Saturday, 19 April 2014

The Pitch Drop Experiment - The Ninth Drop

The Pitch Drop experiment is a long-term experiment which measures the flow of a piece of pitch over many years. The experiment was started in 1927 by Professor Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, to demonstrate to students that some substances that appear to be solid are in fact very-high-viscosity fluids.

Large droplets form and fall over the period of about a decade. The eighth drop fell on 28 November 2000. And now, after more than 13 years, the ninth drop has collided with the eight in the bottom of the beaker.



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Dalek Made From An Egg - Eggsterminate!

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How cool is this? A Dalek made out of an egg - looks like a brilliant homemade present for a friend or a member of the family who just cant get enough of the Science Fiction TV show Doctor Who.
But just how do you make one?

Learning To Love Death: New Museum Takes A Walk On The Shadow Side

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Morbid Anatomy - a blog, library, curiosity gallery, and lecture series dedicated to the places where death and beauty intersect - often revels in the macabre, albeit in a thoughtful, intellectual way. Thanks to its swelling popularity, Morbid Anatomy is expanding into a three-story, 4,200-square-foot museum in Brooklyn this spring.

Collectors Weekly talked to founder Joanna Ebenstein about her strange fascinations with Santa Muetre, the holy saint of death; medical specimens; depictions of deformity and disease; superstition and paranormal research.

(thanks Lisa)

Easter Eggs: Hidden Gems Of The Internet


It's almost Easter and that means eggs. Easter eggs are decorated eggs that are hidden in various places for children to find. But an Easter egg can also be an intentional inside joke like a hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program, movie, book, or crossword.

Here's an infographic that shows some of the Easter eggs on the Internet.

(thanks Ashleigh)

Daily Cartoon

Dan Rosandich is an American cartoonist. Dan's cartoons have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, National Review, The National Enquirer, Science Digest, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. The Presurfer, in cooperation with Dan Rosandich, will bring you a cartoon every day.

The Lost Empire That Ruled The Silk Road

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Today, the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan is relatively remote, known mostly for its magnificent medieval ruins. But over a millennium ago, it was one of the richest cities on the infamous trade route known as the Silk Road. Back in the 600s CE, that route was called simply 'the road to Samarkand.'

Samarkand's culture was a hybrid of Iranian and Chinese influences, its religion a mix of Zoroastrianism and other traditions, and it belonged to a now-vanished ethnic group called the Sogdians.

Friday, 18 April 2014

These Chopines Weren't Made For Walking: Precarious Platforms For Aristocratic Feet

image credit: Arne Hendriks

How far would you go to reach the pinnacle of fashion? While the current craze for heel-less, 'anti-gravity' shoes might seem avant-garde, or even dangerous, women have worn challenging footwear for centuries. In fact, though most think Lady Gaga's stilted look started the latest anti-gravity trend, the pop star's platforms were actually inspired by elaborate 16th-century chopines.

Nearly 500 years ago, these sky-high platform shoes were designed to showcase familial wealth in parts of Spain and Italy, and were sometimes so tall they required two servants to help someone walk in them. Collectors Weekly spoke with Elizabeth Semmelhack, a curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, about the origins of the chopine trend and the lengths (or heights) humans go to showcase their status.

(thanks Hunter

Flower Eruption In Costa Rica

An advertisement for the Sony 4K Television. Flowers erupt majestically from the Irazú Volcano and sweep through Costa Rica's vibrant landscape.



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The Plastic Foods Of Kappabashi


Kappabashi-dōri is a street in Tokyo between Ueno and Asakusa which is almost entirely populated with shops supplying the restaurant trade: chopsticks, cups, bowls, knives, takeaway containers and, naturally, an infinite variety of plastic foods.

More than mere marketing tools, these fake plates of spaghetti, donkatsu, sushi and cakes are vibrant, brilliant works of art, which should be admired and adored.

(thanks Juergen)

Humunga Stache Durable Dog Toy


Go indognito to the park with this fun toy. For the pooch with a good sense of humor; this shiny black toy is a ball on one end and a giant mustache on the other. Dogs naturally pick up the ball leaving an outrageously funny mustache sticking out.

(thanks Cora)

How Cricket Balls Are Made

Film from 1956. How cricket balls are made.



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Daily Cartoon

Dan Rosandich is an American cartoonist. Dan's cartoons have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, National Review, The National Enquirer, Science Digest, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. The Presurfer, in cooperation with Dan Rosandich, will bring you a cartoon every day.

NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet

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Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the 'habitable zone' - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

While planets have previously been found in the habitable zone, they are all at least 40 percent larger in size than Earth and understanding their makeup is challenging. Kepler-186f is more reminiscent of Earth.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Meet Little Miss Sunshine

Meet Little Miss Sunshine, the ex-battery hen who is the star of the 'Ain't no way to treat a lady' television ad series from Australia.



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(via Everlasting Blort)

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out Tell A Bigger Story

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We've seen them in pictures and in guidebooks. The world's most famous landmarks live in popular imagination in their idealized form, but it can be surprising to see them in person. While some landmarks can be even more awe-inspiring when you take in their natural surroundings, others have been swallowed up by sprawling cityscapes.

Here are 15 zoomed-out photos of famous landmarks around the world.

(via Neatorama)

Bridge Won't Open Until It's Ready


Yes, that's probably a lot safer.

(via Bad Newspaper)

Stress And Effect On A Vessel In Severe Weather Conditions

Stress and effect on a cargo vessel in severe weather conditions. Recorded during passage from Suez Canal to Singaporre, recorded in June 2008.



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(thanks Cora)

Sahara El Beyda: The White Desert Of Egypt

image credit: Vyacheslav Argenberg

The word sahara means desert in Arabic so when you hear the name Sahara el Beyda you could be forgiven that it means one thing - sand, sand and more sand.

Yet the sight of Egypt's Sahara el Beyda belies the traditional way one imagines a desert. Are those icebergs on the horizon?

Daily Cartoon

Dan Rosandich is an American cartoonist. Dan's cartoons have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, National Review, The National Enquirer, Science Digest, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. The Presurfer, in cooperation with Dan Rosandich, will bring you a cartoon every day.

Muggles Rejoice: Hogwarts Is Offering Online Classes

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Superfans of the book and film series have launched their own online version of Harry Potter's alma mater: Hogwarts is Here. The site offers a full catalog of Ministry-approved classes for 'all aspiring witches and wizards' across the world.

Hogwarts is Here was made by members of the fandom to bring together anyone who has been seeking 'magical experiences' since the series' conclusion. It also takes its course work very seriously - starting out as first year students, users are expected to complete homework assignments, essays, quizzes and tests for classes such as 'Charms' and 'Potions,' and progress through all seven years of wizard academics.