Thursday, 26 November 2015

Logs To Lumber - An Aerial Journey Through The Sawmill

Unmanned aerial vehicle footage takes you up close and personal through the complete sawmilling process used at the Colville mill in Washington, USA.

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(thanks Cora)

10 Ways Criminals Use The Internet For Organised Crime

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The internet and especially social media have had an unprecedented impact on almost all areas of life. From how we get directions to how we shop, our everyday lives have become dependent on the internet.

But at the same time as we're doing our holiday shopping or looking at cat pictures, it's easy to overlook just how dark some corners of the online realm can be. Organized crime has set up shop there, too, and their influence over social media and the web is as bizarre as it is sinister.

(via Miss Cellania)

The Secret Life Of Pets - The Holiday Greeting

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

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(via Laughing Squid)

Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun With Flags

The people at UK Feather Flags are big fans of the TV show The Big Bang Theory and in particular Sheldon Cooper. They have put together a blog post showing all of the episodes of his video podcast Fun With Flags.

Guests on Fun with Flags have included Amy, who initially co-hosted the vodcast with Sheldon and later directed it, Penny, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton and Barry Kripke.

How To Tell If You've Been Abducted By Aliens

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Believe it or not, there is a support group called Abduct Anon for people who believe they've been kidnapped by extraterrestrials. Are you about to be abducted by aliens and subjected to medical experiments?

Or has it happened already? Here are some signs that Abduct Anon and other UFO groups say you should be on the watch for.

What Is Li-Fi?

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Imagine a world where every one of the billions of lightbulbs in use today is a wireless hotspot delivering connectivity at speeds that can only be dreamed of with Wi-Fi. Li-Fi deliver speeds 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi technology in actual tests.

An Estonian startup called Velmenni used a Li-Fi-enabled lightbulb to transmit data at speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second, meaning a high-definition film could be downloaded within seconds. So, just what is Li-Fi and how does it work.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Just You And Your Cat

Nestle Japan is now offering a catering service to prepare food for you and your cat. A professional chef will come to your home and cook for you and your feline friend.

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(thanks Cora)

The Telharmonium Was The Spotify Of 1906

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The Telharmonium was an early electronic organ, developed by Thaddeus Cahill in 1897. The electrical signal from the Telharmonium was transmitted over wires; it was heard on the receiving end by means of 'horn' speakers.

10 Interesting Facts About The Placebo Effect

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The placebo effect happens when someone is given a pill, a shot, or some other form of treatment, and are told it will help with their ailments. They feel better, but it's just their mind and body healing itself because the treatment is essentially fake.

Researchers are very interested as to why the placebo effect works, because understanding it will help with patient care and decrease the amount of drugs that need to be prescribed.

(via Neatorama)

The Cigar Connoisseur

A New York man explaining why he smokes cigars and what he enjoys most about them.

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(thanks Cora)

15 People Who Started Their Own Micronations

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A micronation is a piece of land which claims to be a sovereign state - but isn't. By the most bare-bones definition, this means all you have to do to create one is declare that you've done so.

Some micronations are serious attempts driven by political ideology, while others are more like practical jokes. By some accounts, over 400 currently active micronations now exist. Here are 15 of the most interesting from the past few decades.

There's A Good Reason Why The Next Generation Of Robots Will Look Like Animals

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Biomimetics. That's the field dedicated to imitating aspects of nature to better understand, and potentially solve, complex human issues. It's the reason why so many engineers and researchers are creating robot models of animals.

Robotic animals can help researchers better understand locomotion, evolution, and simply how certain animals accomplish the amazingly unique tasks that they do. But they can also have tangible applications, from scouting for danger for the marines to aiding in search and rescue missions.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Walter And His Dog Sing 'Like Diamonds In The Sky'

Walter Ledermüller and his French bulldog Junior like to sing together.

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The Inventor Of A Green Dye That May Have Killed Napoleon

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If anyone tells you that all you need to do to succeed is work hard, just mention Carl Wilhelm Scheele. They'll say, 'Who?' And your point will be proved. This may be the most accomplished chemist never to get credit for anything - except possibly accidentally killing Napoleon.

Google Honors Lucy The Australopithecus With A Doodle

Lucy is the common name of AL 288-1, several hundred pieces of bone fossils representing 40% of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis. November 24 is the 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy' who lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago.

In Defense Of The Cassowary, The Maligned Killer Of The Bird World

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Do a quick search of 'cassowary' and you will find that almost everything written about Australia's heaviest bird has to do with its reputation as a killer of men. In the annals of birds that are thought to be a dangerous threat to humans, cassowaries may just be king.

And given that cassowaries are the third largest bird species on the planet, looking like some sort of prehistoric holdover, it's no wonder they are so often painted as avian monsters.

Crazy Synthesizer Demo

Meet the Collidoscope, a prototype double granular synthesiser by researchers Fiore Martin and Ben Bengler. This hybrid keyboard is a combination between a sampler and a supercollider synth engine, designed to be played by two performers at the same time.

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Historical Sites Throughout Jordan In Google Street View

You can now explore more than 30 historical sites throughout Jordan in Google Street View. People all over the world now have a window into this kingdom in the heart of the Middle East.

Throughout the ages, ancient civilizations have left their footprints in Jordan. Reminders of the Silk Road which linked the regions of the world in commerce. Ancient cities, such as the Romans' Jerash and the Nabateans' Petra and significant religious sites like Mount Nebo and the River Jordan.

(thanks Cora)

Science Says Dancing Is Good For You

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Anyone taking part in any kind of dance can reap a whole range of rewards. Dancers and teachers from the passionate and committed world of community dance have long known about the benefits of dance, but now there's the research evidence to back this up.

Studies have started to emerge on the positive impacts community dance activity can have on different populations, across a range of issues. They show that whether you're young, older or disabled, dancing can be good for you.