Thursday, 30 October 2014

Which Halloween Candy Is Worse For You?

Not all Halloween candy is created equal. This year, before you indiscriminately devour your entire candy haul, watch this short video that compares candy nutrition facts. Your waistline will thank you.

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The Evolution Of Flying Ships

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The invention of hydrofoils was one of the most revolutionary developments in the history of marine engineering. Hydrofoils are vessels that use wing-like foils below the hull in order to reach greater speeds on the water. The 'wings' are submerged so that the hull can be above the water.

When Italian inventor Enrico Forlanini built a full-scale hydrofoil boat (photo above) in 1906, the technology behind traveling on the sea took a hyper-leap. Despite their promise, hydrofoils did not take a leading role in marine technology. But throughout the last century an incredibly diverse fleet of these airplane-ship hybrids were built.

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The Martian Invasion Of 1938

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The War of the Worlds is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938. Directed and narrated by actor Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H.G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds from 1898.

The first two thirds of the 62-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which suggested to some listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. The episode became famous for causing mass panic. Here's the story about that night told by 80-year-old Joan Geraci from New Jersey.

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Piece Of Metal May Solve Mystery Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance

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Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean.

Now an aircraft recovery group says it may already have a part of Amelia Earhart's plane, and it thinks it knows where to find the rest of it. The group says new testing of a piece of metal found in the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean in 1991 gives the group increasing confidence that it's a part of the Lockheed Electra.

Dead Man's Party

The League of S.T.E.A.M. travels south of the border to investigate a Dia de los Muertos fiesta of the undead. Featuring guest stars David Vega and Karina Noelle, with music by Voltaire.

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Will Wormhole Travel Ever Be Possible?

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As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic Interstellar, which will take Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway to the places we hope to one day reach ourselves. Except for that tiny hiccup called deep space travel.

The universe is big. And along with its enormous size, it's also incredibly spread-out; any neighboring planets, stars, and galaxies are depressingly distant. Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth, is 4.22 light years away. If the fast-moving Voyager spacecraft attempted to reach Proxima Centauri, it would take the tiny probe more than 80,000 years to get there.

Big City, Big Surprise: New York City's Newest Species Is A Frog

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Even in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, nature is still capable of some big surprises. Biologists have described a new species of leopard frog discovered in New York City. It remained hidden in plain sight in a city of 8.4 million people.

Researchers named the frog Rana kauffeldi, after the great herpetologist Carl Kauffeld, who in the mid-20th century speculated that an as-yet-unidentified leopard frog might reside in New York City.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

OK Go - I Won't Let You Down

American band OK Go (Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, Andy Ross) perform 'I Won't Let You Down' while riding the Honda UNI-CUB, a little unicycle.

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Fake And Hilarious London Underground Signs

Someone has made fake and hilarious London Underground signs. They put them up and photographed them.

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That Time It Rained Flesh In Kentucky

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March 3, 1876, was a beautiful day in Bath County, Kentucky, and a local farmer's wife, Mrs. Crouch, was outside making soap. There was a light wind coming from the west, but the sky was clear and the sun was shining brightly.

Then without any prelude or warning of any kind, and exactly under these circumstances, meat came raining down all around her. Large chunks of red meat fell from the sky for a period of several minutes.

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Free Eye!

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How Wolves Change Rivers

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable 'trophic cascade' occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

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Hill Of Crosses – Lithuania

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The Hill of Crosses is located north of the small county town Šiauliai in Lithuania. The town was established in 1236 and was occupied by teutonic knights in the fourth century. The Hill of Crosses is one of the most renowned pilgrimage places in the country.

Spread on a hilltop, Christian crosses are raised to the sky, as testament to the faith and Lithuanian national identity. Nobody knows the exact number of crosses located on this hill, but in 1990, it was estimated around 55,000, while in 2006 the total amount already exceeded 100,000.

The 10 Largest Lakes In The World

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The largest lakes in the world aren't only known for their enormous size. These lakes are more often visited for their rich flora and fauna, the outdoor activities and tours offered that'll guarantee you a unique experience.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Littoral Combat Ship 7 Detroit Side Launch

The launch of a new ship is always a spectacular sight. Especially when it's done sideways. The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's seventh Littoral Combat Ship into the Menominee River on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

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Circling The Globe With The Mid-20th Century's Most Brilliant Matchbox Art

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It only takes a few inches of paper to conjure entire worlds: A hike in the Polish countryside; a smoke-filled Japanese jazz club; or an astronaut's view of a Russian space station. Each of these scenes once adorned the sides of ordinary matchboxes, deftly illustrated with a few simple shapes and bright colors.

Jane McDevitt discovered the beauty of vintage matchboxes via eBay, where her obsession with beautiful typography and well-designed ephemera led her to the paper labels. McDevitt's collection now runs in the thousands.

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Short animated film about 2 fishermen's approaches to fishing.

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The Incredible Glasswing Butterfly

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Greta oto may sound like the name of a silent movie star from Eastern Europe but it is in fact the scientific name for one of the most exquisite species of butterfly on the planet.

This butterfly's claim to fame is that its wings are almost completely transparent. You can see just about right through them. Take a close look at the incredible Glasswing, an enchanting species that confounds science.

Scientists Introduce Bizarre Dinosaur

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A half-century ago, researchers found two arms in the Mongolian desert that clearly belonged to a big dinosaur - they were eight feet long and ended in nasty claws. But that was it, and so they named the mysterious creature Deinocheirus mirificus, which roughly translates into 'unusual horrible hand.'

Fifty years later, researchers have pieced together the rest, thanks mostly to the discovery of two almost complete skeletons. Deinocheirus was indeed big, on par with T-Rex. But also factor in the neck of an ostrich, the bill of a duck, and something akin to the hump of a camel.

The Bells Of Amsterdam

The Bells of Amsterdam, played on the carillon of the Westerkerk.

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The Ancient Salt Ponds Of Maras, Peru

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Before the rise of the Inca Empire, those with an eye to make money but no aversion to hard work, made their way to Maras. There, a subterranean stream surfaced and its waters were rich with salt.

Deep underground there is a vast deposit of salt, perhaps the remnant of some prehistoric ocean. Hundreds of miles from the sea, this led to a small but important local industry supplying indigenous communities with salt. The salt ponds which were created to evaporate the water, leaving the salt behind, still exist and are worked to this day in the same way.