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The Chandelier Tree in ‘Drive-Thru Tree Park’

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The Chandelier Tree in ‘Drive-Thru Tree Park’ is a 315-foot (96 m) tall coast redwood tree in Leggett, California with a 6-foot (1.8 m) wide by 6-foot-9-inch (2.06 m) high hole cut through its base to allow a car to drive through. Its base measures 21 ft (6.4 m) in diameter. The name “Chandelier Tree” comes from its unique limbs that resemble a chandelier. The limbs, which measure from 4 to 7 ft (1.2 to 2.1 m) in diameter, begin 100 ft (30 m) above the ground. The tree is … Continue reading

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Raindrop Impact on a Sandy Surface

This set of videos shows the impact of water drops on the surface of granular particles—a phenomenon that is likely familiar to all of us who have watched raindrops splashing in a backyard or on a beach. The high-speed photography reveals the detailed liquid-drop impact dynamics at various impact velocities. Such information allows us to construct a simple model for describing the morphology of raindrop imprints in a granular bed. Surprisingly, we found that liquid-drop impact cratering follows the same … Continue reading

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Watch what happens when a magnet is dropped through a copper pipe

So what is happening here? This amazing video shows the effect of Lenz’s Law – as the magnet falls it induces a current in the copper pipe. That current creates a magnetic field that opposes the changing field of the falling magnet, so the magnet is repelled and falls more slowly. It almost looks like it’s floating through the pipe. Watch it and get excited about the power of physics (try to ignore the elevator music in the background). Via … Continue reading

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How English describes color vs how Chinese describes color

Here’s a fascinating visualization created by Muyueh Lee that shows the differences between how the English language and Chinese language each describe colors. On the left, you can see the number of English names for color hues (there’s a lot!) and on the right, the number of Chinese names (there’s a little!). The above images show: The Hue-Saturation-Lightness (HSL) model is a 3D model that can be projected on a 2D space. Using Hue as an angle, we can set … Continue reading

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How far from the equator is Australia compared to countries in the Northern Hemisphere?

Australia in Northern Hemisphere

We thought it might be interesting to see how far Australia is below the equator compared to the countries above the equator. It fits nicely in the North Atlantic in this image we knocked up. You can also see why it is quite so hot down under! What it doesn’t show is how close to the Antarctic it is, which makes it quite cool in the southern territories in the winter. – Deskarati

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Topless Cans

A can that goes topless, also known as the “The 360 lid” or 360 End™, was developed by Crown Holdings, Inc for the World Cup 12 years ago (in Africa) to eliminate waste at stadiums and to cut down on beer lines where people were stuck waiting for beer to be poured. A couple of breweries in the states have used them, most notably, Slyfox, who supplies craft beer in cans are supplied to the Philadelphia Phillies. Pictured below is … Continue reading

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The Case for Braces in 60 Seconds

If your kids are worried about having braces fitted because they are not sure if it is worth all the trouble, then show them this video. It is a time-lapse movie of an eleven year old girl after she has braces fitted. The whole process only took eighteen months. – Deskarati

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5 facts about Mount Everest

Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were determined to do the impossible and tackle the mountain that no other person had managed to conquer. Here are 5 facts about their rival – the mountain that towers above all the others… 1) The name ‘Everest’ was chosen by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. He found it difficult naming the mountain as in his attempts to find a local name, he ended up finding … Continue reading

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How to See Time Travel!!!

How to build your own cloud chamber particle detector and test relativity at home.

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Zubits are designed to make shoe-tying obsolete

The tying and untying of your shoelaces may not be way up there on your list of everyday hassles, but hey – if you can get around doing it, why not? That’s the idea behind Zubits. They’re magnetized shoe closures, that take the place of bows. Each pair of Zubits are initially threaded through the laces of an existing set of shoes. You then knot those laces off to keep them from coming unthreaded, cut off the excess, and then … Continue reading

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How to make and ice ball

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Close up tattooing in slow motion

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How to Build a Better City

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Amazing footage of H-Bomb detonation

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Aerial oblique shot of a Redwing H-Bomb detonation on a barge at Bikini atoll in 1956.

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What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?

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Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet. Where did it come from though? The origin of its name is almost as bizarre as the name itself. The shape of the character (&) predates the word ampersand by more than 1,500 years. In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et … Continue reading

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Meet China’s baby-shaped pears and heart-shaped melons

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Since the beginnings of agriculture, humans have been customising their fruits and vegetables to suit their needs. Early on, bigger fruits and higher yields were the most important considerations, and while these factors still outweigh the actual taste factor, other, slightly less pressing desires have come into play over the past decade or so. Namely, people want to eat fruit that doesn’t look like regular fruit. Which is how baby-shaped pears have come into existence. Grown by China-based manufacturing company, … Continue reading

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Synchronising Metronomes

Thanks to Phil Krause for sending us this mesmerising video. And here is link to a video by the guys at Mythbusters explaining a bit about it.

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Enter Pyongyang

“Enter Pyongyang” is another stunning collaboration between city-­branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known, but one emerging on the visitor’s landscape as North Korea’s opening unfolds. North Korea was the last country seemingly immune to change—but no longer. Recent years have witnessed mobile phone penetration, a surge in tourists, and even a marathon. Numerous special economic … Continue reading

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If you fold a piece of paper in half a 103 times it is as thick as the Universe

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Folding paper in half over and over again is a whole lot harder than it sounds. The current record is 12 times, performed over a decade ago by American high school student, Britney Gallivan. Before she managed her twelfth fold, the record was just seven folds, and it was believed to be mathematically impossible to get any higher than that. The phenomenon is based on the exponential growth of the thickness of a sheet of paper when it’s folded in … Continue reading

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Rainbow Grapes

These may look like party balloons but they are actually rainbow grapes. These grapes aren’t a rare species, they are created during Véraison (when grapes turn from green to purple as they ripen). Via ScienceAlert.

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