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Green pool? Algae said to be cause for change

With eleven days still to go in the games, can we be sure that the problems at Rio are all over, well, as the saying goes "don't hold your breath", we for sure are not! According to a handbook on pool chemistry ( yes, that actually exists ), oxidised copper usually leaves behind a pool with clear green water, rather than cloudy water.

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Saudi-led coalition hits food factory, killing 14 civilians

Mohammed Abdulsalam, a Houthi spokesman, condemned the coalition's airstrike on a factory supplying food, describing it as "heinous crimes". The coalition, which has been battling to prop up Yemen's government against the Houthis since March 2015, hit rebel positions across northern Yemen, according to coalition officials and tribal sources.

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Arsonist accidentally lights himself on fire with a Molotov cocktail

An arsonist targeting a new barbershop in Kentucky ended up setting himself on fire in the process as surveillance video captured the entire incident. The man and woman then flee the scene in the minivan. A second camera captures the man frantically running around the business and throwing himself into a grassy area next to the building, then kicking off his burning shoe.

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Facebook hates ad blockers so much it now blocks them

Facebook isn't the only company fighting back against the ad blockers. But Facebook has remained mostly insulated from any serious harm because the vast majority of its ad revenue now comes from mobile. When you see ads on most sites, those ads are served by third-party ad networks. Adblocking blocks 26% of all ads according to a recent IAB Report , and Facebook is a member of the IAB.

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'Outburst' Makes This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower Special

While the south coast of the United Kingdom is lovely in its own right, it has been given an extra sparkle, as a stunning display of shooting stars has been pictured across Devon. No need to worry about finding the right direction in the night sky. Or, if you live in the country, just shut off your lights, and layout in your back yard! No special equipment is needed to enjoy this nighttime spectacle, just a dark sky and some patience.

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Solved: This is why sunflowers follow the sun

By staking plants so that they can not move, or turning potted plants around daily so that they were facing the wrong way, they disrupted the ability of the plants to track the sun . It's summertime, and the fields of Yolo County are filled with ranks of sunflowers, dutifully watching the rising sun . When the overhead light source was moved several times throughout the day, simulating the day-night cycle, the plants started to aim towards it.