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Weird Science Facts you should know   Leave a comment

 

  1. Clothes that are dried outside DO smell better because of a process called photolysis. What happens is this: sunlight breaks down compounds in the laundry that cause odor, such as perspiration and body oils.
  2. South Korean scientists successfully cloned a dog in 2011 and they also genetically modified it so it can glow in the dark. Source
  3. Clouds fly higher during the day than the night.
  4. Dirty snow melts faster than clean.
  5. Back in the mid to late 80’s, an IBM compatible computer wasn’t considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, probably because of the fact that it is one of the hardest programs to get running.
  6. There is scientific evidence that money can buy you happiness. Source
  7. Some early TV screens did emit excessive X-rays, as did computer monitors, but that was fixed long ago. Doctors suggest that at worst, sitting too close might cause some temporary eye fatigue—the same for reading with insufficient light—but no permanent damage, no matter what your mother claimed.
  8. A “fulgerite” is fossilized lightning. It forms when a powerful lightning bolt melts the soil into a glass-like state.
  9. STASI, the East German secret police organization, devised a devilishly clever way to prevent someone from giving them the slip during the Cold War: they managed to synthesize the scent of a female dog in heat, which they applied to the shoes of the person under surveillance. Then they simply had a male dog follow the scent.
  10. Experiments conducted in Germany and at the University of Southampton in England show that even mild and incidental noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate. It is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers, and others who perform delicate manual operations are so bothered by noise. The sounds cause their pupils to change focus and blur their vision.
  11. After a massive power outage in Los Angeles, many residents called 911 and reported seeing strange clouds overhead – the Milky Way.Source
  12. A downburst is a downward blowing wind that sometimes comes blasting out of a thunderstorm. The damage looks like tornado damage, since the wind can be as strong as an F2 tornado, but debris is blown straight away from a point on the ground. It’s not lofted into the air and transported downwind.
  13. On December 2, 1942, a nuclear chain reaction was achieved for the first time under the stands of the University of Chicago’s football stadium. The first reactor measured 30 feet wide, 32 feet long, and 21.5 feet high. It weighed 1,400 tons and contained 52 tons of uranium in the form of uranium metal and uranium oxide. Although the same process led to the massive energy release of the atomic bomb, the first artificially sustained nuclear reaction produced just enough energy to light a small flashlight.
  14. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top. This is because the carbonation in the drink gets pockets of air stuck in the wrinkles of the raisin, which is light enough to be raised by this air. When it reaches the surface of the champagne, the bubbles pop, and the raisin sinks back to the bottom, starting the cycle over.
  15. Bacteria, the tiniest free-living cells, are so small that a single drop of liquid contains as many as 50 million of them.
  16. The proper name of earth’s satellite is Luna. The grammar books say that “moon” (and likewise “earth” and “sun”) should be lower case, with the exception of when “earth” is in a list with other planets. The earth is Terra; the sun is Sol. This is where we get the words “extraTERREstrial” and “SOLar”.
  17. At any given time, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over the earth’s atmosphere.
  18. Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.
  19. Because of the rotation of the earth, an object can be thrown farther if it is thrown west. If measured against a fixed point in space.
  20. The pitch drop experiment is the world’s longest continuously running laboratory experiment. It measures the flow of a piece of pitch by counting the drops that fall from a funnel. Since 1927 8 drops have fallen. The ninth drop is expected to fall in 2013. Live Stream for anyone interested Source
