Carnival in Brazil :D


The Portuguese brought the Carnival to Brazil in the 16th century. The celebrations were augmented with samba, frevo, maracatu and, recently, with axé and funk (types of brazilian dances). Although it is not an originally Brazilian party, Brazil embraced it and adopted it in such a way that today it is known as “the country of the Carnival”. The party has become one of the nation’s top tourist attractions, moving a million-dollar industry every year.

“Brazil gives the air of his grace from Icarus to Rubem Berta – The urge to fly!”

Ludodactylus-Beija-flor The ornithocheiroid pterosaur Ludodactylus sibbicki from the Crato Formation is the main highlight in the entry car.

Certainly, at no point in the decades of the annual parades of the Rio de Janeiro carnival samba schools, was there more significant representation of flying. Millions of feathers of various species and colors decorate the fantasies…

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Reverberation Chambers at University of Salford


When designing a room, such as a concert hall, it is important that the reverberation time of the space is correct so that speech is intelligible and music sounds good. You are probably familiar with spaces such as railway stations which are too reverberant they have too little absorption which makes it difficult to communicate. Knowing the absorption of architectural materials is vital when designing a room with good acoustics.

The reverberation room is used to measure absorption coefficients of materials used in buildings throughout the world. Researchers at University of Salford in Manchester, England, developed a standard test method for auditorium seating which is now used to test the seating of major concert venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.

The chambers are designed to be very reverberant, so the walls are made of painted dense brick. Every chamber has a reinforced concrete sloping roof and a non-parallel pair of…

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The emergence of universal consciousness: Brendan Hughes at TEDxPretoria

It was Aristotle who first argued that the whole is something greater than the sum of its parts. More recently, quantum physicists have argued for the existence of a unified field in which all particles and forces exist. This short but provocative talk explores whether new theories of social media, particle behavior and genetic mutation support an understanding of the universe as a complex adaptive system with emergent consciousness.

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The sound of ice

This is how 45mm new black ice sounds like. Don’t forget to put on the sound. Recorded on Lissma Kvarnsjö outside Stockholm the 5th of December.

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Here’s What It Sounds Like When You Hit A Snare Drum In A Nuclear Cooling Tower (It’s Super Cool) – Digg

Seattle band Thunderpussy recently filmed a music video in an abandoned nuclear power plant cooling tower, and producer Sylvia Massy couldn’t resist recording what a snare drum hit sounded like in the space.

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Watch Face Paint Tell the Story of Human Evolution in One Minute

Artist Emma Allen imagines the future of human evolution using face paint, a mirror, and a camera. Watch the progression from single-celled organism to cyborg unfold in this stunning animated self-portrait. The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

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Big Black House Design Company

Here’s Maxine from the Big Black House Design Co. She’s a blacksmith, and makes bespoke garden furniture and accessories.

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The Gnomist: A Great Big Beautiful Act Of Kindness

Deep in the forest of Overland Park, Kan., little gnomes made a home. But how did they get there? This is the story of paying it forward, one little house at a time.

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Top 10 Libraries I want to Visit (Outside of U.S.)

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  1. Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Image result for Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  2. Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France Image result for Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France 
  3. National Library of China, Beijing, China Image result for National Library of China, Beijing, China
  4. State Library of Victoria, Australia Image result for State Library of Victoria, Australia
  5. Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands Image result for book mountain
  6. Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt Image result for Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt
  7. El Ateneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina Image result for El Ateneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  8. The Admont Library, Admont, Austria Image result for admont library
  9. Delft University of Technology Library, Netherlands Image result for delft university of technology library
  10. Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag, Netherlands Image result for handelingenkamer tweede kamer der staten generaal den haag

What libraries do you want to visit?? Have you visited any cool ones?

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Hawaii’s Rain Dancers Summon Storms

On the island of Hawaii, the rain dancers of Waimea perform their art for the only audience that matters: their ancestors. When they call for rain and snow, they dance not to entertain, but to feed and nourish their land. Each performance is a physical manifestation of the spiritual world, a chance to connect with the natural land we inhabit. Practicing a centuries-old form of hula rarely seen in public, these dancers carry on generations of tradition with every graceful move and each handmade kapa garment.

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