Coca-Cola: Bad For Teeth, Good For Bumpers

A Polish man uses Coca-Cola to strip the rust off of a bumper.

Coca-Cola is notorious for being packed full of sugar, terrible for your teeth, etc. It has even been linked to increased risk for osteoporosis. But how corrosive is Coca-Cola really? A Polish YouTube user brings us this video, in which he uses a scrubber and a 2-liter bottle of Coke to clean incredible amounts of rust off of a steel bumper. Now imagine that bumper is your teeth.\

How Humans In Antarctica Are Preparing For Life On Mars

Where do you go to prepare for life on Mars? One option is Antarctica.

Concordia Station is a small research base in Antarctica that houses around a dozen scientists. Its handful of buildings rests atop a 10,000-foot mountain of ice in the middle of Antarctica, which due to its dry climate is the largest desert in the world. This is the perfect location for learning about Earth’s seismology and the character of glaciers. With its cloudless, sometimes sunless skies, it is also the perfect place for contemplating life beyond our planet.

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When Liberation Meant Demonization: France’s “Ugly Carnivals”

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From 1940 to 1944 Nazi Germany occupied northern and western parts of France, in what to this day remains a source of deep humiliation for the country. Moments after France was liberated in the summer of 1944, celebration expanded to include demonization, with Allied victors engaging in some of the same revenge tactics against women as their enemies. Many French women believed to have had children or collaborated with German occupiers were publicly humiliated. Sometimes this meant having their heads shaved; other times–even in addition to head shavings–it meant public beatings.

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20 Powerful Quotes By Pope Francis On Climate Change And The Environment

Pope Francis Climate Change Quotes

Pope Francis meets with the crowd this week in Saint Peters Square. Source: Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse

This Thursday Pope Francis released his much-anticipated (or dreaded, pending your politics) papal encyclical, which took on the topics of climate change, consumerism and environmental degradation through a moral lens.

In the 184-page document, he calls for what the New York Times describes as “a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles,” and one that pays particular attention to advancing the needs of the poor.

This is not a new cause for Pope Francis; the Pope has made a social-justice oriented approach to climate change mitigation a key component of his faith and papacy for years. You can read the encyclical, “Laudato Si,” here. If you don’t have the time to pore over papal documents, we’ve extracted some of the Pope’s most powerful quotes on climate change and the environment below–some from the encyclical, some not–for your reading pleasure:

Of course, Francis’ impassioned, unapologetic stance on human-induced climate change has brought forth a number of critics. Some Roman Catholics, according to the Times report, have interpreted the document as an attack on capitalism and as unwanted political meddling at a moment when climate change is high on the global agenda. Others suggest that existing systems have helped many become wealthy and thus healthy and prosperous, and that the Pope’s calling for a move away from intensified production and thus technological innovation will not do much to help developing countries become “less poor.” Still others are concerned about the relationship between Church doctrine and state policy.

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