Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sticky Trap

A group of scientists in Japan are testing a new kind of sticky trap. To get accurate information on its effectiveness, they sent various types of humans across a 20-foot section of the material. A scientist, a sprinter and a sumo wrestler.

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(via Miss Cellania)

Coffee-Brewing Alarm Clock

It's no secret the first five minutes of consciousness for many of us each morning involves brewing a cup o' joe. To help get a jump-start on things, designer Joshua Renouf has developed a striking alarm clock that starts the process before you even get out of bed.

Cité Mémoire - Projections Of Montreal's History

Montreal was founded in 1641, which means that in 2017, the city will be celebrating its 375th birthday. That's a long stretch of history, and we can't be expected to remember everything that's happened.

So to help jog our memories, Montreal has created a multimedia exhibition called Cité Mémoire (Memory City), transforming the old town into a living tribute to the past. At eighteen spots around Old Montreal there's a projection, or 'tableaux,' which brings a significant moment from Montreal's history to life.

(thanks Juergen)

Reverie Of Vietnam

Visit the best wonders of Vietnam: Hanoi ancient quarter, the breathtaking Halong Bay, the claustrophobic caves in Trang An, the glamorous fabric merchants in Hoi An, the secret temples inside the marble mountain in Da Nang, the historical old capital Hue, the wet and tropical mekong delta and the white sandy beaches at Phu Quoc.

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(thanks Cora)

How Do We Know The Earth Isn't Flat?

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The flat Earth model is an archaic conception of the Earth's shape as a plane or disk. Many ancient cultures subscribed to a flat Earth cosmography.

In the modern era, belief in a flat Earth has been expressed by isolated individuals and groups, but no scientists of note.

What Stopped Mongol Hordes From Conquering Europe

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In 1206, Genghis Khan, a fierce tribal chieftain from northern Mongolia, began to take over the world. The khan's ruthless tactics and loyal horde swept across Asia. A series of successful forays in Hungary and Poland made even Europe seem within reach of conquering.

But this wave of victories in Europe suddenly ended. As soon as the Mongols set their sights set on Austria, they abruptly returned to Asia. What was it that stopped the Mongol hordes?

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Welcome To...

A supercut video of characters saying 'welcome to...' in 74 different movies.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Parque De Bombas: The Old Ponce Fire Station

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One of Ponce's most recognizable landmarks is Parque de Bombas, the city's old firehouse building and now a firefighting museum.

This brightly colored red and black candy striped building, located at the Plaza Las Delicias town square, directly behind the Ponce Cathedral, was Puerto Rico's first ever fire station.

The Mailman

(via Bad Newspaper)

Stunning Footage: Animal Migrations In Yellowstone

Some of the world's most incredible animal migrations take place in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Among them are a 120-mile pronghorn migration and nine elk herds with unique migration patterns.

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(thanks Cora)

19 Authors And Their Typewriters

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In the more than 100 years between the widespread introduction of the typewriter and the rise of the word processor, a great many masterpieces have been produced on the handy office machines. Some of those machines are still around, and some are still in use.

Here are 19 authors and their typewriters.

The Illusion Of RGB Screens

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When an animal sees a computer screen, it doesn't see the same colours as you do because our monitors only properly work for humans. When seen from a normal distance, the screen looks uniformly white. How is that possible? Due to an illusion. An illusion that only perfectly works for humans, not for animals.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Could You Survive 2.5 Million Years Ago?

We often take things like medicine and science for granted. Would you be able to survive on the Earth millions of years ago?

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Lane Motor Museum Oddball Cars: Marques You've Never Heard Of

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Lane Motor Museum is located in Nashville, Tennessee and features a collection of mostly European automobiles. This very special collection is absolutely chock-full-o surprisingly delightful examples of the automotively obscure and unknown. Many of the kookiest cars and trucks in the collection are laughably bad home-built one-offs.

What's Inside The Box?

What's inside the box? is a new Bart Bonte game. There are a lot of puzzles inside the box. Can you solve all 30 and discover what is hidden inside?

More Bart Bonte games.

Monkey Moon

About a poor monkey that is casually enjoying his banana in the jungle when he suddenly gets captured and thrown into space.

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(thanks Cora)

The Biodôme At The Olympic Park In Montréal

The Biodôme is a small zoo housed in the former Olympic velodrome. Inside, you'll find five distinct ecosystems, as well as some of the animals who call them home.

Dwarfed by the Olympic Stadium to which it's adjacent, the Biodôme doesn't look like much from the outside. But inside, an illusion of immense space has been created, and each of the five ecosystems are surprisingly spacious.

(thanks Juergen)

China Unveils 'Straddling Bus' Design To Beat Traffic Jams

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A Beijing company has unveiled spectacularly futuristic designs for a pollution-busting, elevated bus capable of gliding over the nightmarish mega-jams for which urban China has become notorious.

Plans for the so-called Transit Explore Bus were showcased earlier this month at a technology expo in the Chinese capital. The 'straddling bus' is supported by two legs that run along rails laid along the roadside.

(thanks Cora)

Here's What Really Happens To Your Body When You Swallow Gum

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You might have heard the rumours as a kid: Swallow gum and it will sit stubbornly in your stomach for seven long years.

But what does science have to say about that? Reactions, a video series from the American Chemical Society, traced the steps taken by our body's digestive system to find out that while some of the gum we chew can survive digestion, it doesn't mean the gum you swallowed in grade school is still there.