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9 Things You Didn't Know About Some Of The Biggest Stories Of The Year

You can see the same headline a million times, but do you even know what's possibly hiding beneath? There are a ton more amazing details out in the ether that you just don't get when you skim. The Economist challenges you to Dare2GoDeep and find them. Here are some amazing things you might have missed recently.

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... that there's another camera that's been circling Mars since 2006? The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures billions of observatory space pixels, furthering the field of space archaeology. It has recently helped scientists discover remnants of other countries' failed missions to the Red Planet.



... that firms are beginning to formally patent patterns of DNA so they can create benchmarks and better observe harmful mutations. "Products of nature" like DNA (or water, for example) are technically ineligible for patent registration, but isolated chemical replicas from a lab are classified as "human inventions," so those iterations are. It's all still up for debate, but it could be a massive step forward.

7. Remember that day last year when you couldn't look up that thing you wanted on Wikipedia and it killed you for a whole 24 hours?

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That was in protest of S.O.P.A. and P.I.P.A. - two bills introduced to Congress that would limit freedom of accessibility and information on the web, including contextual use of animated GIFs.


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... before the company appointed a modern-day icon like Lady Gaga as its creative director, Polaroid had an Artist Support Program which put its cameras in the hands of iconic fine artists like Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, and Robert Rauschenberg as consultants and product testers.


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China just signed into a free-trade agreement with Iceland! A country with 1/10th of the population of a mere city in China. The focus is said to be not so much on the accessibility to Iceland's actual market materials, but rather the access of the shipping routes surrounding the country.