Thursday, 5 May 2016

Koka's Beat Machine

Koka's beat machines are electromechanical musical instruments, which are programmable and produce different kinds of rhythmic and melodic patterns.

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CATS -The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service

A fun Kickstarter project called The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) is going to replace every single advert in a London tube station with pictures of cats.

So you don't have to worry about the holiday you can't afford, the car you don't need, or the body you don't have? Imagine a world where public spaces made you feel good.

(thanks Cora)

6 Most Bizarre Traditional Dishes Around The World

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Have you ever wondered what do people around the world eat? All nations always have some kind of a dish which is slightly different, and, to be fair, kind of weird.
Here are 6 most bizarre traditional dishes from all over the world.

Matchsticks Once Sickened And Deformed Women And Children

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Matchstick making was incredibly popular in 19th century England, with hundreds of factories spread across the country. For 12 to 16 hours a day, workers dipped treated wood into a phosphorus concoction, then dried and cut the sticks into matches.

Recently, anthropologists studying the skeleton of a young teenager discovered that the bones appear to show the physical hallmarks of phosphorus poisoning.

7 Tips To Wake Up Without Coffee

How can science help you wake up without coffee?

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(thanks Cora)

Walt Whitman - Patriotic Poet, Gay Iconoclast, Or Shrewd Marketing Ploy?

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Recently, it came to light that American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an early advocate of the Paleo diet. Did you know he also became a marketing gimmick, even when he was still alive?

Capitalizing on Whitman's stature as a wise, democratic bard, 1890s cigar makers started to appropriate his name and image to sell their products. Thanks to companies shilling their products - from canned peaches to fighter planes to erotic LPs - Walt Whitman has been portrayed as an icon of American freedom, a war-hawk patriot, a refined gentleman poet, an anti-capitalist hero, and a daring gay sensualist.

(thanks Lisa)

Scientists Have Identified Less Than 0.001% Of All Species On Earth

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The largest scientific study of its kind estimates that Earth could play host to more than 1 trillion different species, which means we've probably only identified a vanishingly small proportion of them - only about one-thousandth of 1 percent.

To figure this out, biologists in the US combined more than 35,000 separate analyses of microscopic and non-microscopic species. If the scientists are correct in their estimates, we've got a long way to go before we'll have seen all that Earth has to offer.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Stunningly Beautiful Jellyfish

This beautiful jellyfish was seen during Dive 4 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition on April 24, 2016. Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. At the beginning of the video, you'll see that the long tentacles are even and extended outward and the bell is motionless. This suggests an ambush predation mode.

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Markthal: Rotterdam's Beautiful Food Market

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In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, there's an eleven-stories-tall arched building that huddles over an immense food market on the ground floor. The building is also habitable and contains over two hundred apartments.

The exterior facade of the building is clad in grey natural stone. But the ends are closed with glass panels to keep rain and the cold out. The vaulted ceiling of the market is adorned with gigantic murals of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, that some have likened to the Sistine Chapel.


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Why Are Olympic Uniforms So Incredibly Boring?

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We are fewer than 100 days away from another Olympic games, which means it's about the time countries begin revealing their teams' ceremonial uniforms. If those unveilings are any indication, we're in for another round of dull, unmemorable outfits that have no correlation whatsoever with the dynamism of the world's greatest athletes.

Why are most countries still outfitting athletes in stuffy blazers and semi-formal attire that looks designed for nothing more active than sipping a mint julep while watching a regatta race?

Cosmos Laundromat - First Cycle

On a desolate island, suicidal sheep Franck meets his fate in a quirky salesman, who offers him the gift of a lifetime. Little does he know that he can only handle so much lifetime.

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(thanks Cora)

10 Intriguing Mysteries About Sound-Related Phenomena

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Sound is something that we take for granted even though it is an essential part of our existence. We require sound to communicate with others through speech, and we need it to listen to important verbal cues in life. It also helps us to enjoy forms of entertainment like music and television.

Considering how important sound is in our lives, most people believe that we have the concept fully figured out. However, there are still many mysteries about sound that we have yet to solve.

The Ten Longest Wars In History

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Historians often disagree on whether certain wars should be considered one continuing conflict or a series of separate wars. But that doesn't stop them from compiling lists of the longest wars ever fought.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

120-Sided Dice

The ultimate fair dice allowed by Mother Nature. The d120 is based on a polyhedron known as the disdyakis triacontahedron. Each face is an elongated triangle. These dice are perfectly numerically balanced, with the same sums for numbers around vertices of the same type.

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Army Vehicle Disappears

Best camouflage ever!

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Everything You Thought You Knew About Aging Is Wrong

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What if our bodies didn't keep deteriorating - a process we know as aging - as we got older? That's how some animals do it. A 2014 study comparing the mortality rates of 46 species found that some organisms had a constant mortality rate - meaning they are equally likely to die at any one point in time.

Other organisms enter a period of aging in which they are most at risk of death, but those who emerge from it continue on with their lives until the end of their life expectancy.This is a far cry from the experience of people in affluent countries, who get increasingly likely to die as they age.

The Smart Person's Guide To Avoiding Electrical Shock

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Getting shocked is more than unpleasant, it can be lethal. An electrical impulse as small as 14 milliamps is enough to kill a person.

Being handy with electrical work can help you keep your home in tip-top shape, save money by repairing appliances, and avoid household dangers. But you've got to be serious about safety if you're going to start messing with electricity. How to avoid electrical shock.

Why Do Cats Act So Weird?

Cats are cute, they're lovable, and can be very entertaining. But their strange feline behaviors, both amusing and baffling, leave many of us asking: Why do cats do that? The science behind some of your cat's strangest behaviors.

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Hoodies Designed Specifically For Hugging

Have you ever wanted to embrace a friend or loved one, but decided against it for fear of having to remove your hands from your warm pockets and expose them to the freezing air? Of course you have. Who hasn't? Together Wear - a line of hoodies designed with special back pockets for chilly hands - is here to solve this common dilemma.

Mystery Of How Water Flows On Mars Solved

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Researchers just uncovered an incredible fact about liquid water on Mars. It's not just flowing; it's also boiling. And that discovery also solves one of the major mysteries about the surface of the red planet.