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Hubble Spots a Big, Weird Blob of Star Gas

Stargazing has always been thought of as a romantic or peaceful pastime, but when you really think about what’s up there and the consequences it has on our world, it’s anything but. When you’re looking through NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, you see that they’re no longer just diamonds in the sky.

Take NGC 2022, for example, which can be found in the Orion constellation. When you see what it looks like through a telescope, it’s fantastic. It’s a star approaching the end of its life.

Different stars do different things when they age, depending on their size and makeup. When thinking about stars and the effect they have on us, the most crucial one to keep tabs on is our very own Sun. Eventually, it will become a red giant, just as NGC 2022 has done.

A Planetary Nebula

NASA explains in a new blog post:

“When stars like the Sun grow advanced in age, they expand and glow red. These so-called red giants then begin to lose their outer layers of material into space. More than half of such a star’s mass can be shed in this manner, forming a shell of surrounding gas. At the same time, the star’s core shrinks and grows hotter, emitting ultraviolet light that causes the expelled gases to glow.”

What is left is planet-like in appearance, which is why it’s called a planetary nebula. This all may sound fascinating and exciting, but the effect of our Sun becoming a red giant will be devastating for our planet. Planets that closely orbit stars headed toward the end of their life are swallowed up completely. Others are stripped of their atmosphere.

In our case, most likely Mercury and Venus will be swallowed up, but Earth won’t. However, all life on earth is sure to be eradicated because of the intense heat of the star.

Don’t run off and start panicking, though. We’ve still got about 5.4 billion years till this all goes down, and till then, the sun will very gradually get brighter and hotter.

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Massive Avocados Can Make 12 Avocado Toasts

With the rise in popularity of everything avocado over the last decade, nothing gets the public more excited than an avocado as big as a large zucchini; such an idea seems like it could only be the stuff of dreams – until you meet the farmers of Purdue University Crop.

Turns out a 13-inch, “long-neck” avocado is very real, and they’re being grown in Florida! In fact, they’ve been around for quite some time already. So, what’s the deal with these gigantic avocados? Could they possibly taste as good as the smaller Hass ones we’re so used to?

The good news is that these avocados, called “Persea Americana Russel” are just as tasty as Hass avocados are. Miami Fruit co-founder Edelle Schlegel told NBC’s Today Show, “Our long-neck avocados are thick, creamy, savory, and slightly sweet.”

Got to Eat Them Fast

The bad news, however, is that they ripen just as quickly! “Our ‘long-neck’ avocados do ripen quickly, just like the regular avocados that you would find in a grocery store,” a spokesperson for the company said. He also shared with INSIDER that a chef discovered that just one of these avocados can make 12 slices of avocado toast!

Originating in the small village of Islamorada in the Florida Keys, the long-neck avocado is typically harvested throughout August and September in southern parts of Florida. It can weigh anywhere between 24 to 40 ounces – typical avocados are usually around 6 ounces – and grow to about 13 inches long.

While the brand is currently sold out of their long-neck avocados for the season, you can already pre-order some for next year. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try growing them yourself!

Trees are available for purchase, and Purdue has said that these avocado trees are excellent additions to home gardens since it’s highly likely you’ll reap a good number of avocados each year. However, they’re meant to grow in warm, humid climates like Florida, so if your home is somewhere like Colorado, you’ll just have to pre-order for next season now!

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Have You Ever Wondered Where The Smiley Face Emoji Came From?

You might not even know what an Emoji is!  These images are faces we use in our text message to display emotions such as blushing, smiling, or scowling.

Whether you want to end your message on a high note, add a smile in the middle of your text, or wishing someone a happy birthday, there’s an emoji for you.  We use them in messages on social media, in our emails to one another, or in other ways to convey an emotion or sentiment.

What you might not know, where did the original smiley come from?  This concept actually started back in the 60s when Harvey Ball created the very first smiley face drawing.  Over the years, the image began to change and develop into smiley emoji drawings that we all love and enjoy to use.