  21. The fastest moon in our solar system circles Jupiter once every seven hours – traveling at 70,400 miles per hour.
  22. George Ellery Hale was the 20th century’s most important builder of telescopes. In 1897, Hale built a 40 inch wide telescope, the largest ever built at that time. His second telescope, with a sixty inch lens, was set up in 1917 and took 14 years to build. During the 14 years Hale became convinced that he suffered from “Americanitis” a disorder in which the ambitions of Americans drive them insane. During the building of his 100 inch lens Hale spent time in a sanatorium and would only discuss his plans for the telescope with a “sympathetic green elf”.
  23. Hale’s 100 inch lens built in the early 1900s was the largest solid piece of glass made until then. The lens was made by a French specialist who poured the equivalent of ten thousand melted champagne bottles into a mold packed with heat maintaining manure so that the glass would cool slowly and not crack.
  24. The shockwave from a nitroglycerine explosion travels at 17,000 miles per hour.
  25. The planet Saturn has a density lower than water. If there was a bathtub large enough to hold it, Saturn would float.
  26. Earth’s atmosphere is, proportionally, thinner than the skin of an apple.
  27. The first portable calculator placed on sale by Texas Instruments weighed only 2-1/2 pounds and cost a mere $150. (1971)
  28. Carolyn Shoemaker has discovered 32 comets and approximately 800 asteroids.
  29. Because of the salt content of the Dead Sea, it is difficult to dive below its surface.
  30. The planet Venus has the longest day.
  31. The first atomic bomb exploded at Trinity Site, New Mexico.
  32. All organic compounds contain carbon.
  33. Three astronauts manned each Apollo flight.
  34. Out of all the senses, smell is most closely linked to memory.
  35. There are 7 stars in the Big Dipper.
  36. The hardness of ice is similar to that of concrete. Read More
  37. Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system.
  38. The speed of sound must be exceeded to produce a sonic boom.
  39. The nearest galaxy to our own is Andromeda.
  40. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.
  41. Blood is 6 times thicker than water.
  42. Dissolved salt makes up 3.5 percent of the oceans.
  43. Three stars make up Orion’s belt.
  44. Glaciers store about 75% of the world’s freshwater. In Washington State alone, glaciers provide 470 billion gallons of water each summer.
  45. To an observer standing on Pluto, the sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears in our evening sky.
  46. According the quantum mechanical experiments, the future determines the present. Source
  47. The first man-made item to exceed the speed of sound is the bull whip our leather whip. When the whip is snapped, the knotted end makes a “crack” or popping noise. It is actually causing a mini sonic boom as it exceeds the speed of sound.
  48. There is a group of people who believe that the earth is hollow, and are planning an expedition to prove it.Source
  49. Travelling at the speed of 186,000 miles per second, light take 6 hours to travel from Pluto to the earth
  50. A full moon always rises at sunset. Read More
  51. In the 1950s a scientist at Tulane University discovered the “pleasure centers” of the brain by zapping it with electricity and gave a woman a 30-minute orgasm. Source
  52. A bowl of lime Jell-O, when hooked up to an EEG machine, exhibited movement which is virtually identical to the brain waves of a healthy adult man or woman.
  53. If the world were tilted one degree more either way, the planet would not be habitable because the area around the equator would be too hot and the poles would be too cold.
  54. The opposite of a “vacuum” is a “plenum.”
  55. Have you ever wondered what life on earth 1,900 million years ago smelled like well, it smelled a lot like rotten eggs. Source
  56. In 1980, Namco released PAC-MAN, the most popular video game (or arcade game) of all time. The original name was going to be PUCK MAN, but executives saw the potential for vandals to scratch out part of the P in the games marquee and labeling.

