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spytap:

music-geek-fandom-freak:

catladyinwaiting:

actual german compound nouns:
Staubsauger (vaccuum cleaner, literally “DUST SUCKER”)
Vorhang (curtain, literally “HANGS IN FRONT”)
Wasserkocher (kettle, literally “WATER BOILER”)

AS SOON AS I SAW “HAND ANKLE” (Handgelenk) I KNEW THESE WERE GERMAN TO ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS.

I choose to believe these are accurate - mainly because in my experience there are only 100 originating words in German and all other words are just mashups of those 100 in varying order.

(Source: iraffiruse)

Posted 2 weeks ago

skunkbear:

Here’s an Otocolobus manulnature’s Grumpy Cat — discovering a camera trap outside it’s den. Camera traps are used by biologists to lean about rare animals’ behavior, abundance, and health — just by setting up a solar-powered camera with a motion trigger. No physical trapping necessary.

O. manul (also known as Pallas’s cat) is about the size of a house cat, but you’ll notice has round pupils instead of slits. It lives in western China and the steppes of Central Asia.

You’d think that Pallas’s cat would rule the internet by now - but there aren’t too many photos of them because they are both rare and shy. The IUCN lists them as near-threatened. Just another reason to support species conservation!

You can see the whole video — posted Scarce Worldwidehere.

Posted 2 weeks ago

[social sandbox] Emily Harris's Reddit AMA + Fun with GIFs!

socialmediadesk:

Good afternoon, everyone!

ICYMI: Jerusalem correspondent Emily Harris hosted a Reddit AMA yesterday afternoon. Take a look at the discussion here. Emily did an excellent job answering the participants’ questions quickly and thoroughly, and, for the most part,…

Do this.

Posted 2 weeks ago

mediamattersforamerica:

Jon Stewart gets it right on Hobby Lobby. 

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There are also hints that smell is a quantum sense. Our noses appear to work by sensing the natural vibration frequencies of the bonds between atoms in molecules. Those frequencies determine whether a smell receptor is switched on and sends a signal to the brain. The best explanation for experimental observations involves an electron using a phenomenon known as quantum uncertainty to tunnel through a seemingly impenetrable barrier. Essentially, it borrows energy from the universe in order to leap across an empty space in the smell receptors and trigger the brain’s sense of smell. As long as it returns the energy quickly enough, the electron can use as much as it needs. This “quantum tunnelling” phenomenon is also at the heart of modern electronics.”

Then there’s the navigation trick birds use for migration. Studies of the European robin (and the robin had to wear a cute little eyepatch during this research) suggest that a particular configuration of a molecule in the robin’s retina – a configuration that can only be explained by the rules of quantum theory – allows the bird to sense Earth’s magnetic field and thus determine the direction in which it should fly.

Micaheal Brooks, Five discoveries taking science by surprise | Science | The Observer

What about precognition? That’s how I sense what’s coming and which way to fly.

(via stoweboyd)

Posted 3 weeks ago

bestrooftalkever:

This perfectly describes my day.

Posted 3 weeks ago
cracked:

Just in case you needed to be sure the Earth is creepy…
7 Insane Landforms You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped

#7. The Eye of the Sahara
Officially known as the Richat Structure, the Eye of the Sahara looks exactly like what its much more appropriate nickname describes. Located in the Mauritania branch of the Sahara, the eye is a 30-mile-wide collection of raised rocks that, for one reason or another, wound up in the shape of an eyeball. A grotesquely infected mummy eyeball, to be sure, but an eyeball nonetheless.

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cracked:

Just in case you needed to be sure the Earth is creepy…

7 Insane Landforms You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped

#7. The Eye of the Sahara

Officially known as the Richat Structure, the Eye of the Sahara looks exactly like what its much more appropriate nickname describes. Located in the Mauritania branch of the Sahara, the eye is a 30-mile-wide collection of raised rocks that, for one reason or another, wound up in the shape of an eyeball. A grotesquely infected mummy eyeball, to be sure, but an eyeball nonetheless.

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