Friday, 3 July 2015

The Amazing World Of Cyclists In Utrecht, The Netherlands

Tomorrow, the 102nd edition of the Tour de France will start in the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Leading up to the start of this famous event, a group of film makers from Utrecht made a documentary style film about their bike culture.

This film is made with an unique style and an unique technique. The bikers are filmed from a cart hanging behind a bike.

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(via Nag on the Lake)

The Life Of Julius Caesar In 55 Facts

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Though his name has come to mean monarch or ruler, Julius Caesar was never an Emperor of Rome. However, first as Consul then as Dictator for life, he paved the way for the end of the Republic and the dawn of the Empire. A victorious general, popular political leader and prolific author, his memoirs are a vital historical source for the era.

The Moment You Realize You're A Cat

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9 Private Islands Owned By Rich And Famous Celebrities

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The obvious benefit of being a celebrity is the truckloads of cash from all the movies, ads and endorsements. However, being famous means you have to sacrifice one thing - privacy.

But if you're confident about your unlimited amounts of money, then there's a solution to that problem - buying your own private island. Here are some of the islands owned by famous celebrities who are lucky to have their own paradise they can call home.

An Ultimate Guide To European Street Food

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The ultimate guide to Europe's best street food. Travel across the continent from Portugal to Russia and Malta to come across local favourites from Europe's most interesting destinations. From giant cinnamon buns in Finland to oliebollen in the Netherlands, discover what's cooking on the streets.

Man Powered School Buses In China

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An Eerie Drone Flight Under London's Streets

The view begins high above the London rooftops. You descend at a gentle rate, dropping down until you're at the level of the treetops and office buildings. And then further and further, towards the giant hole that has been dug yards from the busy street.

And then you descend into the hole itself, one which leads onto an enormous tunnel wider than a city street. Hard-hatted workers file through the tunnel, lit by bright industrial lights. It's a tour of one of the world's biggest engineering projects - filmed with a drone.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

What Keeps A Bicycle Upright?

What keeps a bicycle upright. This short video explains the science behind the bicycle.

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Mount Washington: Home Of The World's Worst Weather

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Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, is the highest peak in Northeastern United States and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. It is better known as the 'Home of the World's Worst Weather.'

Mount Washington is located in the temperate climate zone but has Arctic-like conditions. Extreme cold, year-round snowfall, dense fog, heavy icing, and exceptional winds are some of its prominent features. The peak endures some of the planet's most extreme weather comparable to those experienced on top of Mount Everest or on the South Pole.

19 Things You Might Not Know Were Invented In Canada

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The good people of Canada are responsible for many inventions you use every day. Especially if you're someone who plays Trivial Pursuit in a Wonderbra while eating peanut butter smeared on McIntosh apples.

Prehistoric Worm With Super Armor Found In China

Worms today look so wimpy. How do they survive in this world? They don't have appendages to pick up blunt objects and they don't even have the strength to put up a good fight.

At least their distant cousins looked like beasts that could fight back - like this 500 million-year-old worm (called Hairy Collins' Monster) recently discovered in South China that looks like the modern worm's badass biker cousin.

Inside Out

Standing in a greenhouse and listening to the rain thunder against the roof can be strangely relaxing and therapeutic. Now, imagine if the same experience was recreated artificially.

For the Triennale Der Photographie exhibition in Hamburg, designer Leigh Sachwitz has constructed a miniature house covered with semi-transparent projection screens. Once you step inside and turn off the hanging bulb, a series of projectors spring to life and batter you with heavy weather, including tornadoes and tropical thunderstorms.

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(via engadget)

32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About The World

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Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Maps are a great tool and can help us understand how we are all connected. Here is a collection of informative maps that will hopefully teach you something new and give you a fresh perspective of our amazing planet and those that inhabit it.

The Mystery Of Lewis Carroll

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Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which sees its 150th anniversary this year, remains to this day an enigmatic figure.

Jenny Woolf of The Public Domain Review explores the joys and struggles of this brilliant, secretive, and complex man, creator of one of the world's best-loved stories.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

100 Years Of Russian Beauty

100 Years of Russian Beauty in 1 minute.

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All About Seashells

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Seashells come in a vast array of shapes, colors, and sizes, but they all have one basic thing in common: They're the partial remains of dead animals. There are literally hundreds of thousands of animal species that grow and leave behind seashells, ranging in size from microscopic to sofa size.

Most of what we think of as classic seashells were made by marine mollusks. That's because they make the sturdiest, longest-lasting shells. Apart from mollusk shells, other shells that can be found on beaches are those of barnacles, horseshoe crabs and brachiopods.

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou

When the chaotically misfortunate Jenkins and the monotonously Lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart.

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(thanks Cora)

La Lonja de la Seda

La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) is Valencia's most historic building, and its only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built between 1482 and 1548 at the height of Valencia's Golden Age, the Lonja is like a church devoted to the god of commerce.

At the end of the 15th century, Valencia was the extremely wealthy capital of its own kingdom. So when the decision was made to build a new exchange hall, it had to be one which would leave visiting traders with no doubts as to the city's power and prosperity.

(thanks Juergen)

Advanced Doodling

Back in 2012 I posted 'Freckle', a music video created by visual artist and computational biologist Mike Cantor.

Today, Mike released the short film 'Advanced Doodling', a visually arresting experiment in 'meta-stop-motion' animation. Advanced Doodling is created by stringing together thousands of still images of multimedia sculptures that evolve over both time and scale.

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A Good Set Of Wheels

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This Is The One Thing That People Never Understand About Cats

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You probably don't know your cat as well as you think you do. According to a recent survey of cat owners in the UK, most people are pretty clueless about their cats' lives.

Ecologist Jennifer McDonald and her team of researchers conducted a small survey of cat owners in the UK. They asked people how many dead animals their cats brought home in an average month, and then they kept tabs on the cats to see what they were really doing. Most people either wildly underestimated their pets' hunting proclivities, or wildly overestimated their prowess.