Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Whatcha Doin' Down There?

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Burger Kid

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A Paper Archipelago By Charles Young

Scottish artist Charles Young explores architecture and urban development with paper and glue in his daily project, Paperholm.

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Check Out These X-Rays of Flowers From the 1930s

More often than not, x-rays are a medical tool used to take a peek inside a body and see if everything’s in the right place. But during the 1930s, one doctor turned his x-ray machine to another subject: the anatomy of flowers. Now, a collection of Dain L. Tasker’s x-ray images of flowers are on display in an exhibit called “Floral Studies” at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, California.

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Sorry, Bogie, A Sigh Is Not Just A Sigh

The sighs we notice usually accompany emotions like relief or discontent. But our brains are programmed to make us heave an unconscious sigh every five minutes or so — no matter how we feel. "Sighing is vital to maintain lung function," says Jack Feldman, a brain scientist at UCLA.
 These periodic deep breaths reinflate tiny air sacs in the lungs that have gone flat. But the brain circuitry behind those reflexive sighs has been a mystery. Now there's strong evidence from studies in rats that the neural wiring resides in a particular part of the brain stem that regulates breathing, Feldman and a team of researchers report in this week's issue of the journal Nature. continue

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Yeti in Spanish ski resort

A video of a furry figure in Formigal in the Pyrenees has emerged, prompting many to wonder – does this finally prove that the abominable snowman exists?

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It’s Extra-terrestrial Culture Day, haven’t you heard?

The event takes place annually on the second Tuesday in February and was created to “celebrate and honour all past, present and future alien visitors”.It began in 2003 when Daniel Foley, a Republican from Roswell, saw his proposal approved in the House of Representatives. It said aliens have contributed to the recognition of New Mexico, with the state associated with little green men since the purported UFO crash in 1947.

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Calvin and Hobbes

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy family


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Mind-Bending Hyperrealistic Sculptures

In a blog post published last week, The Creators Project composed a stunning list of eight artists who sculpt hyperrealistic depictions of the body: Marc Sijan, Xooang Choi, Sarah Sitkin, Jackie K. Seo, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Jamie Salmon, Felix Deac, and Trent Taft. From states of beauty, intimacy, deformity, and death, the artists approach flesh as a figurative storyboard for human experience; whether it’s the stale sadness of Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s “Old People’s Home,” or the life-like, slow-burning intensity of Salmon’s “Chris”.

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Museo Atlantico

Museo Atlantico, the first underwater sculpture museum in Europe and the Atlantic, consists of 400 sculptures, all of which are the work of British artist Jason deCaires Taylor – known for creating similar installations in Mexico, the Bahamas, and most recently, the Thames. more

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Deep Fried Pikachu

Which Pokémon would taste the best? This is the source of long speculation by fans of the game and anime franchise. But it's remained speculation because first you've gotta catch 'em all. An enterprising company in South Korea is getting started on actual research. Kotaku reports that you can buy Pikachu meat patties. You can order them online or in restaurants.
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Cute Lap Buddies

The Japanese strike again with cuteness. This time, they came up with oh-so adorable wrist rests in the shape of various well-known critters.

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Do animals have feelings?

Throughout her career as a neurobiologist, Peggy Mason has been told over and over that the rats she experiments on are not capable of empathy. Only humans and other primates can understand the emotions of another. Most other animals can't. And certainly not beady-eyed rats.
 But what she was witnessing in the lab was telling her something very different.

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Meet the Dogs Sniffing Out Whale Poop for Science

Tucker hates the water. Unlike most Labrador retrievers, this particular 10-year-old male has a pretty healthy phobia of getting wet. He hesitates when confronted with even a tiny rivulet, and he’s definitely not one to fling himself in a pond. Rain doesn’t seem to bother him, but put it under his nose, and he balks. It’s ironic, then, that Tucker's job is to help track orcas in the straits hugging the eastern and southern shores of Canada’s Vancouver Island. As a Conservation Canine, or C-K9, he is specially trained to sniff out whale poop from the deck of a small research boat, allowing scientists to scoop up fresh samples for study.
 Tucker is one of 17 dogs working with the CK-9 program, part of the University of Washington Center for Conservation Biology.

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Calvin and Hobbes

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Nothing else will do.


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Can't. Quite. Reach.

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Animals That Look Like Celebrities

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Brazil Carnival

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Norman Parkinson

Over the half-century he was taking photographs, Norman Parkinson produced some of the most memorable fashion images and portraits of our time.

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European Sauna Marathon

Participants bathe during a European Sauna marathon in Estonia. Competitors need to visit as many saunas as possible in the shortest amount of time, as well as dip in ice holes and participate in various challenges along the way.

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Waves crash against a lighthouse in Boulogne-sur-Mer


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Serene Ocean Paintings By Emma Fineman

For the ‘Ocean Series’, artist Emma Fineman creates serene oil paintings inspired by her life at the coast of California.

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An Interactive Look At The Garden of Earthly Delights by Jheronimus Bosch

Zoom in on the Garden of Earthly Delights and discover the many stories hidden behind the images inside the painting.

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