Saturday, 13 February 2016

Mesmerising Mass Sheep Herding

This incredible footage of hundreds of sheep being herded across New Zealand's grasslands will blow you away. The footage shows hordes of sheep stampeding their way across a field, being rounded up by dogs as they migrate to a new field.

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Pizza Is Officially The Most 'Addictive' Food

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A research team at the University of Michigan set out to find which foods would be most likely to be classified as addictive, generally defined as 'loss of control over consumption, continued use despite negative consequences, and an inability to cut down despite the desire to do so.'

Five hunderd survey responses later, pizza came out on top. Of course, this has the flaws of many studies along these lines: Namely, it relies on college undergraduates, who eat the most pizza of any population.

History Timeline

The history of the world in famous people's lifespans. See which famous people shared their time on Earth.

Let's Be Honest About Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day's dark, dark origins.

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Ash Wednesday

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The Coloured Canyon Of Egypt

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The Coloured Canyon is a narrow slot canyon located near the town of Nuweiba, on Sinai peninsula, Egypt, so named because of its amazing spectrum of colours and banding. The canyon was formed by water erosion millions of years ago when this region was submerged under the ocean.

The sandstone walls are coloured with a range of hues from dark brown to red to straw yellow, which appears so due to the presence of magnesium and iron oxides.

Friday, 12 February 2016

2016 Alll Candidates Debate

Every candidate, in a no-holds-barred hardball politics debate where you decide the vote.

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Why Antique Valentines Still Melt Modern Hearts

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Contrary to popular belief, Valentine's Day was not fabricated by Hallmark to make everyone spend money and feel miserable. In fact, pre-Hallmark Valentines can be breath-taking beautiful - or garish, overwrought assaults on the senses - depending on your mood.

Perhaps the romantic side of the holiday has been unfairly maligned. If you look at Valentines from the early to mid-1800s, when the artistry of paper tokens of love reached its height, your hard heart has to soften just a little bit. Either way, it's amazing how much painstaking effort lovers put into these paper tokens in the 18th and 19th centuries, before we all had Facebook cat GIFs.

(thanks Lisa)

11 Transformative Facts About 'The Fly'

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Audiences in 1958 sat down to watch Vincent Price in a film about a scientist whose DNA is fused with a fly's during a teleportation experiment gone awry.

Nearly 30 years later, in 1986, audiences went to see a David Cronenberg film with the same basic premise, but got something entirely different than the original - and some literally left the theater sick from seeing it. Here are some things you might not have known the gory horror classic.

(via Miss Cellania)

Ancient Rome

The Rome Reborn project and Khan Academy made this video that gives us a fascinating tour through the ancient city in 3D.

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The Hidden World Of Chocolate

Students at Johns Hopkins University are getting a close up look at chocolate. With a scanning electron microscope, they zoomed in at magnifications of 400 to 5,000 times.

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5 Sleepless Facts About Nightmares And Other Parasomnias

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Everyone will have bad dreams at some point in their lives. They can range from uncomfortable to horrifying to downright dangerous. Some bad dreams are severe enough to be considered parasomnias, or sleep disorders.

Here's a glimpse at what some of the most unsettling parasomnias have in store for the people who experience them.

London's Expected House Price Gain

London is an exciting place to live. Pick the right borough and you can enjoy the best of both worlds - the buzz of the city and access to amazing jobs, plus large open green spaces, top schools and an excellent quality of life.

It's no wonder that property in our capital city remains in high demand. Prices in London could rise more than 30 per cent over the next five years. If you fancy purchasing a freehold in London, this infographic shows the expected price rises for the next five years.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

La Valse Mécanique (The Mechanical Waltz)

On a rainy morning, the puppet people trudge off to work. From day to day the routine never changes, their gazes never meet. Are they aware that their every movement, is being fully controlled and meticulously observed?

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Questionaut is a short educational game made by Amanita Design. It's a point-and-click adventure game where you have to control an aeronaut who tries to get with his balloon as high as possible to get a hat which belongs to his friend.

You have to solve a simple problem and then answer questions. When you give the right answer, the balloon gets some air but if you give the wrong answer the balloon loses its air. Journey through strange worlds and test your knowledge of English, Maths and Science on this magical mission to recover your friend's hat.

When you're stuck and want to know how the story evolves, there's a complete walkthrough available.

(thanks Linda)

10 Of The World's Most Dangerous Toxic Ghost Towns

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Visiting abandoned towns can be hazardous for a number of reasons, including crumbling structures and guards who will shoot trespassers on sight.

But some ghost towns have toxic legacies due to chemicals, radiation, or even biological weapons.

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Scientists Discover Two New Fossil Fish Species With Gigantic Mouths

There are still massive species of whales and other types of sea creatures that eat some of the smallest creatures in the sea known as plankton.

In the distant past, there were sea creatures who feasted on the same sort of plankton in the ocean waters and scientists have found two new examples of plankton-eating fossilized fish. The new fossils are in the genus Rhinconichthys and swam in the oceans of the Cretaceous Period about 92 million years ago.

Why Does Alcohol Burn When You Drink It?

Why does alcohol cause that burning sensation on its way down?

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The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does To Our Brains

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You're probably listening to music in your headphones at work right now. Whether you are powering through your to-do list or brainstorming creative ideas, here is how the tunes you are playing affect how your brain works.

The Garden Of Earthly Delights By Jheronimus Bosch

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Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516) was a Dutch painter. His work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes, and illustrations of religious concepts and narratives. His most acclaimed works consist of a few triptych altarpieces, the most outstanding of which is The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Zoom in on the Garden of Earthly Delights and discover the many stories hidden behind the images inside the painting. Click on the white text boxes to listen to and/or read the stories. Allow yourself to be guided by the sounds, the music and the images.

(thanks Cora)