Friday, 6 May 2016

The Mustang Story

The Ford Mustang launched in the spring of 1964 and helped pull the USA out of the doldrums after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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It's Illegal To Know Or Distribute This Number

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Despite the law being one of the most ancient and fundamental aspects of being a social human being, there sure are a lot of inscrutable ones.

It might sound utterly non-sensical, but in the United States, it's also illegal to know, possess, or distribute one very long, very specific prime number.

5 Things In London Mistakenly Missed By Tourists

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England's capital London is the old, big and wonderful city where many interesting places, objects, and entertainment collide into one fantastic place. Countless tour textbooks are full of traditional tips where to go and what so see in London.

When you arrive in London, you should definitely visit Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, and the London Eye. But in addition to that, look for less well-known tourist attractions, where you will find original and exciting objects you will never forget.

What Are The Smartest Animals On The Planet?

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Humans aside, chimpanzees would have to be at the the top of any consideration about relative intelligence of animals. They are most like us, sharing 99% of the same DNA, as we have have descended from the same ancestor species that lived 6-7 million years ago.

But a new study suggests that ravens are as smart as chimpanzees. How is it that small birds with presumably small brains can compete with much larger apes? It turns out that it's not the size of the brain that matters, but neuronal density and the structure of the brains.

Cloudy Day

Cloudy Day is about a dry world, where a small village is still alive because of a machine which changes clouds in water. But one day, when a precious cloud arrives close to the machine, one man and his brave dog frighten the cloud. The two feel guilty about this and will hunt clouds.

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(thanks Cora)

The 12 Craziest Hubble Pictures Of All Time

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The Hubble Space Telescope has continuously unleashed a stream of jaw-dropping intergalactic imagery since it launched on April 24, 1990. These images allow researchers to study distant worlds, galaxies and nebulae.

In a few short years, Hubble's technology will become fully outdated and NASA will let it drift to a fiery death in the atmosphere. But let's not worry about what will happen to everyone's favorite space telescope and, instead, take a look at some of the most amazing pictures it's given us over the years.

Who Was The First First Lady?

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The 'First Lady' is a title which refers to the official hostess of the White House. The First Lady is commonly thought to be the wife of the president. But who was actually the first-ever First Lady?

If you guessed the logical answer, you would have said it was Martha Washington. But actually, the title First Lady was never used regarding Martha during her lifetime. Martha Washington was often addressed as 'Lady Washington.' The wife of John Tyler, the 10th U.S. president, liked to be called 'Queen of the House.'

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Koka's Beat Machine

Koka's beat machines are electromechanical musical instruments, which are programmable and produce different kinds of rhythmic and melodic patterns.

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CATS -The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service

A fun Kickstarter project called The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) is going to replace every single advert in a London tube station with pictures of cats.

So you don't have to worry about the holiday you can't afford, the car you don't need, or the body you don't have? Imagine a world where public spaces made you feel good.

(thanks Cora)

6 Most Bizarre Traditional Dishes Around The World

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Have you ever wondered what do people around the world eat? All nations always have some kind of a dish which is slightly different, and, to be fair, kind of weird.
Here are 6 most bizarre traditional dishes from all over the world.

Matchsticks Once Sickened And Deformed Women And Children

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Matchstick making was incredibly popular in 19th century England, with hundreds of factories spread across the country. For 12 to 16 hours a day, workers dipped treated wood into a phosphorus concoction, then dried and cut the sticks into matches.

Recently, anthropologists studying the skeleton of a young teenager discovered that the bones appear to show the physical hallmarks of phosphorus poisoning.

7 Tips To Wake Up Without Coffee

How can science help you wake up without coffee?

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(thanks Cora)

Walt Whitman - Patriotic Poet, Gay Iconoclast, Or Shrewd Marketing Ploy?

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Recently, it came to light that American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an early advocate of the Paleo diet. Did you know he also became a marketing gimmick, even when he was still alive?

Capitalizing on Whitman's stature as a wise, democratic bard, 1890s cigar makers started to appropriate his name and image to sell their products. Thanks to companies shilling their products - from canned peaches to fighter planes to erotic LPs - Walt Whitman has been portrayed as an icon of American freedom, a war-hawk patriot, a refined gentleman poet, an anti-capitalist hero, and a daring gay sensualist.

(thanks Lisa)

Scientists Have Identified Less Than 0.001% Of All Species On Earth

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The largest scientific study of its kind estimates that Earth could play host to more than 1 trillion different species, which means we've probably only identified a vanishingly small proportion of them - only about one-thousandth of 1 percent.

To figure this out, biologists in the US combined more than 35,000 separate analyses of microscopic and non-microscopic species. If the scientists are correct in their estimates, we've got a long way to go before we'll have seen all that Earth has to offer.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Stunningly Beautiful Jellyfish

This beautiful jellyfish was seen during Dive 4 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition on April 24, 2016. Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. At the beginning of the video, you'll see that the long tentacles are even and extended outward and the bell is motionless. This suggests an ambush predation mode.

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Markthal: Rotterdam's Beautiful Food Market

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In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, there's an eleven-stories-tall arched building that huddles over an immense food market on the ground floor. The building is also habitable and contains over two hundred apartments.

The exterior facade of the building is clad in grey natural stone. But the ends are closed with glass panels to keep rain and the cold out. The vaulted ceiling of the market is adorned with gigantic murals of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, that some have likened to the Sistine Chapel.


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Why Are Olympic Uniforms So Incredibly Boring?

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We are fewer than 100 days away from another Olympic games, which means it's about the time countries begin revealing their teams' ceremonial uniforms. If those unveilings are any indication, we're in for another round of dull, unmemorable outfits that have no correlation whatsoever with the dynamism of the world's greatest athletes.

Why are most countries still outfitting athletes in stuffy blazers and semi-formal attire that looks designed for nothing more active than sipping a mint julep while watching a regatta race?

Cosmos Laundromat - First Cycle

On a desolate island, suicidal sheep Franck meets his fate in a quirky salesman, who offers him the gift of a lifetime. Little does he know that he can only handle so much lifetime.

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(thanks Cora)

10 Intriguing Mysteries About Sound-Related Phenomena

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Sound is something that we take for granted even though it is an essential part of our existence. We require sound to communicate with others through speech, and we need it to listen to important verbal cues in life. It also helps us to enjoy forms of entertainment like music and television.

Considering how important sound is in our lives, most people believe that we have the concept fully figured out. However, there are still many mysteries about sound that we have yet to solve.

The Ten Longest Wars In History

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Historians often disagree on whether certain wars should be considered one continuing conflict or a series of separate wars. But that doesn't stop them from compiling lists of the longest wars ever fought.