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Posted by David Pescovitz

Someone on a crane captured this stunning video of a full circle rainbow. Unfortunately most of us never get a chance to see circle rainbows because the ground interrupts. Here's an explanation from Phil "Bad Astronomy" Plait in Slate:

...To see a rainbow, you face away from the Sun (180°), then look about 42° away from that point (180°–138°). The drops in an arc along that angle will then bend the light back toward you, and you get a rainbow, with the colors spread out a bit because they bend by different amounts.

Oh, wait. Did I say “arc”? Because technically, any raindrop 42° away from the anti-solar point (ooh, fancy science-speak again) will bend the light back to you. We see rainbows in the sky because in general the ground is close to you. When we look up toward the sky we see for a long way, and there are lots of raindrops along your eyeline that can add their light together to make the rainbow. When you look down, the ground gets in the way, there aren’t as many drops, and you don’t see a rainbow.

(via DIGG)

(image above via WoahDude)

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Posted by Rusty Blazenhoff

Using a $14.99 app called Filmic Pro, French indie director Michel Gondry shot his charming new short film, Détour, entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus. According to Europe1, Apple financed the project to show the quality of its phone's video capabilities.

Follow the adventures of a small tricycle as it sets off along the French roads in search of its young owner.

Here's some behind-the-scenes videos showing some of tricks Gondry used in the film: https://youtu.be/aPdwbvJCqfY https://youtu.be/DuDUqqFzELk https://youtu.be/sIW5qChZJPg https://youtu.be/ZXgyX6cc5eE https://youtu.be/2jYI10yT07c https://youtu.be/vInEUWuRq_Q

(Open Culture)

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Posted by Rusty Blazenhoff

Ken Sturdy, a decorated survivor of the Battle of Dunkirk, attended the Calgary premiere of Christopher Nolan's new film that chronicles the skirmish's history.

Now 97, Mr. Sturdy was just 20 years old when he fought at the Battle of Dunkirk during World War II. At the premiere of Dunkirk, a teary-eyed Mr. Sturdy told Global News, "I never thought I would see that again. It was just like I was there again."

He continued, "I cried because it's never the end...As the human species, we are so intelligent. We do astonishing things. We fly to the Moon but we still do stupid things."


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Posted by David Pescovitz

Boxer Conor McGregor recently wore this custom pinstripe suit with a subtle "Fuck You" pinstripe. Now you can sport this handsome suit yourself! From tailor David August, the made-to-measure 3-piece wool suit is $6500, perfect for people with "fuck you" money in their bank account. Produced in an exclusive woven Super 130's wool in navy twill, this pinstripe effect is created with explicit fighting words presented in a vertical repeat. This couture label suit features details like:

French-facing construction

Stacked 'kissing' working buttons on sleeve cuff

purple camouflage silk lining

1/16" hand-stitched detailing

two-button, side vent jacket

Vest available in single- or double-breasted (image shown with double-breasted vest)

Numbered and signed by David August Heil

Limited quantities

"Limited-Edition 'Eff You' Pinstripe 3-Piece Wool Suit Made-to-Measure" (via Uncrate)

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Posted by Andrea James

In steelworker parlance, a cobble is a bit of steel that catches on a roller during manufacturing.

Cobbles cause the molten steel coming out of the furnace to back up and snake wildly around. This guy was lucky to be uninjured after a close call with a cobble.


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Posted by Rusty Blazenhoff

It's a shame that these didn't exist when my daughter was a little girl. I think she would have loved playing with them.

Why? Because these unusual dolls have removable organs.

Designed for 4 to 12 year olds, Anatomic Anna and Andy are the brainchildren of a London-based homeschooling mother who wanted to further her kids' STEM education but could only find anatomical models made for medical students. So, she made her own.

Through her company, Little Boffins - Learn Through Play, she's kickstarting the two dolls. One doll, either male or female, costs £50 (about $64).

By the way, I couldn't help but notice that they resemble American Girl dolls. So, I checked their height. Like AG dolls, Anna and Andy also stand 18" tall. Given that, I'm guessing AG doll clothes will fit this gut-spilling duo too.

Thanks, Joyce!


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Posted by Andrea James

Airbus mounted a 360-degree camera on a rocket being launched as part of a microgravity experiment, and the result it pretty phenomenal. Watch the stages separate and the earth's curvature reveal itself as the Maxus 9 pops up through the clouds.

