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Handy Smart Measure App for Figuring Out How Big Really Big Things Are

You're on vacation. You come across a landmark: the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Pyramids of Giza—or the world's largest rubber-band ball. You wonder, how tall is it really? But you didn't get the audio guide. Well, whip out your phone and use the Smart Measure app, and the knowledge will be yours in just a few seconds.

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5 Things Your Future Grandkids Won’t Believe Were Real

There are some things from the recent past that are so ridiculous that we almost don't believe they really existed. In 25 years, though, they'll seem even more unbelievable. Here's our list of 5 things we'd like to put in a time capsule, so we have proof that they were, in fact, real.

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Should Genetically Modified Food Be Clearly Labeled As Such? — Survey of the Day

Although there has never been any data definitively linking genetically modified food to health problems, many scientists and nutritionists worry that messing with the genetic makeup of food could have adverse effects on the environment and the people who eat it.

In light of this, Californians will be voting on a Proposition 37 this November, which would require special labels on all genetically modified food.

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Facebook Reaches One Billion Users

You know what's cool? One billion users.

OK, now that that's out of the way, lets discuss the big Facebook news, which is that the social network  recently topped one billion users. This amounts to about 15% of the world's population.

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Would You Rather Lose Your Wallet or Your Smartphone? — Survey of the Day

For many decades, losing your wallet was clearly the worst. Not only were you suddenly without means to pay for anything, but you had been displaced of much of your personal information and were facing hours and hours of dealing with credit card companies and the DMV. Fun!

These days, a smartphone also packs a significant portion of your life into a small package that you carry with you everywhere and sometimes misplace. It also generally costs more than a wallet. So is the smartphone now the thing you'd least like to escape mysteriously from your pocket?

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NASA and Apple Engineers Develop $11,111 Coffee Maker

What happens when rocket scientists take on the coffee machine? The answer is a $11,111 coffee maker which brews java at the "perfect" temperature.

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Did Google Street View Capture the Image of a UFO?

After years of being ridiculed, we may finally have proof that UFOs do indeed exist, and it comes from the unlikeliest of places -- Google Street View. Who's laughing now, skeptics?

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This Day in History for September 24 – First Electronic Mail Service Launched and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1789 – The Judiciary Act of 1789, which establishes the Supreme Court of the United States, is passed by Congress and signed by President George Washington (More info)

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