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Africa's Multi-Level Floating Hotel with an Underwater Room

The Manta Resort is a beautiful, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba. The spectacular getaway offers not only a place to rest your head for the night, but also some truly breathtaking views from its unique, underwater room. The floating structure, made of local hardwood, …

Scuba Diving

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Hills - the Isle of Skye, Scotland

MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

Construction has commenced on <b>MAD</b>’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of …

5 Insanely Huge Things You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped

We're starting to get the feeling that every engineer's life goal is to make something really fucking huge. All the jaw-dropping objects on this list …

The 12 Coolest Subways in the World

Tasked with tracking down the coolest subways in the world, our first thought was why a dirty place that smelled like crap and made a god-awful …

8 Of Google’s Craziest Offices

Google is known for its zany office designs, from stroopwafel ceilings to slides to scooters. And you thought your office’s foosball table was cool.<p>While most of us 9-to-5ers hunch over in boxy, fluorescent-lit cubicles, feeling lucky if our office has a snack machine, the Google employees of the …

Tel Aviv

Building the dream

By 2030 Chinese cities will be home to about 1 billion people. Getting urban China to work properly is vital to the country’s economic and political …


Watch these Caterpillar excavators play the biggest game of Jenga ever

Catfight.<p>Jenga is fun, but it's a lot more fun when played using heavy construction equipment weighing a few hundred tons.<p>Caterpillar, maker of all manner of dozers, backhoes, cranes, and other construction site awesomeness put together this video of some its machinery playing everyone's favorite …


The Francis effect

About to take over a crisis-ridden company with a demoralised workforce? Turn to a Roman case study<p>BUSINESS schools regularly teach their students …

Harvard Business School

Pour English

Q: Are there too few English majors nowadays? A recent headline on CNN.com: “Volunteers pour over satellite images.” Hmm. I prefer maple syrup on my …

Photo @ladzinski A water taxi in twilight commute on Venice's Grand Canal. It's been written about and named by many to be the most beautiful city in the world, the city on the water. One thing is certain, it's nearly impossible to explore Venice without being moved. @natgeocreative @3stringsproductions

Report: NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug for 2 Years and Said Nothing

The NSA knew about the Internet security bug Heartbleed and regularly used it to gather intelligence for at least two years, anonymous sources told …

Bangkok Train juicer

Bora Bora looks gorgeous on the ground, but have you ever seen it from above? Photo by PLEIADES-HR SATELLITE.

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As seen on #Cosmos: We now know that comets are leftovers from the dawn of our solar system around 4.6 billion years ago, and consist mostly of ice coated with dark organic material. They have been referred to as "dirty snowballs." They may yield important clues about the formation of our solar system. Comets may have brought water and organic compounds, the building blocks of life, to the early Earth and other parts of the solar system. As theorized by astronomer Gerard Kuiper in 1951, a disc-like belt of icy bodies exists beyond Neptune, where a population of dark comets orbits the sun in the realm of Pluto. These icy objects, occasionally pushed by gravity into orbits bringing them closer to the sun, become the so-called short-period comets. Taking less than 200 years to orbit the sun, in many cases their appearance is predictable because they have passed by before. Less predictable are long-period comets, many of which arrive from a region called the Oort Cloud about 100,000 astronomical units (that is,100,000 times the distance between Earth and the Sun) from the Sun. These Oort Cloud comets can take as long as 30 million years to complete one trip around the Sun. Each comet has a tiny frozen part, called a nucleus, often no larger than a few kilometers across. The nucleus contains icy chunks, frozen gases with bits of embedded dust. A comet warms up as it nears the Sun and develops an atmosphere, or coma. The sun's heat causes the comet's ices to change to gases so the coma gets larger. The coma may extend hundreds of thousands of kilometers. The pressure of sunlight and high-speed solar particles (solar wind) can blow the coma dust and gas away from the Sun, sometimes forming a long, bright tail. Comets actually have two tails - a dust tail and an ion (gas) tail. This image of Comet C/2001 Q4 (NEAT) was taken at the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Ariz. on 7 May 2004. Credit: NSF #comets #solarsystem #universe #galaxy #space

Learn Dothraki the Easy Way

(Video Link)<p>It’s easiest to learn a language when you’re a child. So get your kids off to a good start by teaching them a language in the <i>Game of</i> …

See What Famous Movie Locations Look Like Today With This Nifty App

Like many innovative business ventures before it, the idea for SCENEPAST—a new iPhone app that lets you see what famous film locations look like …

This is the incredible view from the top of 1 World Trade Center in New York, photographed in Sept. 2013. The image was published on the cover of Time this week. Explore an interactive version of this photograph at time.com/wtc. Photograph by Jonathan D. Woods and Michael Franz for TIME. @jonwoods and @mfranzphoto #nyc #1wtc

SketchDeck Turns Terrible Slide Decks Into Beautiful Presentations In Just A Day

A number of startups over the years have tried to reinvent PowerPoint with services that made it easier or quicker to create a slideshow presentation. Newly launched SketchDeck is taking a different approach: Instead of providing an alternative to PowerPoint or similar software applications, it’s …

How Architecture Could Shape Your Microbiome

Architecture could play a key role in exposing us to the good bacteria, and keeping us away from the bad.<p>Scientists are only just beginning to understand how important germs are to our well-being. Our microbiome, the huge collection of microorganisms like bacteria and fungi that our bodies host, …

Architectural Insight: Behind China's Circular Skyscraper

An Italian architect has challenged the conventional vertical rectangular form of skyscrapers with the creation of a circular high-rise building in …

Jalan Binchang House by A D Lab

Going to extremes: from the world's coolest place … to the hottest – in pictures

From remote Tristan da Cunha to Death Valley to Angel Falls, marvel at the wonders of the planet