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Creative Repairman Perfectly Fixes Household Goods Using Instant Noodles

Here’s an Idea:

You can fix anything, apparently, with Ramen Noodles!

I’m not sure how this actually holds up but the basis is valid – it’s a filler (noodles) mixed with glue. What could possibly go wrong?

Here’s an Idea:
You can fix anything, apparently, with Ramen Noodles!
I’m not sure how this actually holds up but the basis is valid – it’s a filler (noodles) mixed with glue. What could possibly go wrong?

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A House That Looks Like a Floating Island

Located in Greece above the Santorini Hills sits this incredible home.  Inside, it is a modern residence but from a distance it looks like a slice of land is levitating above the ground.

There is a living garden on the roof and because the lower levels are designed in the earth-like striations the house gives an almost mirage-like appearance in the landscape.

This house, created by Kapsimalis Architects sits in a vineyard overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and Fira, the capital of the island.  It completes its integration with the local landscape with a design reminiscent of the local caves.

Mirrored Earth

The look is created using tow levels: one mirrored, and one earthen.  The living area sits in the mirrored lower floor, along with the kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom.  The area has an almost subterranean feel because of the earthen level sitting above.

On this level you find an office and an attic and, of course, a terrace from which you can overlook the spectacular view.  The views are not limited to the upper level though, the architects cleverly used one-way mirroring to give stunning lower level views similarly impressive views across the local scenery.

The architects were heavily influenced by the diversity of the landscape and used that to inspire the design of the home.  They wanted the home to become integral to the scenery using specific materials combined with a mirrored level to fully assimilate the property into the natural environment.

The mixture of traditional aesthetics and modern, futuristic design has created a unique and outstanding dwelling.

The architects have created a number of other similar homes including hotels within hills, concrete homes and adaptations of Greek ruins.  All of their structures use the region’s natural shapes, textures and traditional architecture as a backdrop for their unique designs.

Located in Greece above the Santorini Hills sits this incredible home.  Inside, it is a modern residence but from a distance it looks like a slice of land is levitating above the ground.

There is a living garden on the roof and because the lower levels are...

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Batman is 80!

Art Exhibition Showcases the Caped Crusader’s 80th year as Comic Book Icon

Long before the movies, video games, cartoons a music videos the Caped Crusader made his mark as a comic book hero.  Batman, alongside Superman, was the star of DC comics.  Looking back on our hero you can see a rich history and if that’s something you’d love to immerse yourself in then get yourself along to one of three new exhibitions of Batman Art.

The New York-based Society of Illustrators is opening three exhibitions devoted to the savior of Gotham City. Each of the exhibitions will showcase literally hundreds of Batman images across several themes.  The opening reception takes place on June 21st.

Illustrating Batman

The main exhibit, entitled “Illustrating Batman: Eighty Years of Comics and Pop Culture,”  will showcase the comic book hero as seen in the work of Jim Lee, Bob Kane, Frank Miller and Neal Adams featured alongside commercials, toys and essays.

Designer Chip Kidd has provided a personal collection entitled “Batman Collected: Chip Kidd’s Batman Obsession” You can, however, also see some pieces from Bruce Timm and Alex Ross in the mix.

If you are a fan of anime you really need to go and check out the exhibition of Bat-Manga by Jiro Kuwata.  For a 1960s manga feel buy a ticket to “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan”

If this has whetted your appetite for more Batman get yourself over to the Society of Illustrators in New York and grab a ticket.

Art Exhibition Showcases the Caped Crusader’s 80th year as Comic Book Icon

Long before the movies, video games, cartoons a music videos the Caped Crusader made his mark as a comic book hero.  Batman, alongside Superman, was the star of DC comics. ...

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Hilarious Pet Owner Revenge Signs

A dog is a man’s best friend. Well, that’s true when the man is in the house. But when the man is out… all hell breaks loose. On one hand, they are dogs, and they do not know ALL the house rules. To them, if a doll is on the floor (or very close to it), it means that it was left there for them. You can’t expect them to understand that you can’t go around the house and dog-proofing it.

Any case, take a look at these revenge notes made by the owners of these very cute and sorry dogs.

