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Two 15-minute tickles could be the future of male birth control. New research on rats indicates that currently available ultrasound machinery could be used to kill off sperm-growing cells, technology that could render males infertile.

By rotating high-frequency ultrasound around the testes, scientists find they can kill most sperm-creating cells in rats. Two 15-minute sessions, two days apart seem to be the most effective rendering male rats infertile.

Full story at Discovery News

Lego, loosely translated, means “to put together” in Latin. But “to put together” doesn’t fully encompass the value – and purpose – of those buckets of colorful bricks. Legos are about putting together, then taking apart, then reassembling in new ways.

Full story at Forbes

It’s no surprise that the Louvre has yet again claimed the title of the world’s most-visited museum—it’s only the home of the world’s most popular woman: Mona Lisa.

Via TIME

Google has released a report on how governments and police agencies are accessing information about web users.

By showing how many requests Google gets for user information — and exactly how many users and accounts are under some kind of surveillance — the company hopes to have a positive effect on public policies around government access to citizens’ online activities.

Full story at Venture Beat

A huge chunk of the damage you’re doing to the world is due to things you probably didn’t even know you were doing.

They’ve lived through the Great Depression, raised kids from diapers all the way through adulthood, worked for decades, bought and sold homes and even managed to save a bit. Now our elders are sharing their life lessons via Cornell University’s “The Legacy Project,” a survey of more than 1,200 Americans (most 70 and up) on the best practical advice they’ve absorbed throughout the decades.

Via Mint

The global recession officially ended in 2010. Since then many countries have begun experiencing economic growth again. However, North American and Western European nations are recovering at a much slower pace than the rest of the world.

The Holstee Manifesto – a poetic homage to the art of living your passion.

Link Brain Pickings

Young tech geniuses are always starting new exciting companies. But at some point the kids can’t run the company by themselves any more and the CEO – or his or her board – has to bring in a grown up.

At the age most of us were playing with food and discovering our toes, child prodigies around the globe are learning complex languages and studying fields we’ve never heard of. Many of these children went on to do great things. Others were crippled by emotional instability. Some have great potential and are just getting started.

Preeti Bhatia

Interesting Fact Of The Day

Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study says.

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