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The 6 Most Awesome Special Effects Produced by Nature. This world of ours is brimming with awe-inspiring displays of nature's splendor (like rainbows and sunsets), as well as a whole bunch of not-so-awe-inspiring ones (like rainbows and sunsets the third or fourth time you see them). However, Mother Nature loves to demonstrate that, even if you happen to be the most seasoned of outdoors enthusiasts, she still has the ability to full-on blow your goddamn mind ... if you're lucky enough to stand in exactly the right spot, at precisely the right time. #6. Yosemite National Park Hosts a Fiery Waterfall Every February The Oz Report No, this isn't lava. But if it were, it wouldn't kick any less ass: CSERCIt looks like how peeing as an old man feels.

That's Horsetail Fall in Yosemite, and for an awesome couple of weeks in February, the sun hits it at just the right angle to make it look like it's actually on fire. Yosemite FirefallEat irradiated asparagus and this'll be your urine. Yosemite FirefallThe Human Torch shouldn't drink. #5. . #4. Astromario. Sun Tornadoes Are Stunningly Beautiful Captured By Solar Dynamics Observatory. 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest (PICTURES) How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code.

Untitled. By Kathleen Coddington For practicality and sheer beauty few accessories can compete with the fan. In fact, fans may be one of the oldest accessories. The earliest fans were made of nothing more than a large leaf or a bunch of long grasses used as cooling devices or to shoo away annoying insects much like a horse’s tail. Four-thousand-year-old Egyptian wall paintings depict large ceremonial fans composed of feathers along with women holding smaller hand fans of feathers or woven grasses.

Fans also appear on Greek and Etruscan vases, and by the time of the Romans were an accepted fashion accessory. The first fans were fixed, [See photo 1] meaning a cluster of feathers or a rigid frame of wood, woven grasses, embroidered fabric or heavy vellum were attached to a handle. Handles were made of gilded wood, ivory or bone. Although Italy and England developed as the first centers of fan manufacturing, soon that distinction belonged to Paris, the already established leader of European fashion.

Victorian and Edwardian Fans and Combs at Past Perfect Vintage Clothing. Antique Fans European and Oriental. Payment facilities available to suit you. Please do let us know what arrangements are best Most Fans are objects of art and therefore very fragile and should be used with care and not for fanning yourself but more to use as costume accessories or for decorative purposes. Many apologies to all our customers that have not been able to send us emails. Please send emails to: When clicking on Buy Now all the information is already included (e.g. price stock number etc) and therefore we can post your items to you on the following working day!

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Best Underwater Photos 2013: Winners Announced In University Of Miami Marine Photography Contest. A harbor seal explores a kelp forest off the coast of San Diego. A brilliantly colored shrimp makes its home within the soft, curling tendrils of an anemone. A pod of dolphins swim gracefully in pristine Hawaiian waters. These are just a few incredible photos that won prizes in the 2013 Annual Underwater Photography Contest hosted by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Kyle McBurnie's wide-angle picture, seen below, won the overall "seal of approval," taking home the title of best overall photo.

The grand prize is a cruise to the Bahamas -- which should provide plenty of opportunities for McBurnie to hone his already impressive skills. (Story continues below) The annual contest is open to all amateur photographers who earn no more than 20 percent of their income from their photography. The animals, which are the only freshwater population of harbor seals in the United States, live in a lake 200 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Close Kyle McBurnie. 'God's Bathtub:' Ancient Lake In Australia Found To Be Unaffected By Climate Change (PHOTO) Scientists from Australia's University of Adelaide have identified a lake so pristine that they're calling it "God's bathtub. " Although typical freshwater ecosystems vary because of climate change and man's influences, Blue Lake on North Stradbroke Island in Queensland has remained largely unchanged for 7,500 years, according to a recent study. The water is so clear researchers could see to the bottom -- 33 feet below. "It's like God's bathtub," Cameron Barr, a researcher at the university and the study's lead author, told the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

"It is beautiful. "God's bathtub. " The lake has been remarkably resistant to change. "To our knowledge, this is the only lake like this in Australia that has shown such a stability over such a long period of time," Barr told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). A real Good Samaritan. 24 December 2010Last updated at 10:43 One act of kindness that befell British writer Bernard Hare in 1982 changed him profoundly.

