Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sunrise At Mount Rainier National Park

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(thanks Cora)

Sizing Up Sharks, The Lords Of The Sea

Sharks range in size from the largest fish on the planet to the length of your palm. See how you compare to some of these vulnerable predators that are so crucial to the ocena's health.

17 Species Named After 'Star Wars' Characters

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There are Star Wars fans everywhere, including among the scientists who study life on Earth. When these scientists get to name a new species, they often name it after a family member or respected mentor.

However, some choose another direction - especially if they're naming a lot of species at once. That's when the real nerdiness comes out. Here are 17 species whose names were inspired by Star Wars.

How The World's First Written Languages Spread

The introduction of writing systems changed the world. It allowed humans to physically express thoughts and language, as well as record events for future generations to study. Although different writing systems developed independently in different areas of the world, many are tied together by common roots.

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Modobag - Your Motorized Travel Bag

Modobag is the world's first rideable travel bag.

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(thanks Cora)

Campfires Explained

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Before the invention of clothing, agriculture, and even the wheel, our ancestors were playing with fire. Our ancestors probably invented campfire before they invented anything else.

Making fire was one of the very first activities to get us working together. Yet this incredibly ancient practice of campfire making still remains mystifying to many of us humans.

Friday, 22 July 2016


Funny CGI animation by Victor Caire.

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Mysterious Bright Light

A mysterious bright light shining through the trees.

(via Bad Newspaper)

All Known Bodies In The Solar System Larger Than 200 Miles In Diameter

A visual listing of objects in the Solar System, ordered by size. An image showing the 88 known objects in our Solar System that are larger than 200 miles in diameter.

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8 Amazing Tricks That Seem To Break The Laws Of Science

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Science is a funny thing. It provides a sense of order to this crazy world we live in, explaining things that we never even knew needed to be explained. But every now and then, it can turn on itself.

Throw together the right elements under the right conditions, and things will happen that, until now, seemed impossible according to science. Check out some of the craziest tricks that will make you second guess the laws of science.

Timelapse Video Taken From Space Captures Entire Year On Earth

NASA's EPIC camera has captured one year's worth of images of Earth. NASA compiled 3,000 of these images into a time-lapse.

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Do You Know These New Words?

Online added a number of popular words culled from headlines and social media. Do you know what ghosting is? Or woke, al desko or lamestream? Take the quiz and find out.

Can a Dog Eat That?

As dog owners, we love sharing our life with our furry companions. So it's only natural that at times we'll want to share a meal or snack. But as a responsible dog owner, we all know that there are certain foods dogs should not eat.

You probably already know that chocolate is a big no-no, but what about other food. To help you figure out foods dogs can't eat, DogVacay created a comprehensive guide on the top 50 most troublesome human foods.

(thanks Caroline)

Thursday, 21 July 2016

How A Gutenberg Printing Press Works

Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (1398-1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. Johannes Gutenberg's work on the printing press began in approximately 1436. Here's a demonstration of the only working model of a Gutenberg printing press.

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150 Years Of Bovril

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Bovril is the trademarked name of a thick, salty meat extract, developed in the 1870s by John Lawson Johnston. It is sold in a distinctive, bulbous jar.

Bovril can be made into a drink by diluting with hot water, or less commonly, with milk. It can be used as a flavouring for soups, stews or porridge, or spread on bread, especially on toast in a similar fashion to Marmite and Vegemite.

(via Nag on the Lake)

Celebrating British Eccentricity At The 2016 Chap Olympiad

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In August, the world's gaze will fall on Rio de Janeiro for the start of the 2016 Olympics. But a very different kind of games were just held at the 12th annual Chap Olympiad, in the Bloomsbury district of London. Hundreds gathered to celebrate British eccentricity. And show an undying love of tweed and tea.

The Chap Olympiad features a myriad of activities, including umbrella jousting, moustache wrestling, not playing tennis, the Corby trouser press challenge and Butler baiting.

How Tennis Balls Are Made

See how tennis balls are made at the Wilson Tennis Ball factory in Shanghai, China.

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The Ivy League Of Auctioneering

The Missouri Auction School is the oldest and largest auction school in the world. There, students learn all aspects of the business, but most importantly, they hone their auction chant. Before students graduate they have to sell at a real auction for real money.

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(thanks Cora)

How A Steamship Ended Up In A Kansas Cornfield

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In 1988 Kansas City explorer David Hawley and his crew uncovered the steamboat Great White Arabia, which sank in 1856 a few miles west of Kansas City. The discovery yielded an incredible collection of well-preserved, pre-Civil War artifacts.

Hawley, along with his father, brother and two friends, unearthed over 200 tons of items, the equivalent of 10 container trucks. Many of these artifacts, from shoes to champagne bottles, are on display at the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Walking Dead

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Based on the comic books written by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead TV series has become one of the most popular TV shows. First aired on the night of Halloween in 2010, ratings for the show have soared, with the season four opening bringing in over 16.1 million viewers internationally. Here are 20 things you probably didn't know about The Walking Dead.

(thanks Nathaniel)