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The Giant Telescope That Helps Take the Sharpest Space Photos Yet   Leave a comment

 
 
 Credited :Andrew Tarantola
 

The Hubble Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos but the venerable telescope has been orbiting for nearly a quarter century and is quickly nearing the end of its already-extended service life. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, telescope technology has advanced significantly since the Hubble went up in 1990. And by the end of the decade, we’ll have completed an all-seeing observatory with ten times the Hubble’s resolution and none of its space-based complications.

Since pouring and shaping an 80-foot wide piece of borosilicate glass is still beyond our most advanced fabrication techniques, the GMT employs a segmented mirror array comprised of six offset 8.4 meter mirrors working in concert. These mirrors are precisely shaped and uncannily flat.

Produced at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) in Tucson, Arizona, each mirror starts out as a honeycomb mold. This mold is “spin cast” in a giant rotating oven, using cintrifugal force to spread the glass into a hollow disc much the same way pizza crusts are made. Not only does this cut down on the massive weight of each mirror, it allows them to be precisely cooled at night to reduce thermal distortion. Each mirror spends a full year being polished to within a tolerance of a few wavelengths-roughly a millionth of an inch. For perspective, if each mirror were the size of America, Mount McKinley would be barely an inch tall.

The Giant Telescope That Helps Take the Sharpest Space Photos Yet

As with most optical telescopes, incoming light reflects off of these primary mirrors, then again off a set of secondary mirrors, and into the telescope’s CCD imaging apparatus. What most optical telescopes don’t have, however, is adaptive optics. This revolutionary image stabilization technique employs laser guide stars to act as reference points. By measuring the amount of atmospheric distortion these lasers run into and deforming the secondary mirrors accordingly, this system can image more of the night sky, more clearly, and with far less distortion than conventional ground-based telescopes.

It “will allow us to look at giant black holes almost anywhere in the cosmos,” project director Patrick McCarthy, told Motherboard. It will study galaxy formation, hunt for dark matter and clues about the earliest states of the universe. Not only that, researchers hope that the GMT’s ultra-res images may find both undiscovered Earth-sized planets and evidence of life on them as well. It’s a one-stop alien spotting shop.

It’s called the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), and for good reason. For the last decade or so, the Baade and Clay telescopes have operated at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile’s Atacama desert as part of the Magellan Project, a collaborative effort by the Carnegie Institution, University of Arizona, Harvard University, University of Michigan, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At 6.5 meters apiece, measured by their apertures, these optical/near IR telescopes are among the 16 largest telescopes on Earth, the biggest of which measures 10.4 meters.

The GMT will have an aperture of 24.5 meters-that’s 80 feet across, 2.5 times that of the largest ground-based optical on the planet, nearly four times bigger than the current Magellen project, with a resolution 10 times that of the Hubble. All without having to be launched into orbit.

 
 

 

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What We Used to Think the Earth Looked Like From Space   Leave a comment

 
 
 
 It’s nearly impossible for us to imagine how the Earth might look to someone who’s only ever seen it from a local’s vantage point. But thanks to the Library of Congress, we don’t have to imagine-newly posted images of 19th century drawings show us exactly what humans thought the Earth looked like far before we could ever have known for sure. The Smithsonian compiled a few of them, and some of our favorites lie below. You can see the rest over at The Library of Congress here. [Library of Congress via The Smithsonian]

What We Used to Think the Earth Looked Like From Space

 

A little over two decades later, in 1898, the book The Story of the Sun, Moon, and Stars gave us another image of a (much closer) Earth as seen from the moon.

What We Used to Think the Earth Looked Like From Space

 

It’s only really in recent years that we’ve had an actual view of the Earth from our nearest neighbor, Mars, but in 1920, a science fiction book called A Trip to Mars ventured a guess at a Martian’s view of our home planet.

What We Used to Think the Earth Looked Like From Space

Ashley Feinberg

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Why You Can’t Tell Your Brain to Not Think About a Thing   Leave a comment

                                           

 

Forget complex math problems, logic puzzles, memorization. The hardest thing you can try to do with your brain is to not think about something. It’s virtually impossible. But why? As New Scientist explains, it has to do with what thoughts are actually made out of.

Your brain is a ceaseless hum of electric static as all your neurons shout back and forth to each other. But when you think-really think-all those crackles and pops coalesce into something more definite and specific. Beyond that, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on, but the thought to not think about “x” necessarily makes that thought physically appear in your brain. Tough luck.

It’s a little trippy when you get into the nitty gritty of what your brain really is, isn’t it? Best just to try not to think about it. [New Scientist]

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Our Universe Might Just Be Fourth-Dimensional Black Hole Vomit   Leave a comment

  

 
 
 Scientists are proposing a radical new way of think about how the universe began. In a new imagining of the Big Bang theory, they think it could have been the result of a four-dimensional star collapsing in on itself to form a black hole, which then proceeded to spew its guts out and, kindly, form our universe.

The standard Big Bang theory has some limitations. The singularity-the idea that everything came from essentially nowhere-is one of them. The fact that the universe is at an almost uniform temperature is another, because that doesn’t square with the speed at which the universe has expanded. So physicists often ponder alternative theories that could explain the origin of our universe.

And that’s just what Niayesh Afshordi, an astrophysicist with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada, has done. Here’s, roughly, what he proposes:

  • Our three-dimensional universe floats as a membrane in a “bulk universe” that has four dimensions.
  • That “bulk universe” has 4D stars, which go through the same life cycles as our normal 3D ones.
  • The most massive ones explode as supernovae, and their central core collapses into a black hole, like in our universe-just in 4D.
  • The 4D black hole has its own 4D “event horizon,” a boundary between the inside and the outside of a black hole.
  • In a 3D universe, the event horizon appears to be 2D. In a 4D universe, it appears to be 3D. (Do you see where this is going?)
  • The 4D black hole, then, blows apart, with the leftover material forming a 3D membrane, surrounding a 3D event horizon, which expands-and is essentially our universe.

