You might think plants just stand still, rooted in place. This clip from BBC Earth uses both stop-motion and slow-motion to show that isn't so. Balsam plants develop seed pods that mature into a delicate tension, so that the slightest touch will cause the panels to curl up in and hurl seeds far away. The exploding seed pods are also the sole diet of the netted carpet moth caterpillar. These moths are rare, and you can see why in the video. -via TYWKIWDBI
This is wonderful. Museum of the Moon, a mobile art installation by artist Luke Jerram (previously on Neatorama), is basically a giant model of the Moon that - similar to its namesake - goes around the world.
(Photo above: Carl Milner)
Hungry? Better eat that food fast if you work at the Concordia Research Station, Antarctica.
As you can see from the pics taken by researchers Carmen Possnig and Cyprien Verseux, the cold weather (-25 degrees celcius in the summer and - 80 degrees celcius in the winter) tends to mess with your food a bit.
In 2014, US Geological Survey biologists put camera-equipped radio collars on four female polar bears near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. This is what they see.
The video, which is the first ever from a free-ranging polar bear on Arctic sea ice, shows an interaction with a potential mate, playing with food, and swimming at the water's surface and under the sea ice. These videos will be used by the US Geological Survey in research to understand polar bear behavior and energetics in an Arctic with declining sea ice.
Video: Paul Laustsen/USGS Office of Communications and Publishing)
The 1992 animated movie Aladdin by Disney was so good that I'm kind of hesitant to want to like the upcoming live-action version.
Will Smith as the Genie? He's got some big shoes - or technically pointy toed slippers - to fill (RIP Robin Williams, he'll always be Genie for me).
When planets have orbiting bodies, we call them moons. But what do we call things that orbit those moons?
Astronomers Sean Raymond and Juna Kollmeier thinks that they should be called "moonmoons." And hey, theoretically, that can happen:
Their analysis suggests that moonmoons are possible, under the right circumstances—if, for instance, the large moon is quite large, the small moon is quite small, and both are sufficiently far away from the host planet. Moons that are too close to their planet risk losing their submoons to tidal forces from that planet, resulting in the submoon being shredded up, shot out into space, or sent careening off course and potentially crashing into their moon and its planet.
I'm a sucker for exploded-view drawings, so I'm utterly delighted to come across John Peralta's art series "Mechanations." Here, Peralta takes apart 20th-century objects - a Singer sewing machine, a Blickensderfer typewriter, a vintage Polaroid camera, and a silent film projector - and assemble them components by components into a suspended sculpture.
This one above is "Singer is Sewing Made Easy II, 2018": Singer Sewing Machine (c. 1910), wood, steel, latex, steel & fluorocarbon mono-filament, LED lighting
Most cats hate water, but not the ones that live in this floating sanctuary in Amsterdam! "The Catboat" (De Poezenboot) is a houseboat full of stray and abandoned cats - and best of all, you can come in and pet the cats!
From Mental Floss:
The shelter was founded in 1968, when a cat lover named Henriette van Weelde purchased a Dutch sailing barge to house the growing number of rescue cats she had taken in. The barge was eventually replaced with the Dutch houseboat that's docked in the canal today. The vessel provides heating in the winter and beds, boxes, and scratching posts to keep cats happy and comfortable. They have access to the outside deck any time of year, and there's even a fence to keep them from swiping at duck chicks in the water.
You know that it's a good idea to back up your computer ... but what about species of animals? Like the koalas, for instance, as they live only in Australia.
Even though koalas are not currently endangered, zookeepers at the Longleat Safari Park decided to create a small population of koalas in the UK.
From the BBC:
It is hoped that the koalas will breed and create a 'back up' population in Europe away from the threat of bushfires and disease.
Graeme Dick, curator at Longleat Safari Park: "So things like chlamydia, retrovirus ... when that gets into a population of koalas, it's devastating. We don't have retrovirus and chlamydia, in the wild in the UK so by bringing them over here, you have a nice, almost bio-secure population."
Just call it a remote backup then!
Think that you can maintain your genetic privacy even if you've never given your DNA to be sequenced? Think again.
Columbia University computer scientist Yaniv Erlich wanted to know if they could identify a person if they only had a piece of DNA and geographical location:
They started with a full DNA sequence from a Utah woman whose genetic information was published anonymously as part of an unrelated scientific study ...
