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The Art of The Human Brain1m38s

The Art of The Human Brain

Self Reflected’ is being called the most complex and detailed artistic depiction of our brain ever. The artwork was designed so everyone can marvel at the wonder of human consciousness. Here are the incredible results. #awesome Dr. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards have built the most realistic visualization of the human brain ever constructed. They entitled it “Self Reflected”, because it is your own brain perceiving itself. Current brain scan technology doesn't have the capability to scan the neurons of the brain, so the scientists used deep research and algorithmic simulations, along with hand drawings and photolithography, to illustrate the brain in detail. The resulting image contains circuitry of 500.000 neurons! They made 25 etched plates in a similar fashion as computer chips are made. Every neuron was modeled by blowing ink along paper and scanning it into a computer and each one was then used as a building block to “paint” the entire brain slice. The visualization was made so that everyone can marvel in the wonder that is human consciousness. The human brain cells in action share a passing resemblance to the cosmic web. Dr. Greg Dunn has said for Caters News: “Our shared privilege of having one of these magnificent machines in our skulls can help to remind us to use it wisely and compassionately.”

Spermbot: Providing Hope for Slow Swimmers1m07s

Spermbot: Providing Hope for Slow Swimmers

We're getting closer to science fiction becoming science reality thanks to nanorobotics and researchers studying the use of 'spermbots' to help give the slow swimmers of the sperm world a much-needed kick right in the flagella.

The World's Next Possible Ocean Found In Africa1m14s

The World's Next Possible Ocean Found In Africa

It seems like the world's second biggest continent is starting to create conditions for the world's sixth ocean! The two tectonic plates beneath the continent of Africa are slowly but surely moving away from each other. The tectonic movement has created a crack in the desert that could house a new ocean in the future. The fissure, located in Ethiopia, has reached lengths of 60 kilometers in recent years and sealed itself with 2.5 cubic kilometers of molten rock, as volcanoes are coming alive and erupt on the surface. The only eruption of the Dabbahu volcano in recorded history occurred on September 26, 2005. The eruption began 5 kilometers northeast of the summit, while ash from the eruption darkened the area surrounding the volcano for nearly 3 days. It was this eruption that formed the 37 mile long fissure. The tectonic plates are moving apart at a rate of 2 centimeters each year, so when the fissure completes itself, it will span from from the Red Sea in the north, taking water from the Gulf of Aden, all the way down to the Horn of Africa, separating it from the rest of the continent. How long will you have to wait until you can dip your toes in this new ocean? We guess that you could make an arrangement in about a million years or so.

Edison vs. Tesla: Battle of Brilliance1m34s

Edison vs. Tesla: Battle of Brilliance

A tale of two inventors. One died rich and famous, the other broke and forgotten. Did the better inventor win? We all know the names Thomas Alva Edison and Nikola Tesla, but many would argue about their connection. Here's their story: We know Thomas Edison as the inventor of the lightbulb, the phonograph and the movie camera. But did you know that we have to thank Nikola Tesla for the advancements in alternating current (AC), X-Rays and the radio (remote) control? Edison and Tesla met on a disagreement about the current. Edison favored direct current electricity, while Tesla though that alternating current was way better. Tesla's alternating current electricity could be distributed more easily, without the need for multiple power plants across the cities. In an effort to throw him off the rails, Edison made a bet of $50.000 with Tesla that he couldn't make his machines more efficient on alternating current. Tesla managed to achieve significant progress, to which Edison reneged on the deal, telling Tesla “you don't understand our American humor” and offered him a $10 raise a week instead. This made Tesla quit. Tesla was more interested in inventing than in business. He built the first hydro-electric power plant on Niagara Falls. By 1896, General Electric was also using Tesla's AC. Edison would electrocute animals to prove that AC is dangerous, but still managed to make a fortune and die rich. Nikola Tesla died poor and alone in 1943.

