Monday, 29 August 2016

Dubai World Record Eagle Flight

Darshan the eagle flies from the top of the world tallest building - the Burj Kalifa - soaring above Dubai, then diving with the exhilarating speed of 170 kph (105.6 mph) towards his handler.

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Before The Breathalyzer There Was The Drunkometer

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Proving whether a driver was drunk had been problematic for the authorities since the days of the Ford Model T. Cue Indiana University biochemist and toxicologist Rolla N. Harger, who had been working since 1931 on a machine to put hard evidence behind a police officer's claim.

Harger finally got a patent for the Drunkometer in 1936. The upshot? A person would blow into a balloon, and the air would drop into a chemical solution, with the corresponding color change indicating blood alcohol content.

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The Honduran White Bat

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You may just have done something of a double take. Yet these small creatures huddled together are indeed bats. Honduran White Bats (Ectophylla alba) do not easily fall in to a number of bat stereotypes: they do not live in caves and they do not suck blood.

Additionally their fur is snow white. The animal is found only in a few Central American countries and is extremely rare. Its white fur has evolved for a reason: camouflage.

Yellowstone National Park - The Beauty of Light

A short time-lapse film that showcases the beauty of Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area of Wyoming and Montana.

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(thanks Cora)

Rainbows Reveal What's Really Going On In The Sky

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Scientists can look at a rainbow and see a lot more than a pretty band of color in a stormy sky. Knowledge gained from studying these multicoloured arcs of scattered light can be incredibly useful in ways that may not immediately spring to mind.

Rainbow effects can warn of chemical contamination in the atmosphere, help to develop more efficient combustion engines and possibly even provide insight into the mechanics of reinforced concrete.

7 Things You Never Knew About Dragonflies

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They're beautiful and intriguing, but these ferocious predators have sharp mandibles, near-360-degree vision and can fly backward. Arriving on the scene around 300 million years ago, dragonflies are one of the first insects to inhabit this planet.

Dragonflies have had a long time to perfect the art of flying, hunting and just being amazing. Here are seven facts that will change the way you look at these unique, ancient and incredibly varied insects.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Words That Seem Related, But Aren't

Male and female. House and penthouse. Mother and stepmother. These words suggest one thing, but their histories tell us another.

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Closest Living Relative To The Dodo Bird Dazzles With Vibrant Iridescent Plumage

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The dodo bird has been long extinct, but it still has relatives living in the world today. Known as the Nicobar pigeon, this rare creature is the closest living connection to the famous flightless bird, although the two don't look alike.

One striking difference is the Nicobar pigeon's vibrant plumage that shines in iridescent blues, coppers, and greens - in addition to its reddish legs and small white tail. The Nicobar pigeon resides in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, from the Indian Nicobar Islands eastward to places like Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

11 Failed And Crazy Vintage Gadgets That Time Forgot

As technology evolves, there are bound to be some bumps in the road; some gadgets which seem like a great idea at the time, but are eventually revealed to be epic flops.

These antique gadgets were at the cutting edge of technology when they were released, but never quite managed to become household names.

The History Of Photography In 5 Minutes

Take a journey through the history of photography and discover the key points in history.

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The Island Of The Gods

A journey through the culture and wild places of Bali, Indonesia.

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(thanks Cora)

7 Chairs That Changed The World

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Chairs can have deep historical roots. Here are seven of the most influential chairs.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Upside Down Cars

Philip Stockton created this experimental special effects video that features floating cars driving upside down on Houston Street in New York City.

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Subway Pushers Of Japan

A subway pusher is a worker who pushes people onto the train at a railway station during the morning and evening rush hours. Station staff and/or part-time workers fill these roles during morning rush hours on many lines.

In order to fit twice the number of passengers into a subway carriage, the stations employ uniformed staff known as oshiya or 'pusher', whose goal is to cram as many people as possible into the subway tram.


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All The Art In London In One Day

Alex Gorosh tried to see every piece of art in London in one day.

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(thanks Cora)

The Greatest Jumper On Earth Is Probably Not A Flea

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At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Canada's Derek Drouin took the gold in the high jump, with a leap of 2.38 m (7ft 10in). As ever with our athletic feats, there are plenty of wild animals that leap far higher, reaching dizzying heights in a single bound.

There are two ways you can measure the highest jumps. The absolute height an animal reaches and how high an animal jumps relative to its own size. Depending which you choose, the title of highest jumper could go to several different species.

10 Thoroughly British Mysteries

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Shrouded in fog and rain, the landscape of England is perfect for mysteries. The following ten mysteries offer up a smorgasbord of the unexplained, from ghost sightings to unsolved murders to inexplicable weather patterns.