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Rare audio of indigenous languages saved by invention 100 years later3m57s

Rare audio of indigenous languages saved by invention 100 years later

Optical scan technology is helping researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, preserve audio of 78 indigenous California languages, most of which were recorded more than a century ago. The recordings are on approximately 2,700 wax cylinders that are now barely audible due to issues such as mold. These are the only known sound recordings for several of the languages, and in many other cases, the recordings include unique speech practices and otherwise unknown stories and songs. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), linguist Andrew Garrett, digital librarian Erik Mitchell and anthropologist Ira Jacknis, all of UC Berkeley, are restoring these recordings. The researchers are using a non-invasive optical scanning technique that was developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory physicists Carl Haber and Earl Cornell. The collaboration with Haber and Cornell is enabling the NSF-funded research team to transfer all 100 hours of audio content from the wax cylinders and improve the recordings, finally making it possible to figure out which language is being spoken and what's being said. The rich Native American cultural collection will ultimately be accessible to indigenous communities as well as to the general public and scholars. The linguistic diversity of the world's estimated 7,000 languages is immense. Modern technologies like this one unlock the documentation to enable new community uses and scientific investigations. This research was co-funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities; grant number PD-230659-15. NSF support was provided by award #1500779, "Linguistic and ethnographic sound recordings from early twentieth-century California: Optical scanning, digitization, and access." Credit: National Science Foundation

Time Lapse Of Tarantula Shedding Her Skin  In Only One Minute 58s

Time Lapse Of Tarantula Shedding Her Skin In Only One Minute

This is so fascinating! This is a short time lapse featuring a Brachypelma Smithi tarantula, named Pebbles, molting (shedding her skin). Pebbles is 11 years old and goes through this process at least once during a 1.5 year timeline. It was recorded over a 7-hour period, but with the time lapse, we can watch it all unfold in just one minute, incredible! This video makes the process look a lot shorter than it actually is. It is always so cool to see how nature works, especially when it's a tarantula shedding her skin! You don't see this very often! Brachypelma Smithi tarantulas are usually found around the central Pacific coast of Mexico and are also known as Mexican Red-Knee Tarantulas. They are usually found in dry areas with barely any vegetation, usually in deserts, or tropical forests. They live in burrows in rocky areas as the base of thorny vegetation like cacti. They are very large dark spiders and be quite intimidating if you aren't a spider lover. They usually won't cause any harm unless they are being threatened. In that case, they will show their fangs. Have you ever seen a tarantula before? Let us know in the comment section down below!

Published: July 7, 2014Updated: August 8, 2017141,821 viewsVirality: 6%
Water Rotation Experiment In Two Hemispheres 2m38s

Water Rotation Experiment In Two Hemispheres

We have heard the theory: water going down the drain spins in different directions depending on which hemisphere you're in. But what if you are at the Equator and then move a few meters towards the Southern hemisphere, then move back towards the Northern hemisphere and try the same thing? Can a few meters make a difference? Watch this and let us know your thoughts! Who would have thought that something like this could happen?! We have all heard of that theory before but most of us consider it just that, a theory or a myth. It seems that this theory really does have some merit as this video right here proves it! It seems that the reason for the results of this video is called the Coriolis force. It is caused by the earths rotations and ultimately effects the way the air around the water and the water itself is being pulled. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is pulled counter clockwise, while in the Southern Hemisphere it is pulled clockwise. Now do not be fooled, the Coriolis force is too weak to have any effect on any regular amount on water in your household such as draining a bath or flushing a toilet. It can only work depending on the way the drain is structured and that is why you seen the person putting the divider in the water before conducting the experiment. You can see the Coriolis force in action when you see a satellited image of a hurricane in either hemisphere! This force is responsible for the way that they spin! Please share this video with your family and friends as it will surely surprise them and is a clip that no one should miss!

Published: November 9, 2014Updated: August 8, 2017172,929 views
Incredible launch and landing of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket2m26s

Incredible launch and landing of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

Space, the final frontier. As technology gets more and more advanced, you can expect to see a surge in rockets going to space. Before you know it, human civilization will begin to be able to go out into space for a trip, and even colonize other planets. Isn't that just insane? Technology just gets cooler and cooler each day! Here we have the highlights from the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX. It was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, in its Launch Complex 39A in Florida. Watch as this rocket ascends into the sky to music. The purpose of this mission is to gather intelligence and to relay it back to the headquarters on Earth. Everyday there is a new advancement in some kind technology, and collectively, all those advancements can lead to something awesome, just like the launch of this rocket. Check out the highlights for the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida. Amazing!

