To see what Trump will do to America, look to his disastrous walled Scottish golf course

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Trump International Golf Links was built on the site of a protected 4,000-year-old sand dune; he bullied anyone who wouldn't sell their homes to him to build it and then sent the holdouts a bill for the 15-foot-high wall he built around their homes to block their view of the ocean; he promised a $1.25B investment and ended up investing no more than $50m; he promised 6,000 jobs and created 95; he promised two golf courses and only opened one; he promised to build a 450-room luxury hotel and 950 apartments and built neither -- and now he does everything he can to prevent the creation of clean-energy wind-turbines off the coast. Read the rest

Guy solves Rubik's cube in record-shattering 4.74 seconds

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Mats Valk used a custom Rubik's Cube tricked out with neodymium magnets to set a new world record for speed cubing: 4.74 seconds. Read the rest

Spectacular marching band tribute to superheroes

On Friday, the Ohio State Marching Band performed this fantastic halftime show right at the intersection of two powerful geek subcultures: comic fans and band geeks.

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Chicago emergency room preps for big patient increase during World Series

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With a 20 percent increase in patients during the Major League Baseball playoff games in Chicago, the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is preparing for a very busy World Series weekend there. Of course they expect alcohol-related injuries, from falls to DWI-related auto accidents, but cardiac issues are also expected to drive emergency room visits from emotional fans.

(Watching the baseball games) could increase their level of anxiety, hence exasperating some of their cardiac issues," emergency department director Anna Scaccia told WGN-TV.

"Taking their medication as prescribed per their physician, trying to stay as calm as possible. I know that can be difficult.”

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This stabilized first-person footage of a mountain bike run is quite thrilling

This thrilling stabilized video of Steve Storey tearing down a mountain bike trail reminds me of the speeder bikes ripping through the redwood trees on Endor. Only real.

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Sci-Chi: Tai Chi for science fiction fans

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Author Sean Williams writes, "Last weekend I was MC of a small con in Canberra, Conflux 12. To keep people limber, psychically as well as physically, I devised a form Sci-fi form of Tai Chi, which GOH Alan Baxter helped me demonstrate over the course of the weekend." Read the rest

This is competitive indoor skydiving

It's quite surreal and feels rather retro-futuristic. "1st FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championship - Silver Medallists - Czech Team "MAD RAVENS" (FAI Parachuting)

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Serena Williams on police killings of black Americans: "I won’t be silent"

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The world's greatest living tennis player wrote something on Facebook today about police killings of unarmed black Americans.

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Hydrofoil surfing on open ocean swells

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Since hydrofoil surfing was introduced, Kai Lenny has been experimenting with boards and techniques to the point that he can go out in the open ocean and glide across swells for miles without having to compete for waves. Read the rest

A most relaxing skydiving video

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The skydiving video genre is rife with energy drink ad clichés, so "Strings Attached" by Johannes Bergfors feels very calming. The divers do some innovative formations as well, and Bergfors' camera work is really nice. Read the rest

8-year-old girl is youngest skateboarder in Vans US Open Pro Series

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Japan's Sky Brown is an up-and-coming pro at age 8.

She hat a rough heat at Vans this summer, but she's not giving up any time soon.

Her 5-year-old brother Ocean is pretty good, too! Here he is when he was 3 and Sky was 7.

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UNH will spend $1M of librarian's bequest on a football scoreboard

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Robert Morin worked for 50 years as a cataloger at the University of New Hampshire library (he was also a UNH alum); he was thrifty, ate microwave dinners and drove a 1992 Plymouth, and saved $4M, which he gave to the university as an unrestricted gift, and so the university is giving $100K to the library he worked in and $1M to the football team to pay for a new scoreboard. Read the rest

Hayley Ashburn balances on a tightrope buffeted by winter winds

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Hayley Ashburn narrates this short but intense film on fear, overlaid on heart-stopping footage of her highlining on a line 2800 meters up, between Italy's snow-dusted Torri del Vajolet in winter, the first person ever to do so. Recognize the quote? Read the rest

Skimboarding while pulled by a horse

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Even if you don't ride horses or skimboard, this gorgeous location makes this amazing feat worth watching. Read the rest

Paralympian archer with no arms demonstrates technique

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Matt Stutzman was born without arms, but that has not stopped him from becoming an excellent archer. It's amazing to watch him do everyday tasks like drive and answer his smartphone, too. Read the rest

Naughty BMX rider schooled by skate park security guard

"Don't bmx in the middle of skateboarding runs or estonian security guards will show you how it's done!" writes Einius Žiūkas.

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Animation of every Olympic 100m dash winner racing one another

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Since 1896, the 100m dash remains the best thing at Olympic track & field apart from the weapons-throwing events. Usain Bolt dominates now, but would he have dominated then? Yes, of course he would have: by several seconds! (Not included: Ben Johnson's steroid-fueled 9.79s win at the '88 Games, for which he was disqualified. Bolt beat it in 2008 and 2012's race, and other athletes have outside the Olympics) Read the rest

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