Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Now Your iPhone 6 Plus Will Fit Perfectly In Your Pocket

During the launch of the iPhone 6 in the Netherlands, Dutch telecom provider KPN made sure future iPhone 6 Plus owners don't have to worry about bending their brand new gadget. While waiting in line to get their new iPhone, a mobile tailor offered to supersize people's pockets.

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(thanks Cora)

Bring Me My Casserole!

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Why Is Coffee Bitter

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Mention coffee, and caffeine is the chemical compound name that immediately springs to mind. However, whilst caffeine's effects on the brain are well documented, it has relatively little impact when it comes to the taste of coffee.

Coffee, as it turns out, is a cornucopia of chemical compounds that influence its taste; whilst some of these compounds are poorly characterised, one group of compounds about which plenty is known are the chlorogenic acids.

Drinking The Undrinkable: Asian Snake Wine

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Snake wine is a medicinal beverage usually produced and consumed in Southeast Asia and southern China. It's been drunk for nearly 3,000 years and, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is believed to strengthen the body and improve health.

Most often made of rice wine, the drink gets its name from the snakes that are preserved in the alcohol with their venom glands cut open so that the toxins can mix with the alcohol. The more venomous the snake then the more powerful the medicine is, or at least that's what people seem to think.

Burning Moments

Video made by Ari Fararooy at this year's Burning Man festival. The sound you hear was made by a didgeridoo, a wind instrument used by indigenous Australians.

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The 10 Coolest Rooftops In The World

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Whether it's for dining, a strong drink or poolside lounging, a good rooftop almost always makes for a great time. Here are some of the best rooftops in the world.

Solar-Powered Car Set A New World Land Speed Record

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The Sunswift eVe solar-powered car broke a 26-year-old land speed record for electric vehicles last Wednesday at the Australian Automotive Research Center in Victoria. It would make eVe the fastest electric car to ever compete a 500 kilometers (310 miles) set distance course by a significant margin.

The previous record, set in 1988, was an average speed of 73 kilometers (45 miles) per hour; the Sunswift eVe reached 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour average over the 500 km course.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Very Curious Owls

An owl family finds a GoPro camera outside its burrow.

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Cowbells Make Cows Miserable

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A field of cowbell-equipped-cows may create a soothing soundscape of wind and chimes, but the actual bovine after which the bells are named really hate the things. A study was performed for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich where scientist Julia Johns and a colleague measured the decibel levels of cowbells.

The cowbells can reach decibel levels of 113 - far above the legal limit of 85. Cows exposed to the sound chew their food for significantly less time than the cows without the bells, and some cows have even proven to have their hearing severely impaired.

(thanks Mark)

27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die

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Here are 27 surreal and beautiful places you have to visit before you die.

The Spiders That Decorate Their Own Webs

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Spider webs - possibly the most beautiful and intricate animal structures of the natural world. However, some spiders are not content with a simple web. They go one step further. Take a look at some of these arachnid designs and come to your own conclusions.

Vanapalooza: An Animated History Of The Van

The van's been America's boxy hero for generations. Building cities, hauling stuff to and fro, and even helping us relax after a hard day of doing those other two things. But, as you can see from this animated history of the, if it weren't for two competitive Germans and a lot of beer, the van wouldn't even exist.

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(thanks Cora)

18 Of The Most Beautiful Gardens In The World

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A beautiful garden is a feast for the eyes.
Here are pictures of 18 of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

Mysterious New Poison Dart Frog Found The Size Of A Fingernail

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A new species of poison dart frog so teeny it can fit on a fingernail has been discovered in a rain forest in Panama. Scientists from the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, found the toxic, electric-orange amphibian in a single hilly area near the Caribbean coast.

Measuring just 12.7 millimeters (0.47 inches) in length, the newly described Andinobates geminisae remains something of a mystery, according to the study team. For one, the mini-amphibian 'looks nothing like' its closest genetic relatives in the region, mainly because of its orange color.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ultra-Realistic Dental Training Robot

This robot from Showa University in Japan has a silicone mouth that looks and feels almost like the real thing. It can autonomously turn its head, eyes, sneeze, cough, blink, and simulate choking. The robot has speech recognition capability and can hold conversations with dental students.

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Aliens Of London

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Most Londoners are accustomed to strange sights - part of the daily rhythm of the English capital is the odd and the unusual. Yet even the most novelty-weary citizens were forced to look twice recently when a mysterious alien race - the Indogenes - made a sudden appearance on the streets of the city.

The aliens were, in fact, promoting the return of the series Defiance, now in its season two, to the Syfy channel. A team of professional makeup artists spent three hours producing the jaw-dropping look.

Is It Hemingway Or A Children's Book?

The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him. Most of you will recognize this sentence from Hemingway's novel 'The Old Man and the Sea. But can you really tell the difference between Hemingway and a children's book?

Where Do Genes Come From?

When life emerged on Earth about 4 billion years ago, the earliest microbes had a set of basic genes that succeeded in keeping them alive. In the age of humans and other large organisms, there are a lot more genes to go around. Where did all of those new genes come from?

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The Bacon Scarf

The Bacon Scarf is here and boy does it look delicious... I mean crispy, I mean warm, I mean just give me some Bacon! The Bacon Scarf is approximately 53" long, made of acrylic knit with the unmistakeable essence of Bacon.

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Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

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Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun.

If that were the case, it would suggest that water might only be common around certain stars that form in certain ways. But a new study by scientists from the University of Michigan suggests that at least some of Earth's water actually existed before the Sun was born - and that it came from interstellar space.