Friday, 28 November 2014

Why Beer Does Not Spill

When you walk with a drink in your hand and suddenly stop, you spill your drink, whether it's soda or coffee. But beer doesn't spill. Why is that?

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The Long And Lonely Eyre Highway: World's Longest Straight Road

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Imagine a drive, a thousand miles long with no turns or bends, across a vast featureless plain with repetitive landscape, and hundreds of kilometers between towns and service stations.

That's Eyre Highway, the road that connects Western Australia to Southern Australia via the Nullarbor Plain, a flat and treeless, giant bed of limestone 200,000 square kilometres in area.


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Where Fiction Meets Reality: London & New York

A handy infographic that focuses on restaurants, bars, shopping, culture and entertainment that have been featured in movies in London vs. New York and gives a broad guide to travellers who want to follow the steps from some of the world's most famous movies.

Birds Of Prey

Beautiful footage of birds of prey captured in Denver, Colorado.

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(thanks Cora)

8 Dying Technologies That We No Longer Need In 2015

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We live in a technological world and we are practically surrounded by many technologies that help us simplify our life and the things we do. However, technology today is changing at the speed of light and every day we witness new technological gadgets being invented that help us to do things in a better way.

As many new technologies are invented there are many old ones that gradually disappear from our life. Many gadgets and gizmos that were once indispensable part of our life are now gone and some are on the verge to disappear.

How To Perfectly Make 38 Types Of Coffee

If you're bored of your usual milky latte or ristretto fix, feast your eyes on this infographic made by Follygraph. It illustrates just about every coffee you could ever want and some you may not have heard of, alongside diagrams of exactly how to make them.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Ridge

The Ridge was filmed in Denali National Park in Alaska for the film 'The Sanctity of Space.'

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(thanks Cora)

The Stone Towers Of Svaneti, Georgia

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The ancient province of Svaneti in Georgia is located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus mountain range. Surrounded by the gigantic, snow-capped peaks of the high Caucasus and deep gorges, Svaneti is home to some of the highest and most isolated villages in the Caucasus.

Marauding armies from foreign lands used to trouble the Svans during the Middle Ages leading to the construction of watchtowers and fortified homes. When powerful empires rampaged through Georgia, icons, jewels, religious artefacts and manuscripts were brought to the towers for safekeeping, turning Svaneti into a repository of early Georgian culture.

Four Weird Ways Animals Sense The World

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When humans sniff in order to smell something, we draw a quick puff of air into our nostrils and over chemoreceptors in our nasal cavity. But octopuses, butterflies, and other animals don't have noses like ours. Instead, they've evolved other, sometimes bizarre ways of sensing the world around them.

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The Happiness Scale

According to the Happiness Index, the country with the happiest people is Costa Rica, followed by Vietnam and Columbia. Are you happy? The Happiness Scale measures happiness throughout the world.

Jeffery-West Shoe Repair

Watch Jeffery-West Shoe Repair from Northampton, UK, repair 5 pairs of shoes with a complete new full long leather sole.

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(thanks Cora)

The Science And Engineering Of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Balloons

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The iconic balloons in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are cute and fat and take real engineering to get up into the air. Just one group of 28 full-time workers, the Macy's Parade Studio in New Jersey, conceives of, makes, and maintains all of the parade's balloons.

This week, the American Chemical Society reported on some of the engineering - and the elbow grease - that goes into lofting the giant inflatables.

Predatory Glow Worms Found In Peruvian Amazon

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A couple of years ago, wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer stumbled upon something very special during a night hike in the rainforest of Tambopata, Peru. While passing a bend on the trail, he noticed several glowing green dots embedded within a dirt wall. These glowing dots were likely due to some kind of insect larvae, possibly a beetle, but the rest of the story remained a mystery.

What exactly was this strange species and why were they glowing in the middle the Amazon rainforest in a dirt wall? This past October, Jeff was accompanied by entomologist Aaron Pomerantz and his colleagues Mike Bentley and Geoff Gallice. Together, they hoped to shed some light on this glowing mystery.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Little Train Of Artouste

Le petit train d'Artouste (the little train of Artouste) is 80 years old. Originally built to transport materials and personnel during the construction of the Artouste dam from 1924 to 1932, the train has been converted for tourism in 1932.

It now enables tourists to discover the magnificent landscapes high above the headwaters of the Gave d'Ossau, and provides access to Lac d'Artouste, a semi-artificial lake in the mountains.

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(thanks Cora)

Russell Crow

Russell Crowe never looked better.

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9 Of The Most Unusual And Unique Flying Cars

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A flying car or roadable aircraft is an aircraft that can also travel along roads. All the working examples have required some manual or automated process of conversion between the two modes of operation.

A slightly different concept, particularly in science fiction, is that of an aircraft that would be practical enough for every-day travel, but would not necessarily be drivable on the roads. These are some of the most unusual and unique flying cars.

The Evolution Of Robots In Film

An infographic from UK based web hosting site WebHostingBuzz about the evolution of robots in movies. The infographic starts off in the 1920s with False Maria from the movie Metropolis and goes right the way through to the 2010s with Atom from Real Steel and Gipsy Danger from Pacific Rim.

Magnetic Cat

A cat uses its magnetic powers to play with things.

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(thanks Matt)

Emirates Airbus A380 First 3C-Check

The first Airbus A380 delivered to Emirates completes a 3-C Check, the largest maintenance check on any aircraft. Watch the entire process captured on camera.

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(thanks Cora)

Take A Trip To Iran's Dasht-e Lut Desert

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Wanna take a trip to the hottest place on Earth? No, you don't need to dig down to the core to reach it. Just go to Iran and head to the spectacular Dasht-e Lut desert. Dasht-e Lut (which means Emptiness Desert) is a sandy and muddy salt desert plain north-east of Kerman, Iran.

The surface of the sand there has been measured at temperatures as high as 70.7°C (159°F), and it is one of the world's driest and hottest places. You will find a series of eroded towers and walls standing high on the desert, making every traveler definitely notice the amazing land formations.