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Dior Finally Released Its A/W 2020-2021 Haute Couture Collection And It's Awesome

Mystical -- that's one word to summarize what Dior would like their clients to feel, based on its Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 Haute Couture Collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri. The collection was showcased in an exclusive film directed by Matteo Garrone.

Dior used mythical characters to represent their clients, showing that they are special, rare, and having a unique lifestyle. Having everything delivered to them, it shows how Dior is willing to travel the distance just to present the luxurious garments to their clients. Truly, it's never just about the clothes (which are in themselves amazing) but also about the unique Haute Couture experience that they offer.

See the behind the scenes video here:


Video Credits: Christian Dior via Youtube and Business of Fashion via Facebook


Is This The Right Formula Towards Success?

Everyone wants to be successful in their own respective careers, whether it be sports, business, or life in general. In desiring so, we exert every effort to try to win at every game, competition, or transaction. But is trying to win every time the only way to succeed? Turns out, there’s a better alternative, and it is a much more modest mindset. And of all places where you can find this principle, you’d find it in a book about lawn tennis, written by an American engineer named Simon Ramo.

“The principle is easy. If you want to improve your score in ordinary tennis, start giving attention to stopping these errors, particularly the large fraction of imbecilic ones,” Ramo writes in his book titled Extraordinary Tennis For The Ordinary Player. The same principle can be applied to life in general.

More details about this over at BBC Reel.

What are your thoughts about this one?

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Bees Are Great Obstacle Course Runners

Flying dandelion seeds, swaying branches, rustling leaves, and the cool blowing wind. While we might see these kinds of scenery as peaceful and relaxing, it isn’t the case for bees.

For a small creature with delicate wings, airborne seeds, shifting leaves and lurching flowers are basically projectiles, trap doors and Godzilla-tipped skyscrapers.

But despite the odds being stacked against them like this, how do these bees thrive in a hostile environment? It seems that they quickly analyze the environment before cutting through the wind and passing through the obstacles they see.

In a study published this month in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Dr. Burnett and colleagues addressed this gap — and found that when the going is tough, honeybees appear to high-tail it and hope for the best.
…the researchers found that the bees’ flight strategy changed depending on the conditions they faced. When confronted with moving rods in still air, they flew more slowly than when they encountered stationary obstacles.
But when the wind kicked up — in either direction — the honeybees would “actually speed up how fast they’re flying” by about 50 percent when the rods were moving compared with when they were still, he said.
When faced with complex airspace, the bees seemed to act “cautious in still air and courageous in wind,” he said.

More details about this over at The New York Times.

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Probiotics Could Help Ease Depression, Research Suggests

Thanks to recent research, we now know that there is some sort of relation between the gut and the brain. And since we now know about this relationship, it would only be logical to think that what benefits one of them also benefits the other. New research suggests that foods and supplements that contain microbes could help us in our battle against depression.

"This is good quality research but it is a review of relatively preliminary data," Allan Young, a professor of mood disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, told the Science Media Centre in London.
"So while this systematic review of the research literature supports the notion that pre and probiotics may be helpful for people with anxiety and depression, more research is needed. These data do make a case for larger trials to be carried out," said Young, who wasn't involved in the review.
The researchers said their review had several caveats: None of the included studies lasted very long; and the number of participants in each was small.

More details about this over at CNN.

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Various Peanut Butter Recipes That You Could Try Making

At first glance, peanut butter may just be a simple spread that you put on your bread. But on a closer look, it is more than that: it is a versatile ingredient, which you can use in many ways, such as in making tasty treats, breakfast food, and even in savory dishes that will surely make your mouth water.

The Guardian lists many peanut butter recipes that you could try making at the comfort of your own home. See them all over at the site.

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German Kid Reminds Dad How To Drive Properly

Despite still holding a baby bottle in hand, this kid already is aware of his surroundings as well as the traffic laws of the land. When he noticed that the light was red, he immediately ordered his dad to stop. “It’s red, Daddy” he reminded his father, and so the father stopped. When it was green again, the father moved again, but he accelerated rather quickly, causing his son to say “oh my god! That’s so much!”

The father can’t help but laugh.

What are your thoughts about this one?

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Heartwarming Photos Of Kids With Their Beloved Animals

Is there anything more adorable than a baby animal? A kid, yes! Combining those two, nothing can compare. Thanks to Andrea Martin, a photographer, who brought us joy by capturing precious moments of children with baby animals who are just about their size.

