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WRITER FUEL: Earth Tipped On Its Side 84 Million Years Ago

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:   Earth has not always been upright. Turns out, the planet’s crust tipped on its side and back again around 84 million years … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Storing Leftovers Without Refrigeration

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Refrigeration is a pretty new phenomenon, so for millennia, people had to find clever ways to preserve food. These practices slowed the growth of microorganisms that could cause foodborne illnesses or lead food to rot. Many preservation practices other than refrigeration — like salting, drying, smoking, pickling and fermenting — have been used for a … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Armed Robo Dogs

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today: Anyone who has watched Black Mirror knew this was coming… Ghost Robotics and SWORD International have teamed up to create a rifle-toting … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Could Wormholes Really Work?

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:   Wormholes, or portals between black holes, may be stable after all, a wild new theory suggests. The findings contradict earlier predictions that … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Dark Matter “Clones”

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today: Astronomers have finally explained three perfectly identical galaxies in the deepest recesses of space — the cosmic triplets are actually just one … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Slicing and Dicing an Asteroid

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:    A group of researchers wants to save Earth from a potential asteroid apocalypse using a new planetary defense method they call PI … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: How the Lunar “Wobble” Could Amplify Rising Sea Levels

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:   Coastal communities in the United States, be forewarned. A “dramatic” surge in high-tide floods is just over a decade away in the … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: 16th Century Occultist’s “Spirit Mirror” Was an Aztec Artifact

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:  The 16th-century courtier John Dee, a scientific adviser to England’s Queen Elizabeth I, was also deeply involved in magic and the occult, … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Five Sci-Fi Concepts That Are Possible (in Theory)

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Science fiction novels and movies are packed with far-out ideas, most often as the springboard for an action-packed adventure rather than a serious attempt to predict future trends in science or technology. Some of the most common tropes, such as accelerating a spacecraft to fantastic speeds in a matter of seconds without crushing the occupants … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: There’s a Giant Comet Headed Our Way

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:   An enormous comet — possibly the largest one ever detected — is barreling toward the inner solar system with an estimated arrival … Read more