Couldn’t Bear The Thought

One of the not so great parts of having pups is there tendency to chew anything and everything in their path.

This guys dog decided an antique stuffed panda looked to delicious to handle and chew the face off! For revenge the owner made him wear the panda site! It may not have worked, but it made a cute photo!

It’s funny as it’s cute, read more:

A dog is a man’s best friend. Well, that’s true when the man is in the house. But when the man is out… all hell breaks loose. On one hand, they are dogs, and they do not know ALL the house rules. To them, if a doll is on the floor (or very...

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3 Ways to Avoid Burnout When You’re Trying To ‘Do It All’

There are certain times in life that call for us to be constantly busy, struggling to balance all the things on our plate all at once. While it cannot be avoided, burnout can! It’s the times that you feel you haven’t a minute to spare to take care of yourself that it’s more important than ever that you do.

Maybe you’re running your kids around while simultaneously juggling everything at home in addition to working a part-time job. The only rest is when your head hits the pillow for those few sweet hours late at night before you’re back at it early the next morning. Your kids and loved ones need you, so what can you do?

Phases like these are what I like to call “soldiering.” Let me be clear, however, that soldiering is not a negative thing. It shows strength and momentum, self-discipline to get done what needs to be done and love for those you do it for. Sometimes, it’s sacrificing what you want for the sake of others, putting yourself second. All this is okay.

Soldiering isn’t a phase that’s meant to last forever. You can only press on with such energy for so long, so know that an end is in sight and that you can carry on until then. And at the end, you can pause to look back at all your hard work has accomplished.

If this is a stage you’ve found yourself in before or are in right now, here are three things to keep in mind to keep from burning out.

  1. Acknowledge that you are soldiering.

Soldiering becomes much more manageable when you acknowledge that’s the state you are in. When you have life on autopilot, you miss out on what goes on day-to-day; you’re not fully present to those around you. But when you’re able to acknowledge to yourself and those around you that you are doing what needs to be done, clarity comes, and you’re able to think through the outcome – the reason you’re in this phase of soldiering to begin with.

  1. Practice self-awareness.

We often avoid self-awareness more than we practice it; sometimes, taking a close look at yourself is just plain scary – we’d rather go on, blissful and ignorant to what is really going on within us. So, self-awareness rarely comes naturally.

But when you habitually make yourself do it, you notice more your behaviours, your reactions, why you feel the way you do. You have insight to see why your environment or your hectic schedule affects you the way it does, both physically and emotionally.

As you look within and understand yourself better, you can make more informed and conscious decisions and impact the quality of your life and relationships positively – both during your soldiering phase as well as when your pace slows.

  1. Take time for self-care.

Yes, it’s appropriate to put others first, to be selfless, but if we don’t take time to care for ourselves, we end up having little to give others. We often feel guilty doing things for ourselves or feel that it shouldn’t be a priority during busy times, but self-care is crucial.

During times like these, you become so energy-depleted and so emotionally drained. There’s no way to continue on if you don’t intentionally replenish and restore these! Take time to grab your favorite meal, read a novel, take a nature walk, or whatever it is that allows your mind and body to rest and recuperate. Just a few moments doing something restorative gives you the energy to tackle each new day afresh!

This season of soldiering won’t last forever, but while it does, utilize these tips to give you strength and help you cope!

There are certain times in life that call for us to be constantly busy, struggling to balance all the things on our plate all at once. While it cannot be avoided, burnout can! It’s the times that you feel you haven’t a minute to spare to take care of...

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Facebook Bans Alex Jones

For years, Facebook has been under-fire for seemingly preferring one particular political narrative over another. Seen as a more liberally-leaning site, a lot of the time you can easily find stories about Facebook banning the accounts of big-name social media commentators.

They’ve gone for people such as Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos. These incendiary media characters have huge followings on their own pages, but now appear to have done enough to get themselves kicked off of Facebook, as well as from other sites such as Twitter and YouTube.

Indeed, Facebook has now seemingly ‘permanently’ banned some of these big name right-wingers, such as Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, and several other big hot shots of the right. However, they’ve also banned the likes of Paul Joseph Watson and Louis Farrakhan.