As the mom of four children who also helps to raise animals, Martin sees the magic that comes from children interacting with ducks, goats, puppies, and kitties. With this intimate knowledge, she understands how to embrace the playfulness of the kid’s age by allowing her subjects to play in giant puddles and roll around on the ground. The images, while masterfully composed, don’t take themselves too seriously; in doing so, they show how Martin is adept at knowing the perfect moment to hit the shutter. These sweet pictures effortlessly convey fun, innocence, and the beauty of nature, children, and animals—all at once.

This is the cutest series of photos I've seen this week!

Photo Credits: Andrea Martin via My Modern Met


You Think That's A Real Dolphin? Look And Think Again.

We've heard about internet deepfakes which can be used to deceive people, but the photo above is the kind of deepfake we want.

Yep. That dolphin above is not a living dolphin. It is a hyper-real robotic creation by Edge Innovations, a "San Francisco-based design, development, and production studio."

the team, led by former walt disney imagineering creatives, has been working on a hyper-real robotic dolphin intended on reimagining the entertainment, educational, and business potential of the marine animal industry. these real-time animatronics (or mechatronic puppets) bring together live puppeteering, programmed behavior, and artificial intelligence to create a totally unique experience.

edge innovations says that the hyper-real creatures could be a way to reinvent the marine entertainment industry with a sustainable, safe, and profitable future. ‘as captive marine mammal shows have fallen from favor; and the catching, transporting and breeding of marine animals has become more restricted, the marine park industry as a viable business has become more challenging – yet the audience appetite for this type of entertainment and education has remained constant,’ explains the team at edge innovations.

Images taken from Design Boom's Website.


The Winners of the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards

This photography contest is for the birds! The winners of the annual Audubon Photography Awards have been selected, and the top prize went to Joanna Lentini for the image above. It's an underwater view of a cormorant diving for sardines. Below you'll see a magnificent frigatebird puffing up his throat pouch at sunset, by Sue Dougherty, which won the Professional category.  

See all ten winning photographs and read the stories behind them at Audubon magazine. -via Digg


Ancient Remains Uncovered By Furry Assistants!

We see dogs lend their talents towards rescue missions and police operations, but did you know that they can also help dig up archaeological artifacts? Archaeologist Vedrana Glavaš from the University of Zadar in Croatia partnered up with dog trainer Andrea Pintar to uncover parts of a 3,000-year-old hill fort and necropolis, as The Atlantic details: 

 She teamed up with dog trainer Andrea Pintar, whose company Canine Caffe offers specialized “cadaver” dogs that have helped sniff out cold cases for police and find mass graves for local officials.
“Some of the police cases Andrea has worked on are 30 years old,” explains Glavaš. “We both wondered how far back in time her dogs could smell.” What they did not expect was that the dogs would lead them to remains that had been buried in the eighth century B.C.

image via The Atlantic


Here’s 2020’s Most Delightful Trend

Look, we’re halfway through 2020 and we can all admit that this year hasn’t been really great for us. With the rising conflicts around the globe, also with the current pandemic forcing us to stay at home for our safety, news and trends tend to be a bit depressing. It seems that there is one trend that’s happier than most: the comeback of drive-in movie theaters. Vogue has more details: 

the drive-in has returned with a force over the last few months, popping up outside a diner in Astoria, on the waterfront in Greenpoint, and attracting a crush of new patrons in states like Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, where a few theatres have remained in operation all along. (Over the decades, the format had fallen out of favor for a few different reasons; among them the costs associated with projecting digital film, and the rise of mall culture—which allowed patrons to shop, eat, and catch a movie all in the same place.) Embracing the trend, Tribeca Enterprises announced a new “Tribeca Drive-In” series, rolling out across venues in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, and Arlington, Texas over the next month. (A portion of the programming’s proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter.) “The Tribeca Drive-In series is a tribute to movies and the shared experience of watching them, even if from our cars,” Tribeca Enterprises co-founder Robert DeNiro said in a statement.

image via Vogue


This Distillery Donated 800 Gallons Of Hand Sanitizer

Distilleries have stopped their productions of alcoholic beverages to produce another alcohol that is much more needed in this pressing time. Christmas City Spirits in Bethlehem, Pa., responded to St. Luke’s University Health iNetwork, which faced a shortage of hand sanitizer by producing 27 gallons and giving it to the hospital. The company turned its first batch of rum into a 160-proof cleaning solution, as The Washington Post details: 

