The Wild Outdoors: Trace Amounts Cocaine and Weed are Floating in the Air

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Remember when your parents used to constantly bug you to go outside? They may have been acting like nothing more than common pushers. According to ScienceNow, researchers in Italy have found that trace amounts of illicit drugs float in the atmosphere at a higher rate near areas with more drug activity. You are now free to follow Phish around the country with a vacuum sealer and start bottling that precious, heady air.

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Tour-Bus Sized Asteroid Will Just Miss Earth Today

Don't worry!
An asteroid named 2011 MD will pass by Earth today at about 1 p.m. According to, the rock, which is "the size of a tour bus," and between 29 to 98 feet wide, will zoom past earth about 7,500 miles above, which is close enough that it will be beneath some of the planet's satellites (and closer than the moon). Not to worry, there is no risk of impact, says NASA, and even if there were, an asteroid of that size would break up and burn before hitting the surface. Well, that's a relief. According to Wired, the asteroid will be visible from South Africa and parts of Antarctica; people will be able to see the approach in Australia, New Zealand, southeast Asia and the western Pacific. 2011 MD is the largest known asteroid to have come so close to the Earth -- it will pass our way again in 2022. []

Radiation From Japan Is Headed for California...But Don't Worry

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Before you freak out over the words "radioactive plume" hitting Southern California, know that any radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan will be diluted and, via the New York Times, "at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable." (As a reference point, radiation from Chernobyl also hit the West Coast in about 10 days, in "measurable but minuscule" levels.)

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Tiger-Smuggling, the TSA, and Steven Slater: 2010's Craziest Moments in the Sky

We saw everything and more in 2010
As you head off to wherever you're going for the holidays, or simply stay home and count your blessings that you're staying put, let's recap the year in flight. It was exciting! Here are our craziest moments in the sky for 2010.

Steven Slater!: The Jet Blue flight attendant who went completely crazy while on the job was a "national hero" for 3 seconds. But then everyone realized that he was just a crazy person, so they stopped caring.

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