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Plzeň: capital of culture, birthplace of beer
The Czech city of Plzeň (or Pilsen) has always been famous for its beer. After all, when a particular brew is labelled a pils or pilsner, it’s simply a tip of the hat to the town where the modern version of this amber-coloured lager was first developed in the mid-19th century...
Plzeň
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Denmark: New Documents Reveal Lenin Was A German Agent
Copenhagen - Construction workers working on the renovation of the basement of an old warehouse in the Danish capital, have discovered many boxes of documents dating from 1917 and 1918, that allegedly confirm that Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, would have been for many years an active agent of the German Secret Service. The files are linked to the Handels og-Eksport Kompagniet, an import-export company that was used as a front organization by the Bolsheviks before and during the...
Vladimir Lenin
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The 22 Most Unbelievably Colorful Places On Earth
With fall in full swing -- let's look back at how much color the nature offers us the rest of the year!
Nature photography
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The 25 Best Museums In The World To Visit This Winter
Did your favorite make it onto the list? You'll never guess #1!
Great museums
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GoPro: Red Bull X Alps on Vimeo
Hike, climb and paraglide your way through the Alps with Christian Maurer as he attempts to win the Red bull X Alps, one of the world's toughest adventure races, for the third consecutive time.
Red Bull X-Alps
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Teotihuacan tunnel: researchers reach end, find secret chambers
A YEARS-LONG exploration of a tunnel sealed almost 2000 years ago at the ancient city of Teotihuacan has yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three chambers that could hold more important finds.
Teotihuacan
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SpaceshipTwo Explodes, Crashes in Virgin Galactic Test Flight, At Least 1 Dead
BREAKING: At least 1 dead when Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket crashes in California MOJAVE, Calif. — Virgin Galactic says the SpaceShipTwo...
Breaking News
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Virgin Galactic Spaceship EXPLODES ... Pilot Dead
A Virgin Galactic spaceship exploded during a test flight Friday over California's Mojave Desert  ... leaving one crew member dead and another…
Virgin Galactic
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Design of Small, Safe and Robust Quadrotor Swarms
This work presents the capabilities and demonstrates the robustness of the "Pico Quadrotor" - the smallest autonomous quadrotor at the time of publication of...
Quadcopter
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Remembering Günther Domenig
Celebrating one of the most emblematic figures in Austrian radical architecture, Domus turns to its archives presenting the drawings and images of Domenig's Zentralsparkasse Bank in Vienna, published in 1980.
Günther Domenig
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Dynamic Periodic Table
Interactive periodic table with dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation, trend visualization, orbitals, isotopes, and compound search. Full descriptions from write-up sources.
Periodic table
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Land speed record
The land speed record (or absolute land speed record) is the highest speed achieved by a wheeled vehicle on land. There is no single body for validation and regulation; in practice the Category C ("Special Vehicles") flying start regulations are used, officiated by regional or national organizations under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. The record is standardized as the speed over a course of fixed length, averaged over two runs (commonly called "passes"). Two runs are required in opposite directions within one hour, and a new record mark must exceed the previous one by at least one percent to be validated. There are numerous other class records for cars; motorcycles fall into a separate class.
Extremes
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Live Ants Create "Sculpture" Tunnels in New Plexiglass Art
In this "live" new piece of art by artist Brad Troemel, worker ants take center stage as they're seen creating tunnels through multi-colored gel. The gel provides the ants with all of the necessary nutrients, so it's up to the ants to complete their daily tasks. This includes biting into the gel, chewing it and packing smaller bits into larger spheres, carrying gel chunks to the surface and storing their refuse into designated piles. Most of the gel is excavated and organized.
Unusual
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Professor Brian Cox says alien life is all but impossible as humanity is 'unique'
Presenter makes bold claim during BBC documentary. He says the spark of life on earth billions of years ago was a fluke. 'We still struggle to understand what happened. It's incredibly unusual'
Extraterrestrial life
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Pairing Beer With Food Like A Champ
Fact: beer is old. So wouldn’t it make sense that hundreds of thousands of people before us would discover the vast arrays of flavours and complexities when pairing beer with food? Luckily for us, they have. Read on to give yourself yet another excuse to read for another oat soda. And if you’re more of a wine guy, we got you covered here.
