Sunday, 25 January 2015

Made In Copenhagen

Made in Copenhagen is a short hyperlapse and timelapse film showing the beauty of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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(thanks Cora)

Beautiful Images Of Seashores Lit By The Glow Of Bioluminescence

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In his 1870 masterpiece, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, French novelist Jules Verne wrote, 'About seven o'clock in the evening, the Nautilus, half-immersed, was sailing in a sea of milk... The whole sky, though lit by the sidereal rays, seemed black by contrast with the whiteness of the waters.'

However, rather than describing something supernatural, Verne was referring to marine bioluminescence - or the glowing, chemically induced underwater light produced by living organisms.

Why The World Seems Quieter When It Snows

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When a fresh batch of snow falls to the ground, the world tends to quiet down. That could partially be attributed to human factors: it's likely winter, people aren't out as much and traffic comes to a halt. However, there are more scientific reasons for the quietude.

When a fresh blanket of snow settles down, it's doing a lot more than turning the world into a winter wonderland.

The Interfaces Of 'Star Wars: A New Hope'

A supercut of all the moments in 'Star Wars: A New Hope' where characters interacted with machines, doors, screens, levers, knobs and buttons.

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(thanks Chava)

Vintage Movie Theatre Etiquette Posters From 1912

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The Library of Congress has a fascinating series of vintage movie theatre 'etiquette' posters from 1912. At the time, films were silent as movies with sound didn't become prevalent until the late 1920s. Sadly, a September 2013 report by the United States Library of Congress announced that a total of 70% of American silent films are believed to be completely lost.

Enjoy these vintage movie theatre etiquette posters from 1912.

Hobbit Spa: Charming Green-Roofed Complex In Austria

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Looking like a modern art version of Hobbiton, the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa in Austria's Styria thermal region boasts colorful painted facades, bejeweled spires, curving lines and green roofs all over. The luxury hotel centers upon an indoor ring-shaped spa that takes advantage of the hot springs in the area and features many reclaimed and sustainable materials.

Bricks from old farmhouses were incorporated into the facades, and the wooden posts supporting the overhangs appear to be strung with massive beads.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

iPhone 6 In Space

On November 28th, 2014 Urban Armor Gear sent a brand new iPhone 6 on the ultimate adventure to the stratosphere. On its journey, the iPhone reached a height of over 101,000 feet (30,7 kilometers) and encountered temperatures as cold as -79°F (-61,6°C).

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(thanks Cora)

Irreversible Damage Done To Tutankhamun's Burial Mask

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The priceless funeral mask of Tutankhamun has been damaged at the Cairo museum, causing curators to glue it back together with white-ish, splodgy glue. The mask, which was discovered in 1922 by British archeologists Howard Carter and George Herbert, is considered one of the finest treasures of ancient Egypt.

But in summer last year it was damaged and needed repairing. Some staff at the museum said it was broken by cleaners, while others maintained that the beard on the mask was intentionally removed, because it had become loose.

Laika And Her Comrades: The Soviet Space Dogs Who Took Giant Leaps For Mankind

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The dog Laika, the first living being to orbit the Earth, lives on in our memories. Her lethal Sputnik 2 mission more than 57 years ago, has stuck in our collective consciousness. Laika is not the only canine cosmonaut that died at the hands of the Soviet space program; more than a dozen other dogs lost their lives before her. But some Soviet space dogs survived and went on to live relatively normal lives.

Damon Murray, co-founder of FUEL Design and Publishing in London, came up with the idea to put a book together about the true story of these early space explorers. Collectors Weekly had an email interview with him.

(thanks Lisa)

Adorable Loch Ness Ladle

The next time you're cooking up a hot pot of soup, why not reach for this adorable ladle? The Nessie Ladle has the body shape of the mysterious Loch Ness monster but this guy's got stubby little legs so that it can stand on its own.

Designed by Ototo for the modern store Animi Causa, the turquoise blue ladle, unfortunately, isn't ready to ship out until February. The cleverly designed product costs $15.99.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Rare And Terrifying Frilled Shark Cought In Australian Waters

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The hideous, terrifying and rarely sighted frilled shark has turned up in waters off south-eastern Australia. The species, whose ancestry dates back 80 million years, is known as the 'living fossil'. It was caught on a fishing trawler in waters near Lakes Entrance in the Victoria's Gippsland region.

Llocal fishermen were left scratching their heads at the sight of the two-metre-long creature, whose head and body resemble an eel, but whose tail is more reminiscent of a shark.

13 Coolest Hotels Converted From Bizarrely Different Structures

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Traditional hotels may make for reassuringly comfortable homes away from home, but they can be bland and even boringly similar to one another - wherever in the world they might be.

Fortunately, for the more adventurous vacationer, there are plenty of accommodation options that offer something slightly different while still retaining all the modern amenities of more conventional hotels.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Robot Soccer

It is often said that by the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous robot soccer players shall win a soccer game against the winner of the most recent World Cup. You wouldn't say that when you see these robot teams play. What makes this video hilarious is the commentary by Ray Hudson and Phil Schoen.

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(via Miss Cellania)

The Oldest Depiction Of The Universe Was Almost Lost To The Black Market

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The design on this disc might look like a six-year-old's scribbles, but in reality, it's one of the most sophisticated and influential artifacts of the Bronze Age. And it might never have been discovered if not for a couple of illegal treasure hunters who dug it up and sold it on the black market.

Called the Nebra sky disc, named for the town in Germany where it was found in 1999, the artifact has been dated back to 1600 BC. It's thought to have been forged during the European Bronze Age, a period between 3200 and 600 BC.

Why Do Sneezes Come In Twos and Threes?

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Sneezes never seem to be lonely. As soon as you expel your first mighty 'achoo,' there's usually another sneeze lurking right behind to follow it up. For some people, there may be two, three, or even 10 that come after that original sneeze, making for an awful lot of 'bless yous' from well-wishers nearby.

So why is it that our sneezes seem to adhere to the buddy system?

12 Amazing Waterfalls In Iceland

Iceland is unusually suited for waterfalls. This small island country has a north Atlantic climate that produces frequent rain and snow and a near-Arctic location that produces large glaciers, whose summer melts feed many rivers.

Here are 12 famous and lesser known waterfalls from Iceland.

Dolomiti 2015

Timelapse video of Italy's Dolomite Mountains with some of the most spectacular landscapes in all of Europe.

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(thanks Cora)

The Island Where Cats Have Completely Taken Over

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For felinophiles, the Japanese island of Tashirojima might just be the perfect vacation spot. Located close to the Oshika Peninsula, the tiny Pacific Ocean destination boasts a cat community that's roughly four times the size of its human population.

The cuddly creatures roam free across the island's 1.21 square miles, earning Tashirojima the nickname 'Cat Island' and attracting hordes of tourists wanting to see the strays in the flesh - or rather, fur.

Translucent Fish Found Alive Deep Under Antarctic Ice

Think of it as finding a very cool Nemo. Scientists announced this week that after drilling through 2,428 feet of ice they made a lively discovery - deep under all that ice were many different fish and marine invertebrates, alive and well.

So far, the scientists haven't issued much information on the new life discovered, but there appear to be a few types of fishes, crustaceans and other invertebrates. The researchers are still working on studying the ecosystem and figuring out what the animals eat in such a seemingly sterile and sunless environment.