How It All Began:

Graphic artists, Harvey Ross Ball created the first smiley face without giving it much thought, let along turning it into an international icon!  Possibly, he was just doodling while coming up with ideas in his head for his next project.

He was originally hired by State Mutual Life Insurance Company as a graphic artist to produce an image that would encourage their employees to smile more often during their time at the workplace.

It took him less than 10 minutes to draw this cute smiley face and was only paid $45 for his artwork.  While the image probably did nothing to ramp up morale in the workplace, this smiley face caught on like wildfire!

It was printed on buttons, posters, shirts, etc.  Even though Ball never copyrighted the design, saying he was not a man of means or money, his smiley face continued to gain in popularity in our culture.  Before he knew it, even the company workers stood up and took notice of his simple cute drawing.

How The Smiley Face Evolved:

Through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the little yellow smiley face started to evolve and soon became an image of happiness and peace within pop art and started appearing on tee-shirts and posters.

As mentioned earlier, Ball never claimed the copyright but someone else stepped up to the plate to promote and commercialize this little yellow face.  Franklin Loufrani, a French journalist, was a driven man and he decided to attached this smiley drawing to all his positive newspaper stories and received a lot of attraction from readers.

At one point, he copyrighted the image and made a lot of money selling just about anything he could with the image printed on it.  He named the image simply “Smiley” and started the Smiley Company selling tee-shirt transfers to anyone who wanted to show off this positive image.

Even though the image was created long before the cell phone, this French journalist’s company played an enormous role in the production of the 21st-Century Emoji!

The Birth Of The Emoji:

If you’ve ever wondered how this little smiley face ended up on the internet, we’ve got you covered!  Scott E. Fahlman was a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon. He is the man who got the idea that would eventually lead to becoming known as an Emoji.

He decided it would be a great idea to have some visual way to express emotions that are funny to text messages, especially at the closing of a message with either a happy or sad face.

Then, Shigetaka Kurita, a Japanese interface designer started sending out cartoons in his company messages that were emoji-like faces.  So in some ways, he is the one who created the emoji!  He used a 12 x 12 grid to produce the pixel images such as laughing faces, hearts, and of course, the original smiley face.

This new concept remained only in Japan for almost 10 years.  Meanwhile, Loufrani’s son Nicolas was working on the smiley replication of emojis.  He created an amazing 470 emojis during 1999 and licensed them out to phone companies for a price.  Finally, in 2010, emojis hit the public internationally with 722 emojis being released on iPhone and Android devices.

Now in the age of cell phones, there are approximately 3,000 emojis available for our devices. It’s almost impossible for any of us to imagine not having these emojis for our messages.  Though I must look back and say it’s a shame that Ball only received a total of $45 for a design that was formed in his head alone.

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Designing Abstract Aerial Art that Can Only Be Viewed From Above

There are so many amazing and beautiful natural things that you will never notice or realize unless you view them from above.  JP and Mike Andrews have shared amazing sights and patterns that can only be seen from above by creating their own work as “abstract aerial art”.

They use drones called DJI Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Pro.  They will find scenes that are literally all too perfect to be real and are, sadly, ignored.

Above Down Under

UK photographers started in 2016 when they visited Australia.  They wanted to know how much more they could view of remote areas from above.  They bought their first drone and headed to the outback. They quickly became in awe of what they discovered.

They grabbed the perspective of the drone to capture textures of the earth, swirls of patterns, symmetry and amazing colors.  The more they were drawn into what they were viewing and photographing, the more committed they became.

Each landscapes changes, exposing a truly magnificent and somewhat strange world that we live in.  The more they photographed these images, the more they were amazed at what they were actually looking at! Now, they are sharing these images to the world.

There are so many amazing and beautiful natural things that you will never notice or realize unless you view them from above.  JP and Mike Andrews have shared amazing sights and patterns that can only be seen from above by creating their own work as...

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A Pocket Shark That Glows in the Dark!

A new species of the pocket shark was found in the Gulf of Mexico.  It secretes a liquid that glows in the dark,  attracting its prey.

