An interesting video showing a 3-D representation of 17th century London from before The Great Fire (of London), which is estimated to have destroyed the homes of around 70,000 of the city's almost 80,000 inhabitants. It was built by 6 students from De Montfort University in Leicester, England, who are taking part in the Crytek Off the Map project. It's very interesting to compare the old city, built almost entirely in old, native English architectural styles, with the buildings that replaced them, a large number of which were of newer styles, similar to those used elsewhere in contemporary Europe, but fairly different from the buildings that once stood where they now did.
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According to research done by Professor Dean Snow, an anthropologist from Pennsylvania State University, using a specific set of formulas based off of the hands of modern men, and women has allowed him to determine that the majority, around 75%, of the painted handprints in European caves can be attributed to women. Interestingly, it was also found that while today, the sizes of men's, and women's hands overlap too much for the formulas to be completely reliable, the hands determined to be male, and female from the cave paintings were either at, or beyond the extremes of their counterparts today. Females of the time were, by the formula, indistinguishable in hand size from adolescent males, with fairly small hands, and the only factors differentiating between the two being the digit ratio. Adult men on the other hand had exceptionally large hands, with exaggerated features compared to modern adult men, whose hands are also smaller. It was always assumed that all of the paintings were done by men, due to the majority of paintings being hunting scenes, and depicting explicitly male individuals, but this shows that at least a majority of the handprint paintings were of women.
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An interesting coilgun created by Youtube-user AnselmoFanZero, which though it has not been rated in efficiency, the creator notes that he does not care to rate it, as it punches through a watermelon, which is good enough. The design is, to say the least, definitely one of the "prettiest" of the homemade gauss guns on Youtube.
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This website hosts much of the conceptual art done by Florian de Gesincourt, the French concept artist from the earlier posted video, along with information about himself, and a link to his tumblr, which hosts more of his artwork. Even if one piece does not interest you, he has wide variety of subjects, created for a wide variety of clients, including Ubisoft, the makers of Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia, and Far Cry, along with Microsoft, and the now-defunct THQ, responsible for publishing the Metro games series, Destroy All Humans!, Homefront, and many of the WWE games.
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In this video, youtube-user Robbaz (King of Sweden) shows us how to make the traditional Swedish, and Finnish blood pancakes, known in Swedish as blodplättar, and Finnish as veriohukainen. He shows every step from beginning to end, with humor in every part inbetween. He also includes a recipe in the description box: "2dl Blood of your choice 2dl Water/Milk Salt 1egg Add flour until the right consistancy"
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A short video by Youtube-user Florian de Gesincourt showing his personal process of creating, defining, and refining the concept art which he makes, all the way from the beginning idea sketches, to researching the topic of the art, to the finished product, and everything inbetween. It is quite inspirational for any would-be artists, of the concept variety, or otherwise.
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While the potato cod is a carnivore, eating many varieties of fish, shellfish, crabs, worms, starfish, and other sea life, like the other fish that come to visit the small cleaner fish (In this case, a cleaner wrasse), eating their cleaners is largely unknown. Without being cleaned, many ocean fish would quickly succumb to disease, or parasites of various kinds, making regular visits to a cleaning station necessary to their survival. The survival of their cleaners, who in some cases, gain almost all of their nutrition from their cleaning sessions, also depends on the returned visits of their "clients", so they tend not to "cheat", and eat living parts of the larger fish. "This tiny bluestreak cleaner wrasse looks pretty brave by swimming into that big potato cod's mouth, but don't worry. These two fish have a deal! The cleaner wrasse helps out bigger fish by eating any parasites and dead tissue that might be clinging to them. In exchange for the wrasse's assistance, the bigger fish refrain from snacking on them. The wrasse gets a free meal from the cod, and the cod stays healthier because of the wrasse. Relationships like this, where different plants or animals work together and help each other out is called "mutualism" because both organisms mutually benefit from the other being around. In fact, these little cleaner wrasses are so good at what they do, that these bigger fish will actually seek them out-- they'll deliberately pay visits to wrasse cleaning stations along reefs, much the same way people will line up to have their cars cleaned on a nice summer day!"
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Cleaner fish play a vital role in their ecosystems, setting up cleaning stations where they await "clients", for whom they will remove parasites, dead skin, food stuck in a fish's teeth, and unusual growths, or attachments. They are largely indiscriminate, simply cleaning any fish that comes along, and opens its mouth, the signal to begin cleaning, at their cleaning station. As we can see in this video, their non-discrimination policy even extends to humans, and likely would to most any other animal that came along.
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