So, according to the theory, our universe is the vomited-up guts of a 4D black hole. The expansion of the event horizon explains our universe’s expansion; the fact that its creation stems from another 4D universe explains the weird temperature uniformity. You can take a second to process all that, it’s okay.

Of course, it’s speculative; it’s pretty tricky, after all, knowing for sure what happened at the birth of our universe, and the work’s yet to be peer reviewed, but the researchers think it has promise. Plus, there’s something comforting in the notion that we’re all just spatters of stellar vomit. [arXiv via Phys.org]

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Incredible new technologies you’ll see by 2021   Leave a comment

 

The future

WHILE WE can’t really predict what the future holds, we can look at how far we’ve come with technology in merely the last decade and realize the present we know now will, very soon, find itself memorialized in nostalgia. Here are some technologies on the horizon that are poised to change your life.

2012

Ultrabooks – The last two years have been all about the tablet. Laptops, with their “untouchable” screens, have yet to match any tablet’s featherweight portability and zippy response times. However, by next year, ultraportable notebooks — Ultrabooks — will finally be available for under $1000, bringing a complete computing experience into areas of life which, until now, have only been partially filled by smaller technologies such as tablets and smartphones. They weigh around three pounds, measure less than an inch thick, and the hard drives are flash-based, which means they’ll have no moving parts, delivering zippy-quick startups and load times.

The Mars Science Laboratory – By August 2012, the next mission to Mars will reach the Martian surface with a new rover named Curiosity focusing on whether Mars could ever have supported life, and whether it might be able to in the future. Curiosity will be more than 5 times larger than the previous Mars rover, and the mission will cost around $2.3 billion — or just about one and a half New Yankee Stadiums.

Brain cap

The Brain Cap, from U of Maryland.

The paralyzed will walk. But, perhaps not in the way that you’d imagine. Using a machine-brain interface, researchers are making it possible for otherwise paralyzed humans to control neuroprostheses — essentially mechanical limbs that respond to human thought — allowing them to walk and regain bodily control. The same systems are also being developed for the military, which one can only assume means this project won’t flounder due to a lack of funding.

2013

The Rise of Electronic Paper – Right now, e-paper is pretty much only used in e-readers like the Kindle, but it’s something researchers everywhere are eager to expand uponFull-color video integration is the obvious next step, and as tablet prices fall, it’s likely newspapers will soon be fully eradicated from their current form. The good news: less deforestation, and more user control over your sources.

4G will be the new standard in cell phone networks. What this means: your phone will download data about as fast as your home computer can. While you’ve probably seen lots of 4G banter from the big cell providers, it’s not very widely available in most phones. However, both Verizon and the EU intend to do away with 3G entirely by 2013, which will essentially bring broadband-level speeds to wireless devices on cell networks. It won’t do away with standard internet providers, but it will bring “worldwide WiFi” capabilities to anyone with a 4G data plan.

Read more: 10 ways technology will change travel by 2020

The Eye of Gaia, a billion-pixel telescope will be sent into space this year to begin photographing and mapping the universe on a scale that was recently impossible. With the human eye, one can see several thousand stars on a clear night; Gaia will observe more than a billion over the course of its mission — about 1% of all the stars in the Milky Way. As well, it will look far beyond our own galaxy, even as far as the end of the (observable) universe.

2014

A 1 Terabyte SD Memory Card probably seems like an impossibly unnecessary technological investment. Many computers still don’t come with that much memory, much less SD memory cards that fit in your digital camera. Yet thanks to Moore’s Law we can expect that the 1TB SD card will become commonplace in 2014, and increasingly necessary given the much larger swaths of data and information that we’re constantly exchanging every day (thanks to technologies like memristors and our increasing ever-connectedness). The only disruptive factor here could be the rise of cloud-computing, but as data and transfer speeds continue to rise, it’s inevitable that we’ll need a physical place to store our digital stuff.

