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<i>The Amazing Underwater Forest of Lake Kaindy</i><p>What makes Lake Kaindy truly remarkable is that it contains an underwater forest. Visible on the lakes surface are the tall, dried-out tops of submerged Spruce trees that rise above the water’s surface like the masts of sunken ships. They are the only sign of the amazing frozen forest below the water’s surface.<p>The water is so cold (even in summer the temperature does not exceed 6 degrees) that the pine needles remain on the trees, even after a hundred …

Detail of an illustration from Manṣūr’s anatomy (Tašrīḥ-i Manṣūrī), 1656 (courtesy the Royal College of Physicians)

Detail of an illustration from Manṣūr’s anatomy (Tašrīḥ-i Manṣūrī), 1656 (courtesy the Royal College of Physicians)<p>Medicine is a science through which one knows the states of the human body, whether healthy or not, in order to preserve good health when it exists and restore it when it is lacking. — “Canon of medicine (al-Qānūn fī l-Ṭibb)” by Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā, 980–1037).<p>With rare manuscripts dating back to the 13th century, the Royal College of Physicians in London is taking a look at the …

FIJI MERMAID: Part fish, part… something else c. 1920s, origin unknown Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Seattle, Washington

<b>FIJI MERMAID</b>: Part fish, part… something else <i><br>c. 1920s, origin unknown</i> <br>Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Seattle, Washington<p>Time to get schooled on the history of mermaids: Objects of Intrigue: Fiji Mermaid | Atlas Obscura)

Staring down the barrel of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, object of much (exaggerated) doomsday terror…

Staring down the barrel of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, object of much (exaggerated) doomsday terror…<p>From 2008 onwards, when the LHC was first scheduled to be switched on, there were rumours about what the experiment might create – extra dimensions, sparticles and strangelets, vacuum bubbles and, of course, planet-destroying black holes. Although the experiment ran seamlessly from November 2009 for more than two years and scientists found no evidence whatsoever for the formation of …

Climbing to the top of the world - a dream for so many explorers, a triumph that truly echoes in the annals of humankind’s achievements

Climbing to the top of the world - a dream for so many explorers, a triumph that truly echoes in the annals of humankind’s achievements. But what happens to those who fail?<p>While many reach the top of the summit victorious, the adventure is notoriously fraught with peril. To conquer the mountain, one must pass through the Death Zone - at an altitude of 26,000 ft. and up, (way up) plummeting temperatures, high winds, and sleek ice create a deadly gauntlet. Alongside the obvious weather-related …

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Vienna, Austria

<i>Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Vienna, Austria</i><p>The Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library) is a breathtaking baroque masterpiece, finished in 1726. Formerly the court library to the Hapsburgs, it is one of the world’s major libraries, with an extraordinary collection that dates back to the 14th century. The current collection contains around 2.5 million books.<p>Visitors can also visit many special collections, which include prints, maps, papyri, portraits, music and …

The SS Ayrfield is one of many decommissioned ships in the Homebush Bay, just west of Sydney, but what separates it from the other strand…

The SS Ayrfield is one of many decommissioned ships in the Homebush Bay, just west of Sydney, but what separates it from the other stranded vessels is the incredible foliage that adorns the rusted hull. The beautiful spectacle, also referred to as The Floating Forest, adds a bit of life to the area, which happens to be a sort of ship graveyard.<p>(via 102-Year-Old Abandoned Ship is a Floating Forest - My Modern Metropolis)

It Wasn’t Meant To End Like This

In the middle of Death Valley – one of the harshest and most extreme environments on earth – stands one of the most unusual hotels in…

In the middle of Death Valley – one of the harshest and most extreme environments on earth – stands one of the most unusual hotels in America, the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel.<p>The Amargosa, whose name stems from the Spanish word for “bitter” (amargo), is located in a town called Death Valley Junction - population: less than 20, restaurants: 0, gas stations: 0, opera house: 1.<p>Suffice to say, these are odd municipal statistics. The hotel is operating, and the shows continue at the opera house: …

The Weird Stuff Warehouse is where old tech goes to retire

Tucked neatly between Yahoo! headquarters and Lockheed Martin is a row of unmarked warehouses. To the common passerby, it’s nothing more than an office park surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns. But to those who are in on the secret, there’s a place full of technology treasures waiting to be unearthed. It’s called the Weird Stuff Warehouse, and for more than 27 years it’s been providing the Bay Area with a surplus of old and new technology. It’s not just a Goodwill for antiquated hardware, …

For eight times as much spiral staircase eye-candy, Atlas Obscura proudly presents Spiraling Out of Control: The Greatest Spiral Stairs i…

For eight times as much spiral staircase eye-candy, Atlas Obscura proudly presents Spiraling Out of Control: The Greatest Spiral Stairs in the World!

BBC Autos Joins the Flipboard Garage

Inside Flipboard / May 31, 2013<p>News junkies rely upon the BBC to deliver authoritative journalism told from a uniquely British perspective. Gearheads …