Friday, 6 March 2015

The New Skoda Fabia Attention Test

Just how attention stealing is the new Skoda Fabia? We put it to the test. Will a crowd gather? Will other drivers slam on the brakes? Watch to find out.

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(thanks Cora)

Can We Guess Your Age By How You Use The Internet?

There's a quiz on BuzzFeed that asks 'Can we guess your age by how you use the Internet?' Well, they can't! At least in my case. I took the quiz and they said I was 29. That's way off. Way, way off.

The Strange History Of War Tubas

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During World War I, aerial warfare became increasingly important. If Zeppelins and aircraft approach was detected, fighter aircraft could head off the enemy or shoot them down.

Aircraft engines produced unprecedented sound, so in order to hear them at a distance, the war efforts developed listening devices. Some were small and portable, but a number of designs were quite striking, such as the Japanese acoustic locators nicknamed 'war tubas.'

The Planthopper Nymph's Dazzling Style Of Protection

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Before they become adults, these tiny creatures stay safe in a beautiful, fiber-optic way. In the time between hatching and becoming full-grown adults, tiny planthopper nymphs put on a flashy show.

The planthoppers can secrete a waxy substance from their abdomen that results in strange but beautiful fiber optic-like tails. These decorations serve at least two purposes: to encourage predators eating them, and to help them glide as they fall.

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Crufts 2015 - Samsung Dream Doghouse

You may know Samsung for its smartphones but did you know they also produce hi-tech, luxury dog kennels? This week Samsung unveiled the Dream Doghouse at Crufts, the world's largest dog show. It cost £20,000 ($30,600) to make the doghouse.

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The Effects Of High Cholesterol On The Body

Healthline published an infographic detailing the effects of high cholesterol on the body. High cholesterol in your blood can interfere with blood flow throughout your body. The interactive chart allows you to pick the side effect toy want to learn more about.

(thanks Maggie)

The First Person To Use The Temporary Insanity Defense

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The notion of temporary insanity argues that a defendant was insane, but is now sane. Dan Sickles (1819-1914) was a congressman, a union general in the Civil War and a U.S. minister to Spain. He was also the first person to use temporary insanity as a legal defense.

In 1859, Sickles was accused of murdering his wife's paramour, Phillip Barton Key. After the murder, Sickles confessed and surrendered himself to Attorney General Jeremiah Black at Black's home. Although he confessed to the murder, at his trial, Sickles' lawyer claimed Dan Sickles was driven insane by his wife's infidelity.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Interactive Museum Puts Visitors In The Art

While museums around the world are putting a lockdown on selfie sticks, a museum in the Philippines wants visitors to be part of the art on display.

Art in Island, located in a former bus station in Manila, capitalizes on the city's reputation as the Selfie Capital of the World with modified versions of famous works of art. The idea is for visitors to literally make themselves part of the picture.

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(thanks Cora)

How Do Celebrities Indulge?

Neil Patrick Harris. Taylor Swift. Sofia Vergara. We often wonder how celebrities stay in such fantastic shape. Even though being physically fit - and a healthy diet - might be part of their job, they must occasionally indulge just like the rest of us.

So Shari's Berries decided to do a little sleuthing and find out how some of our favorite entertainers treat themselves.

(thanks Julissa)

9 Facts About Computer Security That Experts Wish You Knew

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Every day, you hear about security flaws, viruses, and evil hacker gangs that could leave you destitute - or, worse, bring your country to its knees.

But what's the truth about these digital dangers? Computer security experts separate the myths from the facts. Here's what they wish you knew.

The Street Corner That Changed The World

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In the capital city of Sarajevo, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, on a street corner just across Latin Bridge, hangs a big purple banner that proclaims in white capital letters: 'The street corner that started the 20th century.'

It was on this very place, on June 28, 1914, a 19-year-old Bosnian named Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, setting in motion a chain of events that led to the First World War and changed the course of the 20th century.

The Story Of The Cajón Drum

Many modern musical instruments are complicated pieces of machinery with many moving parts. But the cajón is simply a drum and a stand and a seat all in one box. Paul Jennings explains the history behind the cajón and how it has become one of the most versatile and popular percussion instruments in the world today.

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Senior thesis film by Ty Coyle produced at The Savannah College of Art and Design. Baxter the raccoon makes his way into Granny's Sweet Shop, but upon entering he gets so obsessed with the candy that he creates his own downfall.

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(thanks Cora)

Where Does Volcano Lightning Come From?

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The weird appearance of lightning during volcanic eruptions has been documented for some time now, but until recently, scientists weren't sure what caused the lightning bolts to appear.

They were pretty sure it had something to do with the particles of ash from the eruption getting an electric charge as they spewed out of the volcano, but nobody could figure out how the charge got there. And getting a closer look wasn't exactly an option, since directly observing a volcanic eruption isn't the safest thing to do.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Top Soccer Shootout Ever With Scott Sterling

A soccer match between the Yale Bulldogs and the North Carolina Tar Heels comes down to Scott Sterling and the most epic penalty kick shootout you'll ever see.

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(thanks Cora)

14 Things You Might Not Know About The Sound Of Music

Yesterday, the movie version of The Sound of Music - starring Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who is sent to care for the seven children of an Austrian naval captain - turned 50. With its iconic camerawork, catchy musical score, and great performances, it's not hard to see why so many people still love The Sound of Music, even after all these years.

14 Things You Might Not Know About The Sound Of Music.

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The Peculiar Burial Rites Of Tana Toraja

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The picturesque mountainous region of South Sulawesi, in Indonesia, is home to an ethnic group called the Toraja. These simple minded people who practise animism - the view that all non-human entities such as animals, plants, and even inanimate objects or phenomena possess a spiritual essence, have developed some of the most elaborate funeral rites in the world.

These include tree burials reserved for infants who died before teething, and parading of mummies who died decades ago. Toraja funeral rites are important social events and occasions for entire families to gather, and for villagers to participate in communal events, renewing relationships and reconfirming beliefs and traditions in the way of the ancestors.

One Pen, Infinite Possibilities

One lucky character sees his day transformed when his Samsung pen is transformed into a series of tools carrying him to a playful dreamland. The film invites you to take a magical turn in your daily life while illustrating the various features of the Samsung Galaxy Note S-Pen.

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Like Iggy Pop? Thank Your Grandparents

In his new book of found photography, Jim Linderman pays tribute to the unknown bluesmen, hardscrabble banjo pickers, tabernacle worshippers, go-go dancers, and back-room revelers of rural America in the early 20th century.

Collectors Weekly asked him to explain what connects all these diverse people - men and women, black and white, children and the elderly - and how they laid the foundation for the rebellious music known as rock.

(thanks Lisa)

Termites: Guardians Of The Soil

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The giant termite mounds that rise up from the sands of the African savanna are so distinctive it's tempting to give them names, like 'Art Deco Skyline' or 'Trumpeting Elephant.'

Whatever the metaphor, the charismatic megaforms dominate their landscape, and not just visually. As scientists are just beginning to appreciate, termites and the often elaborate habitats they construct are crucial to the health and robustness of a broad array of ecosystems: deserts and semideserts; tropical and subtropical rain forests; warm, temperate woodlands; possibly your local park.