Erlich and his collaborators uploaded her genetic code to GEDmatch and ran a search to see if she had any relations on the site.They found two: one in North Dakota and one in Wyoming.
By comparing the DNA of all three relatives, Erlich’s team was able to find a common ancestral couple that were the Utah woman’s great-grandparents.
Next, the researchers scoured genealogical websites and other sources for additional descendants of that long-ago couple. They found 10 children and hundreds of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After a long day of painstaking work, they researchers were able to correctly name the owner of the DNA sample.
Read the rest of the story over at the Los Angeles Times.
Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times
Danilo Codilego Jr. of Quezon City, the Philippines, adopted a dog that everyone else had left for dead. The dog was born without hind legs, and Codilego Jr. called her "Putol", which means "chopped" in the Tagalog language:
"I was the only one who had the courage to take care of her ... At first she couldn't walk. After two years, she began to balance herself. After six years, she can balance perfectly and walk with total control."
What an inspiration!
via Laughing Squid
At the height off the Beatles' fame, an urban legend arose that Paul McCartney had died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike. It was nonsense, as Paul outlived half the Beatles and is still working at age 76. But if it did happen, how might it have played out?
In this short film by George Moore, Paul died during a drug-fueled night in the Lake District. John is worried about the fate of the Beatles, and George is obsessed with burying the body on the mountaintop. Contains NSFW language. -via Metafilter
Tattoo artist and sculptor Jason Stieva spent 13 months creating this amazingly intricate gothic sculpture titled "Leviathan, Ark of the Apocalypse." The 7-1/2 feet long, 2-1/2 feet deep and 7-1/2 feet tall sculpture looks straight out of a pirate's nightmare. Fantastic!
When archivists at the Museum of English Rural Life opened a box full of old books from the 18th century, they ran across a gem: a mathematics book that belonged to a 13-year-old teenager named "Richard Beale," and dated May 18th, 1784.
Richard used the book to write mathematical equations and problems, but like any teenager, math just couldn't keep his full attention. So he did what came naturally ... he doodled!
But not just any doodle ... Richard doodled 18th century chicken wearing pants.
Today, Eartha Kitt is most known for her songs "C'est si bon" and "Santa Baby" and her turn as Catwoman on the Batman TV series. But her first recording, and her first hit, was "Uska Dara," which she learned and performed while working in Istanbul. Kitt had already toured Europe as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company, and developed a nightclub act in Paris. She then spent some time in Turkey.
This was the Istanbul Eartha encountered in 1951: a shaky but vibrant, regenerative place; a place that had gone about the business of reinventing itself as arts capital of a post–Ottoman Empire, new Turkish republic. World War II was over by then, the Cold War freshly hatched, and Turkey was fast becoming an American ally. President Truman had recently cemented this alliance through the Truman Doctrine, announcing generous Cold War support to both Turkey and Greece. And so politically there was an alliance, and culturally there were the beginnings of one, too. The Katherine Dunham dance troupe’s tour, for instance, was funded by the U.S. government, part of an American effort to introduce jazz and blues to Turkey.
Eartha heard “Üsküdar’a Gider İken” for the first time at an Istanbul bar. The wife of a Turkish naval officer taught her the words, helped her with pronunciation, and Eartha began performing the song solo at Kervansaray, a new club in the city’s business district that catered mostly to men. By all accounts, when young Eartha entertained, it was a performance of self-possessed female sexuality, and I wonder what it must have been like for her to be on that Turkish stage. What did it mean for a teenage black woman to be starting her career in a place so linked to U.S. Cold War imperialism, a place deeply segregated along lines of gender, a place so racially flat? What was it like for her to entertain Muslim men who, until fairly recently, had been under Ottoman rule, their women under lock and veil? Did the men rise, clapping until their palms stung? Did they avert their eyes, in accordance with Islamic law?
Ignoramusky is back, with a new compilation of the smartest, clumsiest, and funniest Russian cats around! Bonus: Many of the clips are enhanced with appropriate musical soundtracks.
Tired of delivery drivers not finding his house, a resident of Rancho Santa Margarita in California named "Bob" decided to take matters into his own hands: he put up a traffic sign, telling them where to find "Bob's House."
