Why do so many country names end in -stan? The suffix -stan is Persian for 'place of' or 'country.' This video explains how the root word gave us so many other words in various languages, and spread to places you wouldn't have expected.
Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.
Friday, Jan 2nd 2015 (12:01am)
For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend - or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest.
Tuesday, Aug 26th 2014 (12:03am) | Thanks: Niveras
The Brazilian family da Silva with a rare genetic disorder giving six fingers on each hand has become a symbol of their nation's hopes to bring home Brazil's sixth world cup title.
Watching a cucumber plant grow is way more interesting than you’d think. in this video, we get a close look at the physics of the tendrils that cucumbers use to grab onto supports. I spend some of my gardening time trying to “help” a tendril catch the support I build for it, with mixed results. They seem to have it pretty well figured out on their own. Biologist Roger Hangarter has a website called Plants-In-Motion, where you can see many different time-lapse movies of plants.
Tuesday, May 13th 2014 (12:15am) | Thanks: Squid
If you work in an office or just like to be organized, you'll be familiar with binder clips. They're those incredibly cheap, little black (or colored) clips that keep things together. What you probably don't know, though, is that they're arguably the ultimate hacking tool. There aren't many things as cheap or abundant that accomplish so many things.
To help you realize binder clip glory, here are 33 life-changing ways to use binder clips.
Tuesday, Apr 22nd 2014 (12:04am)
With the help of Google Translate (and an ability to interpret completely random sentence structure), an American can find out what kind of advice the Japanese give to their own countrymen on how to handle the peculiarities of American culture. Here are some things to look out for if you are visiting America from Japan.
Friday, Feb 21st 2014 (12:08am)
We hope you're not afraid of heights, because this even made our palms sweat. What you see below is a mountain in China called Mt. Hua Shan. At its base, you'll find a gigantic set of stone stairs, called "the Heavenly Stairs." These stairs go so high up the mountainside, it's hard to see where they end. If that wasn't enough, the precarious stairs lead to the world's most dangerous trail, the Hua Shan plank path. The plank trail leads high up the Hua Shan mountain just outside the city Xi'an. No one will force you to wear safety gear, although it's strongly encouraged. The trail itself is dangerous and stunning, but what is at the top will really shock you.
Wednesday, Jan 8th 2014 (3:49am)
Artist Joel Cooper uses an origami technique called tessellation to make ornate masks that are covered in intricate textures and patterns. Each mask is folded from a single sheet of paper (he’s posted a how-to on his blog). The tessellation technique can be used to create the illusion of a weaved pattern, as well as ridged corrugations and other repeating geometric patterns. Cooper’s masks are available for purchase.
Sunday, Dec 29th 2013 (9:27am)
Death Valley hosts one of the most enigmatic geological phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for decades. In Racetrack Playa are the "sailing stones", which seem to glide across the flat dry desert on their own, without human or animal intervention.
The Earth performed the ultimate magic trick last week, making an island appear out of nowhere. The new island is a remarkable side effect of the deadly Sept. 24 earthquake in Pakistan that killed more than 500 people.
A haunting new video of the 2011 tsunami in Japan has emerged, showing how quickly the situation changed from a curious rush of water into a horrific torrent of nature.
Beginning at about the 3-minute mark, the video shows a subtle rise in the water along a canal which is just calm enough to keep onlookers from being scared away. But as the minutes progress, the water level rises and the stream becomes more powerful, forcing spectators as well as the cameraman to scurry to higher ground.
At about 7 minutes into the video, it’s clear that the water is flowing over the canal walls and barreling into the surrounding town. The devastation that follows is incredible in its scope as it is terrifying.
Thursday, Aug 15th 2013 (10:09am)
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