Category Archives: Interesting

You don’t look the way you think you do

Hate the way you look in all your photos? Sorry, but that might actually be your face, new research suggests. In fact, the study shows that we’re so terrible at recognising what we really look like in images, we’d be better … Continue reading

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University of Essex in world’s deepest ‘space’ pool plan

A university is in “exploratory discussions” to build the world’s deepest swimming pool for spaceflight and human endurance research. The proposed 50m (164ft) deep pool at the University of Essex would be far deeper than NASA’s own 12m (40ft) deep … Continue reading

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The Alwas-Killar Road bus route

The Alwas-Killar Road bus route in India’s remote Pangi Valley was declared open six years ago, but could well be one of the most dangerous, and certainly terrifying bus rides ever – as this video shows. As a busload of … Continue reading

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The Story of the Ashes

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We are surrounded by relatives every day and don’t even know it

Everybody’s curious when it comes to discovering unknown factoids about their family tree, but new research from the UK makes clear just how diversely spread our DNA really is. A new demographic analysis by genealogy service AncestryDNA provides some truly … Continue reading

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Samsung Safety Truck

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A World of Languages

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Thanks to Steve Barker for suggesting this great infographicClick to enlarge

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Superhydrophobic coating

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Sleeping Habits of the Rich & Famous

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Upside Down Mountains in Real Life

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Here’s an explanation for that floating black ring above Argentina

On 25 May at around 5pm, an eerie black ring of cloud loomed over the town of Tigre in the Buenos Aires province of Argentina. While it remained in the sky for less than a minute, locals were stumped by … Continue reading

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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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