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Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Another day, another movie trailer screened at Comic Con Los Angeles. Featured on Sunday, the final day of Comic Con, was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The film is again directed by Peter Jackson, who made a comment to the press stating that this is merely a teaser trailer of the film, adding that the full trailer won't be released until October.

Jackson also said that this film is darker than those in the franchise that preceeded it. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Luke Evans and Evangline Lilly, is sceduled to be released on December 17, 2014.

 


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Video Compilation of Chemical Reactions

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This way cool video is a compilation of chemical reactions footage. Explosion. Disintegration. Deformation. Combustion. Whatever the reaction, it's all in the name of good, scientific fun. Via Geeks Are Sexy.


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Wheels of a Car Go Round and Round

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Ryan Fox, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, attached a GoPro camera to a tire of his car for his Video Sketchbook course. The result is hypnotic and kaleidoscopic. (Warning: As you would imagine with a video of rapid rotation, the footage is dizzying.) Via Colossal. 


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Thirsty Crow Begs for a Drink

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This amusing video shot in 2010 is only now getting major attention. The crow must be completely parched to push this hard for a sip of water. Or maybe he's trying to make friends over drinks? Either way, I have a feeling his persistence generally pays off. Via Viral Viral Videos.

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Imperial Propaganda Posters

The posters pictured here were distributed by the Star Wars Rebels group at Comic Con San Diego with the following note:

"It is by Imperial Decree that you are requested to proudly display these posters on behalf of your Empire. As loyal residents of one of the Empire's most vital stations on the Outer Rim, your compliance is appreciated. Imperial Service is a noble endeavor which paves the way for your freedom and security.

Remember, it is the will of Emperor Palpatine to ensure the future of a stable and prosperous galaxy." 

Who will fall in line with this blatant propaganda? It remains to be seen. Via i09.



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Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips





Married couple David and Kelly Sopp (previously at Neatorama) wrote a book full of comic advice they call "Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips." The book, perfect for expectant parents, is a lighthearted look at a time when couples (particularly mothers-to-be) are often overwhelmed by solicited and not-so-solicited bits of advice on pregnancy and child rearing. See more at Trend Hunter.




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Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

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Attendees of Comic Con are the first to lay eyes on sneak peeks at some highly anticipated movies, games and other fun. A shining example is the new film in the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road. The film, once again directed by George Miller and starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, will be released in the United States on May 15, 2015. Via Geeks Are Sexy.


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Americans Taste Asian Delicacies

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As a kid, I looked forward to going with my family once a week to eat at a Chinese restaurant in our town. Because (Americanized) Chinese food was my father's favorite, I grew up eating potstickers, egg rolls, crab rangoon, garlic chicken and similar popular fare.

My family was invited to the Chinese restaurant manager's wedding. My sister and I were thrilled; in addition to experiencing a traditional Chinese wedding, we looked forward to the delicious foods at the reception. We were quietly stunned when dishes the likes of which we had never conceived appeared one after the other. Fish with their eyes and faces still attached. Strange cuts of meat. Food that quivered like Jell-O. Because we were just dumb kids as well as picky eaters, we left hungry. Our faces must have looked like those of the people in this video as Asian delicacies are set in front of them. I wonder if they went out to dinner after their taste tests? Via Unique Daily.


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WiFi Rainbows



Luis Hernan is a student at Newcastle University who is pursuing a PhD in Architecture and Interaction Design. Hernan created what he calls a Kirlian device, an instrument that reads the signal strength of WiFi networks and translates the signals into five-color LEDs. Red indicates the strongest signals, blue represents the weaker.

Using his equipment, Hernan shot this long-exposure photo series, which he calls Spirit Photographs. Hernan explained his thought process:

"The fact we are becoming increasingly reliant on something that we can't see intrigues me. I wanted to find a way to show the wireless which is around us and also to show how it changes."

Read more at Hernan's website or in this article. Via My Modern Met

Images Credit: Digital Ethereal 


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Nine Dogs, Cool Tricks

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Nine smart pups are shown here performing a number of impressive tricks, some more useful to humans than others (that breakfast is only fit for a dog, if you ask me). Check out these talented canines in this BuzzFeed video.

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Kissin' Kitty

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This Abyssinian cat is named Tommy, but it seems that Romeo would be a better name for such a kissing enthusiast. So much for cats supposedly being standoffish. Even my dogs wouldn't demand that much affection. Via Tastefully Offensive.

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Why Do Our Hair and Eye Colors Change?

