Friday, 21 October 2016

Thousands Of Books Get Reshelved In New York Public Library

In preparation for the reopening of the New York Public Library's Rose Main Reading Room 52,000 books are being reshelved.

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25 Maps That Explain The English Language

English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It's spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century.

Here are 25 maps and charts that explain how English got started and evolved into the differently accented languages spoken today.

Found Footage

3D Animated film about a Zoologist travelling through a tropic jungle, documenting his progress while trying to track down a strange creature most believe to be extinct.

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New Species Of Giant Dinosaur Found In Outback Australia

A new species of giant herbivorous dinosaur has been found in outback Australia, helping to rewrite the textbooks on how the gentle giants spread around the globe.

The species is a member of the group of dinosaurs known as sauropods which have long necks and four thick, pillar-like legs. It is named Savannasaurus elliottorum after the savannah landscape it was found in.

Boulder Field Of Hickory Run State Park

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Hickory Run State Park, located in northeastern Pennsylvania, is home to one of the most striking geological feature in the state. It's a huge bed of rocks containing a jumbled assortment of loosely packed boulders.

The boulder field is extremely clean, in the sense that there is no fine material such as sand or clay filling the space between the boulders. And if you listen closely, you can sometimes hear water flowing beneath the rocks.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Machine Learning

The secret behind machine learning. This is how machines collect data. There isn't and won't be a more efficient way to gather information for machines. This is how artificial intelligence works and is created.

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15 Towns With A Population Of 15 (Or Less)

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Does your town feel too congested? Wish you had more alone time? Like having the road, air, land, and post office all to yourself? Then head to one of the not-so-bustling metropolises around the globe that feature occupations so slight a family moving in could possibly double the population.

15 Towns With A Population Of 15 (Or Less).

Thomas Edison's Least Successful Invention: The Spirit Phone

In the late 1920s, Thomas Edison reportedly gathered with other scientists in a secret laboratory to record the voices and presence of the dead. They used speakers, generators, and other experimental equipment.

Edison later disclaimed the idea, telling the New York Times in 1926 that he really had nothing to tell them, but he hated to disappoint them so he thought up this story about communicating with spirits, but it was all a joke.

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10 Extinct Animals With Surprising Attributes

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It's not easy studying animals when they're long dead. Nevertheless, paleontologists have managed to deduce quite a bit over the years. Then new research challenges established thought or uncovers species so weird that scientists don't know what to make of them.

Why You Shouldn't Store Tomatoes In The Fridge

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Are your tomatoes bland? Take them out of the fridge. A new study has shown storing tomatoes in cool air reduces their flavour. The cold case was solved by scientists from the US and China, who found that while the sugar and acidity of the tomatoes don't change, the genes that control flavour do.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Tiny Hamster Is A Zombie

Beware The Necro-Nom-Nom-Nomocon!

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Clear Enough

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Chambers Hidden In Great Pyramid? Scientists Cast Doubt

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A group of scientists has just claimed to have discovered two unknown voids or cavities within the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest pyramid ever constructed in Egypt. Such cavities can be signs of hidden burials or rooms.

But the results are more ambiguous. Scientists who are charged with overseeing the team's work said they are not convinced that sizable voids or cavities have been discovered.

The Last Mambabatok

Apo Whang-Od is considered the world's last Mambabatok (hand-tap tattoo artist) from her generation. At the estimated age of 99, she is now passing the tattooing tradition to a new generation in her tribe including her grand-niece Grace.

The tradition of this style of tattoo started as a symbol of pride for warriors and a marking of beauty for females in the Butbut tribe and has now taken a unique turn in their village, Kalinga, situated remotely in the mountains of the Luzon province in The Philippines.

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The Manliest Man In Every US State

What makes a man manly? The answer is far from simple. With Hollywood's influence, 'tall, dark and handsome' has been deep-rooted in our culture, but the physical appearance is only a minor aspect of what constitutes as a manly man.

Sunglass Warehouse has pulled the manliest man from every state, some of which may surprise you. The manly man is intelligent. The manly man is caring. The manly man made his mark.
The Manliest Man In Every US State.

This Explorer's Corpse Has Been Trapped In Ice For More Than A Century

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Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his crew are buried in the Ross Ice Shelf, which is moving. Here's what will happen to their bodies in the next few hundred years.

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How To Tell If You're Workaholic?

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Everyone loves a hard worker. In fact, pulling long hours on the job and earning big is considered by many to be the modern mark of success. Being labelled a workaholic is, as often as not, seen as a badge of honour.

But for some, the obsessive need to work comes at the expense of everything else. Health, relationships and even work quality can suffer. It's a high price to pay. Workaholics are less productive than colleagues with a healthier attitude and approach to work.