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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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.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Watch What Happens When Monkeys Get Different Rewards For Doing The Same Task

What happens when two monkeys are paid unequally? Fairness, reciprocity, empathy, cooperation - caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal shares a surprising video of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.

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Fairy Tale Villages That You Can Actually Visit

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Ever have one of those days when you just want to escape your life and disappear into a fairy tale world? Well, if you're furiously nodding at your screen right now then you'll be glad to hear that it is in fact entirely possible to do so.

Take a look at these villages. They might look like something out of a storybook but each and every one of them are real. So next time you're looking to escape it all, don't hide in your bedroom. Just search for your nearest fantasy village and hide out there instead.

10 Signs You're Probably Reading This Article Right Now

Reading articles is something people do on the Internet. In fact, you're probably reading this article right now. But how can you be certain that you're reading this article right now? If you're not entirely sure you're reading this article right now, check out these signs.

Making Your Bed Is A Total Waste Of Time

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It's one of the most annoying possible tasks out there - a chore with limited value that gets undone every single night. Unlike tying your shoes, making your bed doesn't protect you or significantly improve your life.

Yet, for some reason, we as a society value this form of busywork way too freaking much. But it's better to leave your comforter lumped in a pile on top of your bed, just as disorganized as you left it the night before.

The Evolution Of The BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 series was brought to market in 1975, and has become a stable of the auto industry ever since. The car has become the benchmark for sporty compact sedan excellence, and has been listed 22 times in a row on Car and Driver's Top Ten list.

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35 Of The Most Frustrating Cases Of False Advertising

When we buy a certain product, it often comes with certain expectations. Even though we know that it won't look exactly like the advertisements promise, we still hope there will be at least a slight resemblance in reality.

But then reality smacks you in the face like a wet noodle that looked nothing like the beautiful pasta dish you saw on the package.

Catterbox - The World's First Talking Cat Collar

Using recent studies proving that cats use their meows solely to communicate with humans, the newly-developed Temptations Lab, a division of Temptation Cat Treats, has created the 'Catterbox,' an incredible digital collar that interprets a cat's meow and then translates the message through a smartphone app.

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