Friday, 1 July 2016

Polyethylene Oxide - The Liquid That Pours Itself

Polyethylene oxide is a polyether compound with many applications from industrial manufacturing to medicine. Get it started and the substance pours itself out of a beaker. Science presenter Steve Mould explains why.

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The Golden Rock Temple

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The Golden Rock Temple is a pagoda located in Mon State in Burma. The temple is among the most uniquely built pagodas. The 23 feet tall pagoda is laid on a giant rock, which is entirely covered with gold.

The rock below the pagoda is merely stuck, with the larger one below it. This makes it look as if the rocks were levitating. Apart from defying gravity rules by nature, the Golden Rock Temple also hides a religious tradition worth venerating by Buddhists worldwide.

5,000-Year-Old Pay Stub Shows That Ancient Workers Were Paid In Beer

A clay tablet found among the ruins of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Uruk (now in Iraq) could be the world's earliest payslip. The cuneiform writing depicts a human head eating out of a bowl - meaning 'ration' - and a conical container meaning 'beer'. Scratches on each of these are thought to denote the payment given to each worker.

How Old Is Your Body, Really?

Do all of your cells get switched out for new ones every seven years or so? Does anything remain with you throughout your entire life?

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Wonderful Vintage Photochrom Prints Of The Netherlands Before 1900

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Here is a small collection of wonderful photochrom prints that show the Netherlands before 1900.

Glamour Shots Of The World's Sacred Cows

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In many parts of the world, cows are seen not merely as sources of meat, milk, and skin, but as special animals worthy of respect and admiration.

Here are some images of magnificent species in Uganda, Madagascar, and India that are integral to the cultural and religious traditions of the people who look after them.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

You've Never Seen A Car Do This

William Liddiard invented some omnidirectional tires for his car. He can now drive sideways.

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Bathing Machines Of The 19th Century

Back in the 18th and 19th century, the ladies just couldn't strip to their swimwear and run towards the waves on the beach. There were certain sea-side etiquettes that needed to be observed and decorum to be maintained.

To help women maintain their modesty and dignity, a simple contraption called the 'bathing machine' was developed. A bathing machine resembled a wooden changing room commonly seen on beaches and raised on wheels and with steps leading to the inside.


A short film about a cop who comes back from his day of work and discovers the true potential of his car.

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(thanks Cora)

How The Star-Spangled Lyrics Were Born

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On the Fourth of July, Americans who celebrate with myriad renditions of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' may well know that the lyrics were the handiwork of Francis Scott Key, who composed his immortal poem while watching the Battle of Baltimore. But fewer people are likely to know what led Key - who was a lawyer, not a soldier - to witness the battle in the first place.

The Leafcutter

The Leafcutter is an inspirational tale of a little guy on a big adventure.

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(thanks Cora)

Silence Of The Lamps: 10 Abandoned Light Bulb Factories

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Things may look dim for these abandoned light bulb factories but hopefully the last worker out the door remembered to flip the switch on their way out.

The Unlikely (And Disgusting) Origin Of Our Favourite Foods

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From boiled skin and bones to brewer's slurry, some of our most delicious ingredients come from ignoble places. What do marmite, gelatin, and molasses all have in common?

They're all foods that begin as byproducts of some other food - in this case, beer, meat, and sugar. You might not think of cattle while eating jelly or yeast while spreading Marmite on your toast, but rest assured, without one, you would not have the other.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

M. C. Escher And The Droste Effect

Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. The Droste effect is the effect of a picture appearing within itself, in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear.

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The Mysterious Origins Of The Sausage

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The ubiquity of sausages makes it hard to trace its first moments on Earth; sausages were a solution to a problem that every culture was likely to come up against.

Sausages were created originally for two reasons: One, to make use of every little piece of the meat, so nothing is wasted, and two, by using salt and smoking, it was a way to preserve it.

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Rainbow Corn Actually Exists. Here's How

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Glass Gem corn, a unique variety of rainbow-coloured corn, became an Internet sensation in 2012 when a photo of the sparkling cob was posted to Facebook.

The story of Glass Gem corn begins with an Oklahoma farmer named Carl Barnes. Barnes, now in his 80s, is half-Cherokee. He began growing older corn varieties in his adult years as a way to reconnect with his heritage.

The Floating Piers By Christo And Jeanne-Claude

Opening day of Christo's Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy, June 18th, 2016.

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(thanks Cora)

Aliens Attack! Invasive Lionfish Arrive In Mediterranean Sea

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Venomous lionfish are striking to look at, with bold stripes and flowing, sail-like fins. However, scientists are paying especially close attention to the fish not for their beauty, but for their ability to invade ecosystems where they have no natural predators.

A new study shows that the first wave of a lionfish invasion has struck in the Mediterranean Sea, a region where these fish had not been established before. In just one year, lionfish have colonized nearly all of Cyprus' southeastern coast.

23 Essential Suit Rules For Men

Knowing how to wear a suit and making it look good is easily within your reach. Once you see a proper suit compared to an ill-fitting one, the little details will start to stand out to you.

These subtle details of a suit can add up to have a dramatic impact on the final appearance. Follow these 23 essential suit rules so you can wear a suit and style it with confidence.

(thanks Bryan)