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Amazing Dad Builds Submarine Crib

Redditor radamshome is a master crafter and dedicated father. He's built some amazing things for his kids, including an indoor fairy tree for his daughter and a lemon-shaped go-kart for his son.

His most recent project is a crib that looks like a colorful submarine. He built it for the magazine Fatherly, which will auction it off to benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital.

Radamshome learned how to use fiberglass, then shaped it around styrofoam parts and covered them with marine-grade resin.

You can see more build photos here. Radamshome thoughtfully covered even small details, such as including a propeller that actually rotates.

-via Geekologie


If 6 ancient homes were renovated for the 21st century

From ancient Egyptian mudbrick homes to the iconic turf houses of Iceland, humans have proven there is more than one way to build a house. 

Today, those ancient homes are nothing but ruins, but what if they were built using today's building knowledge and techniques? 

We used 21st century home building and architecture trends to renovate 6 ancient houses from around the world.

Turf House from Iceland

An Icelandic turf house consists of a wooden frame stuffed with blocks of turf (grass still embedded in the earth) on a stone foundation. Only the front around the doorway is bared. The entrance leads to a big hall (sometimes via an antechamber) with a firepit in the middle.

Our renovated turf house complex plays with the ‘badly hidden’ appearance of traditional turf houses, which seem to sink back into the landscape. The steel-frame dome looks partly natural yet completely alien. Panels of turf and timber alternate with glass windows, using reflections to create an improbable, angular mound of grass, wood, and… clouds! In a subtler touch, the wooden planks that form the facades have been rearranged at decorative angles.

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The Next Batteries?

Solar panels only work when the sun’s out, while wind turbines only work when there’s wind. Without a means to store the energy generated from these devices, they can’t work to produce energy forever. Energy storage is an increasingly large problem with renewable energy, and this is why the said topic is so crucial to talk about.

Check out this company’s idea of storing energy by using stacked concrete blocks.

Visit Popular Mechanics for more details.

(Video Credit: Energy Vault Inc/ YouTube)


Man Finds Newborn Alive In A Grave As He Buries His Daughter

Hitesh Sirohi had been digging a grave to bury his own daughter, who died a few minutes after birth, when he found an earthen pot with a newborn girl inside it. The baby girl was wrapped in a cloth and crying when Sirohi found her, and he immediately rescued her and dialed for help. The case of the newborn baby girl being found buried has shone a light on female infanticide in India. Female infanticide is widespread in the country because of parents preferring sons (who are viewed as investments and heirs) instead of daughters (seen as a liability). A local politician is paying for the newborn’s hospital bills,  as she is now receiving medical care. 

(via The Guardian

image credit: Allison Joyce/AP via The Guardian


These Desert Ants Gallop at a Blistering 108 Body Lengths Per Second

Saharan silver ants (Cataglyphis bombycina) were already on the list of extreme species because of their unique ability to tolerate the heat of the desert in midday. A new study of the ways they've adapted to the Saharan environment describes their amazing ability to run.

Around noon each day in the Sahara Desert, silver ants emerge from their underground nests. Despite this being the hottest part of the day, they come out to scavenge dead insects, which are most likely to drop dead when sand temperatures can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius). The ants have to be quick, though. Their prey is scarce, and they have lots of desert to search.

Just how quick these iridescent arthropods can be, and how they achieve those speeds, is explained for the first time today in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Saharan silver ants can travel at 108 body lengths a second, the researchers found. This makes them one of the fastest known running species, bested only by the California coastal mite and the Australian tiger beetle.

To illustrate how fast that is, 108 body lengths per second is the equivalent of a human running more than 400 miles per hour. Read how these ants do it at Discover magazine. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen)


Adorable or Spooky? This Dog Looks so Human He'll Make You Look Twice

What's your first thought when you see the photo? Did you think of the Face Swap app, but this time between a dog and a human? Nope, it's not edited!

With large almond shaped eyes that make him look like a wise old soul and a genuine smile, the Aussiepoo mix's owners have got used to being stopped whenever they leave the house.

This is Nori, a Toy Australian Shepard and Toy Poodle mix who has human eyes and often looks like he's smiling. His hooman parents shared:

"When he was a puppy, his fur was much darker and he often was compared to Chewbacca or an Ewok, which are characters in Star Wars."

Honestly, seeing his photos at first felt weird, but eventually I got to appreciate his amazing features! Did you feel the same thing?

Image Credit: Caters News


Snow Ravioli

From TYWKIWDBI comes this fascinating photo and the note that the singular form of ravioli is raviolo. So this is a snow raviolo. It's technically edible and probably goes well with marinara sauce. As you can see, it can feed a family of four.


Distance From The Equator and The Way We Think Are Linked

In the past decade, psychologists, in their desire to include people from all over the world, have expanded their narrow focus away from just North America, Europe, and Australia. This has given them a greater insight on global distribution of cultural features such as the society-level differences in psychological phenomena like individualism and happiness. This greater knowledge can help us better understand the various roots of cultural similarities and differences.

Powerful cases in point are studies demonstrating that countries differ substantially in terms of mean happiness and the additional finding that this pattern is anything but random. In both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, happiness is higher in countries farther away from the equator (such as Denmark or New Zealand) than those closer to it (such as Vietnam or Cambodia).
Even more intriguing, we have uncovered the same pattern for individualism and creativity. Like happiness, these cultural features trend higher as one moves away from the equator. When we looked at aggressiveness, we found the opposite pattern: the closer you live to the equator, the more likely you are to exhibit aggressive behavior. To explain these robust links between latitude and culture—from happiness to aggressiveness and beyond—science needs a new field. Latitudinal psychology seeks to explain why societies differ so much and why location on the north-south axis of the earth is so critical.

