A chance encounter and shared moment with one of natures greatest and most fleeting phenomena. This video was captured on the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland that is the major physical barrier between the east and west sides of the country. There are fewer than twenty crossing-points between the north and south ends of this river. Italian physicist Giorgio Parisi studied their movement in 2010 and he breaks it down like this: … [Read more...] about Video: Murmuration. A swirling cloud of starlings in Ireland
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Let's imagine a thirsty dog or cat walking up to the water bowl. You could imagine them hurriedly lapping up the water, using the tongue like a ladle, trying to scoop water into its mouth, right? Well, research in the past couple years has revealed that this isn't exactly how these beautiful animals get water in their mouths! Let's start with cats specifically... How do cats drink water? Cats lap water so fast that the naked eye can't follow it fast enough to notice. It wasn't until 2010 … [Read more...] about The Ingenious Way Cats (And Dogs) Drink Water
If you live in Los Angeles and love HAYAO MIYAZAKI, then you may love this film festival series. His movies will be playing at two movie theaters. Check out the schedule and choose your favorite film. Get your friends to go with you. Bike there for extra fun. Half of the films will be presented in the original Japanese language versions with English subtitles, and half will be dubbed in English for a more family-friendly experience. For tickets and more information please refer to the … [Read more...] about Watch Hayao Miyazaki Films On The Big Screen
Last year I took a human anatomy class and it turned out to be one of the coolest classes ever! I started thinking differently about my body in so many ways, partly because of the content but mostly because my professor was one of the most knowledgeable and down to earth human beings ever. I picked up on a few really interesting things that I thought would be cool to share with all of you. Hope you find them as fascinating as I did! 1. Where do your the tears come from and what do they … [Read more...] about 5 Fascinating Things I Learned About The Human Body In Anatomy Class
Cinemagraphs are a mesmerizing new form of artistic expression that look like still photos but feature subtle areas of movement designed to grab your eye and keep you looking. These seamlessly looping animations capture action and preserve emotion with great precision. They are presented using the GIF format that has been around since 1987 but this is a fresh, artistic take on them that make them absolutely captivating. Exemplifying the unique beauty of each season through moving photographs. … [Read more...] about Cinemagraphs: The Four Seasons
If you are a science teacher who wants to find cool things to show the students, these are some great ideas. If you crave more inspiration, there's a website called Science Toys that's a great resource for demonstrating scientific principles using everyday household products. 1. Lenz's Law in action. Watch what happens when you drop a magnet down an aluminum tube. It's oddly relaxing to watch. Then, if you liked that, it's even slightly slower through a copper tube. 2. This … [Read more...] about 10 Awesome Science Experiments your Teachers Forgot to Show You!
We all know most of our body is made up of water but it turns out that the majority of people have a hard time remembering to drink water! For me personally, it wasn't until my late teens that I started to realize that I am constantly dehydrated. I don't even remember drinking much water up until high school. Plastic water bottles, which are so common nowadays, weren't even the norm back then. I wouldn't be surprised if a large chunk of people are living their entire lives dehydrated. … [Read more...] about How to Drink Water More Often
This animated gif has been open in one of my tabs for the past two days because every time I flip by it, I laugh at how awesome the baby looks. Fun fact... this baby is probably about 20 years old now! … [Read more...] about Best GIF Ever?
This post will probably make the most sense to those within my Generation Y since I myself was born in 1983. An interesting thing about us is that we are the last generation that remembers life before the takeoff of mass technology and globalization. I started going on the Internet in 1996. The internet was very different then. I remember how it was in the very beginning. Our computer connected to the same telephone line we made house calls with so nobody could use it as the same time … [Read more...] about From AOL IM’s to Forums to Facebook’s Timeline