The first around-the-world flight by a solar-powered plane will be accomplished by now, bringing truly clean energy to air transportation for the first time. Consumer models are still far down the road, but you don’t need to let your imagination wander too far to figure out that this is definitely a game-changer. Consider this: it took humans quite a few milennia to figure out how to fly; and only a fraction of that time to do it with solar power.

Solar Impulse

The Solar Impulse, to be flown around the world. Photo by Stephanie Booth

The world’s most advanced polar icebreaker is currently being developed as a part of the EU’s scientific development goals and is scheduled to launch in 2014. As global average temperatures continue to climb, an understanding and diligence to the polar regions will be essential to monitoring the rapidly changing climates — and this icebreaker will be up to the task.

$100 personal DNA sequencing is what’s being promised by a company called BioNanomatrix, which the company founder Han Cao has made possible through his invention of the ‘nanofluidic chip.’ What this means: by being able to cheaply sequence your individual genome, a doctor could biopsy a tumor, sequence the DNA, and use that information to determine a prognosis and prescribe treatment for less than the cost of a modern-day x-ray. And by specifically inspecting the cancer’s DNA, treatment can be applied with far more specific — and effective — accuracy.

2015

The world’s first zero-carbon, sustainable city in the form of Masdar City will be initially completed just outside of Abu Dhabi. The city will derive power solely from solar and other renewable resources, offer homes to more than 50,000 people.

Personal 3D Printing is currently reserved for those with extremely large bank accounts or equally large understandings about 3D printing; but by 2015, printing in three dimensions (essentially personal manufacturing) will become a common practice in the household and in schools. Current affordable solutions include do-it-yourself kits like Makerbot, but in four years it should look more like a compact version of the uPrint. Eventually, this technology could lead to technologies such as nanofabricators and matter replicators — but not for at least a few decades.

2016

Space tourism will hit the mainstream. Well, sorta. Right now it costs around $20-30 million to blast off and chill at the International Space Station, or $200,000 for a sub-orbital spaceflight from Virgin Galactic. But the market is growing faster than most realize: within five years, companies like Space IslandGalactic Suite, and Orbital Technologies may realize their company missions, with space tourism packages ranging from $10,000 up-and-backs to $1 million five-night stays in an orbiting hotel suite.

The sunscreen pill will hit the market, protecting the skin as well as the eyes from UV rays. By reverse-engineering the way coral reefs shield themselves from the sun, scientists are very optimistic about the possibility, much to the dismay of sunscreen producers everywhere.

Read more: 13 future car technologies for your road trip in 2020

A Woolly Mammoth will be reborn among other now-extinct animals in 2016, assuming all goes according to the current plans of Japan’s Riken Center for Developmental Biology. If they can pull it off, expect long lines at Animal Kingdom.

2017

Portable laser pens that can seal wounds – Imagine you’re hiking fifty miles from the nearest human, and you slip, busting your knee wide open, gushing blood. Today, you might stand a chance of some serious blood loss — but in less than a decade you might be carrying a portable laser pen capable of sealing you back up Wolverine-style.

2018

Light Peak technology, a method of super-high-data-transfer, will enable more than 100 Gigabytes per second — and eventually whole terabytes per second — within everyday consumer electronics. This enables the copying of entire hard drives in a matter of seconds, although by this time the standard hard drive is probably well over 2TB.

Insect-sized robot spies aren’t far off from becoming a reality, with the military currently hard at work to bring Mission Impossible-sized tech to the espionage playground. Secret weapon: immune to bug spray.

2019

The average PC has the power of the human brain. According to Ray Kurzweil, who has a better grip on the future than probably anyone else, the Law of Accelerating Returns will usher in an exponentially greater amount of computing power than every before.

The Web within us

The Web Within Us. Image by Anna Lena Schiller.

Web 3.0 – What will it look like? Is it already here? It’s always difficult to tell just where we stand in terms of technological chronology. But if we assume that Web 1.0 was based only upon hyperlinks, and Web 2.0 is based on the social, person-to-person sharing of links, then Web 3.0 uses a combination of socially-sourced information, curated by a highly refined, personalizable algorithm (“they” call it the Semantic Web). We’re already in the midst of it, but it’s still far from its full potential.

