Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Homesick

A computer-animated short film about a sick house that must be cured before it can be sold.



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(thanks Cora)

The Incredible Ruins Of 12 Abandoned Islands

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Of all the many places around the world that have been abandoned by their inhabitants and left to slump into obscurity and ruin, islands seem among the most unlikely.

Frozen in time with nothing but a story to tell, many of these ghost islands have taken on an eerie and enticing second life in their desertion and disrepair. Here are 11 abandoned islands, each of which has a intriguing story behind its decline.

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(via Bad Newspaper)

Deconstructed Burger Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes of Director and Visual Engineer Steve Giralt's deconstructed Burger Motion Concept.



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Cat Bonnet - A Hat For Your Cat


The Cat Bonnet is just what the name promises. Not every kitty is some kind of vain showoff. Some cats long for the plain and simple life. This 100% cotton bonnet with satin lining fits most cats and frees them from a lifestyle of conceited preening. If your cat is prideful and disobedient, she won't like it.

(thanks Cora)

The Real Costs Of Video Game Characters


Video games are rarely based in reality - imaginative countries, unknown beasts, not to mention the swagged out characters all come together to create a world you can only believe.

Many video game lovers opt to adapt the screen life to reality, whether through cosplay or fan art. But what would be the cost of real life equivalents? Here are some breakdowns for some popular video game characters.

(thanks Caroline)

Monday, 22 August 2016

Enter The Deadliest Garden In The World

Locked behind black steel doors in Northumberland, England, the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle grows around 100 infamous killers. From deadly nightshade to hemlock, the only way a plant can take root in this garden is if it is lethal to humans. This is one garden where you won't want to stop and smell the flowers.



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(thanks Cora)

Chuysky Trakt: The Most Beautiful Road Of Siberia

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Chuysky Trakt is over 621 mile long and it is included in the National Geographic's top 10 most wonderful road trips in the world list. The Russian Altay Mountains are well known for their beauty. The Chuysky Trakt crosses them, all the way from one end of the country to the other.

In fact, the road, which requires at least 4 days of driving to be crossed, is the main connection between Russia and Mongolia. Furthermore, this is among the few large roads worldwide that have an impressive history behind.

Search For Photos By Drawing Bad Pictures


While you'd usually have to describe a photo in words to find corresponding images, stock photo service 500px has built a search engine that lets you browse pictures by drawing images - no matter how badly sketched they are.

Currently, Splash works solely for searches within 500px’s marketplace, making its application rather limited. To initiate a search, simply choose a color and use the brush to paint the image you want to find. Splash will take care of the rest.

The Twins Paradox Primer

This video is about the famous 'Twin paradox' of special relativity, and how time can appear to be faster for two different observers at the same time.



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Lost In Light

A short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, the movie shows how the view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights.



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10 Foods That Exist Because Of Ancient Genetic Engineering

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GMO foods may seem like a modern phenomenon, made possible only because of well-funded labs and genome analysis. What consumers don't realize is that most of humanity’s crops were already genetically modified thousands of years ago. In almost all cases, our favorite fruits and vegetables were engineered to be fundamentally different from their wild ancestors.

How The Sun Controls Nature


The greatest source of light is the Sun. For billions of years, this has influenced the way in which animals have evolved and adapted to their surroundings. As well as this, in the Sun's absence, animals must come up with ingenious tactics in order to survive. Have a look at this infographic and see how your favourite animal's evolution has been affected by the Sun.

(thanks Hannah)

Sunday, 21 August 2016

What Latin Sounded Like - And How We Know

Classical Latin went extinct, yet we still know how to pronounce it. Take a trip back to Catholic school, then back even further to old Rome. We'll see what Latin pronunciation did - and did not - sound like in the mouths of the Romans.



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The 10 Most Expensive Computers Ever Created

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The price of computers has dramatically changed over the years. When PCs were first made available for purchase by consumers over 30 years ago, they were hefty machines that cost thousands of dollars each. Today, you can buy a new PC or laptop for less than $300.

However, there are still models that cost a ton of money either because they contain insane tech or insanely opulent features. Such PCs match the price of early computers, and some even cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here are ten of the most expensive computers ever created.

(via Neatorama)

How Sam Phillips Invented The Sound of Rock and Roll

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If rock and roll is a religion, then Sun Studio is one of its holiest temples. This is where Elvis became king, Cash walked the line, and Perkins put on his blue suede shoes. This is where Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Ike Turner, and Jerry Lee Lewis all got their start. This is where rock and roll was born.

Behind every guitar riff, drum beat, and lyrical innuendo, there was the man in the control room who engineered it all. Sam Phillips helped turn poor boys, sharecroppers' sons, and ex-servicemen into legends, icons, and superstars.

Farmhouse In A Hangar

When architect Adam Kalkin placed a huge airplane hangar over his 1880s New Jersey farmhouse, he hoped to gain space for his family while preserving the original clapboard cottage.



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(thanks Cora)

Roller Coaster Made Of Café Chairs

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French artist Baptiste Debombourg has transformed the town square of Nantes into a colour scene that you'd expect to find at your local amusement park, except on this occasion the roller coaster is made entirely from more than a thousand colourful café chairs. Entitled Stellar, the temporary installation took almost a year to complete.

Scientists May Have Solved The Mystery That Is Déjà Vu

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Déjà vu. We've all experienced it: that overwhelming feeling of a moment within a moment - both familiar and foreign at the same time. Up until this point the phenomenon has stumped humans and has borne a thousand theories. But at long last, scientists may have solved the mystery that is déjà vu.