Star-Spangled Banner Sung By 7,000 People

“At the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2014 International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd was led by Mike O’Neill on the singing of America’s national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.” — BHS

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Biological Leaf?

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Melchiorri’s Silk Leaf project, which he developed as part of the Royal College of Art’s Innovation Design Engineering course in collaboration with Tufts University silk lab, consists of chloroplasts suspended in a matrix made out of silk protein… “The material is extracted directly form the fibres of silk,” Melchiorri explains. “This material has an amazing property of stabilising molecules. I extracted chloroplasts from plant cells and placed them inside this silk protein. As an outcome I have the first photosynthetic material that is living and breathing as a leaf does.” w/ photos + video

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Archaeologists Discover Ancient Astronomy Lab In Peru

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The archaeological complex of Licurnique, located four hours from Olmos district in Peru’s northern region of Lambayeque, reveals evidence of an astronomical laboratory from the formative stage. According to excavators, astronomical functions were engraved on rocks that have successfully stood the test of time. The said archaeological site dates back to 3,500 or 4,000 years ago, and it is worth exploring without a doubt.” w/ photos

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World’s Fastest Clapper

“This is amazing. Now can I get an acoustic death metal remix with some trem-picked ukelele over top of the clapblastbeat.” — LilDeuceDeuce

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Elephant Mimics Human Speech

“Researchers report that an Asian elephant named Koshik, at the Everland Zoo in South Korea, has learned to mimic human speech by placing his trunk in his mouth. The Elephant can say the words for good, no, hello, sit down, and lie down in Korean which is unusual because elephants usually make sounds much lower with some of them being outside the range of human hearing.”

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Reinventing Forgotten Archery

“This fellow’s historically inspired style of fast archery is mighty impressive. It’s based around holding multiple arrows in the drawing hand, and allows him to do things like shoot 11 arrows before the first one hits the ground. What do you think? Is this something that might have counterparts in Glorantha? Heroic archers often shoot this fast regardless, but I could definitely see, say, Odaylans maintaining a technique like this as a cult secret.” — Scott Akers

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Hi-Tech Contraceptive Implant?

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A new birth control drug delivery system can be remotely turned on or off – and each impant can last 16 years. The unnamed device is designed to be implanted under the skin of the buttocks, upper arm, or abdomen. It dispenses 30 micrograms a day of levonorgestrel, a hormone already used in several kinds of contraceptives. According to MIT Technology Review, the firm behind it, MicroCHIPS of Lexington, Massachusetts, the device will begin pre-clinical testing next year in the U.S. The goal is to have it on the market by 2018,’ they say.” w/ photos

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Four-Winged Flying Dinosaur Unearthed In China

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The well-preserved, complete skeleton of the dinosaur Changyuraptor yangi features a long tail with feathers 30cm in length – the longest ever seen on a dinosaur fossil. The feathers may have played a major role in flight control, say scientists in the latest issue of Nature Communications, in particular allowing the animal to reduce its speed to land safely. The 125m-year-old fossil, believed to be an adult, is completely covered in feathers, including long feathers attached to its legs that give the appearance of a second set of wings or “hind wings”. It is the largest four-winged dinosaur ever found, 60% larger than the previous record holder, Microraptor zhaoianus, in the family of dinosaurs known as microraptors.” w/ photos

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The Beauty Of Salt

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Photographer Sergey Anashkevych was traveling across Crimea by train when he spotted a remarkable sight. Alongside the train in one location were vast expanses of colored salt flats stretching into the distance in a place known as Sivash, or the Rotten Sea. With camera in hand the Crimean returned to the location after his journey and managed to capture the remarkable photos you can see here. Salt is one of the biggest export products from Crimea, while chemical industry accounts for 20.6% of industrial output in the region.” w/ photos

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