Published: June 6, 2017Updated: June 7, 20171,131 views
New giant Oviraptor dinosaur discovered1m45s

New giant Oviraptor dinosaur discovered

Learn about the breakthrough discovery of the Beibeilong sinensis dinosaurus. The existence of this oviraptor was, until recently, unknown to researchers. It is therefore a new species, which scientists have named Beibeilong sinensis. The dinosaur lived about 90 million years ago!

Published: May 10, 2017Updated: May 11, 2017943 views
Smash glow crystals in a blender2m36s

Smash glow crystals in a blender

We put triboluminescent, or "Smash Glow" crystals in a blender. Triboluminescence is the effect of light being emitted when something is broken, smashed, or otherwise broken. The substance in this video is a particular type of chemical called triphenylphosphinebis(pyridine)thiocyanato copper(I). Enjoy!

Published: April 19, 2017Updated: April 21, 20172,022 views
Spider Lily proves to be cure for cancer3m13s

Spider Lily proves to be cure for cancer

Researchers from the University of Windsor in Canada found a substance that works better than chemotherapy for cancer, without harming healthy cells. They have made more compounds in the laboratory to mimic the anti-cancer effect of the spider lily, a common plant. "They are extremely selective. Healthy cells are not being damaged, and the cancer cells were killed," said Professor Siyaram Pandey about the substances.

Published: April 17, 2017Updated: April 19, 20173,699 views
Young scientist demonstrates the impossible: Levitation45s

Young scientist demonstrates the impossible: Levitation

Most of us would believe that levitation is impossible. Of course we know that magnets can attract or repel metal objects. But what makes it possible to lock an object in space and keep it there? Josh Van der Zalm, nano-science student places a super-cooled ceramic plate over a magnet and then shows how it remains locked in whatever position he places it in. He even demonstrates how the plate can be forced to levitate in a circular path over a track. You have to see it to believe it!

Published: April 4, 2017Updated: April 7, 20173,103 views
Researchers in Egypt turn prawns into plastic49s

Researchers in Egypt turn prawns into plastic

Researchers at Egypt's Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic in a bid to make environmentally-friendly grocery bags. Credit to Reuters.

Published: March 3, 20171,546 views
NASA Released 100 New Photos Of Pluto In This Breathtaking Video!1m48s

NASA Released 100 New Photos Of Pluto In This Breathtaking Video!

NASA Released 100 New Photos Of Pluto In This Breathtaking Video! NASA's New Horizon spacecraft took over 9 years to reach Pluto, and the footage has now been released in the video below. We have never before been able to see such clear detail in photos of the dwarf planet, as it is more than 3 BILLION miles away. The New Horizon mission was the first mission that was able to capture a total view of our solar system, and now we're looking forward to the footage it sends back in 2019 of even more distant worlds! We hope you enjoy the video as much as we do!

Published: February 16, 2017Updated: February 17, 2017142 views
Feed peanut products to babies to cut allergy risk2m07s

Feed peanut products to babies to cut allergy risk

New U.S. guidelines advise parents to feed their babies peanut products - though never whole peanuts - to help lower the risk of developing potentially life-threatening allergies. Matthew Stock reports. Credit to Reuters.

Published: January 17, 20171,935 views
Breast milk under a microscope shows incredible sight31s

Breast milk under a microscope shows incredible sight

You guys... this is SO COOL!!!!!!!! this is the living liquid gold we call breast milk in motion!!!! My dad is a blood microscopist and this is a single drop off my breast milk under his microscope!!!! It's miraculous and it's ALIVE tailored to my babies needs at this moment!!!! Absolutely amazing!!! Follow me on Instagram... jansenshowardart_

Watch A Soap Bubble Freeze Instantly In Real-Time28s

Watch A Soap Bubble Freeze Instantly In Real-Time

When it's -25°C/-13°F outside, soap bubble mixtures freeze faster than they pop, making for some very fascinating effects! When the temperature drops so low, user 'ChrisRatzlaff' likes to go out in his backyard, bubble blower in one hand and the camera in the other. He jokes: “I think my neighbors have gotten used to this sort of behavior by now” However, frozen bubbles are still very fragile creatures, so Chris experimented with different recipes to create a durable bubble wall that won't pop in the slightest breeze. And we are not just talking about the water to soap ratio, no; we are talking about adding ingredients to your mixture to get the most flawless and stunning results each and every time, without exception! And the secret recipe is: - 200ml warm water - 35ml corn syrup - 35ml dish soap - 2tbs sugar Chill the mixture in the freezer to help speed up the process when outside and you will have your own frozen globes in matter of seconds! Just don’t forget to layer up, because it is frrrreezing out there! Now, we have shown you a similar video where a soap bubble freezes completely , but that one took like a minute and a half. This one freezes in almost 20 seconds and the snowflakes that form on the surface of the bubble are truly magical!

Published: November 11, 2015Updated: January 6, 2017186,210 views