This is quite an interesting move from Facebook, as it used to try and it paints itself as a more apolitical media network. By taking a side like this, they’ve no doubt opened up an interesting can of worms about what comes next.

According to Facebook, these people are “dangerous” and thus should not be part of their social media network. According to a Facebook representative in an official statement, they said via The Washington Post: “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,

“The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”

Facebook silencing those on the right?

While a company is free to have its own regulations and choices as to who can and cannot use its platform, Facebook has come under fire for suppressing the right for people to use their platform to spread right-wing leaning political messages and ideologies.

In the past, Facebook has already barred the likes of Jones and Loomer, as well as other people on the right, for their views. Their views range from various different popular conspiracies, such as the Sandy Hook massacre being staged, to various conspiracies about presidential elections and various other similar claims.

Over the years, these figures have grown in profile in various media circles, and have built large followings across social media.

One immediate supporter of one of the banned, Mr. Farrakhan, was Snoop Dogg. The famous rapper, who is part of the Nation of Islam, said:

“Facebook and Instagram just banned Minister Louis Farrakhan. I wanna know for what? All he ever do was tell the truth, but y’all gonna ban him?” Snoop Dogg said in the first short clip. “I stand with him, I’m with him. Ban me motherf****r. Ban me.”

For years, Facebook has been under-fire for seemingly preferring one particular political narrative over another. Seen as a more liberally-leaning site, a lot of the time you can easily find stories about Facebook banning the accounts of big-name social media...

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How Tinder Had A Hand in The New Diverse Couple Emoji Selection

Emojis have become crucial in the way we communicate. More and more, these pictographs are used to depict what we’re feeling, what we’re saying, and even who we are. This being the case, it’s of utmost importance that emojis are relevant and inclusive.

Tinder has been a force behind the creation of new interracial couples emojis. They formed a petition with over 50,000 supporters which pushed Unicode to make these emojis a reality this year.

In the Name of Love

Emojis representing people of color and people with disabilities were first released to the public in 2015. In later years, Unicode responded to the call for emojis representing non-heterosexual couples.

It was interesting that this hadn’t been done before, considering how excellent a form of communication and what a statement emojis had come to be.

Making the First Move

Tinder conducted a study that connected online dating with the increase of interracial couples and saw the necessity for improved visibility for its users. They first attempted to make a change in February 2018 when they kicked off the #represent campaign, which successfully petitioned the Unicode Consortium to be more inclusive.

 Tinder’s CMO, Jenny Campbell made a statement, “Tinder advocates for the freedom of people to live how they want to live and love who they want to love.” People from all over the world joined Tinder in their petition, resulting in over 50,000 signatures in order to have all loves represented.

Coupling Celebrated

We’ve had a small taste of what to expect once all 230 emojis are released for public use. They display a wide range of skin tone and gender. The release showed all sorts of couples smiling and holding hands, of all sorts of gender and color combinations. The new emojis are full of happy diversity.

Emojis have become crucial in the way we communicate. More and more, these pictographs are used to depict what we’re feeling, what we’re saying, and even who we are. This being the case, it’s of utmost importance that emojis are relevant and...

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Gloriously & Awkward Photos of Celebrities at Prom Night

Long before the days of red carpets, Oscars, and awards the rich and famous were just like the rest of us.  Take a look at this gallery of teenage nervousness and awkward poses as we delve into the world of celebrity prom photos. Although they may be rich and famous now, the likes of Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, George Clooney and Brad Pitt all when through the terrible teens.

Rhianna

Even Rihanna had to start somewhere!  The super-stylish Bahamian beauty now has her own line of sexy lingerie but back in the day she still had a few lessons to learn.

To be fair, Rihanna could never look bad in anything, but this look couldn’t be further than the fashion queen she is today.

Don’t take off your corsage, there’s more:

Long before the days of red carpets, Oscars, and awards the rich and famous were just like the rest of us.  Take a look at this gallery of teenage nervousness and awkward poses as we delve into the world of celebrity prom photos. Although they may be rich...

Nature & Tech Science

Could the Beetle Be the Key to Creating Biofuels Properly?

For many people, beetles are horrible, disgusting little freaks. Up close and in your line of sight, they are a genuine eyesore that can put you off looking at them. However, the beetle is more than just a hard little eyesore: they might hold the key to creating better biofuels in the future.