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Have you ever had an unexpected change in your own eye or hair color? Have you ever wished your hair or eye color would change? Do you have a preference for particular colors in your mate? (If so, hopefully that's not a dealbreaker.)

My eyes are so dark they are almost black, and I like it that way. But I've always been fascinated by people with those electric blue or green eyes. In this video, DNews explains the science behind hair and eye color changes. Via Unique Daily.


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Piglet Plays with Patient Pitbull

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This three-week-old, precious piglet named Pigalina was rejected by her litter. Melissa Susko at Piedmont Farm Animal Rescue's PIGS Animal Sanctuary came to Pigalina's rescue. There she became fast friends with Levi the Pitbull Terrier. Pigalina now has a permanent home on Melissa's farm in West Virginia; a perfect ending to this piglet tale.

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Belfast Zoo Welcomes Kibibi the Baby Gorilla



Kamili and Gugas, a western lowland gorilla couple who make their home at Belfast Zoo, had a baby girl in March of 2014. Zoo staff named the baby "Kibibi," which means "little lady" in Swahili. Belfast Zoo curator Julie Mansell explained why Kibibi is such a wonderful surprise to the zoo staff:

“Kibibi is the second arrival within the last year for dad, Gugas, and she is the first girl! In 2012, with no sign of pregnancies, we tested Gugas’ fertility and the results were not promising. In fact, we feared that Gugas would never father any young. We are delighted that he has proven us all wrong with the arrival of Kibibi and Baako in the last year.

 


All apes are endangered or critically endangered and some professionals have even predicted that all species of ape will be extinct within 30 years. Gorilla populations have declined by more than 50% in recent decades and our role, as a zoo, in their conservation is becoming more and more vital.”

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Image credits: Belfast Zoo 

 

 

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Ten Facts About Seinfeld

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The Movies Insights YouTube Channel created another of their ten facts videos; this time around, the focus is on Seinfeld. How many times did Jerry say "Hello Newman" in an utterly disgusted tone? Fans of the show should take a guess and then hit play. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Game of Thrones Season Four Blooper Reel

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If you're a fan of blooper reels, as I am, you're sure to enjoy the season four bloopers that the Game of Thrones YouTube Channel posted today. The video was presented at Comic Con at The HBO hits panel in Hall H. Via Dangerous Minds.


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Rollie the Armadillo at Play

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YouTube Channel Animal Moments posted this adorable video of Rollie, a southern three-banded armadillo, playfully pouncing on his little pink pig toy. The footage was captured by an intern at the NEW Zoo and Adventure Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Via Nothing to Do With Arbroath.


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Sequined Spider

I should never say never. Because yesterday, I would have sworn up and down that I'd never call a spider a "beautiful creature." But today is a new day, and this beautiful creature is called the sequin (or mirror) spider. This arachnid is a member of the Thwaitesia genus, which is known to have reflective patches that are beautifully iridescent, as seen here in these macro photographs by Nicky Bay. 

Each tiny piece of the mirrored mosaic that is this spider's abdomen changes shape according to the spider's perceived level of threat, which is evident in these photos. The substance that makes for such a shiny surface is crystalline guanine, which is used as an ingredient in shampoo and cosmetics to achieve a look of pearlescent shimmer. Via Bored Panda.

Images Credit: Nicky Bay


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People You See at Every Nerd Convention


It's day two of Comic Con International: San Diego, and to celebrate,  Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman from Dorkly bring you the fourth installment of “People You See At Every Nerd Convention.”

The jacked dude only there to rock shirtless cosplay. The twenty slave Leia's and one ignored non-slave Leia. The smelly guy who has clearly been wearing the same costume every day of the con. As well as checking out the most newly recognized categories of con attendees, see them all in parts one, two and three. Via Geeks are Sexy.


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Musical Illuminated Swing Set: The Tour

Daily Tous Les Jours, a collective of designers from Canada, created this cool swing set, which is now on tour. The set, based on the original 22 Swings project, is illuminated, which creates the spectacular light trails in the photos below. The designers explain their project on their website:

"The interactive installation consists of a series of musical swings. When used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation. It’s a game where from the start you need to adjust to the actions of others.

The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds."

Pictured here is the swing set, a project its designers call The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation, at its visit to the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado.

Those interested in learning more about The Swings or bringing the installation to an event in their town can submit their request here. Via Colossal. 


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Hospital Parking Garage Transformed into Avant Garde Architecture




Rob Ley, founder of architecture and design studio Urbana, transformed an Indianapolis hospital parking garage into art by adding 7,000 multicolored metal panels to the outer facade of one wall.

