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Classic Books Retitled Like They Were Blog Posts

Thursday 10.17.2013 , Posted by

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Ok, if I was going to title this article like the “click-bait” titles that are everywhere on the internet, it would probably have been “You won’t believe these classic books retitled as blog posts!!!. It seems that every title that we click on is something “you won’t believe” or “you’ve never seen before”, but that’s today – what about yesterday? This imaginative and fun series from College Humor re-imagines book titles from history (and not so long ago) giving them all the buzz worthy titles that would have you plucking them off the shelves (or at least of the internet). [Read more...]

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25 Incredible Camouflaged Animals

Thursday 10.17.2013 , Posted by

While some animals are so dangerous that they don’t require hiding their presence, others rely on deception and camouflage to prevent themselves from meeting a fateful end at the hands (or the jaws) of one of their predators. See if you can spot any of these 25 incredible camouflaged animals hiding out in their natural habitats. [Read more...]

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This is An Orchid Mantis: 5 Praying Mantis Species That Will Blow Your Mind (or Give You Nightmares)

Thursday 09.26.2013 , Posted by

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What do you think about when your hear ‘mantis‘? Do you think of the standard green insect in praying pose we are all familiar with? Do you think of females eating their mates after sex? Those are both real-life examples of the mantis, but far from the most surprising. Enter 5 mantis species that are masters of camouflage and the stealthy attack. [Read more...]

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Immersive 3D Paintings on Layers of Transparent Film: An Interview with Artist David Spriggs

Wednesday 09.25.2013 , Posted by

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To walk beside a painting by Canadian artist David Spriggs is an experience not to be missed. His works tread neatly along an unusually blurred frontier between sculpture and painting, greeting viewers with an all encompassing vision that powerfully touches on the ethereal. How does he realize such arresting pieces? By meticulously painting on hundreds of sheets of thin, transparent film.

What results are powerful cyclonic forms frozen before our eye; three dimensional figures that float in space; and intense fields of color so tangible you could reach out and touch them… almost. [Read more...]

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Fly Like an Eagle: Bird Soars in France with a GoPro on its Back

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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Yep, just an eagle with a GoPro strapped to its back… now your flying dreams are complete. We couldn’t help sharing this short video clip which took place in a mountain range near Chamonix, France. [Read more...]

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Logical Fallacies Explained With Fun Animal Illustrations: An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever found yourself on the losing side of an argument you couldn’t even understand? It’s likely that that argument was one of the many examples in the recently released online guide, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. This absolutely endearing read, authored by programmer Ali Almossawi and illustrator Alejandro Giraldo, uses fun animal illustrations to demonstrate logical fallacies; like being guilty by association or appealing to someones ignorance. [Read more...]

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Drawing on Instagram Cats with Purrfectly Charming Results

Tuesday 09.17.2013 , Posted by

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We all know that every cat has an exceedingly unique personality. Was your feline friend intended for something greater than leaping great heights or shredding curtains… perhaps being an astronaut or demolition expert? Sometimes these things are obvious, and sometimes we need a little help. Amanda Coffelt and her cat Bob are here for us, setting out to enhance the feline world on Instagram, one picture at a time. Their project idraw_on_cats has seen Bob and many of his friends transformed into their alter egos with just the touch of a pen. [Read more...]

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The Solar Powered GoSun Stove: Cooking From the Future

Monday 09.09.2013 , Posted by

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You know that nauseating feeling when you realize that your ‘new’ computer is already outdated?  Today I feel that way about cooking. This new solar cooking device makes my traditional stovetop look and function like an antique.  The solar powered GoSun Stove simplifies cooking technology to a romantic state of powerless efficiency. This space-age looking oven boasts a meal in 20 minutes, up to three pounds of food, and a max temperature of 550 °F (288 °C). [Read more...]

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Mind Control is Now a Reality: UW Researcher Controls Friend Via an Internet Connection

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Okay… as soon as I wrote the title above I thought: “this sounds just like something from the cover of a doomsday supermarket tabloid.” But the thing is, it’s absolutely true. Here’s a rundown of the amazing thing that has happened: Rajesh Rao, a University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. The game required him to fire a cannon at a target, but to do so he had to imagine moving his right hand to hit the fire button. To do all this he wore a fairly amusing cap covered with blue rings that read his brainwaves. Now here’s the amazing part. [Read more...]

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Four Words You Don’t Often Hear Together: Abandoned Underwater Strip Club!

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by

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Most of the time when you want to explore an abandoned building, you don’t have to don scuba gear to get a closer look… but if said building is an old strip club, things are truly getting bizarre. That seems to be the case here with a “gentleman’s” club just off – and under – the coast of Eilat, Isreal. [Read more...]

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