Energy from a fusion reactor has always seemed just out of reach. It’s essentially the process of producing infinite energy from a tiny amount of resources, but it requires a machine that can contain a reaction that occurs at over 125,000,000 degrees. However, right now in southern France, the fusion reactor of the future is being built to power up by 2019, with estimates of full-scale fusion power available by 2030.

2020

Crash-proof cars have been promised by Volvo, to be made possible by using radar, sonar, and driver alert systems. Considering automobile crashes kill over 30,000 people in the U.S. per year, this is definitely a welcome technology.

2021

So, what should we expect in 2021? Well, 10 years ago, what did you expect to see now? Did you expect the word “Friend” to become a verb? Did you expect your twelve-year-old brother to stay up texting until 2am? Did you expect 140-character messaging systems enabling widespread revolutions against decades-old dictatorial regimes?

The next 10 years will be an era of unprecedented connectivity; this much we know. It will build upon the social networks, both real and virtual, that we’ve all played a role in constructing, bringing ideas together that would have otherwise remained distant, unknown strangers. Without twitter and a steady drip of mainstream media, would we have ever so strongly felt the presence of the Arab Spring? What laughs, gasps, or loves, however fleeting, would have been lost if not for Chatroulette? Keeping in mind that as our connections grow wider and more intimate, so too will the frequency of our connectedness, and as such, your own understanding of just what kinds of relationships are possible will be stretched and revolutionized as much as any piece of hardware.

Truly, the biggest changes we’ll face will not come in the form of any visible technology; the changes that matter most, as they always have, will occur in those places we know best but can never quite see: our own hearts and minds.


by JASON WIRE

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Amazing Staircases Around the World   Leave a comment

Spiral Staircase in Taihang Mountains, China

A 300-foot (91,5m) staircase along a mountain face in the Taihang Mountains in Linzhou,

China, offer the thrill of mountaineering without the danger.

The hike up the stairs provides a great experience one will not easily forget,

and no special gear is needed.

 

Stairs Above the Sea, Spain

This beautiful staircase is located on the island Gaztelugatxe in Spain. Gaztelugatxe is a tiny islet

on the coast of Biscay belonging to the municipality of Bermeo, in Basque Country .

It is connected to the mainland by a man made bridge. On top of the island stands

a hermitage that dates from the 10th century, although certain discoveries

indicate that the date might be the 9th century.

The hermitage is accessed by a narrow path, crossing the solid stone bridge, and going

up 237 steps, although other sources cite the number as 229 or 231 steps.

 

Canyon Steps, Ecuador
 
This famous Canyon Staircase is located next to the waterfall Pailon del Diablo in Ecuador.
The Paílón del Diablo is a fairly large waterfall (located on the Pastaza River) just 30
minutes away from the town of Baños in Ecuador. It is considered to be one of the
most popular attractions in the area. While visiting Ecuador one should not miss
this wonderful twisting stairs/steps
 
Chand Baori, India
 
Chand Baori is a famous stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in
the Indian state of Rajasthan.
 
It was constructed in 800 CE. Its 3500 narrow steps in 13 stories extend 100 feet
(30 m) into the ground, making it one of the deepest (and largest) stepwells in India.
 
 
Haiku Stairs, Hawaii, USA
 
The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder, is a steep hiking trail
on the island of Oʻahu.
 

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Amazing Hotels around the world   Leave a comment

 

Sarova Saltlick Game Lodge, Kenya

 

A thrilling destination for the true wildlife enthusiast, this unique hotel combines responsible ecotourism with amazing proximity to wildlife.
 
This catering establishment is located in the midst of the Taita Hills Sanctuary, a private wildlife conservancy at the foot of the Taita Hills bordering Tsavo West National Park, approx. six hours drive from Nairobi or three and a half hours from Mombasa.
 
The hotel is made up of rooms on stilts above watering holes, connected by walkways, meaning guests have close up visual access to the game below.
 
 
The Marmara Antalya, Turkey
 
Located on the famous Falez cliffs near Antalya, the world’s only revolving hotel building gives
guests magnificent 360° views.
 
The complete ‘Revolving Loft’ annex building moves, with a full rotation of it’s 24 guest bedrooms taking
anywhere between 2 and 22 hours. The rotation is smooth, aided by 6 electric motors in
the basement and you can go to sleep facing the sea and wake up facing the pool.
 