What is latitude psychology? And why are the people near the equator more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior? Find out the answers over at the Scientific American.

(Image Credit: Pixabay)


A 3D Map of the Whole World Before Climate Change Ruins It

The Earth is changing rapidly, faster than anyone could comprehend. As the days pass by, more forests are burned, and more glaciers melt. As a result, the evidence of the world’s ancient cultures disappear quickly.

Change of some kind is, of course, inevitable — but it is happening more quickly and more severely because of the effects of human-caused climate change. And that has some scientists worried: The quicker Earth changes,the less time there is to learn from its past and understand its mysteries.

In hopes to preserve a record of our planet in its present state, two researchers proposed that lasers be used to create a high-resolution, 3D map of the entire world. In other words, we would need a lot of lasers.

What are your thoughts on this one?

(Image Credit: LionFive/ Pixabay)


How Binary Stars Form

How are binary stars made? To investigate, ESO's Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), captured one of the highest resolution images yet taken. The image is of a binary star system in formation.

Most stars are not alone -- they typically form as part of a multiple star systems where star each orbits a common center of gravity. The two bright spots in the featured image are small disks that surround the forming proto-stars in [BHB2007] 11, while the surrounding pretzel-shaped filaments are gas and dust that have been gravitationally pulled from a larger disk. The circumstellar filaments span roughly the radius of the orbit of Neptune. The BHB2007 system is a small part of the Pipe Nebula (also known as Barnard 59), a photogenic network of dust and gas that protrudes from Milky Way's spiral disk in the constellation of Ophiuchus.

The binary star is said to be formed completely within a few million years.

It’s amazing how, from dust and gas, stars and planets and other heavenly bodies are formed. The universe indeed is a magnificent creation.

(Image Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), F. O. Alves et al.)


“Click To Pray”: A Wearable Rosary Device

Check out this eRosary released by the Vatican itself: a wearable device designed to teach people about the Catholic Church.

The eRosary, which is connected to a smartphone app, can be activated by making the sign of the cross, Engadget reported. Made up of 10 black agate and hematite rosary beads and a “smart cross” that stores data, the wearable device can be worn as a bracelet and enables individuals to pray on the go.

Once you activate the device by making the sign of the cross, you can then choose which of the three different rosaries you will pray. There is the standard rosary, the contemplative rosary, and the thematic rosary.

The eRosary, which retails for $110, is available for pre-order at Amazon and Acer’s online store.

What are your thoughts on this one?

(Image Credit: The Vatican)


Big Cats vs. Boxes

The folks at Big Cat Rescue in Florida are always looking for ways to enrich the cats' experience that will also look good on YouTube. They were recently gifted with large cardboard boxes decorated with autumn motifs. It appears that both goals were fulfilled!


This Terrible Mammoth Drawing Was an Important Key for 19th-Century Naturalists

Who would've thought that a hunting activity for reindeer with his family would lead Ossip Shumachov to spot a strange, dark lump poking out of the ice, which consequently led to a yearly ritual of checking it, and eventually revealed a long-dead and largely intact carcass of a mammoth? And who would've thought that sketching it would be a great help in documenting the Animal Kingdom's history?

The drawing is crude, and depicts a strange swine-like creature with tusks pointing in opposite directions. The sketch “is a very good example of a reconstruction hindered by extreme ignorance of basic animal anatomy,” paleoartist Mauricio Anton wrote in an email. “The body and legs are shapeless, and each foot ends in a sort of hoof-like structure unlike anything seen in elephants (or any other animal).” Even so, this somewhat laughable caricature was the first reconstruction of a mammoth known to science that was based on more than bones, McKay writes on his blog Mammoth Tales. Much to the chagrin of stuffy Russian biologists, it played a pivotal role in science’s early understanding of mammoth anatomy.

Image credit: Roman Boltunov


Family Living In A Farmhouse Basement For 9 Years Waiting For “The End Of Time”, Discovered

A 58-year-old man and six siblings, aged 18 to 25, lived in a farm basement in Drenthe, Netherlands, waiting for the world to end. The 58-year-old man is not their father nor the owner of the farmhouse, and the siblings’ mother is believed to have died before the family moved into the farmhouse. Dutch media revealed that the children were not registered, and that the family had no contact with the outside world, living self-sufficiently off a vegetable garden and a few animals. 

The family wouldn’t have been discovered if the eldest of the siblings hadn’t escaped and asked the staff at a pub in Ruinerwold for help. The family is in a safe place now, Mayor Roger de Groot said.

(via CBS News)

image credit: via CBS News


Humans Have Salamander-Like Ability To Regrow Cartilage in Joints

Contrary to popular belief, cartilage can restore itself in a process much like what salamanders and zebrafish to regenerate limbs.

The researchers at Duke Health, in their study, which was published online on October 9 in the journal Science Advances, identified a mechanism for repairing cartilage, which seems to be “more robust in ankle joints and less so in hips.” This finding could be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, the most common joint disorder in the world.

"We believe that an understanding of this 'salamander-like' regenerative capacity in humans, and the critically missing components of this regulatory circuit, could provide the foundation for new approaches to repair joint tissues and possibly whole human limbs," said senior author Virginia Byers Kraus, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the departments of Medicine, Pathology and Orthopedic Surgery at Duke.

What are your thoughts on this one?

(Image Credit: Camazine/ Wikimedia Commons)

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