Thursday, 8 October 2015

Formula 1 - How Much Does A Crash Cost?

How much does a crash in Formula 1 cost? Former Formula 1 team boss Eddie Jordan explains.

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(thanks Cora)

Hand-Rolled Tacos

(via Bad Menu)

All The Best Apocalypses: A Retrospective From The End Of The Universe

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The obliteration of Earth is old hat. Everyone from Isaac Newton to Jerry Falwell has put forward a date for the end of the world, whether it will come through floods, fire, or alien invasion. Here are some of the times the world came to an end.

This Unicorn Changed The Way I Poop

The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault; it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered 'civilized,' studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. This Unicorn shows the effects of improper toilet posture and how it can affect your health.

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A Hot Take On The Steamy History Of The Jacuzzi

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The L-shaped building on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Page Street in Berkeley, California is the site of the old Jacuzzi Brothers machine shop, home to an ever-expanding family of Italian immigrants who experienced triumph, tragedy, fame, great wealth, and then poverty.

The Jacuzzi's influence on American culture is hard to overstate, though: Few can claim to infiltrate the national vernacular in such a profound and memorable way. Before there was Netflix-and-chill, there was a large tub filled with steamy bubbles, and room for two.

(via Neatorama)

Sheep Of The Year Awards

Remember the Braaaad Pitt video for Campaign For Wool. They have now released the second video in the series.

Highlighting the enviable natural beauty of wool, 'Sheep of the Year' sees Galahad the Llama, Mabel the Pug dog, Dave the donkey and Daisy the cow masquerading as sheep to infiltrate the competition, as they absurdly attempt to compete for the prestigious 'Sheep of The Year' title.

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(thanks Lee)

Fruit For Health

Most fruits are packed with antioxidants, fiber, potassium, and vitamins. Plus, they have all sorts of health benefits to go along with each delicious bite. It's best to be aware of the amount of fruit you eat, especially if you are diabetic, overweight or have high blood pressure.

Many fruits contain natural sugar which is better for you than the white stuff. Check out this infographic to learn more about the sweet and juicy benefits of 20 different fruits for health.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Paddle Boarding With Whales

Paddle boarding with whales in Esperance, Western Australia.

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8 Of The Most Intriguing Disappearances In History

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It's relatively difficult to get lost without a trace, at least these days. But history contains a number of examples of individuals (and groups) who seemingly managed to vanish into thin air.

Many of these stories have become fodder for sci-fi and paranormal theories, from ghosts to sea monsters, but while the answers are probably far more prosaic, we just don't have them - yet.

The Rolling Of Domestic Cats

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Domestic cats roll. They roll and roll and roll - not constantly, but often enough that the behavior eventually caught the attention of scientists. Rolling behaviour in domestic cats appears to have two functions. Females roll primarily in the presence of adult males, demonstrating a readiness to mate. But males roll near adult males as a form of subordinate behavior.

The Celts: Not Quite The Barbarians History Would Have Us Believe

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When we read Greek and Roman accounts of the Celts, we come away with a caricature of uncouth barbarians who wear trousers and drink undiluted wine, who go naked into battle and who are terrified by an eclipse.

But archaeology reveals a different story and we find out that the Celts loved art and design. Exquisite jewellery symbolised power and horse-riding warriors carried beautifully decorated swords and scabbards.

A Day In The Life Of A HeroRat In Training

These cat-sized rats may look terrifying - but they are one of man's best friends in Africa. The foot-long Gambian pouched rats are being trained in landmine detection in a pioneering project at Tanzania's Sokoine University of Agriculture.

The HeroRats - as the project monikers them - train all day in fields, sniffing the ground and scratching at it when they find a 'mine'. They are then rewarded with a piece of banana or other food.

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(via Daily Mirror, thanks Cora)

Yale Released 170,000 Photos Of Depression-Era America

The photos taken by Farm Security Administration photographers in the 1930s are some of the most iconic images in American history. Unseen photos in government archives tell a more complex story of a struggling country. Yale just released a terrific database of 170,000 of them.

You'll see a map of the United States where each county is clickable. Simply find the area you want to explore, just as you might on Google Maps, and the interactive database will show you photos spanning from 1935 to 1945.

(via Gizmodo)

The Valley Of The Statues In San Agustin

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Along the Magdalena River in Colombia, there lies a seemingly innocent, yet mysterious collection of Pre-Colombian statues carved out of volcanic rock. Their piercing gazes across the lush vegetation is a warning, or rather a form of protection for the tombs they guard.

(via Neatorama)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

An Unexpected Video Call

Three families had no idea their loved ones (from the other side of the world) were just across the street while on a video call. Their reactions at the doorstep are priceless.

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(thanks Tristan)

The Ultimate Image Format Cheat Sheet

The five most common image formats are: JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and BMP. Each has their advantages and shortcomings and knowing which format to use and when can be helpful.

Is it for web or print? Is there text? Is it black and white? Is it a logo? Each format has its trade-offs and this fantastic overview provides a great summary of each image format and what situation it works best for.

Possible Theft

But what could it be?

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Microsoft Has A Crazy Plan To Make Your Batteries Last A Lot Longer

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A new Microsoft Research project could result in a laptop battery that lasts a lot longer. The solution they propose is still in a prototype phase, meaning it could be years before it becomes available in a product you can buy, if it ever does at all.

Essentially, their solution is to take a whole bunch of batteries, made up of different materials, and use software built into the operating system to intelligently manage which gets used, when. In other words, your operating system could detect when you're just working on a document and shunt you over to a longer-lasting battery.

The Bristol Fox

Foxes, one of the UK's most successful urban survivors. An animal that is portrayed in the media as an urban menace, that takes over the streets at night... but how much do we really know about these creatures?

This film takes three of the most frequently asked questions about the urban fox and explains them through three different peoples experiences and expertise. It is up to you to decide whether or not foxes deserve the stereotypes that they have been given.

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(thanks Cora)

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

What is it about being a man that means he's likely to die younger than the women around him? And is it possible for him to break the curse of his gender? Although this puzzling divide has been known for decades, it is only recently that we have started coming close to some answers.

The Science Behind Rainbow Colors

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When you shine a flashlight creating a beam of white light, within that beam all the colors of the rainbow exist. That simple white beam of light is actually a combination of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red colored beams.

If you take that beam of white light and send it through a glass prism, the different colors will show themselves vividly as they exit at a different angle. Rainbows are created in a similar manner.