Over the next three months, the boutique distillery suspended production of all alcohol and produced approximately 800 gallons of hand sanitizer for organizations, charities and workers risking their lives to combat the virus.
According to the Distilled Spirits Council, 831 distilleries across the nation have made hand sanitizer for local communities. Only one distillery, however, has the distinction of producing it strictly for donation. Not a single one of the 4,000 four-ounce bottles of Christmas City Spirits’ hand sanitizer, aptly named “Corona Bullet,” was sold for profit.
“We just felt like we were doing the right thing at the right time,” said Brett Biggs, one of the distillery’s four co-owners.

image via The Washington Post


Ranking the "Night of the ..." Movies

One thing about furloughs and isolation and social distancing, it gives creative people plenty of time for those off-the-wall projects they'd never thought they'd get around to. Even a dumb idea has plenty of time to blossom, like ranking movies that have little in common besides a few title words. K. Thor Jensen did it.  

One night, I was thinking about how weird it was to wander the empty streets during the pandemic, which made me think about the 1984 post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie Night of the Comet, which made me think of other movies that use “Night of the” in the title. Then some guy on Twitter said I should rank them. I said I would.

This was a foolish choice. There are a lot of movies that use “Night of the” in the title, even if you cut out short films and TV movies. But hey, I’m in lockdown.

He found 82 such movies! Of course, you thought of Night of the Living Dead, and probably Night of the Lepus, but have you ever heard of Night of the Wererooster? It came in dead last. In fact, if you were to throw a random word out, there has probably been a movie named Night of the (Random Word). They include horror, comedies, drama, porn, and science fiction. Try to guess the top ones and then see the clip-filled list at Polygon. -via Metafilter


NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity To Fly Soon

Decades ago, America first dreamed of sending humans to other places in space. German-American rocket engineer Wernher von Braun was one man who had that dream. He pictured sending dozens of people to Mars via a huge spacecraft.

He envisioned a winged craft soaring through the Red Planet’s atmosphere, landing gently on the rust-colored surface. And though earthlings quickly learned that traveling to another planet isn’t so easy, the fantasy of flying on Mars never died.

It could be said that von Braun was very dedicated, if not obsessed, with his dream of sending many people to space. With help from his friend Willy Ley, von Braun was able to publish his concepts, with many of them becoming a reality throughout the years. Clearly, he was a visionary, and it seems that his dream is one step closer towards reality.

On July 22, NASA plans to launch its Mars Perseverance rover. But there’s also a robotic hitchhiker onboard; this small, solar-powered helicopter, named Ingenuity, is on a mission totally independent from the rover. While Perseverance searches for signs of alien life, Ingenuity will prove it’s possible to fly in Mars’ thin atmosphere. The data it gathers will help engineers build even larger helicopter drones for the Red Planet. And if it works, the long-term impact could be a game changer for Mars exploration.

Learn more about this solar-powered helicopter over at Discover Magazine.

(Image Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ YouTube)


How Bats Distinguish Echoes

With their very sharp ears, bats can handle themselves pretty well and look for food even in the pitch-black darkness. By clearly distinguishing one echo from another, they are able to navigate through the night. But how do they do it? Scientists from Brown University may have figured it out. They refer to it as frequency hopping, which involves focusing on the echoes’ lowest frequencies.

And it has potential, neuroscientist James Simmons and colleagues suggest in a paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“By incorporating this feature into an existing auditory model of FM biosonar, the model can reject echoes that lack the lowest frequencies in the most recent broadcast, thus suppressing echoes of an earlier broadcast that has slightly higher low-end frequencies,” they write.
Bats locate objects by emitting ultrasonic sounds called broadcasts, which contain frequencies ranging from 25 kHz to 110 kHz, and listening to the returning echoes.
Occasionally, an initial broadcast elicits a long-delay echo reflected from a distant object, and a closely successive broadcast triggers a short-delay echo from a nearby object. They reach the bat’s ears at about the same time, but the bat deals with the potential ambiguity in matching the echo to the correct broadcast.

It’s just amazing how bats can do this quickly.

More details about this study over at Cosmos Magazine.

(Image Credit: BatLab/ Cosmos Magazine)

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