Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sweet Cocoon

Sweet Cocoon is a 3D animated short about two insects that decide to help a struggling caterpillar in her metamorphosis.



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Lost & Found


Looks like Barbara Streisand.

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Kaboom!

A short documentary profiling Rich and Dee Gibson who spend their lives pursuing their passion for blowing things up.



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Rats Not Main Cause Of Black Death

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Black rats may not have been to blame for numerous outbreaks of the bubonic plague across Europe. Scientists believe repeat epidemics of the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in the mid-14th Century, instead trace back to gerbils from Asia.

The Black Death, which originated in Asia, arrived in Europe in 1347 and caused one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history. It had been thought that black rats were responsible for the plague. Instead, the team believes that specific weather conditions in Asia may have caused another plague-carrying rodent - the giant gerbil - to thrive.

Top Ten Tips And Tricks For Terrific Tea

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Tea is only second to water when it comes to beverage popularity - so popular that it's consumed as much as coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol combined. There's always time for better tea, though, so here are ten tips and tricks to take your tea to the next level.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

American Shokunin

Shokunin is a Japanese word used to describe an individual that aspires to become a master in their particular craft or art form. Ryan Neil falls firmly into this description, as he has been practicing the art of Bonsai for nearly two decades.

In this short film, we get a glimpse at the broader thinking behind a professional American Bonsai practitioner, as well as some of the inherent challenges and aspirations that come along with the pursuit for bonsai mastery in America.



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Leonard Nimoy, Spock of 'Star Trek,' Dies At 83

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Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut 'Star Trek,' died yesterday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His artistic pursuits - poetry, photography and music in addition to acting - ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Leonard Nimoy became a folk hero.

The 15 Most Amazing Landscapes And Rock Formations

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Shaped and sculpted over millions of years, these stunning landscapes and rock formations hold invaluable clues to Earth's past and future.

Global Rainfall And Snowfall Map

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission has produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall. The map covers more of the globe than any previous precipitation data set and allows scientists to see how rain and snow storms move around nearly the entire planet.



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The Grapes Of Wrath: 10 Surprising Facts About John Steinbeck's Novel

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John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. His 1939 book The Grapes of Wrath, published 75 years ago on April 14, has sold more than 14 million copies in the past 75 years. Here are 10 things about The Grapes of Wrath that may surprise you.

Researchers Find New Reason To Drink Coffee: It May Reduce Risk Of MS

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Drink up, coffee lovers: Neurologists say a healthy appetite for coffee may reduce your risk of developing multiple sclerosis. We're not talking a cup or two of joe in the morning. Even a triple espresso might not be enough to register a difference.

In a new study, researchers found that people who downed at least four cups of coffee per day were one-third less likely to develop multiple sclerosis than their counterparts who drank no coffee at all.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Uptown Funk 'Oldtown Cover' Ft. Alex Boye & The Dancing Grannies

All the grandmas and grandpas in this video did their own stunts. They range in age from 65 to 92. Between them, they have raised 500 children, 1,200 grandchildren, and 250 great grandchildren.



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Whichever Is Less


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10 Exceptionally Clever Female Con Artists

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You've heard of 'con men' - short for confidence men - but what about the con women of the world? Some deceitful dames used their wits and well-laced lies to achieve great wealth, fame, and even the advantages of the aristocracy.

First Images Of The World's Largest Airplane

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The first glimpse of Paul Allen's crazy space venture: The largest airplane in history, a 385-foot (117-meter) wingspan beast designed to carry and launch a giant rocket to space, with a combined weigh of 1,200,000 pounds (540,000 kg).

Tower Bridge, The Dubstep Movement

Opened on the 30th June 1894, Tower Bridge in London is a combination of a bascule and suspension bridge. It's recently undergone a makeover with the addition of glass floor sections in the East and West walkways.



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What To Know Before You Go


An infographic from the Australia based flight comparison website CheapFlights.com.au. It's all about strange laws from around the world. Learn all about crazy laws in places like Singapore, Thailand, Russia and Fiji to name a few.

26 Real Places That Look Like They've Been Taken Out Of Fairy Tales

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If you love fairy tales and have a serious case of wanderlust, this bucket list was made for you.