This was recently looked into by scientific experts at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab. They have done some research into the beetle, as their diet of dying wood apparently makes an excellent starting point for the creation of biofuels.

The gut of the beetle has closely adapted and adjusted to ensure that it is strong enough to handle plant material, such as cellulose and lignin, without issue. It then transforms these plant materials into necessary things like ethanol, methane and other biofuels which are loaded with energy such as hydrogen.

That diversity is one of the many reasons why it has become a go-to choice for a whole lot of scientists. The assistant adjunct professor of environmental science at UC Berkley, and senior author of the study about beetles, Eoin Brodie, said:

“We brought together a team of experts and used advanced molecular biology tools, together with spectrometry and tiny sensors, to discover that the beetle’s gut is made of up specialized compartments — each with a distinct microbiome — that work together almost like a factory production line, using unique biochemistry to turn the wood into food and fuel,

“The key innovation that nature has provided here is a way to combine biochemical processes that are otherwise incompatible,” he concluded.

A Truly Special Find

This is a landmark discovery and could go some way to making sure that the humble and proud beetle plays a major role in environmental transformation. According to Javier Ceja-Navarro, a Berkeley Lab research scientist and lead author of the study:

“It turns out that the beetle’s gut architecture, such as the length and thickness of its gut walls, has evolved to suit its microbiome so that specific metabolic processes are favored in different gut regions,

“This beetle and its microbes have worked out what scientists around the world are hurrying to optimize – how to efficiently turn woody plant biomass into biofuels and bioproducts,”

The fact that the beetle is such a resilient breeding ground for such biofuels makes it a hugely compelling part of nature. It could help with the production of things like acetate, a major energy source, and could become a valuable learning tool as we try to become more aware of the changes we need to make to help the production of biofuels become a more common part of society.

So, the next time that you see a beetle scurrying around, remember the vast potential that they contain within!

For many people, beetles are horrible, disgusting little freaks. Up close and in your line of sight, they are a genuine eyesore that can put you off looking at them. However, the beetle is more than just a hard little eyesore: they might hold the key to...

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Unique & Funny Wedding Gowns

Whenever you think of weddings, it’s obvious that the first thing to come to mind is the wedding dress. The dress is typically white, elegant, and designed with class and taste.

Dress To Impress?

However, some brides have taken the dress creation to a whole new level, creating extremely unique designs, which some may like a lot and some may find absurd, and completely out of touch with what a wedding dress should look like.

Regardless of what others think, we can all agree these dresses are entertaining to look at!

Whenever you think of weddings, it’s obvious that the first thing to come to mind is the wedding dress. The dress is typically white, elegant, and designed with class and taste.
Dress To Impress?
However, some brides have taken the dress creation to a...

Lifestyle

Hitting the Snooze Button Might Make You More Tired (Sadly)

How often do you wake up in the morning and hear the alarm going off, and just think “Eugh….”?

Every morning? Most mornings? We know how you feel. We all do it to an extent. We do this crazy thing where we set our alarm 30-minutes early, so that we can enjoy half an hour of in/out sleep prior to having to get up.

It’s quite an interesting, if rather odd, tactic. However, sadly, it’s now been shown that this might be pretty bad for us. Why? Because hitting snooze makes it much harder to actually wake up.

Unfortunately, our brains are not able to just wake-up as soon as we open our eyes. Often, it can take as long as an hour before we are actually awake, alert and ready to go. Therefore, when you keep on going to bed and enjoying this little 5-10 minute recesses, you are merely putting yourself back to square one with regards to waking up and feeling good about doing so.

You are reversing any benefits that you get from waking up by going for that quick second nap. However, you might disagree. You feel better, right? That’s the serotonin talking. Your body produces serotonin by going to sleep, but it’s not actually going to help you wake up. You are merely just putting the process back to square one if you do this.

So, the medical advice goes against the ritual that many of us live with. Instead of setting your alarm early and enjoying the pleasure of going back to sleep briefly, set your alarm as late as you can. Then, get up as soon as it goes off. Yes, it’s hard to do, of course. But it’s what is recommended.

What if I can’t do this?

