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Landmine Report Cites Rare New Uses But Continued High Casualties

An international landmine watchdog says new uses of the weapon are “extremely rare” but that fighting in Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine and Yemen has led to a second consecutive year of high casualties. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines said in an annual report Thursday there were 8,605 casualties, including 2,089 deaths, from mines in 2016. That includes improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance that are triggered like mines. Of those casualties, 78 percent were civilians, and the total included the most child casualties ever recorded. They took place in 52…

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How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean’s Most Powerful Punch

Enlarge this image Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun’s surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer. Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images Throughout history, being on the receiving end of anything involving cavitation, a miniscule underwater implosion, has been bad news. Millions of years before humans discovered cavitation — and promptly began avoiding it, given its tendency to…

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