This is a very significant find because it’s the only other member of the  Mollisquama genus that has been identified, according to a study published in the  Zootaxa journal.

Named the American Pocket Shark (Mollisquama mississippiensis) was identified as a new species based on an analysis performed on a single 5½-inch-long male that was caught in the Gulf in 2010.

In Louisiana, researchers from Tulane University applied several different techniques including X-ray imaging and high-resolution CT scans to examine the specimen.  It was determined it was a different species of the pocket shark  (Mollisquama parini)  that was ever reported.  In 1979, a pocket shark was captured in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Only two ever captured

Director of the Tulane Biodiversity Research Institute, Henry Bart, said in the history of science, these are the only two pocket sharks ever captured or reported.  He said that both sharks are separate species and from different oceans.

They are both extremely rare and the fact that only one pocket shark was reported from the Gulf of Mexico, this new species emphasizes how very little scientists know about the Gulf, especially in deeper waters. This has led scientists to question how many new species might be in the Gulf, yet to be discovered.

Both M. mississippiensis and M. parini have similar characteristics, they both have two rather large “pockets” near their front fins and gills. In a paper, the latest pocket shark has a fluid that glows and then attracts prey.

Even though both species have similarities, they also have notable differences, according to the Tulane scientists.  The M. mississippiensis has fewer vertebrae than the shark found in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.  Also, the species found in the Gulf has many light-producing organs known as photophores which have been found all over the body.

A new species of the pocket shark was found in the Gulf of Mexico.  It secretes a liquid that glows in the dark,  attracting its prey.

This is a very significant find because it’s the only other member of the  Mollisquama genus that has been...

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Urban Hacking: 5 Inexpensive and Cool City Hacks

Urban planners learn a lot from the modifications citizens make on public spaces, whether that’s creating “goat trails” where there aren’t proper sidewalks or hacking infrastructure. These modifications tell urban planners how cities need to be adapted in order to grow.

Urban hacking is one of the most direct ways we have of shaping our city into what we want it to be, and these hacks often lead to permanent solutions. Urban hacks range from taking over disused public squares and installing seating for seniors to bringing humor and fun to everyday scenes.

What urban hacking does is turn public space and urban landscape into a huge playground where people can express their creativity and better their city. Here are 15 inexpensive and cool city hacks to be aware of!

  1. Shopping Cart Sports by Florian Riviére

Florian Riviére is a French artist and activist that has come up with many different city hacks. His project “Don’t Play, Play” encourages people to stay in the parking lot of shopping centers instead of going inside.

For this purpose, parking spots are modified with white tape to turn them into courts for sports such as tennis, hockey, basketball, etc., using shopping carts as nets or structural supports.

  1. Wanderest Chair for Seniors Attached to Light Poles

Light poles can easily become the backrest for seats with “Wanderest”, from designer Nichola Trudgen. This leaning stool can be easily attached to any octagonal or circular light pole and they’re installed in retirement areas where there’s no public seating available.

  1. Info Pillars

Info pillars can be found in Toronto and they often show advertisements instead of actually useful information for people who are exploring the city on foot.

They also block important sections of the sidewalk, making it difficult for pedestrians. That’s why the creative team known as cARTographyTO hacked 35 of these info pillars and replaced the ads with maps, sculptures, art, and chalkboards.

This got the public’s attention, of course, and it encouraged them to reconsider the use of these info pillars.

  1. Tram Track Skateboarding

In Bratislava, Slovakia, the width of the tram tracks match perfectly with the width of a standard European pallet.

When this pallet is modified with parts to keep it in place, it becomes a sort of skateboard that zooms across the city with minimum effort, guided by a map of the city.

This project from Slovakian artist Tomas Moravec is meant to serve as a new transport vehicle that changes spatial perspective of users and the life of the city as well.

  1. Urban Terrasse: Adaptive Furniture by Damien Gires

In France, designer Damien Gires takes octagonal cardboard boxes and places them in anti-parking posts on sidewalks, turning them into mini tables for adjacent cafes.

