Health & Medicine, News, Science, Videos

New vaccine against Ebola is 100% effective in Guinea trial

The vaccine, after being approved for testing by WHO.
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“Having seen the devastating effects of Ebola on communities and even whole countries with my own eyes, I am very encouraged by today’s news,” said Børge Brende, the foreign minister of Norway, which helped fund the trial.

Feature Post, Great Pics, History, Videos

In God we Trust: but other people don’t, really. Let’s look at religions

The Religion Tree, by Simon E. Davies

What drives us to create these intricate systems of tales, beliefs and myths, who starts them and why do they propagate? Is it just the need to explain the unexplainable? Is there a deeper need for order nestled in our brain that makes us pin rain and drought, life and death on some higher, but purposeful, being?

I don’t know. But what i can show you is what we know about how religion appeared, spread, and thought us up till today.

Animals, News, Videos

Juvenile Great White Shark Gets Stranded on the Sand, Rescued by Beachgoers

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We’re more used to whales washing up ashore, but sharks also do it sometimes. This juvenile shark was apparently trying to hunt some seagulls and ventured out of the water too much for its own good. However, after struggles and apparent dehydration, the shark was saved by beachgoers. Initially, we see the two meter shark (7 feet) struggling as people

Feature Post, Videos

The Explosive Blooms of the Echinopsis Cactus Flowers

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  Echinopsis is a large genus of cacti native to South America, sometimes known as hedgehog cactus. They are known and admired due to their flowers, which can be quite spectacular. There are 128 species within the genus and they all enjoy limestone or other calcium-rich soils and of course, they hate humidity. The soil should never be saturated, as the

News, Offbeat, Robotics, Videos

The great Pan-Pacific Robot Duel

USA’s MegaBots Inc issued a challenge to Suidobashi Heavy Industry, Japanese robotics manufacturer, to a giant, epic, ROBOT DUEL (hype intensifies).

Environmental Issues, News, Videos, World Problems

The Great Barrier Reef left out of UNESCO “in danger” list, environmental group films turtle-back video to raise awareness of the area’s fragility

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The Great Barrier Reef, which stretches 2,000km (1,200 miles) along the coast, is the world’s largest living ecosystem. Environmental groups are pushing to get the reef listed as “in danger” by the UNESCO, so that the Australian government would have to work harder to protect it from various dangers such as pollution, dredging, fishing and so on. The UN says this

News, Space, Videos

Today’s Recipe – Making Tortillas… in Space!

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Samantha Cristoforetti, an astronaut currently on board the International Space Station was allowed to take some extra food with her (astronauts are allowed to take “comfort food” with them for psychological reasons – a little something that reminds them of home). Today, she’ll be telling us how to make some space tortillas. Cooking in microgravity is no easy feat –

Anatomy, Videos

Sitting down for too long is really bad for you – see why [VIDEO]

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Though it enjoys to sit or lie down from time to time, the human body is made for moving not sitting. It’s all hardwired in our biology. Inside, there are about 360 joints and about 700 skeletal muscles that enable easy, fluid motion. Our skin is stretchy. The blood circulates best when the body is upright. Basically, every cell in our body itches for a walk. But when you sit down for too long, all sorts of health problems can arise from back and muscle pain, to more threatening long-term problems like hearth disease or cancer. I’ll leave you to Murat Dalkilinç in this extremely enlightening, but also practical TED animated video.

Videos

Iceland, as seen from the skies

Image via Air Pano (not from the video).

The guys at Hybrid Dynamic Media went on an epic adventure through the stunningly beautiful country and came back with this video. The detail and sharpness is amazing, and they did a fantastic job at surprising Iceland’s raw, geological beauty. Here’s the clip. Iceland from the sky from Hybrid Dynamic Media on Vimeo.

Nutrition, Videos

Why corn is a fruit, tomatoes are berries, rhubarb is a vegetable, and strawberries are neither

Berries are red, berries are blue, botany you're strange, I just don't get you.

Fruits and vegetables – they’re tasty and they’re healthy… but do you know what they really are? Hank Green, which we know for developing EcoGeek, explained on Youtube why some things are fruits, some things are vegetables, and some things are neither. Prepare to have your mind blown: We generally consider vegetables as a side dish or a part of a