Beer style
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Jamón ibérico
Jamón ibérico (Spanish: [xaˈmon iˈβeɾiko]; "Iberian ham", also called pata negra and carna negra [ˈpata ˈneɣɾa]; "black hoof") is a type of cured ham produced mostly in Spain, but also in some Portuguese regions where it is called presunto ibérico (Portuguese: [pɾɨˈzũtu iˈβɛɾiku]). According to Spain's Denominación de Origen rules on food products, the jamón ibérico may be made from black Iberian pigs, or cross-bred pigs as long as they are at least 75% ibérico.
Spanish cuisine
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Brazilian Police To Wear Glasses That Scans Faces To Find Criminals
In technology that is lifted straight from Robocop, Brazilian cops will be outfitted with glasses that can scan faces in a crowd and automatically pick out criminals. The glasses use advanced facial recognition technology that can scan 400 faces a second at 50 yards away.
Facial recognition system
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​Even World War III Won't Prevent A Population Bomb, Say Scientists
A new study concludes that strict fertility measures, such as a one-child policy, or even a mass catastrophe like a global plague or a third world war, would not have a significant effect on the human population trajectory this century. To reach this rather surprising conclusion, researchers Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook from the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute analyzed recent UN estimates projecting a global population of 11 billion people by 2100. The work reaffirms a related r...
Human overpopulation
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The coded world of Russian prison tattoos
The human iconography of the Russian underground. Intricate, coded prison tattoos from the 1970s-90s.
Tattoo
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Isil jihadists 'offered teenager $25,000 to carry out bombings in Vienna'
A 14-year-old boy suspected of planning a series of bombings in Vienna reportedly offered $25,000 (£16,000) by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to carry out attacks ...
Terrorism
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National Geographic: Megastructures - Galaxy C5
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
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Home of the future ?
The Glitch Chamber is an immersive biofeedback space. It reads the ECG activity of the person within the chamber (a direct correlate of excitement states) and displays…
Biofeedback
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Lost Egyptian City Found Underwater After 1200 Years
1,200 years ago the ancient Egyptian city of Heracleion disappeared beneath the Mediterranean. Founded around 8th century BC, well before the foundation of Alexandria in 331 BC, it is believed Heracleion served as the obligatory port of entry to Egypt for all ships coming from the Greek world. Prior to its discovery in 2000 by archaeologist Franck Goddio and the IEASM (European Institute for Underwater Archaeology), no trace of Thonis-Heracleion had been found (the city was known to the Greeks a...
Heracleion
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Announces ‘I’m Proud To Be Gay’ - YouTube
Tim Cook, the CEO of the most valuable corporation in the world, announced recently, “I’m proud to be gay.” In an essay published in Bloomberg Businessweek, he says that it isn’t something he’s ever hidden, and many of his colleagues at Apple have known for some time. He notes that they never treated him differently, and expresses how grateful he is to be surrounded by such creative and innovative people. Cook also acknowledges that not all individuals have the fortune of being amongst such type...
Homosexuality
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Is there really a vaginal orgasm?
A quest to experience 'vaginal orgasms' can cause women needless anxiety, sex therapists say. But does the vaginal orgasm really exist anyway?
Orgasm
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NATO says Russian jets, bombers circle Europe in unusual incidents - The Washington Post
NATO said Wednesday that it had intercepted a large number of Russian aircraft flying close to European airspace in the past two days, in an “unusual” series of incidents that brought Russian bombers as far afield as Portugal. The aircraft — at least 19 in all — offered reminders of Russian air power at a time of the worst relations between the West and Russia since the Cold War. Russian military aircraft have significantly increased their activity in Europe since the conflict in Ukraine began ...
NATO
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BBC News - In pictures: Relics discovered in Mexico's Teotihuacan
Some 50,000 artefacts are discovered in Mexico's ancient city of Teotihuacan, Mexican archaeologists say, shedding light on its mysterious past.
Artifact (archaeology)
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48 hours in Milan
Milan visitors flock here not only for La Scala opening nights and Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, but also for spring and fall fashion weeks, chic designer showrooms and modern art fairs. Modern Milanese are audacious, industrious daydreamers. So why not jump in and join them in their intoxicating round of pursuits, be that precision shopping, browsing modern art galleries or downing an expertly mixed Negroni.
