Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Line Of Sleeping Puppies

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How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

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Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence. For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the box - things like oxygen, calcium, magnesium, and a naturally occurring chemical called luciferin. And they've known what comes out of the box - photons, or light, in the form of the yellow, green, orange, and even blue flickers you see dancing across your backyard on summer nights.

But until recently, the actual chemical reactions that produce the firefly's light have been shrouded in mystery. Now, that mystery has been solved.

The World's Richest Companies That Don't Actually Exist

Ever wondered what the most successful fictional company would be? Here's an infographic about the world's richest companies that don't actually exist. The infographic provides information about made up companies from books, cartoons, TV shows, movies, computer games and comics including a description of each business and its annual turnover.

What Do Machines Sing Of?

What do machines sing of? is a fully automated machine, which endlessly sings number-one ballads from the 1990s. As the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments.

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Free Puppies

Father is also a dog!

(via Bad Newspaper)

Flags Of The World: The Stories Behind Them

Many people could tell you what the stars and stripes represent on the flag of the USA, or why the Canadian flag is emblazoned with a maple leaf. But most of these people could not be as confident in clarifying the reasons for the unusual shape of the Nepalese flag and would struggle to explain the reasons behind the curious presence of an AK-47 on the flag of Mozambique.

A flag is not simply designed to look good flying in the wind, but often symbolises the culture, history and ideals of a nation. Just The Flight has explored the stories behind some of the world's most interesting and recognisable national flags.

(thanks Harry)

11 Dickensian Facts About 'Great Expectations'

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Great Expectations begins when a boy named Pip encounters an escaped convict in a graveyard. The gripping story that emerges from there includes money from a mysterious benefactor, a bewitching and cold-hearted girl, and the shut-in Miss Havisham, forever clothed in a tattered wedding gown.

It's no wonder that so many people consider Great Expectations to be one of Charles Dickens's best works.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Do Or Donut

After three weeks of hard training the sugar addicted and not so thin astronaut is ready to discover the universe.

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(thanks Cora)

How To Make A Mossarium

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A mossarium is a container in which moss is grown. Mossariums are simple, low maintenance and fun. They're durable and will last a long time. You can get moss from your backyard, from your favorite trips, or delivered in the mail. All you need is a jar, rocks, Spanish Moss (dried moss you can get at craft stores), moss and water.

The Incredible Way Some Warships Are Launched Into Water For The First Time

Until the middle of the 19th century, ships were almost always launched stern-first, the way they had been for thousands of years. But as technology improved, ships grew in size, and the space constraints of narrow waterways led to the need of new launching practices.

By World War II, side launches had become common. Now side launches are the only way to move battleships into the water for the first time if they're being launched into smaller waterways such as rivers or inlets.

Giant 'Chicken Church' In The Middle Of Indonesian Jungle

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Buried deep inside the Indonesian jungle is a very odd structure, shaped like a giant chicken. The long abandoned construction is locally known as Gereja Ayam.

This strange construction was designed to be a church, but according to its creator, the building is neither a chicken nor a church. Daniel Alamsjah revealed that he was working in Jakarta when he suddenly received a divine message from God to build a prayer room in the form of a dove.

Air Pollution

Using a simple yet evocative narrative this film explains the causes and effects and asks the question, 'What's the air quality like where you are today?'

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(thanks Stefan)

The BioParc Of Valencia

Designed in a way that makes cages (almost) obsolete, the BioParc in Valencia, Spain allows an unobstructed view of the animals, and lets you get close to them... uncomfortably close, sometimes. It feels like there are no fences and the animals roam free.

Except for the areas where the Gorillas, Leopards and lions are. There a glass separates you from the animals. The BioParc opened its doors in 2008 and currently, it's home to 4000 animals of 250 species, with a special focus on the fauna of Africa.

(thanks Juergen)

The 56 Greatest Musical Moments In Guitar History

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Here are 56 events of the coolest, greatest, and most important musical moments in the history of the modern six-string.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Bridge At Q'eswachaka

Every year, local communities on either side of the Apurimac River Canyon use traditional Inka engineering techniques to rebuild the Q'eswachaka Bridge in Peru. The entire bridge is built in only three days. The bridge has been rebuilt in this same location continually since the time of the Inkas.

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Pictures Of Legendary Soviet Car GAZ-M20 Pobeda On The Streets Of The U.S. In The 1950s

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The GAZ-M20 Pobeda was a passenger car produced in the Soviet Union from 1946 until 1958. The car was a successful export for the USSR, and the design was licensed to the Polish FSO factory in Warsaw, where it was built as the FSO Warszawa beginning in 1951, continuing until 1973.

The Pobeda was the first Soviet automobile to have turn signals, two electric wipers, an electric heater, and a built-in AM radio. The car came to be a symbol of postwar Soviet life and is today a popular collector's item.

Brazilian Police Fail At Drifting

Brazilian police were parading down the street in Toyota Fortuners with sirens blaring and lights flashing. One of them was drifting and managed to flip his car right in front of the cameraman.

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10 Facts About War In The Middle Ages

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Medieval warfare distinguished itself from combat in Antiquity through a series of social and technological developments including a shift in military strategy and new types of fortifications and weaponry. Here are 10 facts which relate to war during the Medieval period.

The Fortified Towns Of M'Zab Valley

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M'Zab is a deep, narrow oasis valley located within the Sahara, consisting of five walled towns. The five towns, together known as the Pentapolis, were established in the 11th century by Mozabite Berbers.

The Mozabites were originally from a region historically known as the Maghreb. Their home town was Tahert. When a devastating fire destroyed their home in 909, the Mozabites left Tahert and settled in M'Zab valley. There, they built five fortified towns - each a miniature citadel, encircled by walls, and dominated by a mosque, whose minaret functioned as a watchtower.

Lamborghini LP740 - Birth

Commercial directed by Alessandro Pacciani about the birth of the Lamborghini Aventador.

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(thanks Cora)