The Secret Nazi Weather Station in North America1m12s

The Secret Nazi Weather Station in North America

After the regular Nazis and the grammar Nazis, it is time we finally embrace the weather Nazis. Come again? In the Northern Hemisphere, weather systems move from west to east, which meant that the Allied forces, controlling North America, Greenland, and Iceland, had an advantage when it came to understanding weather patterns and what was coming their way in Europe. This knowledge was a pivotal advantage and impacted military decisions. The conflict between the Allied forces and the Germans over accurate weather data was so intense, it has been called the North Atlantic Weather War. In what has been called “the most important weather forecast ever”, meteorologist predictions led to D-Day being postponed to June 6, 1944 from the original date of June 5 (waiting for weather calm enough to attack across the English Channel). Germany experimented with weather planes and submarines, which did give them some information, but isolated planes and submarines were often caught (and destroyed) by Allied patrols that were seeking to preserve their advantage in weather data. German scientists at the Siemens Company found a way around this problem by inventing the Wetter-Funkgerät Land (WFL). While this sounds like an amazing name for a Euro-Dubstep band, it’s also the name for an automated weather station. Find out more about this Nazi secret on North American soil in the video above!

Spain’s Museo Atlántico is Europe’s First Underwater Contemporary Art Museum1m24s

Spain’s Museo Atlántico is Europe’s First Underwater Contemporary Art Museum

If you want to visit this museum, you better bring your scuba equipment with. Museo Atlántico is Europe’s First Underwater Contemporary Art Museum and it is located in Spanish waters. Jason deCaires Taylor, an artist from Britain, was the mastermind behind this art with a message! In 2006, he created the world’s first ever underwater sculpture park in Grenada, Spain. Last year, he made a 60 ton sculpture called Ocean Atlas, which he then sunk in Mexico. His latest brainchild is Museo Atlántico, which is the first ever underwater contemporary art museum in Europe! It took two years for the museum to be constructed, which is located off the coast of Lanzarote in Spain. The museum consists of a series of 12 installations, each submerged under 46 feet of seawater. The 300 sculptures are based of local residents of the Lanzarote region. The concrete used to make these sculptures is a specially formulated, PH neutral mix that promotes marina life and coral growth. When you go to visit this unique establishment, you will be able to see stingray, octopi and barracuda, as they swim among the statues. The statues provide a unique opportunity to observe coral without harming the Ocean’s natural reefs. The one installation that has been getting a lot of attention is titled “Crossing the Rubicon”, featuring 35 statues walking towards a small entryway in a 13 foot tall wall, “...a boundary between two realities, and a portal to the Atlantic Ocean”.

Danger: The Ship Breakers of Bangladesh1m29s

Danger: The Ship Breakers of Bangladesh

How much would you be willing to work for 3 dollars a day? No one in the western civilization in their right mind would take up a wage like that, but in poverty-stricken Bangladesh three bucks buys you a lot if you happen to own a ship breaking salvage yard. The ship breaking industry in Chitagong, Bangladesh is thriving. Workers are putting in a backbreaking 12-16 hour day in perilous and unregulated working conditions. If you do the math, that is less than a quarter an hour, just to stay alive. Workers usually salvage the steel with bare hands and feet, most of them under the age of 18. The waste materials they handle are hazardous - asbestos, PCBs, lubricants and residual oil. If any of it doesn’t explode from the sparks of a blow torch, it will surely be dumped into the surrounding water or the shore, and if the tide doesn’t drag the toxic sludge into the deep, the worker will stomp it into the ground. So what makes an industry with over 25% of the workforce under the age of 18 and two kills a month thrive with to no government intervention. The simple relation of supply and demand. An estimated 80-90% of Bangladesh’s steel comes from ship salvaging, and that steel is then melted down and used in the construction of new buildings across the country.

Los Angeles’ Forgotten Hollywood Subway1m19s

Los Angeles’ Forgotten Hollywood Subway

When you think of Los Angeles, the first thing that comes to mind has to be the movie stars and the glamour. Like one of the gems that keep reappearing in those Hollywood movies, Los Angeles has a darker side – it's terrible traffic. Traffic in LA has been terrible even a century ago, which prompted railway magnate E.H. Harriman to hatch a plan to bring the underground railways system to Los Angeles in 1907. It wasn't until LA's dependency on cars balooned 15 years later that the construction plants were finally in place. It was supposed to be crown jewel to the city's already existing Pacific Electric Railway, considered to be one of the country's leading public transit systems. It was only the second electric-powered subway, after New York City. It took commuters mere 15 to 20 minutes to cross the city for mere 6 cents. Then, 30 years later, “evil” enterprises come in, destroy all public mass-transit and start building freeways up and down Los Angeles, so that citizens may drive their cars, again. National City Lines, financed by General Motors, The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and Philips Petroleum bought PER and dismantled everything associated with it, ALLEGEDLY so that LA's commuters would again be forced to rely on the gas-powered GM buses and car in general. The Belmont Tunnel was closed off and the Subway Terminal Building, which could service up to 50.000 commuters in it's prime days, was turned into condos.