This project is known as Urban Terrasse, and it’s meant to make sidewalks more functional and to encourage cafe patrons to get more involved with their city environments because it shows them it’s in their best interest.

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Top 7 Unusually Geeky Art Graffiti

When you read the words “unusually geeky art graffiti”, you must wonder what it takes to qualify as such. Well, sometimes it’s all about the content, but most of the times is about the methods the artists have chosen to create their graffiti.

Here are 7 unusually geeky graffiti that either comment on or use digital methods to either redefine the approach to street art or represent contemporary messages through new media.

  1. The GraffitiWriter

The GraffitiWriter is an electronic robotic graffiti writing machine that’s remote-control operated and it can write any programmed text message on the ground.

It travels at speeds of up to 8 miles per hour, so it means it reduces the problems of encountering authorities while you’re out making your graffiti, and it can use non-permanent, washable paint.

  1. The PixelRoller

The PixelRoller is a cross between manual and conventional printing methods. This intentional combination provides the ease of computer printing with the creativity and freedom of manual printing.

It can be programmed to print any patterns you want, making each creation unique and the way these patterns are rolled onto the surface is amazing to watch.

  1. The CCTV Reminder

The CCTV Reminder is put together with a few magnets, a laser cutter, cheap cardboard, and a few other things. This laser cut sculpture is awesome and the idea is to provide non-operational reminders of the CCTV surveillance we’re constantly exposed to in public places.

This sculpture has the silhouette of a camera and the battery-operated red light adds the final touch of realism making this sculpture jarring.

  1. The ElectroGraff Method

The ElectroGraff Method was developed by the Graffiti Research Lab, which is known for architectural light projection graffiti and other graffiti projects.

This method is used for embedding movable LED display electronics using magnetic paint and conductive spray-paint to attach display elements and power them without having to use more traditional and visible methods.

  1. Hello Nametag

The Hello Nametag device is meant to replicate the Hello Nametag that’s often used in contexts where you’re exposed to many strangers, such as business conferences and other events.

The name tags, in this case, are attached to public objects and unlike the ones we use, they are programmed to speak the name of said object. The Hello Nametag can be stuck on any surface and it invites the public to interact with these things.

  1. ASCII Graffiti

The ASCII Graffiti is one of the first computer geeky graffiti and even though it doesn’t actually leave the digital realm, it does compositional and stylistic conventions from traditional graffiti and it reinterprets them for computer display.

  1. Tagging in Motion

Tagging in Motion is a type of 3D street graffiti that’s created by using a virtual reality interface combined with digital rendering.

What this does is record the graffiti artist with several cameras that capture his motions in 3D, thus generating street art that doesn’t need a physical surface to exist. Plus, it leaves no evidence, unlike traditional graffiti.

When you read the words “unusually geeky art graffiti”, you must wonder what it takes to qualify as such. Well, sometimes it’s all about the content, but most of the times is about the methods the artists have chosen to create their graffiti.

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Shipping Containers Used as Art Venues

David Mach is a Scottish artist and he has become known for making surreal collages and sculptural installations. However, his largest work to date is turning 36 shipping containers into event spaces in Edinburgh.

Mach1, which is the name of the building, is an extraordinary creation in collaboration with Dixon Jones, an architecture studio, and it will become a new focus point on Edinburgh Park, which is a 43-acre business park created by Richard Meier.

Mach took inspiration from piles of rocks on the Fife coastline to create this building and the red color is representative of Forth Bridge and the industrial heritage of Edinburgh. When this creation is completed, it will be 15 meters or 49 feet tall and 50 meters or 164 feet long.

Spacious Inside

On the inside, it will feature a coffee bar and a double-height exhibition space that will show the master plan of the park with scale models, drawings, and information boards so visitors can learn more about the place.

Parabola is developing and investing on this project and they plan to make the space available for events and it will also be used as a marketing office. Construction is set to begin early next year and the park will continue to evolve and grow with other projects being planned such as shops, restaurants, facilities for sports and leisure, and others.

