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Hindenburg Mystery Finally Put to Rest

76 years later, experts say static electricity was to blame

(Newser) - A 21st-century team of researchers has solved an enduring 20th-century mystery: What sparked the fire that caused the Hindenburg to explode and plummet to the ground? Static electricity, asserts the British-US team, which tested a number of the theories that have been floated for the last 76 years on 79-foot... More »

E-gads! Airport Scanners Harming Kindles, Say Users

Static might be the culprit, but Kindle denies any problem

(Newser) - Bad news for voracious readers. Some traveling e-bookworms are complaining that airport security scanners have harmed their Kindles, reports the Telegraph . Users of the affected Kindles say that the scanners seem to affect the electronic ink display on the e-readers, devices which are particular favorites of fliers. At least one... More »

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