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Dust Devil Destroys Fruit Stand

A dust devil is a short-lived whirlwind that can form suddenly and dissipate just as suddenly. They are smaller than tornados, and much less dangerous. However, this particular dust devil seemed to have a grudge against a guy running a fruit stand in Haines Junction, Yukon. From the YouTube description:

"I was buying fruit with my girlfriend at this fruit stand that comes every other week to our community. All of a sudden the wind started to get stronger and a table blew over and before we knew it, a huge strong dust devil formed. It lasted about three minutes and the dust devil took all of the guy's cash money and blew it all up into the air. After it ended, people who saw and watched it came to help clean up the big mess, there was fruit and boxes all over the place."

It was not a good day for the poor guy just trying to sell some fresh produce. -via Geekologie


So What’s Up With This Odd Cloud?

According to meteorologists, the cloud isn’t really rare, we just don’t notice its appearance quite often. What looked like a long plank-shaped cloud was spotted in Birmingham, which caused the public to be curious about the odd object in the sky. The object is called an undular bore cloud, as Al details: 

An undular bore is not especially rare, but getting such a good look at one is, according to Gary Goggins, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Birmingham.
“An undular bore is basically formed when you have rising air parcels on the front end of an old outflow boundary or gust front from thunderstorms.  When the air parcels enter more stable air, that causes the air parcels to sink once again, causing the wave-like pattern at the front end of where the gust front used to be,” he said.
”It’s almost like a ripple in the water. Over time it goes out to where it’s almost like a wave on the outside part of a dissipating outflow boundary from old thunderstorms.”
This one formed from thunderstorms that rolled across north Alabama early this morning and dissipated just north of the Birmingham metro area between 6 and 7 a.m., Goggins said.

Image via wikimedia commons


Nope, This Isn’t A Pathway To A Secret Dimension

I wish it could be though. Discharge is an art installation composed of approximately ten thousand pigeon feathers. The five-meter tall installation pours down from a built-in bookcase like water. Don’t worry, it is static, but artist  Kate MccGwire evokes the way water appears as it cascades down, as Colossal details: 

The delicate feathers are sourced ethically from pigeon racers who collect the plumes in August and October when the birds molt. MccGwire sorts the materials in her studio, separating the ones that curve left from those that bend to the right, before arranging them in captivating, color-specific patterns. “When visitors see the piece for the first time they are drawn to the phenomenal scale, rhythmic patterning, movement, and perfection of the piece,” she says of the mixed-media installation. “But are often perturbed and revolted when they understand what the material is,” which is exactly her intention. By juxtaposing the raw materials with the finished artwork, she asks viewers to consider the everyday beauty that’s often overlooked.
“Discharge” has been exhibited in an evolution of configurations in South Korea, Berlin, Paris, and now, Harewood House in West Yorkshire until August 14. 

Image via Colossal


How Can We Get Some Sleep During A Heatwave?

If your house has an incredible air conditioning unit, or a good cooling system that can make you ignore the hot weather, then good for you! But what if your fan or AC isn’t enough to subdue the heat? Is getting sleep still possible? Yes! All it takes are some tweaks to your daily routine, as inews detail:

Firstly, keep your curtains or blinds drawn during the day to block out the heat. Open windows and doors throughout your home to get a through-draft.
Making sure you are hydrated throughout the day is also very important and keeping a glass of water by your bed is advised. Also, avoid spicy foods and eating too late at night as this can raise your body temperature.
Keeping your extremities, such as your head and feet, cool can also lead to a more restful night.

Image via wikimedia commons 


This New TV Has A Transparent Display

It seems that the futuristic concept of watching shows on a television with a transparent display is close to hitting the stores! Xiaomi has revealed a brand new HDTV with a transparent display. The 55-inch OLED display can blend into the surroundings when turned off, as BGR details: 

The set itself boasts a 150000:1 contrast ratio, DCI-P3 93% color spectrum support, an extra-wide color spectrum, Dolby Atmos support, and a 120Hz refresh rate. The TV won’t come cheap and will set you back about $7,200 when it becomes available in China next week. The downside is that you probably won’t be able to pick this up outside of Asia.
Xiaomi calls the TV design itself a work of art, and from the promotional pictures we’ve seen so far, that seems to be accurate. That said, there’s no denying that the main selling point of Xiaomi’s new HDTV is its transparent display. When turned off, the HDTV appears to be nothing more than a sheet of glass. What’s more, the display can simultaneously show images while remaining transparent on other parts of the display.

Image via BGR 


Here’s A Cabin You Can Put Anywhere

This personal cabin can be placed anywhere you like. You can have the Mountain Refuge airlifted into the middle of the woods or to a precipice looking over the ocean. Live the secluded life, or just throw it in your backyard as a personal hub where you can rest. That is, of course, if you buy this cabin-style micro home. The Mountain Refuge features light wood, rustic finishes, a small kitchen, and a sauna-like bathroom. The structure can stand alone or be connected to another structure! 

Image via Urban Daddy


The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reboot

Will Smith is working on a new version of his '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but this time, it will drop the comedy to be an hour-long drama. It will be called just Bel-Air. This may sound a bit familiar to Neatorama readers, as we posted a short that does just that, produced by Morgan Cooper. Will Smith liked it, too.

Bel-Air is described as a dramatic take on the beloved '90s comedy that catapulted Smith to stardom over six seasons starring as the street-smart kid who moved from West Philly to the tony Los Angeles neighborhood. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air has been in the works for more than a year after the four-minute clip went viral when it was posted in March 2019 and caught Smith's attention. Cooper, a Fresh Prince superfan, created and directed the trailer that reimagined the series as if it were a drama. He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-EP.

