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Super Outage

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 18,2013 - The power blackout that halted the Super Bowl was caused by an electrical relay installed to prevent a power failure, according to the company that supplied electricity to the Superdome.

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Saving the Twitterverse

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 11,2013 - Since the Library of Congress began archiving Twitter messages in 2010, it has amassed more than 170 billion tweets.

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High-Fi

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 4,2013 - Boeing engineers used sacks of potatoes to solve the problem of spotty signals with in-flight Wi-Fi. The tubers stood in for human passengers because their water content and chemistry absorb and reflect radio-wave signals

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Pre-Sinner Winner

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 28,2013 - The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that bosses could fire workers they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees haven’t engaged in flirtatious behavior or made other advances.

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Brace Yourself

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 21,2013 - The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association, golf’s top governing organizations, proposed a ban on golfers anchoring their putters against their bellies instead of swinging them freely.

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Infernal Triangles

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 14,2013 - Candice Lee, 37, and her husband had an open marriage and invited her former lover, Shakir Muilam, 45, to live with them at their home in Monroe County, Fla. after he was diagnosed with cancer.

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Hail Mary & Mohammad

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 7,2013 - Muslim enrollment is increasing at U.S. Catholic colleges and universities, according to both students and administrators, who indicate the Muslim population has doubled over the past decade,

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Invasion of the Robot Pants

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Dec 31,2012 - Someone did a Google search for "fool-proof" suffocation methods on the day the girl was last seen alive.

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Naming Rights

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Dec 21,2012 - The Weather Channel announced it is “the first national organization in North America to proactively name winter storms.” TWC, which claims a 76 percent share of the U.S. weather audience, assumes other media

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Onward, Omnivores

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Dec 17,2012 - Official efforts to stop the spread of the voracious, invasive snakefish—aka “Frankenfish” and “rattlesnakes with fins”—having failed, the next tactic is eating them to extinction.
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