Friday, 22 July 2016

Pinnipeds

Funny CGI animation by Victor Caire.



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Mysterious Bright Light


A mysterious bright light shining through the trees.

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All Known Bodies In The Solar System Larger Than 200 Miles In Diameter


A visual listing of objects in the Solar System, ordered by size. An image showing the 88 known objects in our Solar System that are larger than 200 miles in diameter.

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8 Amazing Tricks That Seem To Break The Laws Of Science

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Science is a funny thing. It provides a sense of order to this crazy world we live in, explaining things that we never even knew needed to be explained. But every now and then, it can turn on itself.

Throw together the right elements under the right conditions, and things will happen that, until now, seemed impossible according to science. Check out some of the craziest tricks that will make you second guess the laws of science.

Timelapse Video Taken From Space Captures Entire Year On Earth

NASA's EPIC camera has captured one year's worth of images of Earth. NASA compiled 3,000 of these images into a time-lapse.



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Do You Know These New Words?


Online Dictionary.com added a number of popular words culled from headlines and social media. Do you know what ghosting is? Or woke, al desko or lamestream? Take the quiz and find out.

Can a Dog Eat That?


As dog owners, we love sharing our life with our furry companions. So it's only natural that at times we'll want to share a meal or snack. But as a responsible dog owner, we all know that there are certain foods dogs should not eat.

You probably already know that chocolate is a big no-no, but what about other food. To help you figure out foods dogs can't eat, DogVacay created a comprehensive guide on the top 50 most troublesome human foods.

(thanks Caroline)
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

How A Gutenberg Printing Press Works

Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (1398-1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. Johannes Gutenberg's work on the printing press began in approximately 1436. Here's a demonstration of the only working model of a Gutenberg printing press.



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150 Years Of Bovril

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Bovril is the trademarked name of a thick, salty meat extract, developed in the 1870s by John Lawson Johnston. It is sold in a distinctive, bulbous jar.

Bovril can be made into a drink by diluting with hot water, or less commonly, with milk. It can be used as a flavouring for soups, stews or porridge, or spread on bread, especially on toast in a similar fashion to Marmite and Vegemite.

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Celebrating British Eccentricity At The 2016 Chap Olympiad

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In August, the world's gaze will fall on Rio de Janeiro for the start of the 2016 Olympics. But a very different kind of games were just held at the 12th annual Chap Olympiad, in the Bloomsbury district of London. Hundreds gathered to celebrate British eccentricity. And show an undying love of tweed and tea.

The Chap Olympiad features a myriad of activities, including umbrella jousting, moustache wrestling, not playing tennis, the Corby trouser press challenge and Butler baiting.

How Tennis Balls Are Made

See how tennis balls are made at the Wilson Tennis Ball factory in Shanghai, China.



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The Ivy League Of Auctioneering

The Missouri Auction School is the oldest and largest auction school in the world. There, students learn all aspects of the business, but most importantly, they hone their auction chant. Before students graduate they have to sell at a real auction for real money.



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(thanks Cora)

How A Steamship Ended Up In A Kansas Cornfield

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In 1988 Kansas City explorer David Hawley and his crew uncovered the steamboat Great White Arabia, which sank in 1856 a few miles west of Kansas City. The discovery yielded an incredible collection of well-preserved, pre-Civil War artifacts.

Hawley, along with his father, brother and two friends, unearthed over 200 tons of items, the equivalent of 10 container trucks. Many of these artifacts, from shoes to champagne bottles, are on display at the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Walking Dead

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Based on the comic books written by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead TV series has become one of the most popular TV shows. First aired on the night of Halloween in 2010, ratings for the show have soared, with the season four opening bringing in over 16.1 million viewers internationally. Here are 20 things you probably didn't know about The Walking Dead.

(thanks Nathaniel)

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Traffic Lights In The Netherlands

An overview of how traffic signals work in the Netherlands.



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(thanks Cora)

9 New Natural Sites Added To World Heritage List

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Last Monday, the World Heritage Committee added nine new natural sites to the World Heritage List. Among the inscriptions are some of the most impressive landscapes and most important natural areas for the conservation of iconic species on Earth.

The list includes diverse landscapes such as Khangchendzonga National Park in India, a cultural and natural site home to endangered species such as the snow leopard and musk deer; Canada's Mistaken Point, known for its unique, diverse and well-preserved fossils; and Iran's Lut Desert, noted for its remarkable variety of desert landforms.

How To Fix Common Sleep Problems With Science


There are so many barriers to a good night's sleep these days. Phones, TVs, kids, work - the list goes on and on. We all know we need more sleep. Many people don't get the recommended seven to nine hours of shut eye they're supposed to.

Sleep can provide incredible health benefits. It can help us recharge to wake up refreshed and ready to start our days; it can help us lose weight; it can help improve our memories; and it can even make us happier. Here's what the science says you should do.

World War I In Photos: Animals At War

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Animals were used in World War I on a scale never before seen - and never again repeated. Horses by the millions were put in service as cavalry mounts, but they were not the only animals active in the war. Mules, dogs, camels, and pigeons all played vital roles, as well as many others - all at great risk, and with heavy cost.

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Can I Stay?

An apprehensive homeless girl must traverse a dangerous, wintry city in order to escape her adorable pursuers.



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30 Essential Google Search Tips

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Google's search engine is an always-expanding, extremely useful tool that's packed with tons of different tools. Some that are easy to forget, like the mortgage calculator, instant customer service phone numbers and time zone conversions.

Here's an infographic with over 30 Essential Google search tips.

Why Old Men Have Big Ears

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In 1993, Dr. James A Heathcote, a general practitioner in Bromley, set out to answer the question: 'As you get older do your ears get bigger?' Dr. Heathcote and three colleagues examined the ears of 206 men of various ages, then presented his findings in a monograph called 'Why Do Old Men Have Big Ears?'

A chance observation - that older people have bigger ears - was at first controversial but has been shown to be true. Dr. Heathcote wrote: 'As we get older our ears get bigger (on average by 0.22 mm a year).'