Then a student living just north of London, he tells the story to inspire troubled young people to help deal with their disrupted lives. The police called at my student hovel early evening, but I didn't answer as I thought they'd come to evict me. I hadn't paid my rent in months. But then I got to thinking: my mum hadn't been too good and what if it was something about her? We had no phone in the hovel and mobiles hadn't been invented yet, so I had to nip down the phone box. I rang home to Leeds to find my mother was in hospital and not expected to survive the night. I got to the railway station to find I'd missed the last train. I bought a ticket home and got on anyway. I was so desperate to get home that I planned to nick a car in Peterborough, hitch hike, steal some money, something, anything. "You okay? " "Course I'm okay," I said.

"You look awful," he said. The shock of the old: what the sculpture of Pan reveals about sex and the Romans | Culture | The Observer. Nothing is more likely to inspire us to see for ourselves than a warning about the effects of looking. Take the media interest this month when it was revealed that the British Museum's exhibition, Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, is to include a "parental guidance" notice. The reason? An ancient marble sculpture of the god Pan (a part-human, part-goat figure) having sex with a she-goat is not to be segregated, as it has been since its discovery in 1752, but displayed openly with the other exhibits – a liberal move by London, if also one which dulls the object's impact. Getting this story into the news ensures that centuries of censorship are not swept under the carpet, and that Pan, and the show he speaks for, remain "hot property".

But the news story also exaggerates this censorship. For anyone still too shy to seek permission or bribe the guard, there were published engravings and photographs. More typical, certainly, than it is for us today. Autos - Ten quintessentially British cars. Bedford cat which was 'runt of the litter' turns 27. 13 March 2013Last updated at 17:37 ET Wadsworth was "a very poorly" cat in 1986 A cat from Bedford, which was the "runt of the litter" when adopted as a kitten, has just turned 27 years old.

Former landlady Ann Munday, from Wentworth Drive, acquired a "very poorly" cat she called Wadsworth, from a vet in De Parys Avenue in 1986. With the vets' help she said she nursed him back to health and "he has gone from strength to strength". The surgery, which moved to Acorn House in Brickhill, and still treats the cat, has verified his age. Mrs Munday said her cat, known as Waddy, "is not as active as he was". 'Old man' Since he was taken on by Mrs Munday, the cat, who was named after the beer of a similar name, has lived at the Horse and Jockey public house before moving to The Blacksmith's Arms, both in Ravensden. Now in a house he leads a quieter life and "doesn't really play any more".

She said she has no idea how he has managed to reach such an age as he had been the "runt of the litter". Spiders, not birds, may drive evolution of some butterflies. Butterflies are among the most vibrant insects, with colorations sometimes designed to deflect predators. New University of Florida research shows some of these defenses may be driven by enemies one-tenth their size. Since the time of Darwin 150 years ago, researchers have believed large predators like birds mainly influenced the evolution of coloration in butterflies.

In the first behavioral study to directly test the defense mechanism of hairstreak butterflies, UF lepidopterist Andrei Sourakov found that the appearance of a false head -- a wing pattern found on hundreds of hairstreak butterflies worldwide -- was 100 percent effective against attacks from a jumping spider. The research published online March 8 in the Journal of Natural History shows small arthropods, rather than large vertebrate predators, may influence butterfly evolution. "From the video, you can see the spider is always very precise," Sourakov said. BBC - Earth News - Dolphins learn to 'walk on water' Wild dolphins in Australia are naturally learning to "walk" on water. Six dolphins have now been seen mastering the technique - furiously paddling their tail fluke, forcing their body out and across the water. The dolphins seem to walk on water for fun, as it has no other obvious benefit, say scientists working for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

That makes the behaviour a rare example of animals "culturally transmitting" a playful rather than foraging behaviour. Only a few species are known to create their own culture - defined as the sharing or transmitting of specific novel behaviours or traditions between a community of animals. Rare trick The discovery was made by Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) scientist Dr Mike Bossley, who has spent 24 years studying dolphins living in the Port River in Adelaide, Australia.