Pope Joan1m27s

Pope Joan

Time has turned this mythic tale of a woman's foray through the upper ranks of the Catholic Church into more fiction than fact. Where does the truth end & the legend begin?

Wojtek The Bear That Went To War1m56s

Wojtek The Bear That Went To War

During World War One, Russian soldiers in the Middle East came across a bear cub that will eventually become the mascot of the company. They named him Wojtek, which translated means “Joyful Warrior”. By all accounts, the sub enjoyed play-boxing and wrestling with his fur-less comrades and would even understand when they've had enough. As he grew, Wojtek the bear moved on from condensed milk and was given the same rations as the other soldiers, beer and cigarettes included. He has learned to smoke y watching the soldiers, though some report that he would actually eat the cigarettes, as he couldn't inhale the smoke. Eventually his rations would double, as he grew to be over six feet tall and weighing 485 pounds. He travelled with his troop from Iran to Palestine and Egypt without a problem. When the time came to board a ship towards Naples, authorities wouldn't allow the bear on, so they made his an official soldier, which would later learn to salute, carry ammo or boxes of shells. When the war finally ended, so did Wojtek's military career. He was discharged and transferred to the Edinburgh Zoo, where he lived for 15 years until his death in 1963. They commemorated him and his service with a statue in Park Jordana in Krakow, Poland and another one in Princes Street Garden in Edinburgh.

The Little Wax Worm Might Solve Our Great Big Plastic Problem1m17s

The Little Wax Worm Might Solve Our Great Big Plastic Problem

A lot of people do not like bugs or creepy crawlies, especially worms! But now, it may be worms that may be saving the environment from our devastating impact! It not be much to look at, but the wax worm's unusual appetite may just save us! These little worms eat polythyrene which means they eat a key component found in plastic bags! Their astonishing appetite might help scientists find solutions to biodegrading plastic safer & quicker than current methods! Talk about absolutely amazing! This is an educational video that you do not want to miss! This video is absolutely crazy! Who would have thought that one of the environment's biggest issues could be solved with an enzyme found in these wax worms! These little creature could be the key to making our world a much healthier place to live in! So next time you think of killing a bug, think about how it can help the environment around it and let it go free! Plastic bags are really a nuisance on society and the world now a days and it makes you wonder, "why are they still being produced?" People are starting to use reusable bags from Amazon more and more often! They are cheap and they help save the environment!

Brace Yourselves For A Journey Through America's Lost Medieval City1m38s

Brace Yourselves For A Journey Through America's Lost Medieval City

It’s a puzzle that might have enticed Indiana Jones. Let’s say there was a metropolis from ancient times hidden in North America. Where would it be? This city was bigger than Paris or London at the time it existed, and it housed approximately 30,000 people. That’s about the size of Juneau Alaska today (if you include the surrounding boroughs). If this estimate is correct, it was the largest city in the United States until the 1780s, when the population of Philadelphia finally surpassed it. So where was this lost historic capital? The city was called Cahokia. It hit its peak population in the year 1050, and then it was abandoned by the year 1400. We don’t even know the name of the people who lived there. The city is named after the Cahokia tribe which lived in the area, but for the record, the Cahokia tribe claimed no connection with the city; it was the European explorers who named it. The whole area was designated as a state historical site about 40 years ago, and made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. It is always comforting to see history receive the recognition it so richly deserves, but this ancient metropolis also has a lesson for all of us in modern times: the greatest cities of mankind are often very dependent on specific environmental circumstances, and if those circumstances change they can have a very dramatic impact on the people who live in and around them. (source: www.interestingshit.com)

