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50 People Spend 2 Months To Crochet Giant Urchins Above Singapore’s Marina That Each Weight 220 Lbs (100Kg)

Remember when crocheting was something only your grandma could get excited about? Well, the times have changed and so did crocheting, which in the 21st century has become way more impressive, as you’re about to witness thanks to these giant crocheted urchins floating above Singapore’s Marina Bay. Show Full Text A team of 50 people has spent 2 months twisting the double-braided polyester chords to create this trio of urchins that interact with natural light during the day, and glow when illuminated at night. A single urchin is about 56 feet (17 meters) in size and weighs about 220 pounds (100 kilograms). The idea behind the art piece is to disrupt the mundane routine of daily life: “Seeing hovering and glowing lacy objects against majestic skyscrapers and dark water would make them pause and gaze. This momentary pause of the mundane routine of our life would hopefully give us an...
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Today’s Kids Could Live Through Machine Superintelligence, Martian Colonies, and a Nuclear Attack

Today’s Kids Could Live Through Machine Superintelligence, Martian Colonies, and a Nuclear Attack
It has become a cliche to declare that the future is full of both "great promise and great peril." Nonetheless, this aphorism expresses an important fact about the Janus-faced nature of our increasingly powerful technologies . If humanity realizes the best possible future, we could quite possibly usher in an era of unprecedented human flourishing, happiness, and value . But if the great experiment of civilization fails, our species could meet the same fate as the dinosaurs . I find it helpful to think about what a child born today could plausibly expect to witness in her or his lifetime. Since the rate of technological change appears to be unfolding according to Ray Kurzweil's Law of Accelerating Returns , this imaginative activity can actually yield some fascinating insights about our evolving human condition, which may soon become a posthuman condition as "person-engineering technologies" turn us into increasingly artificial cyborgs. Martian...
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You Have the Power to Physically Reshape Your Brain

In Brief Neuroplasticity is the idea that we can shape our brains mentally and physically through controlling our stimulus. Meditation and physical exercise have been shown as two of the most effective ways of doing this. Neuroplasticity is the idea that you can alter your brain in a physical and mental way by changing its stimuli — which can include environment, behavior, thought patterns or other parts of the body that have an impact on it. While this is a fairly old idea — the term and concept that the brain was not fixed post-puberty was first used in 1890 by William James in The Principles of Psychology — it is only due to the introduction of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that we can accurately quantify the effects of different stimuli. So, what are some of the ways we can mould our minds? The Effects of Meditation There have...
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Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89 RIP

Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89 RIP
Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. He first wanted to be an artist, but got into films full t...
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Heavy Metal Has a Weird Effect on Great White Sharks

G reat white sharks aren’t known for snuggling. But the soon-to-be-released book , “The Mice Who Sing for Sex and Other Weird Tales from the World of Science,” leads us to believe that maybe we just haven’t been setting the right musical mood. Enter heavy metal.     Authors Lliana Bird and neuroscientist Dr. Jack Lewis set out to examine animals’ relationship with music. They discovered Matt Waller, who operates charters in Australia’s shark-filled southern waters.   Waller told ABC News he’d heard reports from divers that the music they played in the water seemed to change the behavior of the sharks swimming around them.   So Waller decided to conduct a white shark experiment of his own. He said, “I started going through my albums and AC/DC was something that really hit the mark.” … Their behavior was more investigative, more inquisitive and a lot less aggressive. They actually...
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