The hell of Apollo 1: Pure oxygen, a single spark, and death in 17 seconds

Enlarge / The crew of Apollo 1 crosses the gantry to the spacecraft on the day of the fire, Jan. 27, 1967. (credit: NASA) On a gray January afternoon in Houston, Walt Cunningham leaned into his Eames Lounge Chair and clasped his hands behind his head, the better to try and bend his thoughts back across five decades.

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How the Rhymes of Dr. Seuss Helped Teach Us Language

Kaptain Kristian’s latest explainer video is a fun one: he explains how the anapestic tetrameter rhyming style of Dr. Seuss helped us better understand language as kids, all while rhyming in the video himself. It’s stupid catchy (obviously, because it’s done in the style of Dr.

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We’ve been reading Green Eggs and Ham, Cat in the Hat a few other Dr. Seuss books to Alex lately. Green Eggs and Ham is definitely his favourite.

Why Stephen King Wants Adults To Remember How They Thought As Kids

 They’ve forgotten what life was like back then and how they thought. They’ve forgotten that life was once exotic and strange. They’ve forgotten that a child doesn’t think in straight lines or with perfect logic; their way of thinking is more similar to a dream state. So, in a way, kids live the way adults dream. That’s a nice thing to remember.

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Microsoft introduces two new services to help developers create smart bots

With optimized machine learning logic and the ability to integrate industry-leading language processing, QnA Maker Service distills semi-structured data like those commonly found in website FAQs into distinct, helpful answers.

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This looks so interesting. I’m going to give it a try.

Photographer Puts Mermaid on 10,000 Plastic Bottles to Raise Awareness

Over the past year or so, photographer Benjamin Von Wong has taken his talent for epic photo shoots and turned it towards trying to raise awareness for “boring” topics like climate change or wildlife conservation . His latest project continues this trend; this time, he’s taking on plastic pollution.

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I got to meet Ben last year at a conference and chat with him afterwards. Amazing guy with a huge amount of talent and work ethic.