Female-Named Hurricanes Kill More Than Male-Named Storms, Study Finds

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This is Hurricane Irene. Notice how calm and loving she is.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that hurricanes with female names are usually more deadly than their masculine counterparts.

The research team thinks this may be because people subconsciously associate female-named hurricanes with feminine stereotypes of tenderness and affection -- kind of like the way you subconsciously picture a bunch of hairy men sticking syringes into assorted sausages when you hear "University of Illinois research team."


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Go Outside at 2 A.M. to See Lunar Eclipse

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Beginning about 2 a.m., we will experience a total eclipse of the moon. That means the entire moon -- not just part of it -- will be in the Earth's shadow.

Dr. Stephen Schiff, president of the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches, suggests going outside between 2 or 2:30 until about 3:30 or 4.

"You'll see that the moon has darkened -- it'll probably be a reddish brown," he says.


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Florida Lawmakers Voice Their Support of Medical Marijuana

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Multiple medical marijuana bills are bouncing around the statehouse, and more and more Florida Lawmakers are beginning to voice their support of the approval of medical marijuana in the state.

Democratic Rep. Katie Edwards, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Senator Jeff Clemens took turns Monday voicing their opinions on the subject.

Senator Jeff Clemens said Monday the federal government has "dropped the ball for the last 30 or 40 years" in its marijuana policy and Florida is ready to pick it up. Clemens opinion is that views of marijuana are extremely outdated, and marijuana is a much safer alternative to ingredients in drugs widely used in current pharmaceuticals.

"This '50 and '60s era reefer madness attitude caused us to turn away from a plant as form of medicine and move to these synthetic drugs that are often a lot worse for our bodies,"

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NASA to Launch $172 Million Orbiter to Study the Sun

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Photo by Jessie Eastland via Wikipedia Commons
All of the aerospace experts in the world cannot find a missing jetliner here on Earth, but the sun? That's big. We can find it!

Yesterday, NASA announced it had chosen a company -- United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo. -- to handle the launch of a solar orbiter that will study the sun's atmosphere. In July 2017, the orbiter will launch from Cape Canaveral.

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Mike Vetter, Who Builds "Extraterrestrial" Vehicles, Sells Florida's Strangest Car

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On a cool November night, just days before Thanksgiving, a spaceship landed on the corner of Collins Avenue and 16th Street.

In an instant, traditional gawker fodder cruising through the streets of South Beach -- the Lamborghinis,Bentleys, Bugattis -- were made irrelevant by comparison.

In terms of strangeness and complexity, no car on the Beach can trump Mike Vetter's ride. Only one word, he says, can in fact convey its full sweep: "extraterrestrial."

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NASA Will Pay You $5,000 for Lying in Bed

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You sit around all day playing Candy Crush and bitching on Twitter about how Facebook sucks, so why not get paid a crapload of money while doing that?

NASA is recruiting volunteers to lie in bed for 70 days to research the effects of microgravity on the human body.

Volunteers will be able to have visitors and even have access to TV and the internet.

JACKPOT.

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Kiera Wilmot, Student Accused of Setting Off Bomb In School, Is Headed To Space Camp Thanks to October Sky Astronaut

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Back in April, honor student Kiera Wilmot, made some waves when she was arrested for felony charges after she conducted a science experiment where she mixed some toilet bowl cleaner and some tin foil in a bottle and blew the cap off on school grounds. The experiment caused some smoke, but school officials thought Wilmot -- a student with an impeccable record -- had set off a bomb.

Authorities have since dropped the charges, although Bartow High School officials have inexplicably not yet decided if she can return to the school.


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Comet to Make Appearance in South Florida Skies

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There's been a lot of talk about space rocks falling on top of us ever since a meteor tore through the Russian stratosphere and broke a lot of shit a few weeks ago.

And now comes word that some space debris will be flying dangerously, perilously close to us down here in South Florida!

And by "space debris," we mean dirt. And by "dangerously, perilously," we mean we're in no danger whatsoever.

Still, it'll be a cool thing to behold with the naked eye.

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Comet to Make Appearance in South Florida Skies

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There's been a lot of talk about space rocks falling on top of us ever since a meteor tore through the Russian stratosphere and broke a lot of shit a few weeks ago.

And now comes word that some space debris will be flying dangerously, perilously close to us down here in South Florida!

And by "space debris," we mean dirt. And by "dangerously, perilously," we mean we're in no danger whatsoever.

Still, it'll be a cool thing to behold with the naked eye.

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International Space Station Visible Over South Florida for Six Minutes Today

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Commander Chris Hadfield
Astronauts overshare and tweet pics of their bathroom.
Start off the new year right by nerding out and impressing your friends today at 6:03 p.m., when the International Space Station will be visible over South Florida for about six minutes.

Yes, the station is visible to the naked eye as it cruises 200 miles above the Earth. NASA says it's the brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon, and it has been described as looking like a star (at night) or like a fast-moving plane (in the day).

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