Behind this idea, there’s Mach’s architectural interest in shipping containers. More than a piece of art, the building is a piece of architecture. Shipping containers are familiar and they’re universal, but this building will be something else entirely, which is what Mach wants to accomplish as an artist. To make something completely new out of the ordinary.

Of course, there are challenges to making this kind of building. The team working on this is still figuring out whether or not every part of the building will be made out of shipping containers. However, it is clear that the building absolutely has to look like real containers and it has to be strong. Strong enough to drive a tank over it.

Mach’s vision is to get people to look at this building and think this is something familiar, even though it’s something new entirely.

Leaping from sculpture to architecture might seem like something quite unexpected or unlikely. But for Mach, that’s not the case. In fact, this is not the first time the artist experiments with shipping containers. He has used them for sculptures such as “It Take Two” and “The Temple at Tyre.” This means it’s an idea that has been brewing in his mind for a long time.

David Mach is a Scottish artist and he has become known for making surreal collages and sculptural installations. However, his largest work to date is turning 36 shipping containers into event spaces in Edinburgh.

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25 Year Old Shark Tooth Removed From Man’s Leg

Florida resident Jeff Weakley was bitten by a shark near Florida’s Flagler Beach back in 1994 and had long since put the incident behind him until he suddenly noticed that he had developed a lump similar to a blister on the same foot.  He decided to pop the blister with some tweezers only to have a piece of shark tooth fall out.

According to scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Mr Weakley had contacted them after the incident so they could run tests on the tooth to establish the species of shark it had once belonged to.

The Museum is currently running the Florida Program for Shark Research so it seemed was certainly the go-to lab for Mr Weakley.  He was, however, concerned that when they ran the tests it might come back as something like a mackerel tooth, which would be a lot less exciting.

Testing the Tooth for Shark DNA

Scientist Lei Yang took the tooth and removed the pulp to test for DNA.  It revealed that the tooth did indeed belong to a shark, specifically a Blacktip sharp.  Known scientifically as Carcharhinus limbatus, this is a medium-sized shark that is often found in waters similar to that around Flagler Beach.

The event was reported in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine where laboratory manager Lei Yang explained how the test had been performed using modern genome sequencing to obtain an unambiguous result.

The University of Florida’s Naylor Lab has a DNA library of around 70% of all known sharks and similar species in the world and the Blacktip is one of the most abundant found in the Gulf of Mexico.  Since they are so plentiful it is not uncommon for the Blacktip to be implicated in shark bite cases around Florida.

Mr Yang had some sympathy with Mr Weakley’s need to find out which shark had been the one to bite him.  For his own part Mr Weakley said that this was confirmation of his initial belief that the shark had been a Blackfin.

That being the case, he still spent time in the ocean and the bite had never put him off swimming in the area.  He likened it to being bitten by a dog, he was unlucky, but it was just a fact of life that sharks are present in the local area.

The team of scientists were lucky to be able to use the DNA in the tooth because it had been inside Mr Weakley’s body for around a quarter of a century, during which time it had undoubtedly come under fire from his own immune system.

Mr Yang was keen to point out that determining a species in the case of bites could be instrumental in understanding behavior and then implementing strategies that could help prevent future incidents.  Each species is different in their life span, history and behavior so understanding the sharks is key to preventing more bites.

Florida resident Jeff Weakley was bitten by a shark near Florida’s Flagler Beach back in 1994 and had long since put the incident behind him until he suddenly noticed that he had developed a lump similar to a blister on the same foot.  He decided to pop...

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Beach or Car Door? Optical Illusion Confuses the Internet

The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Eye Institute defined an optical illusion as “something that plays tricks on your vision,” relating to the way our brains and eyes work together to see an image, and this new photo of a car door that looks like a stormy beach that has been shared over 1,000 times is trickier than most.

“If you can see a beach, ocean sky, rocks and stars then you are an artist, but it’s not a painting its lower part of the car gate which needs to be repaired,” user @nxyxm wrote.

