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Creepy Studies Claiming That Eyeballs Nudge You To Vote Are Likely Bunk

buzzfeed.com — In 2011, political scientists tested an odd hypothesis: that someone staring at you would make you more inclined to vote. Costas Panagopoulos of Fordham University made "get out the vote" fliers featuring photos of human eyeballs, and sent them to residents of Key West, Florida and Lexington, Kentucky.

Here Are The Odds Of The Next Rocket Explosion

buzzfeed.com — High in the Florida sky the rocket climbed, a fireball lifting the 20-story aluminum tower, the pride of a new era in space. "Vehicle on course, on track," said NASA's George Diller, two minutes into the Falcon 9 rocket's trip to the International Space Station on Sunday morning.

Here's What We Actually Know About Toxic Fumes On Airplanes

buzzfeed.com — A new lawsuit charges Boeing with exposing flight attendants - and passengers - to dangerous fumes in airplane cabins, reviving a long-running safety debate. The lawsuit is centered on a 2013 Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles that had to land in Chicago because flight attendants on board passed out.

This Manhunt Was Pretty Predictable - Except For The Bitter End

buzzfeed.com — A 22-day nationwide manhunt for two escaped convicts that ended on Sunday reinforces one of the biggest lessons in the history of fugitives - they don't usually go very far. Police across the country had been hunting for the pair, Richard Matt, 49, and David Sweat, 34, since June 6, when they broke out of the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility prison in Dannemora, New York.

Sharing Is Magic When Ecologists Meet BronyCon

buzzfeed.com — You gotta share, you gotta care, as PinkiePie put it. Ecologists will get their chance when they share their annual meeting in August with BronyCon, the world's largest My Little Pony convention. On August 9, the closing day of BronyCon overlaps with opening ceremonies of the Ecological Society of America meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center.

This Doctor Did Horrifying Sexual Experiments On Students For Years

buzzfeed.com — RICHMOND - John Hagmann, a 59-year-old doctor accused of sexually assaulting and performing gruesome experiments on his trainees at a Navy university, was a no-show Friday for his misconduct hearing organized by the Virginia Board of Medicine.

The U.S. Chemical Disaster Board Is Imploding

buzzfeed.com — The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, the independent federal agency that investigates refinery explosions, fertilizer plant fires, and other industrial disasters, is suffering a leadership implosion. In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, a public meeting aimed at CSB's troubled management ended as soon as it started, because only two of its five-member board were present.

How I Came To Jesus On Global Warming

buzzfeed.com — As of March, 6.4 million Americans bought subsidized Obamacare plans in states with federal marketplaces. 87% of people who participated in the federal marketplace qualified for financial assistance. A ruling against the subsidies available to those getting their health insurance through the federal exchange would have effectively killed Obamacare.

Your Future Internet Will Come From Space

buzzfeed.com — A race to space is playing out on Earth, aimed at providing everyone on the planet with broadband internet access and sparking a fierce fight for orbital turf among would-be space moguls.

Pope Says Climate Change Imposes Moral Burden On The World

buzzfeed.com — "A scientific consensus exists that indicates that we are very firmly in the presence of a worrisome warming of the climate," Pope Francis will say on Thursday in a long-anticipated papal letter, or encyclical. On Monday, the Italian newspaper L'Espresso leaked a draft of this letter, which Vatican officials say is not final.
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