something interesting: a little line of ants walking around the sink and making their way to the bottle of Cool Mint Listerine that I had on the counter. And they were actually climbing the bottle and looking under the cap, where there was residue from Listerine drying away. This wasn’t the first time I had seen that. A few days earlier I had noticed the same effect, but directly in the sink. Some drops…

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Turrialba volcano at it again: a new volcanic eruption in Costa Rica

A new Costa Rica volcano eruption made news today, due to increased activity at the Turrialba Volcano in Cartago. The ash clouds generated by the volcanic eruption in Costa Rica were so dense that airports were forced to close down for several hours, something that hadn’t happened for several months. The Turrialba volcano: Costa Rica’s latest annoying resident The Turrialba volcano, located northeast of Cartago, has been pretty much dormant for the past few decades. But last year, geologists started to detect increased activity, and during the first months of…

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