Friday, 30 January 2015

Alexander Gerst’s Earth Timelapses

Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space. Marvel at the auroras, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, the Milky Way, the International Space Station, lightning, cities at night, spacecraft and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space.

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(thanks Cora)

Study Says Chicks Count Like We Do

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Humans are not the only ones to count from left to right. Researchers in Italy found that mental number lines, where numbers rise from the smallest on the left to the largest on the right, come naturally to newborn chicks too.

In experiments at the University of Padua, three-day old chicks were trained to find food behind a panel bearing five bright spots. Then they were confronted with two panels bearing different numbers of spots. When faced with panels that had only two spots, the birds consistently looked behind the left of the two panels. But when faced with eight spots on each panel, they went poking around the righthand panel.

10 Amazing Vehicles Of the Future Even The Jetsons Would Envy

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You may love your new car's heated seats and built-in ice dispenser, but there's always room for improvement. Whether it's alternative fuels, easier control or just general better design, the following new and improved vehicles might hit the market in the near future.

Explore The Resavska Pecina Cave In Eastern Serbia

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The Resavska Pecina cave is known to be one of the oldest caves in Serbia with an age of almost 80 million years old. Although old, it still has its stunning cave formations persuading tourists to see it with their own eyes.

The Resavska Pecina cave is located in eastern Serbia, in the region of Gornja Resava, 20 kilometers from the town of Despotovac. You can see it set into the limestone hill of Babina Glava, on the fringes of the Divljakovac karst field.

Will It Blend? Neodymium Magnets Aka Buckyballs

Blender company Blendtec is known for their 'Will it Blend?' series of videos. In this episode, founder Tom Dickson blends meodymium magnet balls, aka as Buckyballs. Will it blend? Don't try this at home.

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Sleeping At 2700 Meters (8203 Feet)

In Courchevel, in the French Alps, Airbnb offers a night on a cable car suspended in mid-air.

(thanks Cora)

Why Vending Machines Are So Popular in Japan

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Stroll through the cities. Stroll through the countryside. You'll see 'em. Known as 'jidouhanbaiki', the machines are a feature of the landscape wherever you go in Japan. The country has the highest ratio of vending machines to landmass in the entire world. As the country's official tourist organization points out, Japan is currently home to 5.52 million vending machines.

Surely, there must be a good reason for Japan having all those vending machines. Turns out, there are several.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Pupil – A Darren Aronofsky Supercut

A supercut looking at the various emotions American film director, screenwriter and film producer Darren Aronofsky displays in his 6 films through the eyes of his characters. The films are Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan and Noah.

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Map Of Every Goat In The United States

In the United States, goats are everywhere. There were 2,621,514 goats in the United States as of 2012, the year of the most recent USDA Agricultural Census.

If America's goats were their own state, its population would be larger than that of Wyoming, Vermont, D.C. and North Dakota combined. Here's a map of every goat in the United States.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Scenes From The History Of Snow Removal

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In the good old days, to keep roads in optimal snowy condition, many municipalities employed a 'snow warden' to pack and flatten the snow with a crude vehicle called a snow roller - essentially a giant, wide wheel weighed down with rocks and pulled by oxen or horses.

A far cry from the winter road work we see today, it was more like maintaining a ski slope or smoothing out an ice rink. Snow wardens actually had to install snow on the pathways of covered bridges so that travel would not be interrupted. The History Of Snow Removal.

Every Time Travel Movie Ever, Ranked

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With the release of yet another time travel movie this week (Project Almanac), it's time to look back at the great time travel movies of our past. Here are all the major time travel movies ever, ranked.

The rules are: No animation. No short films. And no movies where someone is frozen (or something) and then they wake up in the future (so Mel Gibson's Forever Young, Encino Man are out).

Winning At Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors is a hand game usually played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. The 'rock' beats scissors, the 'scissors' beat paper and the 'paper' beats rock; if both players throw the same shape, the game is tied.

Hannah Fry of Numberphile explains how to win at Rock Paper Scissors.

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(thanks Chava)

The Buried Fortress Town Of Gonur Tepe In Turkmenistan

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During the first half of the second millennium BC, a civilization was established in the ancient delta of the Murghab River, on the southeastern edge of a territory known then as Turkestan. This Bronze Age site is known as Gonur Tepe, a civilization that flourished before being buried by time, and discovered later on in present day Turkmenistan.

Nothing much was known about the complex of Gonur Tepe until 1972 when the Margiana Archaeological Expedition directed by the Greek-Russian archaeologist Victor Sarianidi discovered the fortress town.

9 Roman Gods Who Weren't Just Rip Offs Of Greek Gods

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We know that the ancient Greeks had a massively entertaining sets of gods and goddesses. So it's no wonder that when Rome conquered Greece, they replaced their own dull pantheon with renamed versions of Zeus, Athena, and the others. But not all Roman gods were Greek copies - here are a few of the more important ones.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

4 Legged Stilt Costumes

Garen and Melissa made 4 legged stilt costumes for halloween. They are mainly made of upholstery foam and fabric. Inspiration came from the Frouds who made the Landstriders in the Dark Crystal.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Babies Going Through Tunnels

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For most babies, going through tunnels sets off a rollercoaster of emotions that they probably weren't expecting to experience when they left home. What starts out as a fun car ride eliciting giggles quickly escalates to wide-eyed terror, seeming to indicate the babies are wondering what this dark, scary place they're driving through could possibly be.

(thanks Cora)

Perpetual Pizza

Perpetual Pizza.

(thanks Cora)

Love Poetry Generator

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Just a couple of days and it's Valentine's Day. Always wanted to write a love poem for your sweethart but feeling tongue-tied? Use this love poetry generator made by ProFlowers to create a love poem for your one and only. Enter a few key words and, like magic, you've got an original poem. I created this love poem:

In summertime, our love is sweet, like daisies floating in the breeze.
In wintertime, our love is warm - it floats from head to toes.
If skies are blue, our love is joy - two people dancing in the sun.
If thunder rolls our love is calm, a refuge from the falling rain.
When spring flowers bloom, our love is bold, like red petals on the rose.
When autumn leaves fall, our love is gold, shining bright like a harvest moon.
From Valentine's Day till New Year's Day our love will continue to grow.
From season to season I love you always! My one, my only, my darling.

(thanks Julissa)

Aerial Video Of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Yesterday it was 70 years ago that the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Russian troops. It was established in 1940 in the suburbs of Oswiecim, a Polish city. Its name was changed to Auschwitz, which also became the name of Konzentrationslager Auschwitz.

This drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year.

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(thanks Cora)

Is It OK To Eat Snow?

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'Everyone should eat snow because it's really fun,' says Anne Nolin, a professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Nolin, who studies snow and ice in the climate system, says most snow is just as clean as any drinking water.

To make their way from a cloud to the ground, cold water molecules have to cling to particles of dust or pollen to form the ice crystals that then grow into snowflakes in a process called deposition. Plus, as snowflakes fall, they have a harder time picking up soot and other air pollutants than raindrops, which are better at picking up these particulates.

Cueva De Las Manos: The Cave Of Hands In Argentina

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People leave their stories through books, photographs, graffiti, or through their social media accounts. Leaving marks has been a practice since the prehistoric times and astonishing evidence of this can be found in Patagonia, Argentina.

Stencils of human hands fill the cave walls together with other rock paintings depicting the life of hunters who stopped over the cave between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. The cave is known as the 'Cueva de las Manos' which literally means, 'the Cave of Hands.'