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Literally. A river of chocolate. A road paved in milk chocolaty goodness.

Last week, a “small technical defect” in a storage tank at the German chocolate factory DreiMeister caused a ton of milk chocolate to leak out and pave the street in gold chocolate.

Markus Luckey, DreiMeister’s “company boss” remarked, “the factory would be back in action on Wednesday,” adding that it would have been “a catastrophe” if it had been closer to Christmas.

Lorax goes to court.

“We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues,'” the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in its ruling. (CNN)

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, proposed by Dominion Energy, would stretch more than 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, including 21 miles within George Washington and Monongahela National Forests.

In its ruling, the panel questioned the Forest Service’s initial concerns about the environmental impact of the pipeline, concerns that were “were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines.”

New York Daily News

We trust the United States Forest Service to “speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” Dr. Seuss, The Lorax (1971). A thorough review of the record leads to the necessary conclusion that the Forest Service abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources. This conclusion is particularly informed by the Forest Service’s serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines. Accordingly, for the reasons set forth herein, we grant the petition to review the Forest Service’s Record of Decision and Special Use Permit, vacate the Forest Service’s decisions, and remand to the Forest Service for proceedings consistent with this opinion.

US Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit; pg. 60; pdf

Life-long dream?

“President Trump’s first chief of staff has been selected to join the Navy as a reserve officer after his application was helped by a recommendation letter from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to a memo obtained by the Washington Post.”

Priebus, 46, will be required to attend two weeks of training in Newport, R.I., and drill once a month as a reservist if commissioned. He would join a list of Navy reserve officers with political connections that include Sean Spicer, Trump’s former press secretary, and Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s former presidential campaign manager.

Washington Post

The world’s by far safest and trendiest bicycle helmet is actually an airbag – and it’s going global [Business Insider]

HÖVDING 2.0 €299

The Hövding helmet was conceptualized as a way to circumvent the nerdiness of traditional helmets, preserving the vanity, safety and hairstyle of the cyclists. As a bonus, the solution of an airbag worn as a collar that inflates in 0.1 seconds if an algorithm detects an accident proved to be far safer than the helmets it was designed to replace.

Business Insider

Hövding Sverige

Mark it on your calendar.


Of the 87 total lunar eclipses that will occur during this century, Newsweek reports that just 28 will coincide with the perigee of supermoons, or the point when the Moon is closest to Earth.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun, and Moon are in syzygy alignment, the Greek word for being paired together,when the Earth comes between the Sun and Moon, covering the Moon in its shadow. The varying stages of Earth’s three shadows, known as the umbra (the darker, central part), the penumbra (the outer part), and the antumbra (the partly shaded area beyond the umbra), dictates what sort of eclipse will occur – in this case, the umbra. When this happens, the Moon can turn a coppery red – hence the nickname Blood Moon – as light passing through the Earth’s atmosphere is refracted back towards the Moon. Its color during totality depends on dust found in the Earth’s atmosphere at the time, which blocks out higher frequency blue waves and allows longer red waves to come through, and can range from a deep, dark red to lighter hues of orange and yellow.

IFL Science

“NASA captured a time-lapse of a similar Super Blue Blood Moon event in January 2018 over the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.”

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Published Jan 31, 2018

Why was it called a Super Blue Blood Moon? It was the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit – known as perigee – and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It was also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon passed through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it takes on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.” For more about JPL and all its space missions, visit

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