Posts by: Andrew J. Blanche

Sneeze

Why Deaf People Don’t Achoo When They Sneeze

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You may not know it, but peer pressure influences what you sound like when you sneeze. Sneezing feels—and is—so involuntary, yet apparently you do still have some control over what you say when you sneeze. “Achoo!” is particular to English speakers, the BBC’s Ouch blog reports, and deaf people just make...

Sunlight

Melting a Stone With Sunlight

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We have all seen metal being melted under sunlight but this video shows a natural stone being melted. Jem Stansfield travels to the Solar Furnace Research Facility in Southern France. He witnesses the incredible power generated by highly concentrated sunlight. Source: http://realitypod.com/2011/02/video-melting-a-stone-with-sunlight/ Like this article? Just click the up-arrow: Thank You!...

Take Nitrogen From The Air

Technology Enables Crops To Take Nitrogen From The Air

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A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers. Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital for plants to survive and grow....

Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park

Heaven’s Gate Mountain

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Introduction of Tianmen Mountains (Heaven’s Gate Mountain): The elevation of Tianmen Mountains is 1518.6 meters (the highest one in Zhangjiajie); people may feel amazing that about 40 peaks inside the mountain area are over 1000 meters. Due to the high elevation of the mountain, the day time is longer than...

Sinkhole in Guatemala

Sinkhole in Guatemala

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Heavy rains from tropical storm Agatha likely triggered the collapse of a huge sinkhole in Guatemala. The Guatemala sinkhole fits into a broader use of the term, which refers to any sudden slump of the ground’s surface. Instead of solid bedrock, much of Guatemala City rests atop a layer of...

Da Vinci Rotating Tower

Da Vinci Rotating Tower in Dubai!

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The Da Vinci Tower (also known as Dynamic Architecture Building) is a proposed 313 m (1,027 ft), 68-floor tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tower is expected to be architecturally innovative for several reasons. Uniquely, each floor will be able to rotate independently. This will result in a constantly...

Burj Khalifa Dubai

The World’s Tallest Tower

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Top 10 Facts of Burj Khalifa Dubai: 1. The Burj Khalifa Dubai is at 824.55 meters the world’s tallest man-made structure & skyscraper in Dubai. 2. More than 12,000 people will occupy the building’s 6 million square feet. Residential apartments number 1,044. 3. Special amenities include a 15,000 square foot...

Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

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Hitachi Seaside Park, located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, next to the Ajigaura Beach, is a flower park and a popular tourist destination. The park covers an area of ​​3.5 hectares and the flowers are amazing all year round. Each season you will find a different variety of flower blossoming...

Hsuehshan Tunnel Taiwan

Hsuehshan Tunnel, Taiwan

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Overview Location Taiwan Coordinates West Entrance: 24°56′18.96″N 121°42′54″E East Entrance: 24°50′52.08″N121°47′27.6″E Status Active Start Pinglin District, New Taipei City End Toucheng, Yilan County Operation Work begun July 1991 Opened June 16, 2006 Traffic Road tunnel Technical Length 12.941 km (8.041 mi) Number of lanes 4 Operating speed 60 to 90 km/h Overview The Hsuehshan Tunnel  or “Snow Mountain” tunnel, is...

Swing at the End of the World

Swing at the End of the World

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There’s a swing on the edge of a cliff in Ecuador. It has no safety measures and is called the ‘Swing at the End of the World.’ Like this article? Just click the up-arrow: Thank You! Please let us know your thoughts and opinions regarding the "Swing at the End...

Molson’s Beer Fridge

Molson’s Beer Fridge that Only Canadians Can Open

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A fridge full of free beer sounds like a great thing to find sitting on a street corner, but what if you needed a Canadian to open it? That was the puzzle posed by the Rethink advertising agency on behalf of Canada’s Molson brewery. This northern spring, Rethink set up...

Beijing Water Cube Transformed Into Happy Magic Water Park!

Beijing Water Cube Transformed Into Happy Magic Water Park!

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After the amazing success of the Water Cube in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the aquatic center has been transformed into an incredible (and massive) indoor water park. Rather than just letting the record-smashing facility sit there unused, the owners have transformed the space into the fantastical Happy Magic Water Park, complete with...

The World’s First Vertical Forest

The World’s First Vertical Forest Near Completion in Milan, Italy

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Designed by Boeri Studio , Bosco Verticale is a towering 27-story structure, currently under construction in Milan, Italy. Once complete, the tower will be home to the world’s first vertical forest. The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Covered in plant life, the building aids in balancing the microclimate and in...

Space Hotel

Space Hotel to Open in 2014 at $4.4 mln for 3-night Rate

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The company behind plans to open the first hotel in space predicts a holiday in orbit will soon become a realistic travel option. Galactic Suite say their space station hotel is on schedule to accept its first paying guests in 2014.A total of 38 people have now reserved a room...

Electric Vehicles

Are Electric Vehicles Really Zero-Emission?

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As the owner of the first Nissan Leaf electric car sold in Maine, it is my pleasure to give slide presentations to various groups about the history, benefits, and personal experiences of driving an electric vehicle. After a showing of the movie Revenge of the Electric Car, I was participating in a question and answer...