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Big Bang v2.0

To go along with our recent article, here is a neat video showing what is expected from the biggest, most complicated machine ever built:


Also read great National Geographic article "The God Particle" (with more images)

Today's pictures & links:
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If you have not seen these pictures yet, you should
(goes well with this article)

There are gorgeous shots from orbit, to be found here. Make sure you got broadband connection and feast your eyes on them all. Here are a couple for preview (click to enlarge):


Burning Rocket Propellant

Fantastic color in the flames -

(image credit: Eric Charlton)


Russian Expedition goes to the North Pole

... in these wondrous machines:

(image credit: Vasily Elagin)

(image credit: Vladimir Chukov)

Well, "Top Gear Polar Special" team (headed by Jeremy Clarkson) also went to the North Pole recently, in this:

Watch the video of the attempt here.


Airline Passenger Certificates

Read a detailed article about unique collector's item: Certificates for crossing the ocean in an airplane - issued by early airline companies:

"TWA 1953 certificate awarded for crossing the great Atlantic Ocean on behalf of King Neptune himself"


Mixed fresh links for today:

Top 10 SciFi Movies that never were - [interesting]
The Fuhrer's Bunker - [reconstruction]
5 minutes to kill yourself - [flash game]
Hilarious Automobile Review - [humour]
Gun Owners in Their Homes (click next) - [gallery]
Nubrella: look weird in the rain - [design]
Incredible Fireworks Explosion - [wow video]
Wild off-roading accident, more - [car video]
Dangerous hike at Mt. Huashan, more, info - [wow video]


Napping Station

These "nap pods" are installed at Google headquarters in California - blocking light and sounds, and perhaps enhanced with soothing virtual reality inside? (not yet)

(image credit: Erin Seagal, Reuters)


East Siberia Landscapes

Near Krasnoyarsk can be found some very fine views: in Yergaki National Park, some near Abakan and Kyzyl:

(image credit: walterghost)

(images credit: Alexander Silin)


Crowned Lemur Baby

More info

(image credit: Reuters, F-G Grandin)


Neat Architecture Photography

by Raoul Pop:


Who is that guy in the mask behind them?
(I hope it's only image manipulation)

This seems to be the "Nutcracker" ballet rehearsal, and the guy is the Nutcracker King.


Not for the faint of appetite

Drinking booze with snakes inside (how appropriate) I can perhaps understand, but with... dead mice babies, no.

(image credit: Peter Kelly)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could the girls with the guns be a ballet rehearsing the "nutcracker" stroy .. ?

then the guy with the mask would fit in as well ..

Anonymous Gavin said...

The first picture shows the top of New Zealand's South Island, and Cook Strait

Anonymous Andyman said...

Obviously it's a Nutcracker rehearsal.

Blogger Amy said...

I would love one of those nap stations

Blogger Azrael Brown said...

Awesome -- thanks for the link to my airline certificate article! They're one of those things that I had never known existed until one showed up in my hands...and then I HAD to find out more about them.

Anonymous Jake said...

They had those nap stations at Macworld Expo in San Francisco in January. While you were inside you could listen to a nap soundtrack generated by the Pzizz software:


Blogger BIll Eccles said...

'Tis true that he's the Nutcracker King and that the girls are the toy soldiers, taking on the army of rats in Clara's dream.

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

to Azrael Brown:
You got some very cool vintage stuff on your sites. Send us a note when something neat comes up again, we'll link it.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

They claim they lost the site of Hitlers Bunker. Ironically it was recently rediscovered when the Jewish Memorial was being built nearly over it.


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