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Fingal's Cave:This astonishingly geometric cave has inspired everyone from Jules Verne to Pink Floyd

At 72 feet tall and 270 feet deep, what makes this sea cave so visually astoundingly is the hexagonal columns of basalt, shaped in neat six-sided pillars, that make up its interior walls.

The cave was a well-known wonder of the ancient Irish and Scottish Celtic people and was an important site in the legends. Known to the Celts as Uamh-Binn or "The Cave of Melody," one Irish legend in particular explained the existence of the cave as well as that of the similar Giant's Causeway in Ireland. As both are made of the same neat basalt columns, the legend holds that they were the end pieces of a bridge built by the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (a.k.a. Finn McCool), so he could make it to Scotland where he was to fight Benandonner, his gigantic rival.

The legend, which connects the two structures, is in effect geologically correct. Both the Giant's Causeway and Fingal's Cave were indeed created by the same ancient lava flow, which may have, at one time formed a "bridge" between the two sites. Of course, this happened some 60 million years ago, long before people would have been around to see it. Nonetheless, the deductive reasoning of the ancient peoples formed the connection and base of the legend that the two places must be related.

The cave was rediscovered when naturalist Sir Joseph Banks visited it in 1772. At the time of Banks' discovery, Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem in Six Books was a very popular poetic series, supposedly translated from an ancient Gaelic epic by Irish poet James Macpherson. The book was an influence on Goethe, Napoleon, and Sir Banks, who promptly named the Scottish cave, which already had the name Uamh-Binn, after the Irish legend, calling it "Fingal's Cave."

More: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/fingal-s-cave

This Animation Was Created Using Old Photos from the Early 1900s

Here’s an amazing short film titled “The Old New World” by photographer and animator Alexey Zakharov of Moscow, Russia. Zakharov found old photos of US cities from the early 1900s and brought them to life.

The photos show New York, Boston, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore between 1900 and 1940, and were obtained from the website Shorpy.

It’s a “photo-based animation project” that offers a “travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine,” Zakharov says. “The main part of this video was made with camera projection based on photos.”

Via: http://petapixel.com/2016/04/06/animation-created-using-old-photos-early-1900s/

Watch in full screen mode!

Listen to Wikipedia


Read more about this project.

Listen to the sound of Wikipedia's recent changes feed. Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots. You may see announcements for new users as they join the site, punctuated by a string swell. You can welcome him or her by clicking the blue banner and adding a note on their talk page.

This project is built using D3 and HowlerJS. It is based on BitListen by Maximillian Laumeister. Our source is available on GitHub, and you can read more about this project.

Built by Hatnote, Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi. For more, read about the story behind Hatnote.

More: http://listen.hatnote.com/#en

I posted about this before, but 'rediscovered' it today... so I thought I would re-share! The sounds are very relaxing/zen-like, and if you see a topic that you are interested in, you can simply click on the circle.

Mailman Battles Angry Cat While Attempting to Deliver Mail

Cave of Crystals | 100 Wonders | Atlas Obscura

Study: Longer maternity leave linked to better infant health

Source: UPI

MONTREAL, March 30 (UPI) -- For each additional month a woman has paid maternity leave, infant mortality decreases by more than 10 percent, according to a new study of births in 20 countries.

Researchers at McGill University and the University of California Los Angeles found paid maternity leave has a significant impact on infant mortality in low- and high-income countries, echoing previous research that has shown the same.

Paid maternity leave reduces stress, increases the chances for breastfeeding and other infant care, and allows a mother to seek more medical attention for herself after having a baby.

Although 188 countries have guaranteed paid leave for new mothers, though how much varies greatly from country to country -- in Canada and some European countries, women get one year of paid time off, while countries such as Papua New Guinea, Suriname and the United States have no guaranteed paid maternity leave.

"While this study focuses on low- and middle-income countries, the impact in high-income countries is also well demonstrated," Dr. Jody Heymann, a former researcher at McGill and dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California Los Angeles, in a press release. "For the health of our children and the well-being of families, the U.S. needs to catch up with most of the world and ensure all new parents have paid parental leave."

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/03/30/Study-Longer-maternity-leave-linked-to-better-infant-health/4971459363627/

Virtual Tour: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


Best Friends Plan To Carry Their Buddy Across Europe

Source: wimp.com

There's an old saying that goes, "No man is an island." It means that we can't go through life by ourselves; even the strongest man and the most independent woman need the support of their family and friends every once in a while. Our friends are the ones who stick with us no matter what and will always be there to lend a hand when we need it. No one knows that lesson better than Kevan Chandler.

Kevan is a young man from Florida with a very adventurous spirit. He also suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, from which he lost the use of his limbs. Though his physical health might have faded, his love for life and exploration never did. Kevan dreamed of backpacking through Europe, but because of his disability, he never thought it was possible. But, little did he know, his friends were planning a big surprise.

Kevan's three best friends got together and figured out a remarkable and incredibly moving way to move their friend through the European countryside. Scroll down to learn more about their incredible journey.
This is Kevan, who lives confined to a wheelchair because of muscular atrophy. He dreamed of backpacking through Europe but knew he couldn't do it in a wheelchair - so his friends came up with a plan.

More: http://www.wimp.com/awesome-friends-stand-back-to-back/

Vox and the False Consensus of ‘Most Economists Agree’

Source: FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)

When it launched in 2014, “new media” outlet Vox prided itself on having an analysis-driven approach, “explaining” the news to its readers in a clear and concise way. A rhetorical tic appearing in much of their reporting, however, belies those noble motives: the reliance on phantom economic and expert consensus.

Given that Vox does little original reporting, much of their selling point is quick, easy-to-understand analysis. A meaningful amount of this analysis, however, pivots on the toxic cliche, “most economists agree/think/say/believe,” and its equally toxic cousin, “most experts agree/think/say/believe.” This cliche is frequently used without a shred of evidence for said consensus.

Vox is by no means alone. This is a common trope found at the The Economist and other “wonky” neoliberal outlets. The problem with the refrain, aside from the fact that it’s a weasel phrase that wouldn’t pass muster in a 10th grade rhetoric class, is that it’s designed to posture, to aggrandize an argument based solely on the insertion of an entirely made-up consensus of bespectacled, important men hovering over data and dispassionately reaching conclusions that happen to dovetail with the author’s own positions.

Read more: http://fair.org/home/vox-and-the-false-consensus-of-most-economists-agree/
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