This 2750 ton building floats in a tank holding only 478 tons of water. With the
3 bottommost floors submerged, there is a lounge at the entrance and rooms on
the other 3 floors. Yet somehow, the taps still work and the toilets still flush.
 
 
 
The Ocean Flower, Maldives
 
The Ocean Flower, a pioneering development that takes its name from a typical Maldivian flower, is
the first of five spectacular oceanfront developments in the Maldives. The Masterplan
“The 5 Lagoons” is being developed by Dutch Docklands International in a joint venture with
the government of the Maldives. 
 
All developments are uniquely located in the most upmarket part of the Maldives,
the North Male atoll, only 20 minutes by boat from the capitol of Male and
the international airport.
 
The Ocean Flower offers an array of amenities such as a pristine beach, restaurants, shops,
a diving centre, a spa, swimming pools and small private islands where you can relax or
enjoy a picnic in the gentle ocean breeze. The spacious oceanfront villas are fully furnished,
have spacious terraces and a private plunge pool and are just a short boat ride away
from the international airport. 
 
 
Lake Palace, India
 
Lake Palace is a luxury hotel, of 83 rooms and suites featuring white marble walls,
located on a natural foundation of 4 acres (16,000 m2)rock on the Jag Niwas is land in
 Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India. 
 
The hotel operates a speed boat which transports guests to the hotel from a jetty at
the City Palace. It has been voted as the most romantic hotel in India and in the world.
 
The upper room of the palace is a perfect circle and is about 21 feet (6.4 m) in diameter.
Its floor is inlaid with black and white marbles, the walls are ornamented with
niches and decorated with arabesques of different colored stones dome
is exquisitely beautiful in form.
 
It was built in 1743 – 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II (62nd successor
to the royal dynasty of Mewar) of Udaipur, Rajasthan as a royal summer palace and was
initially called Jagniwas or Jan Niwas after its founder. The successive rulers used this
cool haven as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards lined
with columns, pillared terraces, fountains and gardens.
 
 
 

Icehotel, Sweden

Ice, Ice Baby. You don’t have to be cool to stay in the Icehotel. But to feel like the Snow Queen you have to wait until winter begins. Then a team of snow builders, architects, designers and artists from all over the world, are heading to the little village of Jukkasjärvi in Lapland to create each year’s version of Icehotel. Yes, there’s a new one EACH year. And as soon as spring springs it melts away again. Magical about this place is also its location, with the infamous Northern Lights right outside your window and the incredible Torne river just a stone’s throw away.


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The Aurora at your door step.

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No ice cubes needed in the drinks at the bar of the Icehotel – they come in ice glasses.

 

The Cave Hotel, Turkey

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If you like it somewhat more historical, meaning the time before modern civilization, then this place might the one for you. From the 9th to the 12th century the Gamirasu Cave Hotel was a monastery and there are still some remaining frescos left from that time. A place to take some time off as you may not meet quite as many other travellers at this dwelling, which is located well off the beaten track.

 

Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji

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 Be amazed at the wonders of the diverse marine life fromup close

(at 12metres/40ft deep) while being warm and comfortably in your bed.

The world’s only undersea luxury resort opened just recently and gives you

the unique opportunity to count fish instead of sheep while falling asleep…

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Adrenaline rush   Leave a comment

 

 

 

Felix Baumgarter preparing to jump at 71,580 ft [x-post r/pics] 

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 Himalayan Honey Hunters 

 

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 Rampage, Cam Zink pre-crash photo of a 80ft gap try

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 Brandon Semenuk pulling a tricky drop 

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Bikers dangerously close to the cliff’s edge 

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Geoff Mackley has become the first person ever to get so close to the centre of this volcano.

 

 

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 Mustang Wanted just hanging out

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 Florian Ebner on a highline in the Austrian Dolomites

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 Skier Jamie Pierre’s death-defying 250ft descent at Grand Targhee Resort, Wyoming

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 Cedar Wright and Kevin Thaw climb the south buttress of Kaga Tondo on the Hand of Fatima in Mali. 

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Know Facts About Our Brain   Leave a comment

Human brain is the most interesting and complicated organ… And these facts only prove this statement…

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