In past years, Dr Bossley has witnessed two wild adult female dolphins, named Billie and Wave for research purposes, attempting to walk on water. BBC - Earth News - Dolphin species attempt 'common language' A Guyana dolphin leaps to escape the attention of a bottlenose dolphin When two dolphin species come together, they attempt to find a common language, preliminary research suggests.

Bottlenose and Guyana dolphins, two distantly related species, often come together to socialise in waters off the coast of Costa Rica. Both species make unique sounds, but when they gather, they change the way they communicate, and begin using an intermediate language. That raises the possibility the two species are communicating in some way. Details are published in the journal Ethology. It is not yet clear exactly what is taking place between the two dolphin species, but it is the first evidence that the animals modify their communications in the presence of other species, not just other dolphins of their own kind.

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) are larger, measuring up to 3.8m long, with a long dorsal fin. Bottlenose dolphins filmed harrassing Guyana dolphins (video courtesy of Dr L. Study finds dolphins mimic calls of social group. 19 February 2013Last updated at 19:40 ET Dolphins mimic the unique calls of those they share a strong social bond with, such as offspring Dolphins mimic the distinct whistles of their closest companions as a way of tracking them, according to researchers. A team of marine biologists from the University of St Andrews studied the vocal signatures of the mammals. Their findings suggested that dolphins mimic those they are close to and want to be reunited with.

It was already known that dolphins develop their own individual whistle which describes their identity. The team of Scottish and American scientists analysed recordings from wild and captive dolphins to identify which animals copy one another's signature whistle. Social bonds The St Andrews researchers, working with scientists at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, found the mimicking was only present in mothers and their offspring, as well as in adult males who copied those they had long-term associations with. “Start Quote. 100 Greatest Beatles Songs. By Elvis Costello I first heard of the Beatles when I was nine years old. I spent most of my holidays on Merseyside then, and a local girl gave me a bad publicity shot of them with their names scrawled on the back.

This was 1962 or '63, before they came to America. The photo was badly lit, and they didn't quite have their look down; Ringo had his hair slightly swept back, as if he wasn't quite sold on the Beatles haircut yet. I didn't care about that; they were the band for me. I was exactly the right age to be hit by them full-on. Every record was a shock. And John Lennon and Paul McCartney were exceptional songwriters; McCartney was, and is, a truly virtuoso musician; George Harrison wasn't the kind of guitar player who tore off wild, unpredictable solos, but you can sing the melodies of nearly all of his breaks.

Lennon, McCartney and Harrison had stunningly high standards as writers. My absolute favorite albums are Rubber Soul and Revolver. At the show, it was very different. Stunning Map Reveals World's Earthquakes Since 1898 ǀ Plate Tectonics Map. If you've ever wondered where — and why — earthquakes happen the most, look no further than a new map, which plots more than a century's worth of nearly every recorded earthquake strong enough to at least rattle the bookshelves. The map shows earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater since 1898; each is marked in a lightning-bug hue that glows brighter with increasing magnitude. The overall effect is both beautiful and arresting, revealing the silhouettes of Earth's tectonic boundaries in stark, luminous swarms of color. The map's maker, John Nelson, the user experience and mapping manager for IDV Solutions, a data visualization company, said the project offered several surprises.

"First, I was surprised by the sheer amount of earthquakes that have been recorded," Nelson told OurAmazingPlanet. "It's almost like you could walk from Seattle to Wellington [New Zealand] if these things were floating in the ocean, and I wouldn't have expected that. " Earthquake makers Teaching tool. Re-imagining Reality. Re-imagining Reality Posted by Morrison Conway on January 7, 2013 · 11 Comments Brock Davis, an artist from Minnesota, takes the familiar moments in everyday life and alters them into something unusual. Davis is able to artistically mold the mundane into something beautiful and interesting.

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