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The United States

  1. Now That The Government’s Shut Down, Here’s What’s Still Currently Running

    Everyone in Canada is laughing at us right now.

    If you live in the United States and you're reading this right now, then you currently have no government. But that doesn't mean there's going to be panic in the streets (although there probably should be). Here what will still be up and running, just in case you were getting any ideas about starting a revolution or something.

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  2. Czech Republic Issues Statement Clarifying That They Are Not Chechnya, Because America

    The Boston Marathon suspects have been connected to Chechnya by pretty much every major news outlet at this point, and it's becoming increasingly clear that a good number of Americans have no idea where Chechnya is, among other things. In fact, it's gotten to the point where the ambassador of the Czech Republic felt the need to issue a statement informing the American people that, you know, the Czech Republic actually isn't Chechnya. Sigh.

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  3. The Eastern United States as Seen from the International Space Station [Video]

    Late last month, the International Space Station passed over the Gulf of Mexico and traveled along the east coast of the United States. All the while the crew of Expedition 30 left a camera running, capturing the familiar shape of the U.S. illuminated by city lights at night. Several major cities are visible -- New Orleans, Mobile, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. However, the midwesterner in me couldn't help but look up toward the Great Lakes and spot Chicago and Detroit. Even better, it ends with the Aurora Borealis over Newfoundland.

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  4. This is a Map of All the Trees in the United States

    This map is the result of years of research by NASA, the National Geological Survey, and the U.S. Forest Service. It shows, in staggering detail, the total of woody biomass (read trees) across these United States. Presenting the entire nation at a 30 meter resolution, with 4 pixels representing an acre land, it's one amazing map. While impressive in its own right, this tree map aims to help keep a record of the amount of carbon being held in Earth's plant matter. With concerns over carbon's role in climate change, surveys like this are invaluable tools. See the full map, after the break.

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  5. The Most Innovative Countries and Industries [Infographic]

    This close to year-end, it's always a good time to go back and look at the x-iest y's of the year. In this case, it's the most innovative countries and industries presented in an infographic by Visual News. As with most infographics, one or two things are pretty obvious, but the rest are unexpected. For instance, it's no huge surprise that the U.S. and Japan top the countries list at 1 and 2, but the fact that France takes the bronze is a little more interesting. You might also be surprised how low the pharmaceuticals rank on the industry list. Check out the whole thing after the jump.

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  6. It Just Snowed in 49 States

    Throughout last night and early today, it snowed in 49 states. As one can see from the map above, which is shaded for depth, Florida was the lone state that didn't receive any snow, winning the blizzard. Even Hawaii had a bit of snow, which fell on the Mauna Kea volcano on the Big Island. About 69% of the contiguous United States was covered in snow, and 32 states had weather advisory warnings. Basically, it snowed everywhere in the US except for Florida, which, being from south Florida, I shall gladly accept the award on the state's behalf.

    (via Gawker)

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  7. RIAA and MPAA Make Outrageous Proposal, Sit Back, Stroke White Cat

    The United States government is still wrestling with the tricky problem of intellectual property rights in the digital age, and so the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (also known as the Copyright Czar) has asked the big players in intellectual property to submit proposals full of steps the government could take to curb pirates and other copyright infringers.

    The joint proposal from the MPAA and RIAA is, as one might suspect, the sort of thing that wouldn't seem amiss coming out of the mouth of a black clad man with one cataract-filled eye, who sits in a swivel chair at one end of a glossy conference table and strokes a white Persian cat. Once he finishes speaking, his henchmen drag you away from your computer, screaming.

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