Monday, 30 November 2015

Candy & Snowy In Xmas Makers

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(thanks Cora)

Love Readings

Mm, free cheesecake!

(via Bad Newspaper)

Beautiful Images From Rare Books Of Science And Astronomy

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If you're a big fan of old-timey science illustrations, then you're in for a big treat. Martin C. Gutzwiller of Yale University was a Swiss-American physicist best known for his work on chaotic systems in classical and quantum mechanics.

His books are about Ptolemaic and Copernican astronomy in the early modern era, as well as the historical development of celestian mechanics and related advances in both physics and math.

Even Santa Poops

What happens when all those milk and cookies catch up with Santa on his big night? He gets busted like never before.

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(via Miss Cellania)

The Polish Hand Magic Trick 'Revealed'

The Polish Hand Magic trick is an annoying little brain teaser that somehow works, although it looks like it shouldn't. Not only that, but the algebraic proof is totally unsatisfactory, in that it doesn't offer any insight into the mechanics of the trick.

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(thanks Bogdan)

A Crash Course On Iconic Helmets

Builders, cyclists, police officers, superheroes, Sith Lords, they all love a good helmet. Not only do they provide a solid protection, but they can also look totally badass too, which is surely the perfect combination.

MorphCostumes decided to recreate the most iconic helmets for your visual enjoyment; from Darth Vader to Daft Punk they picked their favourites from the world of film, comics, music and games.

The Scale Lane Bridge In Hull

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The Scale Lane Bridge is an innovative pedestrian swing bridge located in the city of Hull, England, that offers pedestrians the unique experience of riding on the bridge while it's still moving.

The bridge is shaped like a giant apostrophe sweeping across River Hill from west to east connecting Hull's Old Town to the undeveloped industrial land on the east bank. Opened in 2013, the Scale Lane Bridge is designed to be the first stage of a wider masterplan that will unlock the potential of the riverside to promote wider regeneration and increase the use of the river frontage.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

A Bridge For Santa

Wow yourself with the Christmas story of Coca-Cola and discover how the love of a father for his son rescued the Christmas magic and changed the lives of an entire city.

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(thanks Cora)

The IKEA Dictionary

Part of what makes IKEA unique is their product names. Each name means something, often in a funny or ambigious way. When IKEA went international, they decided to use the same Swedish names everywhere. This makes sense from an organizational sanity standpoint, but it deprives most of the world of this particular joy.

Until now! Here's the IKEA Dictionary.

13th Century Kelburn Castle Covered With Colorful Graffiti

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Who said castles need to be somber colored stone buildings with grey and brown exterior? Ask the Earl of Glasgow, who had his castle transformed into the brightest in all of Scotland.

The Kelburn Castle, 35 miles west of Glasgow, has been the family home of the Boyles since its construction in the 13th century, making the castle the oldest in Scotland to have been continuously inhabited by the same family.

Safari South Africa

Tyler Fairbank went on safari in South Africa, took thousands of photos each day and made this time-lapse film.

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(thanks Cora)

There's A Lot Of Confusion About Eating Fat. Here's What Scientists Agree On

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Media coverage of dietary fat has been confusing and contradictory over the years, as you can see in this graphic of Time magazine covers.

Egypt '90% Sure' There Are Hidden Chambers In King Tutankhamun's Tomb

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Egyptian researchers have said there is a 90% chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb. The discovery of a new chamber could shine fresh light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorised that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves theorises that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti's tomb.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Little Leaf

A little girl, some kind of lizard and...

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(thanks Cora)

15 Turkey Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart This Thanksgiving

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Did you know that male turkeys are the only ones that gobble. Fittingly, a male turkey is called a gobbler, female turkeys are called hens. Or that a group of turkeys can be referred to as a rafter.

15 Turkey Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart This Thanksgiving.

The Hardest 'Would You Rather' Quiz

Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity working to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK from persecution and human rights abuses abroad. They provide free legal advice and representation to the most vulnerable and excluded asylum seekers, and lobby and campaign for an asylum system based on inviolable human rights principles.

Asylum Aid have just released the hardest 'Would You Rather' quiz in the world which aims to get people to consider real life situations refugees face. Take the quiz and see how you can help.

(thanks Lee)

European Bike Stealing Championships 2015

In Europe, bike thieves are a pain in the neck. So online magazine We Love Cycling took a bait bike along with the camera crew to Amsterdam, Rome and Prague to find out which city is the worst.

And what happened after someone finally plucked up the courage to steal the bike? You better watch the whole video to see the show. They never saw it coming.

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More info at We Love Cycling.

(thanks Cora)

Top 30 Best New Movies Of 2016

Shooting's underway so let's explore what are likely to be the best new movies 2016 has to offer. We've got Spielberg, Scorsese, Coen bros, Warcraft, Ghostbusters, Harry Potter universe and the biggest ever superhero scrap.

(thanks Sheridan)

Data-Mined Photos Document 100 Years Of (Forced) Smiling

Turn-of-the-century photographers used to tell subjects to say 'prunes' rather than 'cheese,' so that they would smile less. By studying nearly 38,000 high-school yearbook photos taken since 1905, UC Berkeley researchers have shown just how much smiling, fashion and hairstyles have changed over the years.

The goal was not just to track trends, but figure out how to apply modern data-mining techniques and machine learning to a much older medium: photographs. Their research could advance deep-learning algorithms for dating historical photos and help historians study how social norms change over time.