Friday, 29 July 2016

Scientists Find Mystery Purple Blob At The Bottom Of Ocean

The unmanned sea rover Nautilus discovered an unidentified purple orb stunning scientists. After sampling, it began to unfold to reveal two distinct lobes. Currently scientists are thinking the purple orb is a pleurobranch, a nudibranch relative.

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The Mystery Of Why You Can't Remember Being A Baby

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You're out to lunch with someone you've known for a few years. Together you've held parties, celebrated birthdays, visited parks and bonded over your mutual love of ice cream. The thing is: you can't remember any of it.

From the most dramatic moment in life - the day of your birth - to first steps, first words, first food, right up to nursery school, most of us can't remember anything of our first few years. How come?

Cappadocia: Man-Made Wonders Combined With Natural Beauty

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In Turkey, a natural sightseeing spot draws the attention of thousands of tourists worldwide every year: Cappadocia. What looks like a man-made science-fiction movie set, is in fact, a unique combination of rocks and hills.

The soft texture of the rocks gives them a smooth appearance, that creates the illusion of sand dunes in certain areas, when viewed from above. Cappadocia is an endless source of entertainment for those who get there, even though just enjoying this incredible place would be enough for some.

How Maritime Law Works

Maritime law governs maritime questions and offenses. It's a body of both domestic law governing maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private entities that operate vessels on the oceans.

It deals with matters including marine commerce, marine navigation, marine salvaging, shipping, sailors, and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea. Maritime law can be confusing, but interesting.

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(via Miss Cellania)

Historical Photos Of The Great Escape From Alcatraz In 1962

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The June 1962 Alcatraz escape may have been the only successful escape from Alcatraz in that facility's history. Inmates Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris tucked papier-mâché heads resembling their own likenesses into their beds, broke out of the main prison building via an unused utility corridor, and departed Alcatraz Island aboard an improvised inflatable raft to an uncertain fate.

Hundreds of leads have been pursued by the FBI and local law enforcement officials in the ensuing years, but no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced favoring the success or failure of the attempt.

From Warhol's Grave To Elvis' Front Door, 10 Museum Webcams To Watch

Some of the greatest wonders of our museums are available 24/7 through online webcams. Webcams can make you a witness as a statue of Lenin comes down in Ukraine, or offer the vantage point of 18th-century philosopher Jeremy Bentham's skeleton as he watches over University College London.

Here are 10 museum webcams that you can tune in to anytime, anywhere, and watch over like a benevolent Big Brother.

The Public Shaming Of England's First Umbrella User

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In the early 1750s, an Englishman by the name of Jonas Hanway, who returned from a trip to France, began carrying an umbrella around the rainy streets of London.

People were outraged. Some bystanders hooted and jeered at Hanway as he passed; others simply stared in shock. Who was this strange man who seemed not to care that he was committing a social sin.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

First Open-Air Hotel Opens In Switzerland

Earlier this month, conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin opened the 'Null Stern Hotel' in Switzerland's Safiental region. It's a hotel in the open air, without walls and a roof. Guests are being served by the establishment's butler.

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(thanks Cora)

Albert Einstein's Mind-Melting Thought Experiments That Revolutionized How We Understand Time

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Albert Einstein forever changed the landscape of science by introducing revolutionary concepts that shook our understanding of the physical world. One of Einstein's most defining qualities was his remarkable ability to conceptualize complex scientific ideas by imagining real-life scenarios.

He called these scenarios Gedankenexperiments, which is German for thought experiments. Here are a few thought experiments that demonstrate some of Einstein's most groundbreaking discoveries.

10 Shot Towers That Once Made The World's Bullets

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The little metal shot balls that were once the standard projectile for all manner of guns used to be made using little more than heat and gravity, in tall spires called shot towers. Melted lead would be poured through a funnel at the top of the tower and drip down the length of the tower, naturally forming into little spheres as it fell and cooled.

While bullet manufacturing has gotten more high-tech since the days of the shot tower, you can still find the towers all over the world. Check out 10 of these monolithic reminders of a bygone trade.

10 Fascinating Facts About Egyptian Hieroglyphs

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The elegant and mysterious design of hieroglyphics have captured our imagination for thousands of years. They remained undeciphered and silent for centuries until the Rosetta Stone was discovered in the 18th century, and we could finally hear the voices of the ancient Egyptians.

Here are some interesting facts about Egyptian hieroglyphs covering everything from their early origin to the present day.

Robotic Airship Inspector

See how Lockheed Martin Skunk Works' patented SPIDER (Self-Propelled Instrument for Damage Evaluation and Repair) solves one of the greatest challenges faced by the airship industry.

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A Day In The Life Of A NYC Ice Cream Truck Operator

I hear them bells when they're off, I hear them in my sleep, I hear them when I lay down,' says Victor, an ice cream truck vendor who parks near Williamsburg's East River State Park in New York City.

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(thanks Cora)

The 10 Most Over the Top Limousines

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Limousines have always been a luxury vehicle that is specifically made for excess. However, some limos take it completely beyond the normal standard of lavish and include a downright ridiculous amount of features, amenities, and tech.

Here are ten of the world's most over the top limousines.

(via Neatorama)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Alpine Soccer

A group of Austrian footballers has invented a new extreme sport: 'Alpine Soccer.' It's football at its toughest, as it's only played on the steepest Alpine slopes.

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(thanks Cora)

Mount Bromo: The Hungry Volcano

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Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia, is the youngest of several volcanoes in the Tengger massif, and is one of Java's most active volcanoes. Mount Bromo is located in the middle of a wide expanse of sandy plain called the 'Sea of Sand.'

This barren terrain is also home to around 90,000 Tengger people. Every year, irrespective of whether the mountain is spewing smoke and fire, hundreds of Tenggerese from nearby villages travel up the mountain in order make food offerings which they throw into the live caldera of the volcano.

Freaks And Uniques: Evolution's Weirdest Creatures

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Evolution helps every species carve out its own niche within our planet's huge range of diverse and adverse habitats. And sometimes the features they evolve are truly bizarre.

Unique environments can cause animals to evolve unique appearances and abilities. Whether it's in response to extreme temperatures, or through competition for mates, some of the most unusual feats of evolution have to be seen to be believed. Here are some of the most eye-catching and impressive examples.

Dutch Men Revealed As World's Tallest

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When it comes to height, Dutch men and Latvian women tower over all other nationalities, a study reveals. The average Dutchman is now 183cm (6ft) tall, while the average Latvian woman reaches 170cm (5ft 7in). The research, published in the journal eLife, has tracked growth trends in 187 countries since 1914.

10 Insane Mansions You Wont Believe What's Inside

While most of us are happy to have even a hundred square feet of space to call our own, there are others that aren't content unless they have thousands. Some of the most expensive homes could even fit a small city. The ultra-rich and the famous boast some of the largest pieces of real estate on the planet. Here are just some of the biggest houses in the world.

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(thanls Cora(

10 Things You Didn't Know About Lying

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You're surrounded by lies, but most of what you think you know about them is probably - you guessed it - a lie. You can't tell somebody is lying from their eyes and nobody has ever found a lie detector that works.

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New NASA Image Reveals A Strange Bend In Saturn's Rings

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NASA just released a new image of everyone's favourite ringed planet, Saturn, captured by the Cassini spacecraft last month. But if you take a closer look, you'll see that two of the planet's rings appear to be warping strangely as they approach the body of the planet.

Fortunately, there's nothing physically messing with Saturn's rings. What you're actually seeing is an optical illusion in space, which is possibly even cooler.