Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Voltige

In a garage, two mechanics are working on a Fiat 500.



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(thanks Cora)

Mano Del Desierto

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The Mano del Desierto is a large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, south of the city of Antofagasta, on the Panamerican Highway.

The sculpture was constructed by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal. He used the human figure to express emotions like injustice, loneliness, sorrow and torture. Its exaggerated size is said to emphasize human vulnerability and helplessness.

10 Hilarious High-Profile Geography Fails

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The world is a big, big place. So big that you'd be forgiven for not knowing everything about it. With roughly 196 countries, innumerable cities, and constantly shifting borders, keeping up on your geography can be difficult for sure.

But there's failing to keep up and then there's displaying hilarious levels of ignorance. Time and again, people in high-profile situations seemingly go out of their way to mess up geography. We're not talking little mistakes either. We're talking stuff that even a fourth grader should know.

6 Scientists Who Regret Their Greatest Inventions

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The soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect civilian freedoms deserve nothing less than respect. Often lost are scientists and inventors who created machines and devices to prevent those lives from being lost in the first place.

Here are six scientists who thought they'd found a way to do just that - only to see those inventions added to the war machine they wanted to stop.

The Universe In 4 Minutes

The Universe in 4 minutes, a video by British YouTuber Exurb1a.



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Carroñeras De Monegros

Birds of prey in the Monegros Desert, a semidesert in Aragón in northeastern Spain.



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(thanks Cora)

Where 11 Tech Breakthroughs Really Came From

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The history of tech is riddled with cases where a company just straight up takes an old idea, perfects it, and ends up as a runaway success.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Photographer Proves Strangers Are Friends You Haven't Met Yet

New York photographer Richard Renaldi proves strangers are friends you haven't met yet. Richard asked strangers on the street to pose as though they're couples, friends or family.



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Female Bishops


They won't be pleased.

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Does The Yeti Exist?

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It is one of the world's greatest enduring mysteries. Stories of a yeti, or an abominable snowman, have been entrenched in Himalayan folklore for hundreds of years - but there has never been any definitive proof of its existence.

Now, a team of leading international scientists will use advanced DNA analysis to determine whether there is a rational explanation behind the theories. And there have been many theories put forward - that the yeti is a man, a beast or simply a myth - but little scientific evidence to back up any of these claims.

Stonehenge Rock Source Identified

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Scientists have found the exact source of Stonehenge's smaller bluestones. The stones' rock composition revealed they come from a nearby outcropping, located about 1.8 miles (3 km) away from the site originally proposed as the source of such rocks nearly a century ago.

The discovery of the rock's origin, in turn, could help archaeologists one day unlock the mystery of how the stones got to Stonehenge.

The Counting Sheep

Counting sheep number 100 never gets his chance to jump over the fence because the sleeper always falls asleep before his turn. Will he finally get his chance?



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How The Medical Cadaver Finally Got The Respect It Deserves

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Rituals and rites regarding dead bodies differ from one religion and culture to the next, but in general, interacting with the dead outside of funerals is seen as social suicide. But for hundreds of years, medical students and anatomists have battled against this taboo in their need for research corpses.

Although anatomists have frequently been associated with grave robbing and body snatching throughout history, human dissection has survived for two millennia.

The Organisms That Glow Brighter Than Any Other

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Eerie green pinpoints of light dancing in a forest. Sparkling cyan waves that wash ashore in the dead of night. Many organisms have found ways to emit light, allowing them to glow brightly even in the darkest parts of our world.

For reasons that will become clear, there is no definitive answer to the question 'what is the brightest living thing.' But here are the best candidates.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sticky Trap

A group of scientists in Japan are testing a new kind of sticky trap. To get accurate information on its effectiveness, they sent various types of humans across a 20-foot section of the material. A scientist, a sprinter and a sumo wrestler.



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(via Miss Cellania)

Coffee-Brewing Alarm Clock


It's no secret the first five minutes of consciousness for many of us each morning involves brewing a cup o' joe. To help get a jump-start on things, designer Joshua Renouf has developed a striking alarm clock that starts the process before you even get out of bed.

Cité Mémoire - Projections Of Montreal's History


Montreal was founded in 1641, which means that in 2017, the city will be celebrating its 375th birthday. That's a long stretch of history, and we can't be expected to remember everything that's happened.

So to help jog our memories, Montreal has created a multimedia exhibition called Cité Mémoire (Memory City), transforming the old town into a living tribute to the past. At eighteen spots around Old Montreal there's a projection, or 'tableaux,' which brings a significant moment from Montreal's history to life.

(thanks Juergen)

Reverie Of Vietnam

Visit the best wonders of Vietnam: Hanoi ancient quarter, the breathtaking Halong Bay, the claustrophobic caves in Trang An, the glamorous fabric merchants in Hoi An, the secret temples inside the marble mountain in Da Nang, the historical old capital Hue, the wet and tropical mekong delta and the white sandy beaches at Phu Quoc.



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(thanks Cora)

How Do We Know The Earth Isn't Flat?

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The flat Earth model is an archaic conception of the Earth's shape as a plane or disk. Many ancient cultures subscribed to a flat Earth cosmography.

In the modern era, belief in a flat Earth has been expressed by isolated individuals and groups, but no scientists of note.

What Stopped Mongol Hordes From Conquering Europe

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In 1206, Genghis Khan, a fierce tribal chieftain from northern Mongolia, began to take over the world. The khan's ruthless tactics and loyal horde swept across Asia. A series of successful forays in Hungary and Poland made even Europe seem within reach of conquering.

But this wave of victories in Europe suddenly ended. As soon as the Mongols set their sights set on Austria, they abruptly returned to Asia. What was it that stopped the Mongol hordes?