Then you should probably look to go to bed a bit earlier. If you find it too hard to wake up in one sitting when your alarm goes off, you are not suitably rested. That is as clear a sign as there is to show that you are in need of an extra hour or two in bed every night.

Instead of setting your alarm from when you do, set your bedtime alarm for a bit earlier. Then, set your alarm for waking up a bit later.

This should help you to get the sleep that you need. Now, when you wake up, you should be able to resist the temptation to go for another 5-minute sleeping session. Yes, the temptation to do so is real. It merely sets you back, though, and does little for us in terms of improving our quality of life.

So, instead of falling for this old trap, why not make your life a bit easier and start paying more attention to how you sleep?

With a bit of change to when you go to bed and when you get up, you could create a meaningful change to your mind-set. Trust us, the benefits far outweigh the perceived benefits of another 5-minutes in bed!

How often do you wake up in the morning and hear the alarm going off, and just think “Eugh….”?

Every morning? Most mornings? We know how you feel. We all do it to an extent. We do this crazy thing where we set our alarm 30-minutes early, so that we can...

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White Dwarf System Gives Glimpse into Our Solar System’s Demise

Ever wonder what our sun will look like in a few billion years? Or what our planet and the entire solar system has in store? Sure, it won’t happen in our lifetime, but because of the planet-like object scientists have discovered orbiting a white dwarf star, we can take a look at what our solar system will look like in about 5 billion years.

It’s been common in the last few decades to find planets beyond our own solar system orbiting stars. Just like our sun, these solar systems have main-sequence stars that get their energy from core nuclear reactions. When these stars run out of fuel, they become red giants.

When our sun begins this process, it will consume Mercury, Venus, and most likely Earth, as well, and expand into the solar system. Once the core collapses, it becomes a white dwarf, too. For those of you who may not know, a white dwarf is an extremely dense, faint star that’s about the size of a planet.

Planets that orbit white dwarfs gradually move closer to the star until they collide, smash, and become floating debris.

Christopher Manser, of the U.K.’s University of Warwick, published a study done with his colleagues in Science. They presented evidence of a small, intact planetary body orbiting the white dwarf SDSS J122859.93+104032.9.

“The gaseous planetary disc around this white dwarf was the first discovered, and is currently still the brightest disc known, making it great for observations,” Manser told Newsweek. “The observations were taken as a pilot test to see if we could detect anything happening on the time it takes material to orbit the white dwarf (roughly hours).”

A Planetesimal

The team was astonished to discover a planetesimal, which is a solid object formed through colliding rocks that have clumped together. The only way it wasn’t torn apart by the white dwarf’s gravitational pulls was because it was 370 miles in diameter and very dense. They’ve surmised that this planetesimal could be the core of one of the solar system’s planets.

“To survive so close to the white dwarf, the body either has to have a large density, or a high internal strength to avoid being ripped apart,” Manser said. “Currently, we cannot distinguish between the two, only that it requires some minimal amount of internal strength and a density around that of iron—if the internal strength is greater, our density estimate can be reduced.”

 Scientists are fascinated to see a glimpse into the destiny of our own solar system. It seems as though the three inner planets will be destroyed while the rest stay intact.

“By studying systems like SDSSJ122859.93+104032.9, we can learn more about the future of the solar system, and the majority of all known exoplanetary systems, which orbit stars that will themselves eventually become white dwarfs,” Manser said. He also mentioned they plan to find more planetesimals like this one.

A professor in University College London’s physics and astronomy department who was not involved in the study, Jay Farihi, said the planetesimal was similar to a “ring moon”—an object orbiting in the disc of rock and dust surrounding the star.

“This likely means the disks or rings around white dwarfs are highly dynamical and changing environments that will continue to do interesting things and elucidate more exoplanetary science,” he said.

“Continued monitoring of these real-time events should give insight into the total masses of the rings, the planetary parent bodies that were disrupted or otherwise destroyed to create the dust and gas, and most of all how they compare to Earth and the terrestrial planets.”

Ever wonder what our sun will look like in a few billion years? Or what our planet and the entire solar system has in store? Sure, it won’t happen in our lifetime, but because of the planet-like object scientists have discovered orbiting a white dwarf star...