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Into The Cosmos: The Falcon Heavy Makes Its Flight

Last April 11, the Falcon Heavy made its way to the cosmos and left NASA’s Kennedy Space Center launch pad 39A. The rocket is derived from from three Falcon 9 first stage rockets, with nine Merlin engines each. Also, it is designed to be reusable. Its core landed off shore of Of Course I Still Love You, an autonomous drone ship.

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The Unknown Math Teacher

George Berzsenyi is not a popular figure. I’m quite sure you have not heard of him. I haven’t heard of him either. But his success is not found in fame. His success is found in the thousands of lives he has touched. He has mentored a lot of high school students in the subject of math, and they loved him for it. He is, for the students, the main reason for their love of math.

Read the testimonies of these once protégés now turned the best scientists and mathematicians of America, as Joe Palca interviews them.

Teachers really are influential people.

(Image Credit: Sara Stathas for NPR)


"LEGO and Talk About Death": Vienna Funeral Museum Launch LEGO Funeral Sets

Kids would often ask us or talk about death. As much as possible, we’d like to avoid that kind of conversation with them. It’s too much. It’s for adults. It’s considered taboo. So how do you make a child learn about death in a fun way?

“Taboos create fears and uncertainties,” the Vienna Psychotherapy Association said. “The child feels that something is wrong, and then he is left alone with that.”
So to teach kids about death, the museum partnered with a company to produce some gloriously morbid Legos.

Here are some of the gloomy (but cute) photos of the set.

(Image Credit: Cult of Weird)


Future is On: Electricity Coolest Superconductor

European Organization for Nuclear Research known as CERN developed the first 60-metre-long power transmission line made with magnesium diboride (MgB2) superconductor. It can transport electricity at a much higher current densities than ordinary cables without any loss. The line operates in Helium gas (He) up to 25 K (-248 degree Celsius) as the cooling system so reach its superconducting state.

Like a metal python, the huge pipe snaking through a CERN high-tech hall is actually a new electrical transmission line. This superconducting line is the first of its kind and allows vast quantities of electrical current to be transported within a pipe of a relatively small diameter. Similar pipes could well be used in towns in the future.

Catch the video on

(Image Credit: CERN)


Google AI Experts on Automation Challenge

More than 200 attendees filled Beaux Arts Ballroom on Nob Hill, San Francisco, for an eight-and-a-half-hour data-crunching challenge. 

After grouping into pairs and trios, entrants were given data from an anonymous auto parts maker and asked to predict bad batches in factory output. 

Google researchers, Quoc Le, Ming Chen and Yieng Lu,were pretty confident to lead the competition using the testing artificial intelligence software called AutoML.

Did they win?

The answer on Wired.

(Image Credit: Ian Catindig)


Awesome Creations of Alex Chinneck

Known for his bizarre architectural creations, such as a car being upside-down — but does not fall — on what seems to be a peeled part of the road, Alex Chinneck releases yet another of this weird things. Now, he unzips a building made of bricks. This creation is entitled A sprinkle of night and a spoonful of light.

Produced in partnership with IQOS, the new seventeen meter wide piece unzips the side of the facade, leading to an illusion of the whole structure is coming apart. Chinneck also has two other related pieces that can be viewed at Via Tortona 31.

Here are some of the images of this strange, eye-catching, but amazing artwork.

(Image Credit: Mark Wilmot)


Scientists Fly Drone, Rediscovers Flower Thought To Be Extinct

Blooming peacefully on a vertical cliff face, the flower thought to be extinct was rediscovered by scientists when they flew a drone “into the Hawaiian skies to observe an extremely biodiverse area on a remote part of Kauais’s Kalalau Valley.

According to a statement from the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hibiscadelphus woodii was discovered on a vertical cliff face. Most sections of this area of the valley are inaccessible to humans because of the steep landscape.
Dr. David Lorence, director science and conservation for the garden, said, "This incredible rediscovery was made possible by our staff using drone technology and was supported by a grant from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. Drone technology greatly facilitates botanical surveys in rough terrain areas."
The plant grows in a shrub or small tree and produces bright yellow flowers, which turn purple or maroon as it ages. The species was named and published in 1995, raising the number of Hibiscadelphus at the time from six to seven species. An eighth species was discovered on Maui in 2012, and prior to the rediscovery, only two species still exist in the wild, the statement said.