Respondents have found it nearly impossible to identify what part of a car is pictured, but @nxyxm did is best to help them out:

“Focus on the dark side you will see the car gate…It’s a car door, the sealing panel under it is damaged, the bend in the door gives the illusion of a beach, the sealing panel is damaged and scratched which gives an illusion of water on the edge of a beach,” he commented.

When looking at a 2D image, the brain can be tricked since it doesn’t have all the information it needs to make sense of what it’s looking at – things like position, depth, and light. Scientists often use optical illusions to understand how the brain processes images.

The journal JNeurosci published a study recently looking at the Pinna-Brelstaff motion illusion where thick lines arranged into circles appear to rotate when one looks at them while moving their head back and forth.

How Fast Do We See?

Scientists scanned the brains of those who looked at it and found that people processed the still illusion the same way they would a moving object and that in the area of the brain critical for picking up visual motion, there was a processing gap of 15 milliseconds by the neurons. As a result, the non-moving image came alive!

The cartoonist W. E. Hill created another famous illusion in 1915 which continues to confuse those who look at it. The image makes it hard to distinguish whether one is looking at an old or a young woman.

Scientific Reports performed a study to discover if people’s own age biases affected their face perception subconsciously, and the results concluded that they did. Younger people picked out a young woman more often while older participants saw the old woman.

An author of the paper from Flinders, Mike Nicholls, told Newsweek at the time: “We were interested in how individual differences in traits, such as age, cause people to see things differently. The most interesting thing is that this bias seems to be sub-conscious. The image was only shown for half a second and observers were not told that they would have to make a judgement of age.”

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Beyond the Streets: Early Brooklyn Graffiti Exhibition

Beyond the Streets, a show exhibiting the work of celebrated artists who spent years illegally working on the streets, first opened in Los Angeles last year.

It’s curator, Roger Gastman, has now opened a second iteration of Beyond the Streets in Brooklyn, NY, where visitors get to view the work of over 150 street artists from around the world.

Gastman, a well-known graffiti historian and “urban anthropologist” is known not just for these shows, but also for co-authoring books on street art and co-producing films like Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Two floors of wall-breaking art

You can check out this latest show, including conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, feminist art collective Guerrilla Girls, Shepard Fairey, and Takashi Murakami, at the new 25 Kent Avenue space on the edge of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

The art takes up two whole floors of the space and also offers sculptures, works on canvas and, immersive installations alongside a Beastie Boys installation featuring “artifacts and ephemera” from the band’s 4-decade history, a functioning tattoo parlor by Bert Krak & Alexis Ross and a room of puppets made of trash by Paul INSECT and BAST.

Gastman has long had a passion for celebrating art that was first done illegally under the cover of night. In recent years, developers that are changing cities have desired officially sanctioned murals around as a way to “clean up the neighborhood.”

But the artists in these shows are ones who broke the rules, shaped what we know as street art, and, at times, paid the price for pioneering the way, says Gastman. Though many of them now have their own profitable studio practice, their beginnings were anything but.

“You know, this culture—which was started by youths writing their names over and over again for the sake of fame and fun and notoriety—has ballooned into a worldwide cultural phenomenon,” says Gastman in an interview with Artnet.

“So many of the pioneers are still with us today. A lot of them are getting older. But let’s learn from them. Let’s respect them. And let’s preserve the history as much as we can while they’re with us, before it’s too late.”

The exhibition opened up on June 21st and will remain open until the end of August this year. If you’re not able to make it to Beyond the Streets NYC, you can see the artists’ work on the website. They’re worth checking out, even if not in person.

Beyond the Streets, a show exhibiting the work of celebrated artists who spent years illegally working on the streets, first opened in Los Angeles last year.

It’s curator, Roger Gastman, has now opened a second iteration of Beyond the Streets in Brooklyn...

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Find Out How LEGO Has Managed To Run On 100% Renewable Energy

Not only has LEGO earned a place in the Guinness World Book of Records but achieved their goal running renewable energy a good 3 years before their initial plan.