Tourism in Milan
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Cool: Fridge Without Using Electricity!
This is Mohammed Bah Abba's Pot-in-pot invention. In northern Nigeria, where Mohammed is from, over 90% of the villages have no electricity. His invention, which he won a Rolex Award for (and $100,000), is a refrigerator than runs without electricity.
Invention
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Honey, I Shrunk the Rocket Engine
Alan Epstein reaches onto his office shelf, picks up a rocket engine, and places it on his desk in front of me. It's the size and thickness of a nickel, but square and gleaming like polished silver. I pick it up and look closely at the tiny combustion chamber and nozzle etched into the wafer's silicon surface. "This will change the way we think about launching small payloads into space," says Epstein, who heads the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT. He then produces another silvery s...
Micromachinery
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Diet Coke Prints 2 Million Unique Labels in Latest Stroke of Packaging Genius
You thought Coca-Cola was getting personal when it rolled out 250 bottle labels featuring people's first names. Well, Diet Coke just went and individualized 2 million bottle designs. Coca-Coca Israel created the campaign, with help from Gefen Team, Q Digital and HP Indigo.
Packaging and labeling
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Interactive: Snake Oil Supplements? The scientific evidence for health supplements
Antioxidants? Vitamins C, D, E, K? Are any health supplements really worth taking? See our interactive data visualisation of all the scientific-evidence.
Health supplement
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Curiosities: 34 Fascinating Facts
Here is some good old fashioned useless knowledge to fill up your brain with all of the useful stuff you can't seem to learn.
Trivia
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Discovery of Quantum Vibrations in 'Microtubules' Inside Brain Neurons Supports Controversial Theory of Consciousness
A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in Physics of Life Reviews claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons. The recent discovery of quantum vibrations in “microtubules” inside brain neurons corroborates this theory, according to review authors Stuart Hameroff and Sir Roger Penrose. They suggest that EEG rhythms (brain waves) also derive from deeper level microtubule vibrations, and that from a p...
Consciousness
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SURFING @ 1000 FRAMES PER SECOND
All images where shot using The Phantom Flex, Phantom Miro M-320S and the new Phantom 4K Flex with Arri Ultra prime lenses and Chris Bryan Films custom underwater…
Humanly impossible
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Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into its new life extension company, Calico
In September of this year, Google announced its newest project, Calico, which promised to take on the illness known as aging which effects us as human beings. Google founder Larry Page and Google Ventures' Bill Maris have been driving forces behind this project, and both are personally interested and invested in the idea of radical life extension... It was one of the company's...
Life extension
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William Forsythe (dancer) - In the Middle -Zakharova
Svetlana Zakharova and Andre Merkuriev of the Mariinsky performing the pas de deux from In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated. Choreographed by Forsythe. I wrote ...
Modern dance
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Big wave surfing
Big wave surfing is a discipline within surfing in which experienced surfers paddle into or are towed onto waves which are at least 20 feet (6.2 m) high, on surf boards known as "guns" or towboards. Sizes of the board needed to successfully surf these waves vary by the size of the wave as well as the technique the surfer uses to reach the wave. A larger, longer board allows a rider to paddle fast enough to catch the wave and has the advantage of being more stable, but it also limits maneuverability and surfing speed. In 1992, big wave surfers such as Laird Hamilton and Darrick Doerner introduced a cross over sport called tow in surfing. While many riders still participate in both sports, they remain very distinct activities. This type of surfing involves being towed into massive waves by jet ski, allowing for the speed needed to successfully ride. Tow in surfing also revolutionized board size, allowing surfers to trade in their unwieldy 12 ft. boards in favor of light, 7 ft boards that allowed for more speed and easier maneuverability in waves over 30 ft. By the end of the 1990s, tow in surfing allowed surfers to ride waves exceeding 50 ft.
Sport
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2013 World Table Tennis Championships Top 10 Shots
During the last 8 days of the 2013 World Table Tennis Championships in Paris, there were some breathtaking shots and rallies. We have compressed this into th...
Table tennis
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Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford
To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and works in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia where he spends his time documenting the living world around him, often traveling to remote locations to seek out rare animals, plants, and even people. But it’s his work tracking down some of the world’s strangest and brilliantly diverse mushrooms and other fungi that has resulted in an a...
Mushroom
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