The series will eventually land on a streaming service, but we don't know yet which one will win the bid. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter. -via Uproxx


Professional Stuntman Proposes to Girlfriend While on Fire

Proposing to your girlfriend is a risky venture. She could say no. Riky Ash's proposal had additional risks, as he waited until he had been set on fire before popping the question. The New York Post describes his stunt:

Ash, who’s been stunting as a body double for 27 years, says he was able to stay relaxed while on fire thanks to his kung fu training and says the nerve-wracking part was making sure the surprise went off without a hitch. “This one, I’m more nervous about the actual proposal than being set on fire.”

Ash's girlfriend, Katrina Dobson, says that she didn't know he would propose at that moment. She thought that she was simply joining him for a romantic photoshoot.

-via Instapundit


Making 1,600 Macarons By Myself In 3 Hours

Sugar Bean 슈가빈 shares a video of herself creating a lot of macarons for her store. Over a thousand macarons, on her own! I can’t even bake a simple treat for myself. If you’re looking for an inspiration for your stress baking sessions, this video might inspire you (or intimidate you). 


Golden Coronavirus Mask

The world’s most expensive mask is made of gold and diamonds, with a price tag of $1.5 million. Don’t worry about stocks of the mask, as the mask is a work in progress. The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, as The Huffington Post detailed: 

Levy, owner of the Yvel company, said the buyer had two other demands: that it be completed by the end of the year, and that it would be the priciest in the world. That last condition, he said, “was the easiest to fulfill.”
He declined to identify the buyer, but said he was a Chinese businessman living in the United States.
The glitzed-up face mask may lend some pizzazz to the protective gear now mandatory in public spaces in many countries. But at 270 grams (over half a pound) — nearly 100 times that of a typical surgical mask — it is not likely to be a practical accessory to wear.
In an interview at his factory near Jerusalem, Levy showed off several pieces of the mask, covered in diamonds. One gold plate had a hole for the filter.
“Money maybe doesn’t buy everything, but if it can buy a very expensive COVID-19 mask and the guy wants to wear it and walk around and get the attention, he should be happy with that,” Levy said.

Image via wikimedia commons


Idaho Man Bursts 40 Balloons In One Minute With Chopsticks

David Rush was able to reclaim his previously-held Guinness World Record for most balloons popped with chopsticks in one minute. Rush was able to pop 40 balloons, beating previous record holder Ahsrita Furman’s record of 36 balloons. This isn’t even Rush’s only claim to fame. Actually, he has  broken more than 150 Guinness records to promote STEM education!

Image screenshot via UPI


This Woman Traded Her Hairpin For A Minivan

Well, not exactly. Thanks to trading, Demi Skipper already has an iPhone and a minivan. The 29-year-old began a trading challenge with a simple hairpin. Skipper won’t stop until she gets a house. Now that’s dedication! Skipper was able to trade an iPhone 11 Pro Max for a van, as Sky News details:

Skeptics might wonder if her friends are helping her achieve her goal, but under the rules of the challenge she is forbidden from using cash or trading with anyone she knows.
Ms Skipper, who works for a restaurant reservation app, said she sends out around a thousand messages early in the morning and late at night, when her life is "all trades".

Image via Sky News 


Can We Make Babies From Bone Marrow Soon?

For decades, scientists have been trying to create functioning human gametes (eggs and sperm) from stem cells, according to Vittorio Sebastiano. In doing so, they would be able to discover the secrets of human development, and be able to help infertile people to have children. Over the years, scientists were able to achieve some progress such as being able to create mouse pups from stem cell-generated gametes. They were also able to create immature human egg cells. But when it comes to creating babies from bone marrows, there is still a long road that awaits our scientists.

When the first baby conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) was born in 1978, it was a major step forward for reproductive science and a precursor to the stem cell research conducted by Sebastiano and others today, he says. But IVF is not an option for every individual or couple trying to have a biological child, including those who are born without gametes or who receive aggressive cancer treatments at a young age. This scientific technique would offer these individuals a new shot at reproduction.
The next major step came in the 2000s, with the creation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). These cells are taken from blood or skin cells and reprogrammed to behave like embryonic cells, which have the ability to develop into any type of cell in the body. Since then, researchers have been trying to figure out how to turn these embryonic-like cells into functional sperm and eggs.

More details about this topic over at Discover Magazine.

(Image Credit: esudroff/ Pixabay)


What Makes Breakfast, “Breakfast”?

Short answer: We don’t know. Maybe breakfast is just a persistent illusion.

Bacon, eggs, oatmeal and avocado toast, along with some hot coffee and a newspaper. This is a typical picture of “breakfast.” But what makes this scene a breakfast scene? Is it the bacon? Is it the eggs? Is it the oatmeal or the avocado toast? This problem is referred to as The Hard Problem of Breakfast.

The stubborn fact remains that, no matter how deeply we probe into the nature of bacon, eggs, oatmeal, and avocado toast—to say nothing of shakshuka, grits, bear claws, or dim sum—or the interactions between these fundamental building blocks and, say, orange juice or coffee and the morning paper, we simply have no convincing theory to explain how such disparate, seemingly inert components give rise to the phenomenon we subjectively experience as “breakfast.”
It has long been understood that no breakfast can exist in the absence of its constituent foods and their related supporting structures such as plates and bowls, utensils, and toasters. A breakfast must self-evidently be “of” something to be considered a breakfast at all. Yet despite technological advances that have enabled scientists to probe these components at the most minute levels, we have to date found no trace of the theorized Breakfast Particle or any other plausible mechanism by which breakfast could emerge from the underlying biochemical or nutriophysical activity.

More details about this problem over at Nautilus.

What are your thoughts about this one?

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