The finished project, entitled “May-September,” changes color and shape according to the vantage point of observers and the amount of light and shadow cast by the weather of the day. The colored panels cover an area of 12,500 square feet. 

The video below is an interesting look at the structure and the process of installing the metal panels. Via Beautiful Decay.


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This Is One Man's (Ridiculously Long) List of Dating Dealbreakers



OK Cupid member Emily was messaged by another member who was interested in her, based on her profile. When she checked his profile, she found a "don't message me if" list that essentially rules out every female in all of humanity.

Emily posted the list on her Tumblr for her readers to see. I imagine that all single, hoping-to-become-coupled females who read Emily's post burst into tears from sheer hopelessness before they reached the last item on the list. How could one go on, knowing that they can't measure up to the expectations of this sweet prince? Via 22 Words. 


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Why Do Birds Have White and Dark Meat?


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This video from Sci Show presents a clear explanation of why birds have light and dark meat (and whether humans share those bodily features). Interesting information... that made me momentarily wish I was a vegetarian.


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10 Recent Archaeological Finds That Shed Light On Our Past

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In November of 2013, a team from George Washington University was conducting an archaeological excavation in Israel when they unearthed a 3,700-year-old wine cellar. The excavation site, in the ruins of a Canaanite palace in northern Israel, is close to modern wineries.

The team found 40 3-foot-tall jars in what was possibly a storage area. Each jar held wine once enjoyed by the Canaaanites. The scientists were able to collect the substance left in the bottom of the jars and analyze it, which helped them understand what kind of wine the ancient peoples of the area consumed. 

The contents of the wine residue included tree resins, honey, mint, juniper berries, cinnamon and cedar. Age analysis of the find led researchers to believe that the craft of winemaking was developed in that region prior to spreading to the Mediterranean and Egypt.

Read about more recent and fascinating archaeological discoveries that lent insight into the past in this article at Listverse.


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Unusual Landscapes Across the Globe

     The Wave,
          Arizona


It is easy for us to get so caught up in our lives and focused on our immediate surroundings that we forget what an amazing world we inhabit. The complex stuctures formed from a multitude of environmental factors such as erosion and volcanic activity make the Earth rich with exquisite exceptions to commonly seen landscapes. Agricultural and other manmade innovations and features, such as Bali's rice terraces, can be equally pretty. Pictured here are some unusual and beautiful landscapes in the world. See more examples in this Science Dump article. 


     Red Beach,
       Panjin, China

        Rice terraces
       Bali,  Indonesia

        Salar de Uyuni
        Bolivia

        
        Giant Buddha
            Leshan, China
 


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Lightning Fast Reponse

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A British man is filming a storm with his phone when lighting strikes in close proximity to him. His (NSFW, language) reaction is amusing, and his video capture of the lightning is spectacular. As one of the commenters on YouTube remarked, "The ONLY time vertical filming should ever be used. Good job, thumbs up." Via 22 Words.


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Sharing Isn't This Cat's Strong Suit


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This kitty is polishing off a cup of yogurt, but she's not interested in sharing the treat with her fellow feline. I say "she," not because I know the cat's gender, but because bogarting yogurt is just something that seems like a chick would do. Another chick-type behavior is casually moving something out of another's reach as opposed to causing a big, ugly scene over it. Sure, I'm making massive generalizations, but while I had you distracted just now, I ate the last square of dark chocolate. Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.

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Things You Can't Do if You're Not a Toddler

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How many behaviors could a toddler get away with for which you'd ban a party guest (not to mention a date) for life? I was mentally adding things to the list as I watched this video. My conclusion was "too many to count." Via Viral Viral Videos.


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Baby Monkey and Jack Russell Terrier Pups Become Fast Friends

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Mubi is a 2-month-old drill monkey who was first attacked, then abandoned by her mother. But her story sweetened significantly when Simon Jeffrey, a keeper at Port Lympne Reserve, near Canterbury, Kent, UK, took Mubi home to play with his Jack Russell Terrier puppies. Now Mubi is happy, thriving and the pups are schooling her in the ways of animal play. Via Laughing Squid.

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Circumrotation as Optical Illusion


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This video presents an optical illusion of sorts in the form of white circles inside a larger red circle. The simplicity of the illusion is, to me, part of why it's of interest. Aside from the pattern that the video points out, a rotating square forms when there are four white circles inside the red one. Via IFL Science.


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