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This demonstrates two different movement illusions. In the first, adding a background makes a simple diagonally flowing ribbon appear to move to the right. In the second, two opposing expanding and contracting ribbons make the shape appear to twist. Under a minute to watch this short clip.
By: spam_vigilante
Sunday, Oct 6th 2019 (12:00am)
Have you ever heard of the term 'knolling?' I hadn't, but it is apparently one of the hottest Instagram trends out there right now, and even emergency services are getting involved!

So knolling is a type of flat-lay photography, where different objects are arranged at 90-degree angles from each other, then photographed from above. The look is symmetrical and pleasing to the eye and allows people to see a variety of objects in a single picture; perfect for demonstrating equipment or an inventory, for example. The process has been further popularized through LEGO, where builders carefully arranged their bricks by shape, style and color before getting to work on construction.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Sep 26th 2019 (2:24am)
I happen to have two friends who make their living as proofreaders. I think I will send this article from a few years ago to see what they think.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Sep 12th 2019 (12:00am)
Residents of a town in northeast England were fed up with the increasing number of potholes littering the streets and the town's lack of activity in repairing them.

One person took matters into his own hands, highlighting the potholes in the roads by spray-painting penises on them in hopes the town would be forced to fill the potholes.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Jul 23rd 2019 (7:48pm)
Believe it or not, I have a friend in Maryland who went twice. For a short visit, it's actually safe. You are probably exposed to more radiation taking a coast to coast flight.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Jun 10th 2019 (12:00am)
Hidden just beneath the surface of the ocean is a world where tiny ocean creatures must navigate a dense world of plastic soup.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Feb 20th 2019 (12:00am)
Killer whales, Japanese aphids and Homo sapiens — they're among the few organisms whose females live on long past the age of reproduction.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Feb 11th 2019 (12:49am)
For these guys, all a full moon does is further intensify their resentment toward Earth's partner in the sky.
By: dave
Thursday, Feb 7th 2019 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
Have you ever sworn off waste, only to find yourself dragging the cans to the curb once more? If you find yourself backsliding, remember the three Rs you learned in fifth grade: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Then, cut out two of those Rs and focus on the middle one: Reuse. If you adopt this approach - the KeepEverything method - you'll never revert to discarding again.
By: dave
Thursday, Jan 17th 2019 (12:00am)
So I saw a video the other day of a lady walking a banana, much to the surprise of passers-by. Wondering what that was all about, I dug deeper. Turns out, walking a banana is a common therapy in treating people with social anxiety, by forcing themselves into high-visibility, attention-attracting situations.
By: dave
Monday, Jan 7th 2019 (12:00am)
I was discussing how confusing all of this is to us on this side of the puddle with a friend of mine up by the Irish Sea. She pointed me to this video by CGP Grey.
It's all much clearer now.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Nov 30th 2018 (12:03am)
For the first time, scientists have discovered all-female termite colonies, living and flourishing in Japan. While we know of several insect species that easily thrive without any males, this is an exciting new development in our understanding of asexual reproduction.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Oct 2nd 2018 (12:00am)
Just play around with the sliders to achieve your perfectly calming background noise. It’s impossible not to try every one and each has its own unique charm.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Sep 10th 2018 (12:00am)
Yeah, you watched Looney Tunes. You've watched Merrie Melodies. Who is that guy behind the scenes? Watch and find out.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Aug 23rd 2018 (12:00am)
Yeah, you're laughing. But methane is a pretty awful greenhouse gas, far worse than CO2. By feeding seaweed to both cows and sheep, we could cut down on their belching out this crap into our atmosphere.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Aug 22nd 2018 (5:34pm)
The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers. Is it too late?
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Aug 17th 2018 (12:32am)
Urban histories can be told in a thousand ways. The archaeological research project of the North/South metro line lends the River Amstel a voice in the historical portrayal of Amsterdam. At Damrak and Rokin in the city centre, archaeologists had a chance to physically access the riverbed, thanks to the excavations for the massive infrastructure project of the North/South metro line between 2003 and 2012. The excavations in the Amstel yielded a deluge of finds, some 700,000 in all.
By: dave
Monday, Jul 2nd 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: reddit
Teens in Netherlands regularly top life satisfaction tables, with schooling playing a big role
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Wednesday, Jun 20th 2018 (12:00am)
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The thought of my sons harassing another person is enough to keep me up at night, so I asked experts for advice.
NYT article here.
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Tuesday, Jun 5th 2018 (12:00am)
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Last week was Friday the 13th. Superstitions abound for creative types.
They must have worked, since all these people became famous.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Apr 20th 2018 (12:00am)
Each "bird" follows a fairly simple set of rules: Each bird has a velocity, direction, and an angle and accelerates or decelerates a small percentage at a time. They will accelerate when it is going towards its destination, and decelerate when it is going away. Each one decides if it should turn left or right, or up or down, depending which way is best.
By: dave
Monday, Apr 9th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
Very literally raised by wolves, the now-72-years-old Marcos finds himself stuck between two worlds, being fully accepted neither by humanity nor his wolfen brethren... and it sucks.
By: dave
Tuesday, Apr 3rd 2018 (4:33am) | Thanks: reddit
You, a human being who we imagine likes to drive cars, are probably aware of the signs posted that state exactly how fast you can legally drive on a given road. But how the hell do those things even get determined?
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Mar 9th 2018 (12:32am)
Meet Jerry Selbee, a man with a knack for solving problems and spotting patterns and flaws. Jerry made an interesting discovery about his state's lottery and started a business playing the game for huge profit, attracting the attention of competitors and investigators alike.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 5th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: slorum
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