Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Ridge

The Ridge was filmed in Denali National Park in Alaska for the film 'The Sanctity of Space.'

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(thanks Cora)

The Stone Towers Of Svaneti, Georgia

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The ancient province of Svaneti in Georgia is located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus mountain range. Surrounded by the gigantic, snow-capped peaks of the high Caucasus and deep gorges, Svaneti is home to some of the highest and most isolated villages in the Caucasus.

Marauding armies from foreign lands used to trouble the Svans during the Middle Ages leading to the construction of watchtowers and fortified homes. When powerful empires rampaged through Georgia, icons, jewels, religious artefacts and manuscripts were brought to the towers for safekeeping, turning Svaneti into a repository of early Georgian culture.

Four Weird Ways Animals Sense The World

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When humans sniff in order to smell something, we draw a quick puff of air into our nostrils and over chemoreceptors in our nasal cavity. But octopuses, butterflies, and other animals don't have noses like ours. Instead, they've evolved other, sometimes bizarre ways of sensing the world around them.

(via Look At This...)

The Happiness Scale

According to the Happiness Index, the country with the happiest people is Costa Rica, followed by Vietnam and Columbia. Are you happy? The Happiness Scale measures happiness throughout the world.

Jeffery-West Shoe Repair

Watch Jeffery-West Shoe Repair from Northampton, UK, repair 5 pairs of shoes with a complete new full long leather sole.

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(thanks Cora)

The Science And Engineering Of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Balloons

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The iconic balloons in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are cute and fat and take real engineering to get up into the air. Just one group of 28 full-time workers, the Macy's Parade Studio in New Jersey, conceives of, makes, and maintains all of the parade's balloons.

This week, the American Chemical Society reported on some of the engineering - and the elbow grease - that goes into lofting the giant inflatables.

Predatory Glow Worms Found In Peruvian Amazon

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A couple of years ago, wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer stumbled upon something very special during a night hike in the rainforest of Tambopata, Peru. While passing a bend on the trail, he noticed several glowing green dots embedded within a dirt wall. These glowing dots were likely due to some kind of insect larvae, possibly a beetle, but the rest of the story remained a mystery.

What exactly was this strange species and why were they glowing in the middle the Amazon rainforest in a dirt wall? This past October, Jeff was accompanied by entomologist Aaron Pomerantz and his colleagues Mike Bentley and Geoff Gallice. Together, they hoped to shed some light on this glowing mystery.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Little Train Of Artouste

Le petit train d'Artouste (the little train of Artouste) is 80 years old. Originally built to transport materials and personnel during the construction of the Artouste dam from 1924 to 1932, the train has been converted for tourism in 1932.

It now enables tourists to discover the magnificent landscapes high above the headwaters of the Gave d'Ossau, and provides access to Lac d'Artouste, a semi-artificial lake in the mountains.

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(thanks Cora)

Russell Crow

Russell Crowe never looked better.

(via Bad Newspaper)

9 Of The Most Unusual And Unique Flying Cars

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A flying car or roadable aircraft is an aircraft that can also travel along roads. All the working examples have required some manual or automated process of conversion between the two modes of operation.

A slightly different concept, particularly in science fiction, is that of an aircraft that would be practical enough for every-day travel, but would not necessarily be drivable on the roads. These are some of the most unusual and unique flying cars.

The Evolution Of Robots In Film

An infographic from UK based web hosting site WebHostingBuzz about the evolution of robots in movies. The infographic starts off in the 1920s with False Maria from the movie Metropolis and goes right the way through to the 2010s with Atom from Real Steel and Gipsy Danger from Pacific Rim.

Magnetic Cat

A cat uses its magnetic powers to play with things.

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(thanks Matt)

Emirates Airbus A380 First 3C-Check

The first Airbus A380 delivered to Emirates completes a 3-C Check, the largest maintenance check on any aircraft. Watch the entire process captured on camera.

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(thanks Cora)

Take A Trip To Iran's Dasht-e Lut Desert

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Wanna take a trip to the hottest place on Earth? No, you don't need to dig down to the core to reach it. Just go to Iran and head to the spectacular Dasht-e Lut desert. Dasht-e Lut (which means Emptiness Desert) is a sandy and muddy salt desert plain north-east of Kerman, Iran.

The surface of the sand there has been measured at temperatures as high as 70.7°C (159°F), and it is one of the world's driest and hottest places. You will find a series of eroded towers and walls standing high on the desert, making every traveler definitely notice the amazing land formations.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

What Happens When You Eat Too Much

The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. As Thanksgiving approaches, take a look down at your stomachs to find out what happens when you overeat.

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(thanks Elaine)

Meet Yourself In 20 Years

UK telecommunications brand Orange has released their futureself campaign in the form of an interactive platform, which invites people to engage in a technological journey 20 years down the road to meet and speak with one's future self.

You can use your webcam, or you can upload a photo of yourself from your hard drive. Align some key point, answer questions like gender, eye color and current age and the data and image is rapidly scanned into a virtual version of yourself, 20 years older. You can even talk to your avatar.

Here's what I will look like in 20 years.

(via designboom)

Japanese Cat Owners Turn IKEA Doll Beds Into Adorable Cat Beds

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Some clever Japanese cat owners have re-purposed a simple but popular doll bed from IKEA, turning it into an adorable bed for their cats and other pets.

The bed's uses have expanded beyond cats too - some rabbits and dogs have taken well to the bed, and some pet owners have even turned them into bunk beds.

(thanks Cora)


Dhteumeuleu is a collection of very clever HTML 5 computer animations made by Gerard Ferrandez. Click to maximize the popup window. Most will interact with your mouse. To get back to the menu after viewing a selected visual just click the arrow in the top left of your screen and click 'Home.'

(thanks Cora)

Adventures Of The League Of STEAM - Here Comes the Bride

The League of STEAM pays homage to the Bride of Frankenstein in their new adventure! A duo of eccentric inventors decide to construct the perfect woman for their lovelorn colleague... but of course, hilarity quickly ensues! Starring Team Unicorn's Milynn Sarley, with music by Larry and His Flask, Johnny Atar, and Steam Powered Giraffe!

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(thanks Trip)

Ten Television Characters Who Were Never Fully Revealed On Screen

The Big Bang Theory is a wildly popular television show. It includes Mrs. Wolowitz: Howard's loud, overbearing, mustachioed and morbidly obese mother, who is never actually seen on camera.

It takes a rare talent to win the audience's affection without ever showing your face, or - in some extreme cases - even setting foot in frame. Here are 10 of the very greatest TV characters we have heard but never seen.

(via Neatorama)

The Great International Paper Airplane Book

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In the mid 1960s Scientific American began to look for ways to increase circulation and, perhaps more importantly, to expand their roster of advertisers. To help, the publisher Gerald Piel hired the iconoclastic marketing genius Howard Luck Gossage.

Gossage, who ran his small agency out of a converted San Francisco firehouse, became known for ads that engaged readers through brilliant tongue-in-cheek copyrighting and unusual contests and promotions. He decided to target airlines as potential advertisers for magazine and created the '1st International Paper Airplane Contest.'