In this day and age where a lot of animals and plants have gone extinct, it is a breath of fresh air to see this kind of news.

(Image Credit: CNN)


Understanding the Evolution of Sharpness through Viper Fangs

Philip Anderson, Ph.D. and Stephanie Crofts, Ph.D authored a paper dedicated to the study of nature’s vast range of sharp objects as they hope to understand why every major group of organisms has developed the ability to puncture flesh.

Viper fangs were the perfect place to start, says first author and lab leader Philip Anderson, Ph.D., because the “charismatic” animals are already so well studied. By understanding how evolution shaped sharpness we can make human tools better — and perhaps create materials that are puncture-proof, he explains to Inverse.
A viper fang, he says, “has one job to do, which is to puncture and inject venom.” Co-author and postdoctoral researcher Stephanie Crofts, Ph.D. puts it this way: “That’s more or less what evolution has shaped them to do.”

Visit Inverse to know more about this captivating article.

(Image Credit: Rushen! / Flickr)


Duckling to Owl: "Are you my Mom?"

Laurie Wolf found a screech owl sharing nest with a duckling in her backyard in Jupiter, Florida.

The scene looked awesome but somewhat concerned Wolf as the predator owl might hurt the duckling.

“The two of them were just sitting there side by side,” says Wolf, a wildlife artist and amateur photographer. “It’s not believable. It’s not believable to me to this day.”

According to Christian Artuso, of the Manitoba director of Bird Studies Canada, wood ducks have been living with eastern screech owls before but it is not commonly documented.

You see, wood ducks are known to practice brood parasitism. This means that parent ducks will sometimes lay an egg or two in someone else’s nest—usually another wood duck or another closely related species. 

 Click on to National Geographic for more adorable pictures.

(Image Credit: Laurie Wolf/Facebook)


Kitt Bennett's Horizontal Murals

Melbourne artist Kitt Bennett paints huge murals that can only be seen properly from above, because they cover a lot of ground -literally. His art often covers parking lots, roofs, and wide-open spaces where they can be seen from high-rise buildings.This has Bennett pouring gallons of paint on asphalt and spreading it with rollers after he works out the outline -which cannot be easy. A figure that covers a couple of acres is not easy to visualize in the small space where you stand, but it looks good from ten stories up.

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Check out how it's done in this video.

All these photos show more when you click to the right. This is real street art! Yeah, Bennett does walls and buildings, too. See more of Bennett's art at his website and at Instagram.  -via Colossal


'Inspiration' Behind James Bond Novel Given '007' Gravestone

James Charles Bond died in 1995 and kept the secret of his past to grave.

His grandson, Stephen Phillips, found out that he was a member of the elite Special Operations Executive (SOE) after searching through WW2 documents years following his death.

Bond worked under Ian Fleming, who served as Naval Commander before the became a writer of James Bond novels.

Mr. Phillips believed that Fleming used his grandpa's name for his fictional agent and had the code carved on the headstone.

"Seeing the headstone standing proud recognising grandad's '007' status and proper birth name has been so important to our family."

Find out more on BBC News.

(Image Credit: Wales News Service)


Simon Nogueira on top of Notre Dame

Simon Nogueira is one of those crazy urban climbers/freerunners. Last year he climbed Notre Dame in Paris. Thanks to his craziness we can have a glimpse of the beautiful details that have been lost.

"La peur existe, tout le temps. Si je n’ai pas peur, je ne peux rien faire."


If You're Happy and You Know It, Then Say Meow

Two Norwegians have a sing-along with their cat. To be more precise, the cat is yammering "Are we there yet?" every ten seconds, so the humans decided to work around it. -via Digg


What is Consciousness?

If you want some deep thoughts about consciousness and what it means to be conscious, consider the activity of dreaming. Our mind does not control our thoughts, but our brain comes up with plenty of them. -via Nag on the Lake


Gotham Volleyball League: A Community Forged Through Crisis, Competition, and Camaraderie

Friendships can be born through sharing in other people's struggles, rivalry can spark the deepest bonds, and just being open with oneself to others can draw people toward you as you are surrounded by those who share the same things and who give you the support you need.

For the Gotham Volleyball League, they wanted to create a safe space for LGBT people not only to develop friendships through sports but also to give support to those who are going through mental health issues. It has been through difficulties and victories throughout its 40 years in existence and this is their story.

(Image credit: Gotham Volleyball/Narratively)

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