The Bre-X Scandal: How One Company Made Billions Off Nothing1m40s

The Bre-X Scandal: How One Company Made Billions Off Nothing

If a story sounds too good to be true, it must be the story of Bre-X. The Bre-X tale is one that seems like it’s come straight from the pages of an over-the-top Hollywood script, a script that any producer worth their weight in, well, gold, would probably toss aside and label as completely unbelievable. 200 million oz of gold, hailed by Lehman Bros. as the “discovery of the century” unearthed in the jungles of Borneo by a Calgary minerals company founded by a chain-smoking financial failure sinking in debt. It all started back in 1989, when Bre-X Minerals, Ltd. was founded by Canadian David Walsh, a washed-up stock broker. It was a tepid start for Bre-X, with failed mining expeditions in Quebec and the Northwest Territories and the company continuing to walk the unglamorous line between bankruptcy and being an almost worthless penny stock until 1993. That’s when Walsh called upon a former acquaintance who would eventually become Bre-X’s chief geologist and vice president, fellow Canadian John Felderhof. What happened next was the alleged discovery of the largest find of gold in history, estimated at 200 million ounces. What they didn't know is that their geologist, Michael de Guzman, had tempered with the core samples, adding shavings of his own wedding ring to deceive potential investors. Did we raise your curiosity? Watch the video for the rest of the story! (source:www.interestingshit.com)

Glacier Girl: The Story of the Impossible Plane1m10s

Glacier Girl: The Story of the Impossible Plane

It seems that Captain America wasn't the only one who got buried under tons of ice during World War 2 and got successfully recommissioned 50 years later. During WW2, America made a squadron of airplanes to be flown across the Atlantic in the fight against the Nazis. In 1945, 6 of the airplanes had to make an emergency landing on Greenland due to the bad weather. The pilots were all rescued, but the airplanes had to be left behind and unrecovered for decades. Fast forward 50 years into the future, a group of aviation enthusiasts went back to the Greenland in an attempt to recover the aircrafts. Time has made the airplanes drift a mile and were now buried under 27 stories of ice. The team invented a machine they called Super Gopher, which pumped superheated water to drill a hole through the ice and reach the airplanes. The one plane they found most intact got dismantled and brought up back to the surface. They called her Glacier Girl. Each piece of the craft traveled 20 minuted up to the surface along the narrow shaft. The last and heaviest piece, weighing 3 tonnes, saw the first light of day of 50 years on August 1st, 1992. in 2002, Glacier Girl was completely reconstructed and able to lift off the ground once more.

Las Vegas Keeps The Neon Lights On And The Homeless Underground1m00s

Las Vegas Keeps The Neon Lights On And The Homeless Underground

Vegas is a tale of two cities. There’s fun Vegas: the one that last year welcomed over 42 million visitors to its oasis-in-the-desert location, enticing them with its promise of booze fueled never-ending good times and the possibility of winning big bucks on a slot machine or blackjack table. Then there’s not-so-fun Vegas, the Vegas where the city’s laser-like focus on tourism has trumped the need to provide adequate care on its social services front. Many of the flood tunnel dwellers are examples of the city’s inability to properly address the fallout of an economy that’s based primarily on activities that stoke the fires of addiction. Welcome to the 300 or so miles of flood tunnels inhabited by approximately 1,000 homeless people fighting to survive under America’s original city of sin. That flooding is a constant threat for the occupants, some of whom have built semi-permanent elevated living spaces on top of discarded boxes and crates that keep what possessions they have out of the standing mix of water and sewage but aren’t structurally sound enough to withstand floodwaters. A Las Vegas-based author Matthew O’Brien founded Shine a Light, an organization which works in tandem with HELP of Southern Nevada to supply basic day-to-day necessities as well as addiction counselling and medical services to those living in the tunnels. He’s also started a Crowdrise fundraiser, the proceeds from which are immediately put to use giving support to those who now have to call the tunnels ‘home’. (source:www.interestingshit.com)

The Mysterious Zebras of California’s Highway 11m31s

The Mysterious Zebras of California’s Highway 1

Driving across California? You might witness dozens of zebras grazing by the side of the road, a living reminder of what money used to buy America's wealthy back in the day. It’s true: There are wild zebras in California, a reminder of a time when vastly wealthy families kept private menageries for their children and as a way to show off their good fortune.