Saturday, 18 April 2015

Dolphin Cove

The world's best surfers at Dolphin Cove, Esperance, in West Australia.

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Why Do Humans Have Chins?

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Compared with other human relatives such as Neanderthals, modern Homo sapiens have particularly prominent chins. Some researchers have hypothesized that the modern human chin helps the jaw stand up to the forces generated by chewing.

A new study by Nathan Holton, an anthropologist at the University of Iowa, found that the development of the chin doesn't seem to have anything to do with resistance to bending stresses. Instead the prominence of the chin may simply be a side effect of the rest of the face evolving to be smaller.

What Did David Bowie Do At Your Age?

David Bowie is better than you! Don't believe me? Type in your age and it'll tell you what Bowie did at the same age. When David Bowie was my age, he hailed a cab in New York City.

What Did David Bowie Do At Your Age?

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Flight Paths Of Seagulls

Visualizing the flight paths of seagulls at Point Arena Lighthouse near Mendocino, California.

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(thanks Cora)

50 Amazing Celebrity Wedding Dresses

It always makes an entrance, and is probably the most unforgettable dress you'll ever wear: the wedding dress. And if it's a celebrity wedding, you know the dress will be even more glamorous and amazing.

Shari's Berries decided to pay tribute to this timeless dress by rounding up 50 of the most unique and memorable celebrity wedding gowns to date, from classic Grace Kelly to contemporary Solange Knowles chic.

(thanks Julissa)

7 Famous Man-Made Geysers

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Geysers are a rare phenomenon because they require a specific set of conditions to occur. Generally geysers can be found near active volcanic areas where there is an abundant source of subterranean heat.

Human activities have also given birth to a number of geysers. Usually an oil drilling company would accidentally poke a hole through a chamber of pressurized water, and if there is enough underground water, the geyser would erupt for years to come. Here are some of the most famous accidentally created geysers around the world.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Beatbox Bird Dance

Starbucks Coffee Canada celebrates the difference one reusable cup can make. This film was made using only one Starbucks reusable cup for all of the animation.

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(thanks Jaime)

Is Your Site Mobile-Friendly?

Starting April 21, Google Search will be expanding its use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in Google Search results. Users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results optimized for their devices.

Is your site mobile-friendly?

Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long?

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If you are frustrated by the exhausting length of modern baseball games - or if you are thrilled that these contests last the full nine innings - you can thank an all-but-arbitrary decision made in the nascent stages of the sport. Gone the other way, the game would end after just seven innings.

16 Barbecue Styles Around The World

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How do you like your meat barbecued? Maybe you like your meat well-marinated, skewered, rubbed with spices, or maybe you prohibit any type of seasoning.

Each barbecue enthusiast has their own preferred barbecuing equipment and style. There can be thousands of choices. Here are 16 of some of the popular barbecue styles from around the world.

Macro Timelapse

Macro timelapse of plants growing.

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(thanks Cora)

Don't Call Them Bums: The Unsung History Of America's Hard-Working Hoboes

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When you think of a hobo, do you picture a lazy derelict in the alley, passed out from drinking too much whiskey? But hoboes like to distinguish themselves from other wanderers by the fact they put in hard work to earn their keep.

Collectors Weekly delves into the storied history of American hoboes - their roots, their ethical code, their lingo and hieroglyphs, their freighthopping secrets, and their favorite town where they still congregate.

(thanks Lisa)

This Nuclear Powered Rocket Would Have Been 'A Flying Chernobyl'

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In 1957, the United States began secretly developing a new type of aircraft. This was the Atomic Age, when nuclear energy seemed to offer unlimited energy in numerous ways.

Nuclear reactors provide enormous potential, which is why America put them into submarines and aircraft carriers at this time. It seemed only reasonable to apply this power to aircraft.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A Macro Symphony

This underwater macro short was filmed in the Lembeh Straits of Indonesia entirely with a Sony a7S camera housed with a Nauticam housing. Most of the creatures shown ranged from the size of a grain of rice to perhaps 2 inches at most.

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(thanks Cora)

Something Wrong Here

Between a rock and a hard place.

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Butterflies Emerge From Their Chrysalises

The chrysalis hatchery in the Sensational Butterflies house is one of the many captivating parts of the exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. Watch as a flutter of blue morphos (Morpho peleides) emerge from their pupal state.

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Inside Abbey Road

Inside Abbey Road is a site built by Google in partnership with Abbey Road Studios. The aim is to enable anyone in the world to follow in the footsteps of musical legends, and step inside the famous British recording studio as it's never been seen before.

Once inside, you can explore every nook and cranny of the three recording studios, and discover stories, images, videos and music spanning the decades. You can also be guided around by producer Giles Martin, Head of Audio Products Mirek Stiles, or broadcaster Lauren Laverne, and even play with interactive versions of pioneering Abbey Road Studios equipment.

The Recursive Model Villages Of Bourton-On-The-Water

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Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. Bourton-on-the-Water's most famous attraction is the one-ninth scale replica of the village itself. Built in the 1930s and opened in 1937, the replica accurately reflects the village as it appeared in 1936 and was constructed using authentic materials.

The replica model was built to the last detail including traceried windows of the churches, the dry-stone boundary walls and the vernacular details of the buildings. For trees the craftsmen used miniature bonsai type trees which are carefully pruned to keep them to scale.

American Facial Hair Throughout History

Men show the progression of popular facial hair in the USA throughout history.

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(thanks Cora)

Google's Project Loon's Global Internet: How It Works

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Pervasive as the Internet seems, less than half of the world's population has access to it, leaving some four billion people unconnected. This spring, engineers at Google's Project Loon will shift to the next phase in a grand plan to bring Internet to everyone.'

The goal: a network of high-altitude balloons that will rain 4G LTE signals down to anyone with a 4G device. With it, farmers in remote areas will be able to access weather data; rural children will be able to pursue online educations; and Google will have four billion more eyeballs on its search engine.