Friday, October 31, 2014

Boo!

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Halloween Costumes Of Brooklyn’s Trick-Or-Treaters

Capturing masquerading adults and trick-or-treating children alike, Joey L. began this series as a way to “view this local annual tradition through the eyes of a foreigner.” Having heavily traveled and, thus, experienced the unfamiliarity of other cultures’ festivals and celebrations, Joey sought to engage with Halloween in a unique way.

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Hungary internet tax cancelled after mass protests

Hungary has decided to shelve a proposed tax on internet data traffic after mass protests against the plan.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's almost here...Halloween!

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What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemics

In the nearly 200 years since Washington Irving published his most famous tale, the name of the imaginary hamlet has become synonymous with Halloween. At first glance, this conflation makes perfect sense: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” published in 1820, was America’s first ghost story, and the Headless Horseman, everyone’s favorite pumpkin-brandishing decapitate, was decidedly the new nation’s first ghost. But Irving’s spooky story of the ill-fated Yankee schoolmaster Ichabod Crane never actually mentions Halloween—for the simple reason that the holiday was not yet celebrated widely in the United States, and would not be for nearly a century more.

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Romanian Headmaster Is Still Hanging Around School Long After His Death

Private school headmasters often keep their jobs for a really long time, sometimes to the point where they feel like they’ve spent their whole life in school. Alexandru Grigore Poescu spent fifty years as teacher and headmaster of the Puchenii Mosneni Elementary School in Romania, and when he passed away in the 1960s he left his skeleton to the school, so his kids could use it in their science classes.

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Trick or Treat!

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Dangerous Popsicles

San Francisco-based artist and designer Wei Li is making tasty treats with unpalatable connotations.
In “Dangerous Popscicle” Li makes desserts in the shape of cacti, MRSA, influenza, chicken pox, escherichia coli and HIV from just water, sugar and coloring.

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The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers

There is a myth in Turin that the gaze of Leonardo da Vinci in this self-portrait is so intense that those who observe it are imbued with great strength. Some say it was this magical power, not the cultural and economic value of the drawing, that led to it being secretly moved from Turin and taken to Rome during World War Two - heaven forbid it should ever fall into Hitler's hands and give him more power.

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Birds Talk to Unborn Chicks—And They Listen

We're not the only species that can recognize voices in the womb: Inside the egg, tiny songbirds
called superb fairy wrens can discriminate sounds from different birds of their own species, a new study reveals. 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WHO’S The Little Halloween Devil? WHO Is?

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Why Scientists Wear Animal Costumes

From giant pandas to whooping cranes to even crocodiles, many scientists disguise themselves as animals to collect valuable data that they wouldn't be able to get, well, in their human skins. Sometimes, their costume goes beyond just putting on clothes. Caregivers at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Pandaat the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province, for instance, dress in furry giant panda costumes—and then sprinkle themselves with panda poop and pee.
 "That's to mask the human smell," said Andrea Muller of Pandas International, a Colorado-based organization that supports the Chinese panda center. By wearing panda suits during the cubs' medical checkups, staff minimize the animals' stress and human attachment, Muller said.

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Marc Sinaj’s Hyperrealistic Sculptures Are So Good, People Complain About Them

Marc Sinaj has such an eye for detail and dedication to quality, that his sculptures have observers constantly mistaking them for actual people. Strangers often try to interact with the figures, talk with them and even complain when they don’t receive any response.Working for over 40 years, Sinaj has perfected his skill of realistically reproducing the human form.

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Google Is Working on a Pill That Can Figure Out What Ails You

Swallow this pill: Google would like to send nanoparticles coursing through your bloodstream to sniff out disease. It sounds like science fiction, but this product is already in development. "Every test you ever go to the doctor for will be done through this system," said Andrew Conrad, the head of the Life Sciences team at Google X (the lab that gave us Google Glass), during The Wall Street Journal’s WSJD live conference on Tuesday. The nanoparticles could be delivered in a pill you swallow, according to Wired. In his talk, Conrad described how it would work.

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About You

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Croatian Marie Antoinette

Known as the promoter of a healthy diet, Ph. D.. Sanja Music Milanovic, wife of Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, was a guest on the show "Choose Health" at Croatian Radio. On that occasion she said : "Black bread which we recommend is more expensive than white, but black bread can easily cut into thin slices."

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We HATE going to the vet!


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This is why flying on a plane makes you feel terrible

Do you feel inexplicably crappy — tired, dehydrated, and headachy — every time you fly?
 It's not your imagination. People talk a lot about the many awful aspects of flying nowadays, but one that gets less attention is the way that sitting in a small, pressurized metal tube at 35,000 feet for several hours wreaks havoc on your body. "Anytime you fly, you're exposing yourself to a different environment than your body is used to," says Jeffrey Sventek, director of the Aerospace Medical Association and a longtime aerospace physiologist for the Air Force. For some people, this environment — with lower oxygen levels than the ground, extremely little humidity, and sudden changes in air pressure — can cause a bunch of negative symptoms.
 This is how flying can make you feel terrible.

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Happy Howl-O-Ween!

Once a year, kids and adults descend on the streets to play some tricks and receive some treats—something our canine friends do all year long. So, to get them in on the action, enthusiastic dog owners alike dress up “man’s best friend” in Halloween celebrations around the globe.

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The Pope Would Like You to Accept Evolution And the Big Bang

Yesterday, Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, said that Darwinian evolution is real, and so is the Big Bang, according to the Telegraph. Elsewhere in his speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope said: “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. He added: “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfilment. The Pope's stance on evolution and cosmology still leaves room for a divine creator, says the Telegraph.

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