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

(via Bad Newspaper)

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.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tiny Hamster's Tiny BBQ

Tiny Hamster has a tiny BBQ. Hamsters are working with trainers to keep the hamsters safe and happy. All food is strictly reviewed to ensure it's hamster-healthy.

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(thanks Jake)

Streetview Player

This Google Maps Streetview Player will take in either a starting point and end point, or a provided file of a route and provide a playthrough of the Google streetview images that are available.

15 Terrifying 18th Century Remedies For What Ails You

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Could you imaging cutting, burning, and bleeding someone who is having a stroke? Or rubbing poisonous lead on someone to cure their rectal cancer? Welcome to just a couple of the remedies in The Book of Phisick, a remarkably legible, handwritten recipe book of natural remedies.

It was initially written by an unknown author in 1710 and subsequently added to by different anonymous hands for years. The recipes, for the most part, involve using plants and minerals to battle everything from bad breath to cancer.

Aerial Views Of Fort Carroll Baltimore, Maryland

Fort Carroll is a military garrison built on a small man-made island in the middle of the Patapsco River. The purpose of the hexagonal fort was to protect the city of Baltimore. The fort was abandoned after the end of World War I and is in extreme disrepair.

In this video the aerial footage is dated November 2014. If you look closely there appears to be some kind of animal moving in the upper window of the lighthouse, perhaps an owl.

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(thanks Greg)

Insane Amusement Park Ride

The Tourbillon - a French word which translates to 'whirlwind' - has reportedly been in development for nearly three years, but according to amusement attraction news site Airtimers, abc rides is finally ready to show their creation to the world.

There's a chance that you'll emerge from the terrifying contraption one step closer to becoming an astronaut. Of course, there's a much greater chance you'll come out with your heart lodged somewhere in your throat.

(thanks Cora)

How Do Elephants And Other Animals Sneeze?

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Do elephants sneeze, and how? Elephant trunks are incredible multitaskers, used for smelling, touching, carrying, breathing - and yes, sneezing. Elephants sneeze through their trunks as it is still their nose.

Terrestrial animals aren't the only ones who get the urge to achoo sometimes. Whales and dolphins have to 'breathe out and blow the water out before they can breathe in' through their blowhole, fulfilling the same function as a sneeze. Even fish cough or sneeze to clear particulate matter in the water that 'clogs' the gills.

Con Sordino

A short film about a violin maker and his telephone.

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(thanks Cora)