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Watch Out for These Present Evils of Our Society!

Azerbaijan Artist-illustrator Gunduz Agaev tries to portray the increasing evils of the society through his artworks. According to him, the biggest evil is no other than the brainwashing done by mass media and authorities!

Shown below are some of his works.

More photos can be seen here.

Image Credit: English Russia Website


Did You Know That Music Has an Interesting Effect on Cheese as It Aged?

Last September 2018, Swiss cheesemaker Beat Wampfler, together with a team of researchers from the Bern University of Arts placed nine 22-lbs wheels of Emmental cheese in individual wooden crates in Wampfler’s cheese cellar. For the next six months, each cheese was exposed to an endless, 24-hour loop of one song. There is classical – Mozart’s The Magic Flute, rock – Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, ambient – Yello’s Monolithi, hip-hop – A Tribe Called Quest’s Jazz (We’ve Got), and techno fromage – Vril’s UV. This was to test the effect of sound waves in the aging process of cheeses.

The cheeses were evaluated by Food Technologists from the ZHAW Food Perception Research Group. They concluded that the cheese exposed to hip-hop had a strongest aroma and flavor.

“The bacteria did a good job,” Wampfler tells SwissInfo. The experts said A Tribe Called Quest’s cheese was “remarkably fruity, both in smell and taste, and significantly different from the other samples.”

Are the differences all in the taster’s heads? The fromage will now go through a biomedical survey to find out the structural differences of the cheeses.

Image Credit: The Conversation


Hong Kong Graveyards Reaching Up To 60 Stories

Finbarr Fallon, an architectural photographer, spent about four years documenting the vertical cemeteries on the space-squeezed island.

“I have always been intrigued by how city-specific cemetery design can be,” Fallon says via email. “While death is universal, its memorialization practices are not. I found it fascinating that extreme density and verticality continue to be a defining characteristic of Hong Kong’s dwellings for both the living and the dead.”

Hong Kong began suffering from land shortages in the late 1970s. Because of this, the government forbid the construction of new, permanent cemeteries in lieu of mass public burial sites. Amazingly, these cemeteries can reach heights up to 60 stories!

“The images juxtapose residences for two diametrically opposed groups—the high-rises for the living, and graves for the dead,” says Fallon of his photographs. While there is a conceptual tension between both environments, the geometric patterns that are reflected in both the skyscrapers’ gridded details and the cemetery’s uniform tombstones create a shared visual language.
Says Fallon: “In making this series I was interested in showing how death is a key force driving urban morphology: how memorializing people can mean they inadvertently live on to shape the landscape that the living continue to exist in, such that the dead might be said to wield more influence on the city morphology than they did when they were alive.”

Image Credit: Photo by Finbar Fallon


Making the Dowton Abbey Movie Was a Logistical Nightmare

After the success of the television series, Downton Abbey had an encore with its movie which was initially released a couple of days ago. But due to the success of its cast, the series creator Julian Fellowes said that the production of the movie was a logistical nightmare.

Speaking on CBS Sunday Morning, Fellowes said: "To the wider public, none of the young ones were really known, and now they're all famous around the world.
"They were doing shows on Broadway and movies and series in Hollywood and plays in London and God knows what.
"They all had to be extracted for a kind of 12-week period, and I think that was a logistical nightmare, but we happily got there in the end."

(Image credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Focus Features; IMDb)


Frozen 2 Will Be Dropping a New Trailer on Monday

It's been almost six years after the blockbuster success of Disney's Frozen and now, we are going to be treated to a sequel where the Frozen world will get that much bigger. But as we wait for its worldwide release, Disney is giving us a few snippets here and there about what we should expect. And on Monday, they will drop a new trailer on Good Morning America.

(Image credit: Disney; IMDb)


Marvel's Fictional Indestructible Metals: Adamantium vs. Vibranium, What Makes Each of Them Unique?

There are so many cool materials and technology being featured in almost all the Marvel stories, but two stand out among the rest as being invulnerable weapons: adamantium and vibranium. But between these two metals, there's actually just one that's truly invincible.

(Image credit: TraceFinder/MCU Wiki)


How Criminals Steal Money From You

From large Ponzi schemes to multi-million dollar cases of manipulating financial records, Canada has had its fair share of high-profile scams over the years. But how do people manage to pull off this kind of scheme? 

The Walrus presents to us several ways that criminals in order to get money from you. Check it out over at the site.

(Image Credit: geralt/ Pixabay)


Do Humans Really Have A Thirst For War?

There are two different perspectives when it comes to the nature of human beings. There is one, which argues that humans are inherently good, and there is the other, which argues that humans are inherently evil. The latter, for some reason, has become an unquestioned principle among many evolutionary biologists.

It is a tendency that began some time ago. When the Australian-born anthropologist Raymond Dart discovered the first australopithecine fossil in 1924, he went on to describe these early hominids as:
“Confirmed killers: carnivorous creatures that seized living quarries by violence, battered them to death, tore apart their broken bodies, dismembered them limb from limb, slaking their ravenous thirst with the hot blood of the victims and greedily devouring living writhing flesh.”

But according to David Barash, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, this idea is a dangerous one.

Find out his reason over at Aeon.

(Image Credit: alles/ Pixabay)


You Can Now Experience The Impossible Burger In Your Own Kitchen

For several years, the companies Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have been continuously gaining attention because of their meat alternatives, which have been possible through the use of state-of-the-art technology. However, both companies have not crossed paths yet, Beyond Meat focused on getting into grocery stores, while Impossible Foods focused on the restaurant market. 

Both Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods sell their ground burger alternatives in similar packaging. They look about like ground meat and both reportedly char—like the real thing—when cooked in a skillet. But just how they will stack up against each other in the hands of home cooks remains to be seen.

Now, people will be able to judge which meat alternative is the better one, as Impossible Foods announced on September 20 that they will be moving their product into grocery stores.

It will roll out first into 27 Gelson’s grocery stores in California, and has promised news of more expansion in the coming months. A 12-ounce package of Impossible’s plant-based meat goes for about $9 a pop.

What are your thoughts on this one?

(Image Credit: Gelson’s Markets/ Twitter)


The Legend of the Lotus in South Asian Mythology

The lotus is featured in many depictions of South Asian mythology wherein many of the gods and goddesses are placed atop the lotus. It is perhaps because the lotus has become the symbol for purity and thus, the gods and goddesses who like humans have the need to sit would be exalted by seating them on a lotus.

Read more on this at DNA India.

(Image credit: kangbch/Pixabay)

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