Category Archives: Interesting

Heatherwick’s Rolling Bridge

The Rolling Bridge was designed by the award-winning Heatherwick Studio, working with structural engineers SKM Anthony Hunts. Installed in August 2004, the Rolling Bridge spans an inlet of the Grand Union Canal, towards the head of Paddington Basin. The Rolling Bridge … Continue reading

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Shoe Store Fluoroscope

A history of the little known shoe store X-Ray machines called Fluoroscopes that were used to show your feet inside your shoes. A big hit for a short time since the designers ignored the radiation they were releasing. Oops!

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Why do candles re-light?

As you can see above, you can blow out a candle and then light it again without ever touching the wick, simply by holding a flame to the smoke trail – just like magic. But what’s actually going on here? And … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Max

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It’s the birthday of Max Perutz, who was born in 1914 in Vienna. Perutz studied chemistry at the University of Vienna. For his PhD he went to the University of Cambridge, where he became one of pioneers in the application … Continue reading

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Here’s a simple, science-backed tactic for getting better sleep

While we spend a lot of our lives sleeping – a third of it, give or take – it doesn’t mean that we’re exactly good at getting rest. A bunch of factors contribute to quality of sleep, from exercise to … Continue reading

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Seeing through colorblindness

Great video of a guy trying his colour blindness correction glasses for the first time. – Deskarati

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How to Levitate a Screwdriver

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This bridge is made out of paper and nothing else

Believe it or not, this five metre, bright red bridge is made purely of paper. The construction, which arches over a stream in the Grisedale Valley, Patterdale, in the Lake District, uses no glue, bolts or other fixings and yet … Continue reading

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Acoustic Levitation in ULTRA SLOW MOTION

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Texas Storm Spawns Baseball-Sized, Windshield-Smashing Hailstones

A severe storm front in Texas spawned many inches of rain, multiple tornadoes, and hail huge enough to smash windshields last week, according to the National Weather Service. (Thankfully, no injuries were reported.) This baseball-sized hail fell April 26 near … Continue reading

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The strange afterlife of Einstein’s brain

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Einstein’s death 60 years ago was just the start of a strange journey for the most prized part of his anatomy, his brain. Stored in jars and on slides, it is still inspiring awe and scholarly research. At 01:15 in … Continue reading

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Warning of ‘funeral time bomb’ in UK as population ages

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The UK death rate has reached a tipping point with numbers of deaths expected soon to begin rising after falling for decades, suggests a report. The oldest of the post war baby-boom generation, born in 1945, will turn 70 this … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

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Hans Rosling: Religions and babies

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Spinning Top in a Vacuum Chamber

A top spinning in a vacuum chamber lasts much longer than outside. This is because the friction with the air.

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Incredible non-stick coating has solved a universally annoying problem

No more struggling to get condiments out of the bottle. One of the most frustrating feelings in the world is struggling to get the last bit of ketchup out of the bottle or the last squirt of toothpaste out of … Continue reading

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What Happens If All The Bees Die?

Will we go extinct if the bees all die?

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CD Shattering at 170,000FPS!

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Can you remember the first time you saw a train?

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Induction forge blade heat treating

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