Via Airbus:

Following a successful launch of Maxus 9 the largest European sounding rocket with scientific micro gravity experiments, Airbus is providing a stunning 360° view from space. The spacecraft, launched from the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden, was equipped by Airbus with support from their joint venture partner Swedish Space Corporation in order to provide unique 360° footage of the launch from the rocket perspective. Viewers can see spectacular images of the take-off, down to Lapland getting smaller while the rocket soars into the sky, then spectacular views of the Planet and Space once the sounding rocket goes through the atmosphere and reaches its highest altitude of 700km, before the payload falls free back down to earth, and completes its’ parachute-assisted touchdown.

The Maxus programme is a joint venture between Swedish Space Corporation and Airbus, providing access to microgravity for ESA-contracted experiments. Sounding rockets are important to the scientific community as they offer research institutes a one-stop lab in which they can perform micro-gravity experiments. Technicians receive data and can adjust parameters thanks to real-time transmission to ground stations throughout the free fall time. Being able to launch, monitor and retrieve experiments in one day enables researchers to analyze their results almost immediately.

360 degree video of sounding rocket's Maxus 9 launch (YouTube / Airbus Defence and Space)

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Posted by Rusty Blazenhoff

Between Las Vegas and Reno, there is a sleeping establishment like no other. It's simply called The Clown Motel and it's been deemed "America's scariest motel."

In 2014, Cory described it as follows:

Hundreds of clowns stare from every corner, the walls are hung with clown-portraits, and there is a "historic miners' cemetery" out the motel's back door, wherein rest the mouldering corpses of the victims of a mysterious epidemic that is only known as "Tonopah plague."

Now it can be yours for $900,000.

According to LasVegasNow.com, the motel's current owner (of 22 years) Bob Perchetti is selling it so he can retire, "I'm going to go fishing. I want to go enjoy myself. I'm going to do a little camping with the grandkids."

One condition of the sale: "the new owners can upgrade it but don't lose what the people love."

Wait, does that mean the clowns or the corpses? Either way, no thank you.

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Posted by Rusty Blazenhoff

This video is an oldie but a goodie.

Here's the setup: An elderly Japanese gentleman named Akihara Toshiko has been trying to solve a ring puzzle he found in his doctor's office. He gives up and writes the TV "detective agency" show Knight Scoop to ask for help. The TV show agrees to help the 73-year old man solve his puzzle. And, that's where the fun begins. They pull in a physics professor, a chimpanzee, a magician, and, finally, a real expert who knows exactly how to solve the puzzle.

That is one incredibly satisfying video.


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Posted by Cory Doctorow

People flying home from San Diego Comic-Con yesterday got a rude surprise when they spotted signs at the United check-in warning them not to put comics in their checked bags -- and most assumed it was the TSA's doing, a reasonable assumption given that the agency has been repeatedly trialling programs to search passengers' literature for exploding words for some months. (more…)

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Posted by Cory Doctorow

Protests are boiling over across Poland after the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) passed legislation that would allow the government to force the country's judges, all the way up to the Supreme Court, to retire, allowing them to appoint new, party-friendly judges in their place. Update: Thankfully, the president vetoed the legislation. (more…)

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Posted by Cory Doctorow

The Chinese government's wish-list for AI researchers is pretty ambitious: "Breakthroughs should be made in basic theories of AI, such as big data intelligence, multimedia aware computing, human-machine hybrid intelligence, swarm intelligence and automated decision-making." (more…)

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Posted by Cory Doctorow

Robbo writes, "A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper. The manuscript is an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes. We know this because Neuroskeptic wrote it and posted about it on the Discover Magazine site. The paper was about Midi-chlorians and attributed to Dr Lucas McGeorge and Dr Annette Kin. Neuroskeptic takes us through the process used to create the bogus paper and the varied repsonses from the half-assed 'peer review' journals who accepted the work." (more…)

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Posted by Cory Doctorow

A teenager discovered that the website of Budapesti Közlekedési Központ -- the public transit authority in Budapest -- would allow you to edit the price you paid for your tickets, so that purchasers could give themselves massive discounts on their travel, and when he told the authority about it, they had him arrested and issued a press-release boasting about it. (more…)

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