Tuesday, 6 October 2015

An Unexpected Video Call

Three families had no idea their loved ones (from the other side of the world) were just across the street while on a video call. Their reactions at the doorstep are priceless.

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(thanks Tristan)

The Ultimate Image Format Cheat Sheet

The five most common image formats are: JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and BMP. Each has their advantages and shortcomings and knowing which format to use and when can be helpful.

Is it for web or print? Is there text? Is it black and white? Is it a logo? Each format has its trade-offs and this fantastic overview provides a great summary of each image format and what situation it works best for.

Possible Theft

But what could it be?

(via Bad Newspaper)

Microsoft Has A Crazy Plan To Make Your Batteries Last A Lot Longer

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A new Microsoft Research project could result in a laptop battery that lasts a lot longer. The solution they propose is still in a prototype phase, meaning it could be years before it becomes available in a product you can buy, if it ever does at all.

Essentially, their solution is to take a whole bunch of batteries, made up of different materials, and use software built into the operating system to intelligently manage which gets used, when. In other words, your operating system could detect when you're just working on a document and shunt you over to a longer-lasting battery.

The Bristol Fox

Foxes, one of the UK's most successful urban survivors. An animal that is portrayed in the media as an urban menace, that takes over the streets at night... but how much do we really know about these creatures?

This film takes three of the most frequently asked questions about the urban fox and explains them through three different peoples experiences and expertise. It is up to you to decide whether or not foxes deserve the stereotypes that they have been given.

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(thanks Cora)

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

What is it about being a man that means he's likely to die younger than the women around him? And is it possible for him to break the curse of his gender? Although this puzzling divide has been known for decades, it is only recently that we have started coming close to some answers.

The Science Behind Rainbow Colors

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When you shine a flashlight creating a beam of white light, within that beam all the colors of the rainbow exist. That simple white beam of light is actually a combination of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red colored beams.

If you take that beam of white light and send it through a glass prism, the different colors will show themselves vividly as they exit at a different angle. Rainbows are created in a similar manner.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Coca-Cola: Happiness Starts With A Smile

The saying goes that laughter is contagious. We can see that in this local market stunt in the Antwerp metro for the Belgian 'choose happiness' campaign of The Coca-Cola Company. With the insight 'happiness starts with a smile,' moody subway faces are turned into smiling ones.

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12 Bizarre Facts About Jellyfish That Will Blow Your Mind

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Jellyfish are free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell can pulsate for locomotion, while stinging tentacles can be used to capture prey. Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea.

Here are 12 bizarre facts about jellyfish that will blow your mind.

Pope Francis Table Cloth Magic Trick

Pope Francis shows off his magic trick at the U.S. Bishops' meeting.

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Beautiful aerial drone footage of California's coastline. Captured footage from Asilomar Beach, Lover's Point, and San Carlos Beach in Monterey.

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(thanks Cora)

The Popular Plane: Aeroplane Sheet Music Covers, 1897-1911

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Some aeroplane sheet music covers that are located at the wonderful Lester Levy Sheet Music Collection at Johns Hopkins University.

(via Everlasting Blort)

The Slow Mo Guys - Jelly Tennis

Dan Gruchy and Gavin Free of The Slow Mo Guys find an impressive new way to serve jelly to hundreds of people at once with a well placed tennis serve.

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How To Make Getting Out Of Bed In The Morning Easier

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Getting out of bed can be tough. The alarm goes off and for a moment, you just stay in bed, warm and cozy, wishing that you didn't have to move.

Of course, we get up anyway, usually because we have to, but it's uncomfortable, and sometimes it's painful. Here are some ways to make getting out of bed much, much easier, and start your day off on a good foot.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Why Are Avocados So Awesome?

Whether they're in a big bowl of guacamole or scooped on top of your salad, avocados enjoy a special place in our hearts and stomachs. On top of being tasty, avocados are a noted superfood with a number of fantastic health benefits.

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The Meenakshi Temple Of Madurai, India

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The Meenakshi Temple is located in the ancient city of Madurai in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located in the heart of the 2,500-years-old city, Meenakshi Temple is dedicated to goddess Meenakshi, an avatar of the Hindu goddess Parvati - the consort of Lord Shiva.

It has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction as well as one of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage. For the people of Madurai, the Meenakshi temple is the very center of their cultural and religious life.

Come & Wait Restaurant

How long?

(via Bad Menu)


3D animated short story about a little angry boy who ends up watching a magic show that he doesn't believe is real.

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(thanks Cora)

The Project Apollo Archive

The Project Apollo Archive has uploaded to Flickr all photographs taken by the Apollo missions to the moon (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). Photographs are organized by the roll of film they were shot on, and total over 8400 images.

16 Quick Coffee Facts

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There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as a free cup of joe. So why not repay the freebie favor by regaling your barista with any one of these fascinating coffee facts.