Unfortunately, the city of Rancho Santa Margarita had to take it down, though they did have a good sense of humor about it. They even offered to give it back, should "Bob" decide to claim it.
The city posted this on its Facebook page:
We regret the inconvenience that motorists will no longer be able to find your house by way of a directional sign, and it is most unfortunate if they unknowingly travel the entire City in search of your home. Gone are the days of the Thomas Guide, and let’s face it, every GPS system has its glitches. We completely understand your efforts and money to order and buy a sign that meets all of the Department of Transportation standards and guidelines so that those Amazon delivery trucks, party guests, and curious motorists find “Bob’s House”. It could have been a new destination to rival In-N-Out, and for that, we are very sorry to so abruptly remove the sign that, well, is just not legally permitted. We do hope you took a photo of it. If not, we have one we can share with you. In any event, your sign may be retrieved at City Hall during normal business hours – no questions asked. It may make a nice wall hanging in your office or rec room and certainly a good story for your guests and Amazon deliveries that get lost or don’t quite make it on time.
When soldiers marched to the office of Abiy Ahmed with Kalashnikovs and sniper rifles, angrily demanding pay raises, the Ethiopian Prime Minister didn't get scared.
Instead, he demanded the soldiers do push ups with him, as the BBC reports:
The situation caused alarm, leading to road closures in the area and the internet to be shut off for hours.
Many Ethiopians wondered whether this amounted to a serious security breach, says BBC Amharic's Jibat Tamirat.
However, the smiles on the soldiers' faces as they performed the press-ups suggest the prime minister succeeded in defusing the situation amicably
In 2013, Chris Reynolds briefly became the world's richest man when a Paypal glitch caused his account to swell to a whopping $92,233,720,368,547,800
Unfortunately, Paypal giveth and Paypal taketh away. When Reynolds logged into his Paypal account, he discovered that the error was corrected.
When asked by CNN what the quadrillionaire would have done with all that money, he replied "I probably would have paid down the national debt."
Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales was the granddaughter of King George III, and the only confirmed child of the Prince of Wales who eventually became King George IV. Charlotte was second in line for the monarchy her entire life. Sadly, that life was cut short when she died in childbirth at age 21.
Charlotte’s pregnancy was the subject of the most intense public interest. Betting shops quickly set up a book on what sex the child would be. Economists calculated that the birth of a princess would raise the stock market by 2.5%; the birth of a prince would raise it 6%.
The mum to be Charlotte spent her time quietly, however, spending much time sitting for a portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence. She ate heavily and got little exercise; when her medical team began prenatal care in August 1817, they put her on a strict diet, hoping to reduce the size of the child she was carrying. The diet and occasional bleeding they subjected her to seemed to weaken Charlotte and did little to reduce her weight.
Charlotte's labor lasted for more than two days before she gave birth to a stillborn boy. An article from author Julia Herdman looks at the medical practices of the day, and how Charlotte might have been saved if her accoucheur (a male midwife) and the doctor called to assist had made different choices in her care. -via Strange Company
Someone in Savannah, Georgia, put googly eyes on the city's statue of Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene. The city responded by venting its outrage on Facebook.
Who did this?! Someone placed googly eyes on our historic #NathanaelGreene statue in #JohnsonSquare. It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it's a crime.
But indeed, it is a laughing matter, as you no doubt got a kick out of the picture. Savannah police are treating it as a trespassing instead of vandalism, since no harm was done to the statue. The comments at the Facebook post are priceless. Read more on the story at Buzzfeed.
(Image credit: City of Savannah Government)
You know the Pallas's cat as the fluffy, twitchy, rare wildcat of Central Asia. This video takes a deep dive into what makes the Pallas's cat different from other cats, like their genetic lineage, their round pupils, and their adaptations for living in difficult remote environments. Plus, we get to see plenty of manul footage, which is worth the price of admission by itself.
The "Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird" waterfall (translated as "stream against the height", AKA the Devil's Chimney waterfall) in Ireland is not only that country's tallest waterfall, it's sometime also its weirdest.
During certain weather conditions, where the wind blows from the South, the waterfall is actually blown upwards and back over the cliff (hence the name "Devil's Chimney").
Maybe they should just call it the "waterrise."
Sphen and Magic are a gay penguin couple at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia. During breeding season, aquarium staff gave the couple a dummy egg to practice incubating ... and the gay penguins turned out to be so good at it that they've been given real eggs to hatch!
