Category Archives: Interesting

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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These New Smart Bricks Are Like Lego for Real Buildings

If these lumps of concrete look familiar, that’s because they take some of their inspiration from Lego—but there’s more to them than child’s play. Created by a company called Kite Bricks, the blocks are actually referred to as Smart Brick, or S-Bricks to their chums. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, but all feature rows of knobs along their tops which slot into voids at the bottom of others. They’re fastened together with special adhesive, rather than … Continue reading

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Which Contains More Information?

How much information is there in Spanish vs English, you vs the world?

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European air traffic data visualization

This data visualization was created from real flight data taken from a day in July 2013. It highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe – an operation which runs 24 x 7 x 365. NATS and the UK are at the heart of the operation. With Heathrow as the busiest international airport in Europe, and Gatwick as the busiest single runway airport in the world, we play a key role in ensuring air traffic under our control in European … Continue reading

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Playing with Death

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Snell’s Window

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Snell’s window is a phenomenon by which an underwater viewer sees everything above the surface through a cone of light of width of about 96 degrees. This phenomenon is caused by refraction of light entering water, and is governed by Snell’s Law. The area outside Snell’s window will either be completely dark or show a reflection of underwater objects. Underwater photographers sometimes compose photographs from below such that their subjects fall inside Snell’s window, which backlights and focuses attention on … Continue reading

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A great gift for a science lover?

Would your girlfriend or wife like a pair of earrings shaped like, from top left: the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, dopamine and serotonin? If so you can get them from Arajera’s  etsy store.

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