Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Kangaroo Mob During Bike Ride

Ben Vizina captured this mob of kangaroos during his bicycle ride. Although he was terrified in the beginning, he uploaded this video showing these kangaroos are nice animals who don't attack people.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth's core? Andwhat would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath with this amazing graphic from the BBC.

(thanks Cora)


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The Sharecropper's Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud Of Their Hair

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American history books are filled with stories about titans of industry - invariably, white men like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. Yet few know the name of Sarah Breedlove (1867-1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, a black female entrepreneur who built a hair-care company from scratch and became one of the most powerful African Americans in the early 20th century.

Walker was a woman who overcame great barriers to make it into the ranks of America's elite, choosing to reinvest her money in social causes and provide opportunity to those who had none. Collectors Weekly spoke with A'Lelia Bundles, Madam Walker's great-great-granddaughter, who helped uncover Walker's unique legacy in her detailed biography.

(thanks Hunter)

Burning Man: The Musical

Burning Man: The Musical is a new musical about the collision of Silicon Valley and Burning Man. This video is the first 5-minutes of the musical.

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(thanks Cora)

See Which Animals Have The Most Enormous - And Tiniest - Babies

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The Washington National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to two miniscule baby on August 23rd. Weighing in at just 86 grams and 138 grams, the two blind little cubs were dwarfed by their 238-pound mother - who weighed over a thousand times more than her smaller baby.

The extreme tininess of these babies might seem unusual - panda mothers typically weigh 900 times more than their newborns, while human mothers are only around 20 times heavier than their babies. But in fact, mammals' infants come in a huge range of sizes.

Stunning Restaurant Perched In The Ocean

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If you're dreaming of a holiday or even just a little bit of peace and quiet, The Rock, a new restaurant in Zanzibar, has a good measure of idyllic surroundings and a high-class menu.

Perched on a high rock in the Indian Ocean, the restaurant offers magical beach views, giving you a taste of local seafood cuisine right in the heart of sea. During the day the beach allows a walkway to the restaurant, but by night time when the tide has come in, you'll need to get a boat service back to the shore.

Monday, 31 August 2015

The High Voltage Ejector Bed

The Ejector bed is what you need if getting up in the morning is not your thing.

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The Astonishing Eggs Of Alien Nations

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They may look like they come straight out of a science fiction film, but these eggs are real - they come from the stink bug. It's life, but most certainly not as we know it. Take a look at the astonishing eggs of the alien nations all around us.

Mr. Gillingham's Artificial Limbs

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James Gillingham ((1839-1924)) ran an ordinary shoemaking business in Chard, England. In 1866, he met a man who had lost an arm in a cannon mishap and had been told by doctors that there was nothing to be done about it. Eager to put his craftsmanship to test, Gillingham offered to make the man a new arm for free.

Using a secret process wherein he molded leather to the client's limb before hardening it, Gillingham started a business making prostheses. He photographed many of his patients, and published the photos in medical journals to advise surgeons on the best amputation methods.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Train Crossing The Queensland Rail Main Line Near Bundaberg, Australia

A drawbridge-like train crossing near Bundaberg, Australia.

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The Lookout

Although fire lookouts continue to be critical front-line components of our forest system’s battle to detect and prevent wildfires, their roles often times go unnoticed, due largely to both the manual nature of the work involved and the quiet, extremely solitary nature of the working environment.

Leif Haugen is a fire lookout in a remote corner of the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana, and each summer he lives and works alone on top of a mountain three miles from the Canadian border. Leif's primary responsibility is to scan the valley floor for any signs of destructive fire activity.

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(thanks Cora)

What New Book Should You Read This Fall?

Take this quiz and find out what new book you should read this fall.
I took the quiz and it said I should read 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' by Salman Rushdie.

The Silos Of Burjassot

Burjassot is found just to the north of Valencia, close enough to be connected via tram. The town's defining symbol is its Patio of Silos, where Valencia's grain was stored for centuries, and which was later used as a refuge during the Spanish Civil War.

From above ground, the only visible aspect of the silos is their heavy concrete caps, spaced out across a large patio. The silos themselves have been sealed off since the early 20th century, but were opened up to the public just this year.

(thanks Juergen)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Horses On The Beach

In the rural area around Castle Loevestein in the Netherlands lives a herd of semi-feral Konik horses. When the weather is warm they go to a beach along the river Waal to cool off.

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(thanks Cora)

The True Size Of...

It is hard to represent our spherical world on flat piece of paper. Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems. One of the most common criticisms of the Mercator map is that it exaggerates the size of countries nearer the poles, while downplaying the size of those near the equator.

On the Mercator projection Greenland appears to be roughly the same size as Africa. In reality, Greenland is 0.8 million sq. miles and Africa is 11.6 million sq. miles, nearly 14 and a half times larger. The True Size Of... shows just how big the world actually is.

The Birth Of The Bicycle

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In 1818, Baron Karl von Drais of Baden, Germany patented the design for a two-wheeled Laufmaschine, or 'running machine.' It consisted of two in-line wheels beneath a seat and handlebars, and was propelled by the rider pushing off the ground with his feet.

Also called the 'Draisine,' the device was created not out of fancy but necessity - Drais was looking for a substitute for the horses that had starved to death in the recent volcanic winter, caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815.

How To Peel Potatoes The Fastest Way

Crazy Russian Hacker shows you how to peel potatoes the fastest way.

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The Hindenburgdamm Causeway

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The Hindenburgdamm is an 11 km-long causeway joining the North Frisian island of Sylt to mainland Schleswig-Holstein, off the coast of Germany. It was opened in 1927 exclusively for rail transport.

Before the causeway was built, the connection to the island was at the mercy of the tides, and in winter, the ice in the Wadden Sea formed an impenetrable barrier. The crossing took about six hours in adverse weather and flow conditions lasted longer. As the seaside resort of Westerland, on Sylt, became increasingly popular, officials started planning for the rail causeway.

The Periodic Table's Endangered Elements

We're all familiar with the periodic table, but the majority of non-chemists probably aren't familiar with the everyday uses of some of the many elements it contains. Some elements that many haven't heard of find uses in technologies or applications we take for granted - but the supplies of these elements on Earth are not infinite.

This graphic, made in a collaboration with the American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute, looks at some of the endangered elements in the periodic table, and why we might miss them when they're gone.