Thursday, 28 July 2016

First Open-Air Hotel Opens In Switzerland

Earlier this month, conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin opened the 'Null Stern Hotel' in Switzerland's Safiental region. It's a hotel in the open air, without walls and a roof. Guests are being served by the establishment's butler.

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(thanks Cora)

Albert Einstein's Mind-Melting Thought Experiments That Revolutionized How We Understand Time

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Albert Einstein forever changed the landscape of science by introducing revolutionary concepts that shook our understanding of the physical world. One of Einstein's most defining qualities was his remarkable ability to conceptualize complex scientific ideas by imagining real-life scenarios.

He called these scenarios Gedankenexperiments, which is German for thought experiments. Here are a few thought experiments that demonstrate some of Einstein's most groundbreaking discoveries.

10 Shot Towers That Once Made The World's Bullets

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The little metal shot balls that were once the standard projectile for all manner of guns used to be made using little more than heat and gravity, in tall spires called shot towers. Melted lead would be poured through a funnel at the top of the tower and drip down the length of the tower, naturally forming into little spheres as it fell and cooled.

While bullet manufacturing has gotten more high-tech since the days of the shot tower, you can still find the towers all over the world. Check out 10 of these monolithic reminders of a bygone trade.

10 Fascinating Facts About Egyptian Hieroglyphs

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The elegant and mysterious design of hieroglyphics have captured our imagination for thousands of years. They remained undeciphered and silent for centuries until the Rosetta Stone was discovered in the 18th century, and we could finally hear the voices of the ancient Egyptians.

Here are some interesting facts about Egyptian hieroglyphs covering everything from their early origin to the present day.

Robotic Airship Inspector

See how Lockheed Martin Skunk Works' patented SPIDER (Self-Propelled Instrument for Damage Evaluation and Repair) solves one of the greatest challenges faced by the airship industry.

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A Day In The Life Of A NYC Ice Cream Truck Operator

I hear them bells when they're off, I hear them in my sleep, I hear them when I lay down,' says Victor, an ice cream truck vendor who parks near Williamsburg's East River State Park in New York City.

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(thanks Cora)

The 10 Most Over the Top Limousines

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Limousines have always been a luxury vehicle that is specifically made for excess. However, some limos take it completely beyond the normal standard of lavish and include a downright ridiculous amount of features, amenities, and tech.

Here are ten of the world's most over the top limousines.

(via Neatorama)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Alpine Soccer

A group of Austrian footballers has invented a new extreme sport: 'Alpine Soccer.' It's football at its toughest, as it's only played on the steepest Alpine slopes.

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(thanks Cora)

Mount Bromo: The Hungry Volcano

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Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia, is the youngest of several volcanoes in the Tengger massif, and is one of Java's most active volcanoes. Mount Bromo is located in the middle of a wide expanse of sandy plain called the 'Sea of Sand.'

This barren terrain is also home to around 90,000 Tengger people. Every year, irrespective of whether the mountain is spewing smoke and fire, hundreds of Tenggerese from nearby villages travel up the mountain in order make food offerings which they throw into the live caldera of the volcano.

Freaks And Uniques: Evolution's Weirdest Creatures

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Evolution helps every species carve out its own niche within our planet's huge range of diverse and adverse habitats. And sometimes the features they evolve are truly bizarre.

Unique environments can cause animals to evolve unique appearances and abilities. Whether it's in response to extreme temperatures, or through competition for mates, some of the most unusual feats of evolution have to be seen to be believed. Here are some of the most eye-catching and impressive examples.

Dutch Men Revealed As World's Tallest

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When it comes to height, Dutch men and Latvian women tower over all other nationalities, a study reveals. The average Dutchman is now 183cm (6ft) tall, while the average Latvian woman reaches 170cm (5ft 7in). The research, published in the journal eLife, has tracked growth trends in 187 countries since 1914.

10 Insane Mansions You Wont Believe What's Inside

While most of us are happy to have even a hundred square feet of space to call our own, there are others that aren't content unless they have thousands. Some of the most expensive homes could even fit a small city. The ultra-rich and the famous boast some of the largest pieces of real estate on the planet. Here are just some of the biggest houses in the world.

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(thanls Cora(

10 Things You Didn't Know About Lying

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You're surrounded by lies, but most of what you think you know about them is probably - you guessed it - a lie. You can't tell somebody is lying from their eyes and nobody has ever found a lie detector that works.

(thanks Andy)

New NASA Image Reveals A Strange Bend In Saturn's Rings

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NASA just released a new image of everyone's favourite ringed planet, Saturn, captured by the Cassini spacecraft last month. But if you take a closer look, you'll see that two of the planet's rings appear to be warping strangely as they approach the body of the planet.

Fortunately, there's nothing physically messing with Saturn's rings. What you're actually seeing is an optical illusion in space, which is possibly even cooler.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Spatial Bodies

Spatial Bodies depicts the urban landscape and architectural bodies as an autonomous living and self replicating organism. Domesticated and cultivated only by its own nature. A vast concrete vegetation, oscillating between order and chaos.

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10 Common Misconceptions About Prehistory

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Without written records to give us an idea of what life before written history was like, we are left to decipher the clues left behind and put the pieces together for ourselves.

Imagining a world before the written word is a little mind-blowing, and as we learn more and more about life thousands of years ago, we're also finding that a number of popularly held beliefs about the prehistoric world are absolutely false.

Surreal Views Of The Marqueyssac Topiary Gardens

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French photographer Philippe Jarrigeon visited the Ch√Ęteau de Marqueyssac in France to photograph the incredible topiary gardens found there. The area was first developed in the late 17th century, but truly began to take form in the 1860s.

Today the sprawling gardens have over 150,000 trees cut into unusual geometric forms that can be explored by the public through walkable paths.

(via Nag on the Lake)

True Colors, And Where They Came From

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Here's something to think about next time you open a box of crayons. We take it for granted that the pigments used to color our clothes, dishes, and art supplies are clean and safe - but as these colors of the past reveal, that's not necessarily so.

The Evolution Of Star Trek In Television And Film

The ultimate Star Trek supercut with clips from every Star Trek movie and show.n Yelchin.

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Barbers Of Iraq

A group of barbers from Iraq put together a montage showing off their grooming skills.

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(thanks Cora)