Sunday, 24 May 2015

Clockwork Carl

LarrivaArt made a tribute to Carl Sagan.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Should You Eat The Rind On Cheese?

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The rind is the outside layer that is part of the cheese's aging process. It's sort of like the crust on bread - it's part of the cheese so you can in fact, and absolutely should (depending how adventurous your palate is), eat it. Well, that is unless of course the rind is made out of wax, bark, or cheesecloth.

The rind is where the ripening starts, which is why a cheese's most complex and often most pungent tastes live there. The rind can tell you the story of how the cheese was made and a great deal about the flavor profile before you even bite into it.


A band performs a little lullaby about size.

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The World's Smallest Park Is Only 2 Feet Wide

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The world's smallest park is only 2 feet wide. It's just a small tree surrounded by a bit of grass. In 1946, Dick Fagan, a journalist in Portland, Oregon, noticed that there was a hole in the median of a street where a lamppost used to stand.

He decided to put it to good use by building a park there. Fagan named it Mills End Park after the title of his regular newspaper column, Mills End. The City of Portland acquired it in 1976, so it's an official city park.

Bacon Tape

Bacon Tape is the ideal item to bind things together in a deliciously meaty way. Each plastic dispenser comes with 100 feet of 3/4" wide tape that looks like an endless strip of bacon. This is the perfect thing if you accidentally rip your pig and need to repair him. Bacon Tape is so awesome, you'll rip things on purpose.

The 10 Best Unsung Female Scientists

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Rachel Swaby, author of a book highlighting women's contributions to science, chooses her favourite female scientists, from the greatest dinosaur hunter to the inventor of Kevlar.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

ILM - Celebrating 40 Years Of Creating The Impossible

In 1975 George Lucas formed Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to create the special effects for his space opera Star Wars. Since that time, ILM has contributed to over 300 films in the process earning 15 Academy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects and 28 Scientific and Technical Achievement from the Academy.

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Lost And Found

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15 Of The World's Craziest Roads That Push Travelers To The Edge

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There's nothing quite like a relaxing drive down a country road, sun shining and music playing. There's also nothing like nearly plummeting off the edge of a cliff because you didn't quite make a tight turn. Right?

These roads around the world will get your adrenaline pumping, or at least give you a view like no other. Some are hand carved and some disappear completely during certain hours of the day or months of the year. Fasten your seat belt before setting off down any of these wild roads.

Berlin And Munich, Germany, 1890 - 1920 In Colour

Video showing Berlin and a little bit of Munich from the years 1890 to 1920. In colour.

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Google's Self-Driving Car: How Does It Work And When Can We Drive One?

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One year ago, Google presented a new concept for their driverless car that had neither a steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal. The car's arrival marked the next stage in Google's self-driving car project, which was born from the Darpa Grand Challenges for robotic vehicles in the early 2000s.

But there are still a lot of questions. How does it work? How safe is it? Is this something I’m going to be able to buy? What about legislation? When can I get one?

Why Graduates Dress The Way They Do

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Graduation Graduation attire may seem weird, but it's born of tradition, honor, and rank. Academic regalia in the United States has been influenced by the academic dress traditions of Europe.

There is an Inter-Collegiate code which sets out a detailed uniform scheme of academic regalia followed by most, though some institutions do not adhere to it entirely, and fewer still ignore it.

Friday, 22 May 2015

The Dangers Of Selfie Sticks

Advertisement by Pizza Hut. The Big Flavor Dipper Pizza: you're gonna need a bigger selfie stick.

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Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel - The Oldest Chapel Of Le Puy, France

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Stepping through the doorway of the Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel to watch its cave-like interior is a mystical experience. Located in a place near Le Puy-en-Velay in France, the small chapel is a captivating little pilgrimage standing atop the zenith of a slender, obelisk-like volcanic formation.

It's the oldest chapel of Le Puy. However, the rock needle on which it is standing has been revered as a sacred place for thousands of years. It was the home to a prehistoric dolmen, which the Romans dedicated to god Mercury. The Christians later Christianized the place and sanctified the rock to St. Michael the Archangel, the patron of many high places across the Europe.

The Flower Forgiveness Quiz

You know you're in trouble. The question is, how do you adequately say 'I'm sorry' in your particular situation? Flowers are a classic gift for making up with a lover, but selecting an appropriate size is key. Give something too small and it may appear insincere, too large and your partner may wonder if there are more serious problems yet to be discovered.

ProFlowers made this quiz with common dating mistakes. Just choose one, or more, from the list and they'll suggest the best ways to turn anger into affection.

(thanks Julissa)

Timelapse Video Shows Bees' Entire Life Cycle In One Minute

It takes bees about three weeks to be fully born but a video posted by National Geographic Japan shortens that life cycle down to just over a minute.

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(thanks Cora, via BGR)

Choose To Smile

To mark the launch of a new campaign by Coca-Cola that is inspiring people to Choose Happiness, the brand has created a new heart-warming short film, Choose to Smile, reminding us about the power of a smile.

The film is based on the observation that before we learn to crawl, walk, or talk, we learn how to smile. It highlights the thought-provoking insight that children smile up to 40 times more than adults do. Somewhere along the way, smiling can be forgotten as we enter into adulthood.

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(thanks Laura)

This Is Why You're Terrible With Names

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There is a very simple reason why it's so easy for the names of new acquaintances to slip right out of your head within moments of being introduced: Names are kind of meaningless. Memory experts say that the more pathways back to a memory you have, the easier it becomes to retrieve that memory, and this just doesn't often happen naturally with names.

Sure, there may be family history or a great deal of sentimental meaning behind a person's first name, but when you meet someone at a party, there's no readily apparent reason why this guy should be named Mike and that guy should be named Max. Names are completely arbitrary, and hold no specific information in them.

10 Reasons We Shouldn't Leave Earth... Yet

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Humanity has flown people into outer space and landed them on the moon. We live in an age where we could go out and find other places to expand. But there are a few reasons we should continue to stay put, at least for a little while longer.