In 1961, ten scientists - including Frank Drake, Melvin Calvin and Carl Sagan - met in a secret meeting at a rural observatory in West Virginia to discuss how they would find, and talk to, aliens. This meeting later set the foundation for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence or SETI.
But what most people don't know is that during the meeting, a neuroscientists named John C. Lilly enthralled the scientists with his attempts to communicate with dolphins, and how that could help us communicate with aliens. The scientists were so excited with Lilly's research that they called themselves the Order of the Dolphin:
Drake would write that, “Much of that first day, he regaled us with tales of his bottlenosed dolphins, whose brains, he said, were larger than ours and just as densely packed with neurons. Some parts of the dolphin brain looked even more complex than their human counterparts, he averred. Clearly, more than one intelligent species had evolved on Earth.”
Lilly told the attendees he also heard signs of language, and empathy, in recordings of the dolphins. “In fact, if we slowed down the playback speed of the tape recorder enough, the squeaks and clicks sounded like human language,” Drake wrote. “We were all totally enthralled by these reports. We felt some of the excitement in store for us when we encounter nonhuman intelligence of extraterrestrial origin.”
Lilly’s research generated so much excitement that, by the end of the conference, the attendees called themselves the Order of the Dolphin. Calvin, in his post-Nobel joy, even went on to send commemorative pins to the attendees. “He caused to be made these little pins which had silver dolphins on them, which he sent to all of us,” Morrison told David Swift, author of the book SETI Pioneers.
Read the rest of the story at The Crux.
Photo: SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array/SETI Institute
Air India Express Boeing 737-800 slammed into a wall at the end of the runway during takeoff and ripped a large part of the undercarriage ... but the pilots didn't notice and continued flying!
Miraculously, none of the 136 passengers and crew onboard IX 611, an Air India flight bound for Dubai, were injured though pictures of the jet after it made an emergency landing in Mumbai show severe damage.
A large gash along the belly of the jet and multiple perforations on the engine nacelles and parts of the fuselage clearly indicate that the passengers onboard the jetliner had a miraculous escape.
According to a statement made by Air India Express, ''after flight IX 611 from Trichy to Dubai had taken off from Trichy at about 1.30am today, it was reported by local Airport officials at Trichy, that they have observed that [the] aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall.''
As Halloween approaches, it's time for scary stories. People are scared of spiders, but Lucas the Spider knows better. So what is Lucas afraid of? Listen to him tell a story of the scariest thing he can think of.
See more of Lucas' adventures in other videos.
Tony Ann is a young pianist from Toronto. His amazing skills are well suited for pop or house music. Browse through his youtube channel and you can find Daft Punk, Avici, Chainsmokers remix.
The smells mentioned in Star Wars are not exactly the things you'd want your home to smell like: the inside of a tauntaun, the garbage compactor, a walking carpet. But if you are into that sort of thing, Merchoid is now offering candles scented like your memories of the Star Wars original trilogy. You can buy sets of five candles from each movie, or a set of all 15. The limited edition version comes with an engraved plinth on which to display them. The scents are:
Wookie: Ever wondered what a walking carpet smells like?
Bantha Milk: Love the smell of bantha milk in the morning?
Trash Compactor: Find out what was very nearly the last smell Luke, Leia and Han ever experienced
X-wing Cockpit: Perfect for playthroughs of Battlefront’s aerial combat
Cantina: Eau de scum and villainy
Lightsaber Duel: Do you prefer the smell of the dark side or the light side?
Han Solo Carbonite: This smell is all Leia had to remember Han for a long time
Millenium Falcon: She may not look much, but she’s got it where it counts (the smell)
Inside of a Tauntaun: Thought it smelt bad on the outside? You’ve experienced nothing yet!
Yoda’s Cooking Pot: Yoda’s legendary Force powers are only eclipsed by his cooking skills. Smell it for yourself!
Rancor: The only way to smell a Rancor without ending up its lunch
Sarlaac Pit: Add a new dimension to your favourite ROTJ scene
Jabba’ Palace: Admit it, you’ve always wondered what Jabba smells like
Ewok: Do they smell as cute as they look? Let’s find out!
Death Star Destroyed: The sweet smell of rebellion