Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Chinese Performer Sings 'Rolling In The Deep' On Chinese TV show

Liao Jialin, a classically trained Chinese singer appeared on 1.3 Billion Decibel, a show where people sing popular songs in different Chinese dialects. He sings Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep.'

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The Mystery Of The Lost Amber Room

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In the grand palace of Catherine I, the second wife of Peter the Great and Empress of Russia, there once existed a magnificent golden room adorned from floor to ceiling with precious amber, gold and other semi-precious stones.

For nearly two hundred years the Amber Room dazzled visitors to the Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg. But then the Nazis invaded, and the Amber Room, with its 6 tons of amber valued between $140–500 million, vanished without a trace.

Boeing 747 SOFIA: The World's Biggest Flying Observatory

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The Boeing 747SP named SOFIA is the largest flying observatory in the world, according to NASA. SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is designed to observe the infrared universe. It provides data that can't be picked up by any other telescope on the ground or in space.

Why Do Mexican Jumping Beans Jump?

Not actually a bean at all, the Mexican Jumping Bean is the seed pod of a shrub called Sebastiania pavoniana that has been implanted with larva from the Laspeyresia saltitans moth.

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10 Mind-Bending Facts About Crop Circles

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We've seen pictures of them, rock bands have used them on their sleeve artwork, blockbuster films have been made about them - and most of us know they're the work of hoaxers who have a plank of wood, some rope, and too much time on their hands.

However, there are some really interesting points about crop circles that fool us into thinking there might be something a little more to them than just pranks.

Scientists Find Europe's Oldest Living Tree In Greece

A Bosnian pine living in the highlands of Greece appears to be more than 1,075 years old, making it the oldest known living tree in Europe. Scientists determined the age by counting its annual rings. They've named it 'Adonis,' after the Greek god of beauty and desire.

The tree lives in a barren alpine landscape at the upper limit of the tree line, along with about a dozen other aging members of its species, Pinus heldreichii. Adonis itself sports the twisted, spiral trunk and the thinning of leaves on top that characterize aged trees.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The World's Strangest Borders

Borders sometimes look pretty strange on a map. Usually, borders exist where there is a river, a mountain range or some other geographical feature. But other times, borders are complete creations of politics or old history and often times look pretty strange.

This video is about five of the strangest looking panhandles found in global borders; a panhandle being a part of a country that juts out away from the rest of the country.

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10 Curious Automobile-Related Inventions From Bygone Days

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Today, cars take up a significant part of our lives. They help us get from point A to point B with relative convenience and provide us with a freedom and independence that public transportation is mostly incapable of providing.

Today's cars are more or less uniform in terms of their style and features. It is always fascinating to look back and see what might have been if the more curious automobile-related inventions of yesteryear had actually caught on.

The Real Bob Ross: The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

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Bob Ross (1942-1995) was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was best known as the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, and also aired in Canada, Latin America and Europe.

The World's Most Beautiful Public Gardens

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Your backyard can be a wonderful retreat, but whenever you have the chance, you should visit a large, professionally curated public garden. Here are a few you might not be familiar with, but are worth a trip.

Dancing Laysan Albatross

This pair of Laysan Albatross are birds that do not have a mate yet and are looking for a partner. Midway Atoll, part of the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument, is home to over 400,000 breeding pairs of Laysan Albatross.

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The Top 8 Tastiest Mascots

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Forget trojans, lions, or bulldogs. Nothing's more intimidating than a mascot capable of giving you food poisoning.

Fascinating New Discoveries Involving The Vikings

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Recent archaeological finds reveal that the Vikings were not only fierce, bloodthirsty warriors but also farmers, skilled craftsmen, impressive mariners, and expert traders as well.

As more discoveries are made, our knowledge of the Vikings will widen even more - dispelling many myths surrounding this fascinating group of people.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Dubai World Record Eagle Flight

Darshan the eagle flies from the top of the world tallest building - the Burj Kalifa - soaring above Dubai, then diving with the exhilarating speed of 170 kph (105.6 mph) towards his handler.

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Before The Breathalyzer There Was The Drunkometer

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Proving whether a driver was drunk had been problematic for the authorities since the days of the Ford Model T. Cue Indiana University biochemist and toxicologist Rolla N. Harger, who had been working since 1931 on a machine to put hard evidence behind a police officer's claim.

Harger finally got a patent for the Drunkometer in 1936. The upshot? A person would blow into a balloon, and the air would drop into a chemical solution, with the corresponding color change indicating blood alcohol content.

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The Honduran White Bat

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You may just have done something of a double take. Yet these small creatures huddled together are indeed bats. Honduran White Bats (Ectophylla alba) do not easily fall in to a number of bat stereotypes: they do not live in caves and they do not suck blood.

Additionally their fur is snow white. The animal is found only in a few Central American countries and is extremely rare. Its white fur has evolved for a reason: camouflage.

Yellowstone National Park - The Beauty of Light

A short time-lapse film that showcases the beauty of Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area of Wyoming and Montana.

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(thanks Cora)

Rainbows Reveal What's Really Going On In The Sky

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Scientists can look at a rainbow and see a lot more than a pretty band of color in a stormy sky. Knowledge gained from studying these multicoloured arcs of scattered light can be incredibly useful in ways that may not immediately spring to mind.

Rainbow effects can warn of chemical contamination in the atmosphere, help to develop more efficient combustion engines and possibly even provide insight into the mechanics of reinforced concrete.

7 Things You Never Knew About Dragonflies

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They're beautiful and intriguing, but these ferocious predators have sharp mandibles, near-360-degree vision and can fly backward. Arriving on the scene around 300 million years ago, dragonflies are one of the first insects to inhabit this planet.

Dragonflies have had a long time to perfect the art of flying, hunting and just being amazing. Here are seven facts that will change the way you look at these unique, ancient and incredibly varied insects.