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Greipel Wins First Stage of Tour Down Under

Andre Greipel sprinted his way to the leader's jersey in Stage One of the 2010 Santos Tour Down Under. Daily Peloton has the story. Greipel is trying to repeat his 2008 tour victory, in which he won the first stage. 

Teammates from HTC-Columbia put Greipel in a good position to finish the 141km (87 mile) stage. The race continues tomorrow with a 133.5 km (83 mile) stage from Gawler to Hahndorf.

-- Jonah Ogles

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New Ski Cross Documentary

In 2010, the Vancouver Olympics will be the first to include ski cross. What is it? Going downhill. Really fast. This video highlights American Casey Puckett, who has competed in four Olympic games but has never brought home a medal, reports Ski Magazine. 

Looking for more Olympians to cheer for? Check out our own Top 10 Olympic Athletes on Twitter.

-- Jonah Ogles

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Networked Airbags Developed for Avalanche Safety

A good piece of gear for off-piste skiers is an avalanche airbag system (ABS), but it seems that a lot of skiers who carry one aren't deploying them in the case of an actual avalanche. New Scientist writes about a new development that could help everyone in a group deploy their airbags, thanks to wireless networking. A German engineer has tweaked the ABS deployment system to allow it to sync with others. This way, one person in your group can be designated as the leader, and when he deploys his ABS, everyone else's will automatically deploy as well. Avalanche airbag systems consist of two airbags stowed in a backpack that inflate to keep a skier closer to the surface in the case of an avalanche.

What do you think -- good idea? 

-- Lisa Lombardi

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Yao Ming says Save the Sharks

Wanna stop shark finning? Yao Ming does, too. For a donation of just $100, the organization Stop Shark Finning will put up a billboard in a high-traffic area of China that features Ming and a plea to stop shark finning, writes TreeHugger. The billboards have been very affective in capturing the attention of Chinese citizens, and after seeing them, 82 percent of those who saw it said they would stop or reduce their consumption of shark fin soup.

Ming has been a long-time shark advocate, and recently appeared in this commercial that is being played throughout China.

-- Lisa Lombardi

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Making Mountaintop Removal Funny Again

Mountaintop removal mining is bad, right? Stephen Colbert doesn't think so. Listen to him argue with Dr. Margaret Palmer, the leading author of an article on the harmful effects of mountaintop removal that appeared in the latest issue of Science.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Coal Comfort - Margaret Palmer
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorEconomy

(Thanks for the heads up, Grist)

-- Lisa Lombardi

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