Sunday, 24 July 2016

Gateway To The Ganges

Daily life in the Indian holy cities of Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Devprayag. The beauty of nature and the Hindu ceremonies contrasted with the poverty and suffering on the streets. People have a high-spirited resilience that seems to stem from surviving and maintaining their devotion through a challenging life.

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(thanks Cora)

9 Much-Needed Reminders That Humans Are Inherently Good

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The weight of the world certainly feels heavy lately. It's easy to get discouraged about human nature and our society at large at times like these. However, research shows it can be helpful to keep a positive perspective as a method of self-care in order to maintain feelings of well-being.

If you're searching for a few positives right now, try focusing on the good our species has to offer. Here are a few beautiful reminders that humans can still be wonderful.

The Retro-Futuristic Undersea Habitats Of Jacques Rougerie

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Jacques Rougerie is a French architect-oceanographer who specializes in underwater habitats. Since the 1970s has been designing and creating habitats and craft that not only allow people to hang out under the waves, but also to do it in sci-fi style.

Rougerie was originally inspired by the undersea research platforms of Jacques Cousteau, and after becoming an architect, spent much of his design output on creations that would allow humans to experience life underwater.

Why Do Humpback Whales Protect Other Species From Killer Whales?

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There have been instances of humpback whales coming to the aid of seals being attacked by killer whales, and scientists are baffled. Interspecies altruism is adorable when it's framed as a 'cute animal friends' special on Animal Planet, but in the wild, it's rare.

Even so, there have been multiple sightings of humpback whales getting into fights with killer whales when there's a seal present, making it seem like they're actually protecting the seal.

Avalanche Fences Exposed!

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For months of the year they lie beneath deep snow, trapping it so that avalanches can be circumvented. But when the snow melts, what is beneath is exposed to the world.

In the summer months many visitors scratch their heads at the sight of avalanche fences and wonder what form of sheep or goat they might be designed to contain.

How Fast Is Earth Moving?

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As an Earthling, it's easy to believe that we're standing still. After all, we don't feel any movement in our surroundings. But when you look at the sky, you can see evidence that we are moving.

Earth's spin is constant, but the speed depends on what latitude you are located at. The circumference is roughly 24,898 miles (40,070 kilometers) at the equator, according to NASA. If you estimate that a day is 24 hours long, you divide the circumference by the length of the day. This produces a speed at the equator of about 1,037 mph (1,670 km/h).

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sunrise At Mount Rainier National Park

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(thanks Cora)

Sizing Up Sharks, The Lords Of The Sea

Sharks range in size from the largest fish on the planet to the length of your palm. See how you compare to some of these vulnerable predators that are so crucial to the ocena's health.

17 Species Named After 'Star Wars' Characters

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There are Star Wars fans everywhere, including among the scientists who study life on Earth. When these scientists get to name a new species, they often name it after a family member or respected mentor.

However, some choose another direction - especially if they're naming a lot of species at once. That's when the real nerdiness comes out. Here are 17 species whose names were inspired by Star Wars.

How The World's First Written Languages Spread

The introduction of writing systems changed the world. It allowed humans to physically express thoughts and language, as well as record events for future generations to study. Although different writing systems developed independently in different areas of the world, many are tied together by common roots.

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Modobag - Your Motorized Travel Bag

Modobag is the world's first rideable travel bag.

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(thanks Cora)

Campfires Explained

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Before the invention of clothing, agriculture, and even the wheel, our ancestors were playing with fire. Our ancestors probably invented campfire before they invented anything else.

Making fire was one of the very first activities to get us working together. Yet this incredibly ancient practice of campfire making still remains mystifying to many of us humans.

Friday, 22 July 2016


Funny CGI animation by Victor Caire.

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Mysterious Bright Light

A mysterious bright light shining through the trees.

(via Bad Newspaper)

All Known Bodies In The Solar System Larger Than 200 Miles In Diameter

A visual listing of objects in the Solar System, ordered by size. An image showing the 88 known objects in our Solar System that are larger than 200 miles in diameter.

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8 Amazing Tricks That Seem To Break The Laws Of Science

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Science is a funny thing. It provides a sense of order to this crazy world we live in, explaining things that we never even knew needed to be explained. But every now and then, it can turn on itself.

Throw together the right elements under the right conditions, and things will happen that, until now, seemed impossible according to science. Check out some of the craziest tricks that will make you second guess the laws of science.

Timelapse Video Taken From Space Captures Entire Year On Earth

NASA's EPIC camera has captured one year's worth of images of Earth. NASA compiled 3,000 of these images into a time-lapse.

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Do You Know These New Words?

Online added a number of popular words culled from headlines and social media. Do you know what ghosting is? Or woke, al desko or lamestream? Take the quiz and find out.

Can a Dog Eat That?

As dog owners, we love sharing our life with our furry companions. So it's only natural that at times we'll want to share a meal or snack. But as a responsible dog owner, we all know that there are certain foods dogs should not eat.

You probably already know that chocolate is a big no-no, but what about other food. To help you figure out foods dogs can't eat, DogVacay created a comprehensive guide on the top 50 most troublesome human foods.

(thanks Caroline)