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- The ocean floor will be mapped for the first time. Google Earth already lets users view landscapes in 3D but a new upgrade to the software will give users a 3D look at the world's underwater topography. Google Ocean -- which may use underwater photography to allow users search for famous wrecks or reefs -- is slated to launch next week.
- There is gold in the sewers of Japan. Though the country has plunged into a worsening recession, the amount of gold extracted from the sludge at a sewer treatment facility in Japan has rivaled production levels at some of the world's best mines. A high concentration of precision equipment manufacturers using precious metal in the region is what individuals believe is the cause.
- Olympic champion Michael Phelps' endorsement deals may be hanging in the balance now that he admitted to smoking pot, Ad Age reported. Phelps, a shill for Kellogg, has been a somewhat problem endorser and was caught on CNN with a box of General Mills' Honey Nut Cheerios and professed his love for McDonald's cheeseburgers after making a deal with Subway.
- Blue No. 2 is commonly found in M&Ms and is one of seven colors approved by the FDA for use in food. It also comes from the same chemical that is in blue jeans. Ingidotine is a synthetic counterpart to the organic, plant-based indigo and has proved to be relatively safe despite some evidence that indicates artificial colorings may be linked to attention deficit disorder. Also, red dye comes from bug carcasses.
- If you've survived the fallout from layoffs at work, you may be suffering from something else: survivor's guilt. The number of workers experiencing this type of guilt has increased as jobs across the country have been axed. How does it feel to still have a job? "It's depressing," a market researcher told Time magazine.