Saturday, 28 November 2015

Little Leaf

A little girl, some kind of lizard and...

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(thanks Cora)

15 Turkey Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart This Thanksgiving

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Did you know that male turkeys are the only ones that gobble. Fittingly, a male turkey is called a gobbler, female turkeys are called hens. Or that a group of turkeys can be referred to as a rafter.

15 Turkey Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart This Thanksgiving.

The Hardest 'Would You Rather' Quiz

Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity working to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK from persecution and human rights abuses abroad. They provide free legal advice and representation to the most vulnerable and excluded asylum seekers, and lobby and campaign for an asylum system based on inviolable human rights principles.

Asylum Aid have just released the hardest 'Would You Rather' quiz in the world which aims to get people to consider real life situations refugees face. Take the quiz and see how you can help.

(thanks Lee)

European Bike Stealing Championships 2015

In Europe, bike thieves are a pain in the neck. So online magazine We Love Cycling took a bait bike along with the camera crew to Amsterdam, Rome and Prague to find out which city is the worst.

And what happened after someone finally plucked up the courage to steal the bike? You better watch the whole video to see the show. They never saw it coming.

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More info at We Love Cycling.

(thanks Cora)

Top 30 Best New Movies Of 2016

Shooting's underway so let's explore what are likely to be the best new movies 2016 has to offer. We've got Spielberg, Scorsese, Coen bros, Warcraft, Ghostbusters, Harry Potter universe and the biggest ever superhero scrap.

(thanks Sheridan)

Data-Mined Photos Document 100 Years Of (Forced) Smiling

Turn-of-the-century photographers used to tell subjects to say 'prunes' rather than 'cheese,' so that they would smile less. By studying nearly 38,000 high-school yearbook photos taken since 1905, UC Berkeley researchers have shown just how much smiling, fashion and hairstyles have changed over the years.

The goal was not just to track trends, but figure out how to apply modern data-mining techniques and machine learning to a much older medium: photographs. Their research could advance deep-learning algorithms for dating historical photos and help historians study how social norms change over time.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix

State Farm worked with John Boswell, aka melodysheep on YouTube, to auto-tune the William Shatner turkey fryer video called 'Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix.'

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Bizarre Concept Cars You Never Even Knew Existed

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Every year, automakers redesign their car models and create new ones to keep up with the current style and technologies. Some of these concept cars are also made to test out new features and technologies and end up looking crazy bizarre.

Most of them never end up being mass produced, but they definitely do look cool. Here are some of these out-of-the-ordinary car designs to take a peek at and find out what the future of the car industry might look like.

Windows Turns 30: A Visual History

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The PC revolution started off life 30 years ago. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge milestone that paved the way for the modern versions of Windows we use today.

While Windows 10 doesn't look anything like Windows 1.0, it still has many of its original fundamentals like scroll bars, drop-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and apps like Notepad and MS paint.

Introducing The Privi-Pee

Men: we've all been in that situation where you're out having a drink and you need to pop to the toilet. The worst thing is walking through that door only to be confronted by a busy urinal space. What do you do? Do you stand shoulder to shoulder with the man next to you?

Introducing the Privi-Pee, an ingenious solution to make urinal 'stage fright' a thing of the past. The Privi-Pee is a cape that you can wear when you enter a public bathroom. It's designed to help you cover your modesty and let you pee without worry.

(thanks James)

100% Possible

On November 30th our leaders will meet for COP21, the world's biggest climate summit. It's time to show anything is possible when we come together - including a world powered by 100% clean, safe, renewable energy.

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(thanks Mike)

10 Planets That Could Potentially Sustain Life

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In order for a planet to be habitable or hospitable for life, it needs to meet certain criteria. They have to be the right distance from a star, they have to be big enough to have a molten center, and the planet needs to have rock.

Exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system, may not only support life other than our own, but we could also consider these as oases in the universe in case we are ever forced to leave Earth. As of right now, obviously there is no way we can travel to these planets, but with changes in space travel and space colonies, we may get there one day.

Does Eating Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

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Thanksgiving Day. You pile your plates with turkey, dressing, two kinds of potatoes, cranberries and dig in. Second helpings? Of course! An hour later, after plenty of food and conversation, you push back and notice you've become very, very sleepy. You think, 'I’m sleepy because turkey is high in tryptophan.'

Is this true? Or is it a myth? Find out.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Logs To Lumber - An Aerial Journey Through The Sawmill

Unmanned aerial vehicle footage takes you up close and personal through the complete sawmilling process used at the Colville mill in Washington, USA.

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(thanks Cora)

10 Ways Criminals Use The Internet For Organised Crime

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The internet and especially social media have had an unprecedented impact on almost all areas of life. From how we get directions to how we shop, our everyday lives have become dependent on the internet.

But at the same time as we're doing our holiday shopping or looking at cat pictures, it's easy to overlook just how dark some corners of the online realm can be. Organized crime has set up shop there, too, and their influence over social media and the web is as bizarre as it is sinister.

(via Miss Cellania)

The Secret Life Of Pets - The Holiday Greeting

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun With Flags

The people at UK Feather Flags are big fans of the TV show The Big Bang Theory and in particular Sheldon Cooper. They have put together a blog post showing all of the episodes of his video podcast Fun With Flags.

Guests on Fun with Flags have included Amy, who initially co-hosted the vodcast with Sheldon and later directed it, Penny, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton and Barry Kripke.

How To Tell If You've Been Abducted By Aliens

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Believe it or not, there is a support group called Abduct Anon for people who believe they've been kidnapped by extraterrestrials. Are you about to be abducted by aliens and subjected to medical experiments?

Or has it happened already? Here are some signs that Abduct Anon and other UFO groups say you should be on the watch for.

What Is Li-Fi?

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Imagine a world where every one of the billions of lightbulbs in use today is a wireless hotspot delivering connectivity at speeds that can only be dreamed of with Wi-Fi. Li-Fi deliver speeds 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi technology in actual tests.

An Estonian startup called Velmenni used a Li-Fi-enabled lightbulb to transmit data at speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second, meaning a high-definition film could be downloaded within seconds. So, just what is Li-Fi and how does it work.