LEGO was launched on August 10, 9132 in Billund Denmark and is the leading manufacturer of a children’s toy famously known as LEGO Building Bricks!  They completed their wind farm off the coast of Ireland which uses 258 megawatts of energy.  They constructed an enormous life-sized wind turbine made out of LEGOs to honor the occasion.

LEGO CEO, Bali Padda, said they worked very hard to leave a positive impact on the planet and they are very excited about the inauguration of the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm. This is not the first time LEGO has been involved in renewable energy.

They own approximately one-third of the German-based Borkum Riggrund I offshore wind farm and 25% of the newly-minted Burbo Bank.

The CEO said they plan to continue investing in renewable energy to help form a better future for the builders of tomorrow.  Back to the Guinness World Record, they achieved their place by historically building the largest LEGO brick turbine.

It was constructed out of more than 146,000 LEGO bricks and it took their team over 600 hours to complete, transport, and reassemble the masterpiece at the  Liverpool ONE shopping center in England.

After reassembly, the structure was measured by officials using a measuring tape and a hydraulic crane.  If you want to see this massive, magnificent LEGO wind turbine, it’s been moved to the LEGOLAND Winsor Resort in England.

It’s About The Children:

LEGO said they have gone to great lengths to promote renewable energy because it’s about the next generation being taught about the value of sustainable power.  They know their role models are children and plan to continue taking action for reducing the environmental impact as a company.

They continue looking for ways to inspire children from all over the world by engaging them in environmental and social issues.

In 2018, LEGO released its first sustainable set of plant-based bricks made from sugar cane.  A few months later, they introduced their LEGO Creator Expert toy which is a miniature version that functions as a wind turbine for children.

This amazing company with its incredible vision is well on its way to provide 100% environmentally-friendly packaging and merchandise by 2030!

Way To Go LEGO!

Not only has LEGO earned a place in the Guinness World Book of Records but achieved their goal running renewable energy a good 3 years before their initial plan.

LEGO was launched on August 10, 9132 in Billund Denmark and is the leading manufacturer of a...

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Spectacular Images of the Raikoke Volcano Erupting From ISS by NASA

Sitting aboard the International Space Station (ISS) a NASA astronaut was able to capture some stunning images of the Raikoke Volcano as it erupts.

The 2,300ft crater can be clearly seen sending clouds of ash high into the atmosphere.  Located in the Kuril archipelago in the north-west Pacific the volcano had been dormant for almost 100 years before it violently erupted on June 22, sending a huge cloud of ash as far as 8 miles high.  In the images you can see the cloud rising as a column, stopping when it reaches the denser air.

Volcanologists at Michigan tech issued a statement for NASA commenting that the eruption was similar to that of another volcano in the Kurils a decade ago.  The images show a ring of white cloud at the base of the ash column indicating either that air is being drawn in, or perhaps that there is condensation caused by the magma entering the sea.

Raikoke island is quite small, so it is likely that magma flow reached the sea and the fluffy cloud at the base could be the resulting steam.

The huge ash plume has been seen drifting eastward and there are warnings in place for aircraft near the Bering Sea.  Volcanic ash often contains pieces of rock or glass which can be hazardous to aircraft.

Breaching the Stratosphere

Data obtained via satellite shows that the eruption has sent gas into the second layer of the Earth’s atmosphere.  Large amounts of sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere have been detected which NASA says indicates that this is a new injection of the gas.

The stratosphere starts at around 4.3-12 miles above the earth and it is vital to monitor ash plumes that hit this height because they have the ability to remain in the higher levels of the atmosphere for longer.

Other images of the volcano have also been released, alongside those captured by the ISS the NASA’s Terra satellite also captured the incident, as did the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Suomi satellite.

Sitting aboard the International Space Station (ISS) a NASA astronaut was able to capture some stunning images of the Raikoke Volcano as it erupts.

The 2,300ft crater can be clearly seen sending clouds of ash high into the atmosphere.  Located in the Kuril...

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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?