If you don't recognize the names and faces then the two people involved here are Sir Patrick Stewart and LeVar Burton. Stewart and Burton both played lead characters on Stark Trek: The Next Generation. Stewart was Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Burton was Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge. If you still don't recognize them by now, well then you are a lost soul. Star Trek guy with a VISOR ring a bell?
In the image above you can see that Burton retweeting a picture of Stewart getting tangled in Christmas lights. It's good to see that the actors still have a friendly rapport and that there characters still mean something to them. Star Trek geeks, rejoice!
Elephant shrews are not only adorable, they are also fascinating creatures. For example, they are actually more closely related to elephants than shrews.This little guy was just born at the National Zoo and the staff there must be proud of how cute he ended up.
This spooky watch, which measures under two inches across, was made by Swiss watchmaker Isaac Penard (1619-1676). If I had one, I'd love for people to ask me for the time just so I could see their reactions when I pull it out.
A mall started playing Christmas music on November first. A baker at the cookie store decided to express her opinion on the mall's music selection by baking a cookie. A big cookie with a big message. Redditor MundaneHymn, who also works at the mall, thought it was worth sharing. Link
Oh, hello humans! Meet Cercopithecus lomamiensis or the Lesula,
the newest primate species discovered by science. The monkey has been
known locally in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo
all along, but until now, it has been unknown to the outside world:
In an age where so much of the earth's surface has been photographed,
digitized, and placed on a searchable map on the web discoveries like
this one by a group of American scientists this seem a throwback to another
"We never expected to find a new species there," says John
Hart, the lead scientist of the project, "but the Lomami basin
is a very large block that has had very little exploration by biologists."
"Our Congolese field teams were on a routine stop in Opala. It
is the closest settlement of any kind to the area of forest we were
working in," says Hart.
The team came across a strange looking monkey tethered to a post.
It was the pet of Georgette, the daughter of the local school director.
She adopted the young monkey when its mother was killed by a hunter
in the forest. Her father said it was a Lesula, well-known to hunters
in that part of the forest. The field team took pictures and showed
them to Hart.
"Right away I saw that this was something different. It looked
a bit like a monkey from much further east, but the coloring was so
different and the range was so different," said Hart.
It's cheap, it's lightweight, and it runs on renewable energy. Best of all, it actually exists.
Izhar Gafni has worked in a number of fields, but until recently, cardboard bike design wasn't one of them. Inspired by the cardboard canoe and inexpensive computer tech (like the Raspberry) that have made these items affordable for consumers all around the world and easy to manufacture, Gafni realized a bicycle that was easy to build, sturdy, and most importantly, made of renewable resources, was probably something the world needed. But it wasn't easy, as he attests. This short film documents the design's concept and early models through to final design, shown above.
Manufacturing the bike will cost between $9 and $12 per unit, and $5 for a smaller children's version. Link -via
Madden Hebert is a typical week-old baby -- "eating like a champ
and he doesn't fuss too much," according to his mother.
But there's nothing typical about how he came about. Last week, Madden's
grandmother gave birth to him.
"It was all pretty simple as far as I was concerned," said
Linda Sirois, 49, of Madawaska, who carried and delivered Madden because
her daughter, Angel Hebert, had a heart condition that meant it would
be unsafe for her to get pregnant.
Sirois said she has let her daughter know for years that she would
become a surrogate mother for her if a doctor suggested that she not
Grandmother, mother, and baby are doing just fine, by the way: Link
To create his sculpture, he holds the pencil in his hand under a strong
light source (table lamp or sunlight) and carves it mostly with a sewing
needle and a very sharp, triangular, small, metal blade. He works at
very small intervals: 1 to 2 hours maximum per day whenever he gets
inspired. He works very slowly by removing specks of graphite at a time.
It therefore takes months or sometimes years to complete a sculpture.
Photographer Hannah Stonehouse
took this marvelous photo of her friend John Unger swimming with his dog
Schoep, who at 19 years old, now has arthritis and has trouble sleeping.
Unger found that the water helps the dog's pain and takes the dog to Lake
Superior to lull him to sleep. The photo has gone viral on Facebook,
and it's easy to see why.