Google Embeds Camera In Smart Contact Lens


“The lenses were developed in the Google X lab and were featured in a patent filing dating from 2012, which was recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent filing features a contact lens that includes an embedded circuit, camera and sensor. The control circuit could be linked wirelessly or via a wire to the camera and sensor. The sensor could be a light sensor, pressure sensor, temperature sensor or electrical field sensor, which may allow for people to gain a ‘sixth sense’ of sorts.” w/ photos

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Swim In A Yellow Sea?


During springtime, bright yellow canola flowers bloom, causing the countryside to burst into life. The flowers, also known as rapeseed, fill the region with a sea of yellow against a dramatic backdrop of the darker conical hills. Terraces cut into the fields and weave a dark contrast through the yellow, while the hills pop out like islands amongst the sea of blooms. The sight is simply breathtaking. The best views can be enjoyed in Lingyi temple located on top of one of the hills. The blooms last only during the spring season – by June the display is gone.” w/ photos

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World’s Hippest Launderette


“Called ‘the world’s hippest launderette’ by Wallpaper magazine, it combines the warm, sophisticated feel of a diner-cafe with the functionality of a laundromat. So while doing their laundry, diners can read, have a snack, surf the web, or enjoy a cup of Laundromat Cafe’s famous brewed coffee. Besides its washing machines, the Laundromat Cafe is famous for its generous, tasty brunches, artistic decor (the spectrum-colored bookshelves have their own following), and its family-friendly feel, with books, toys, and menu items for kids.” w/ photos

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City Of Bridges?


“Town planners today might not automatically choose a plateau 2,100 feet above sea level upon which to situate an urban development. Times change, but over 2,000 years ago when Algeria’s third largest city, Constantine, was founded, this place, framed by a dizzying ravine, was ideal for defensive purposes. Later, as the city prospered, it became known as the City of Bridges. Today, the city has four bridges which cross the ravine, at the base of which the river Rhumel runs.” w/ photos

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Dangerous Chinese Ropeway


For the residents of a remote mountain village in Central China’s Hubei Province, the only connection with the outside world is a precarious zip line, a kilometer-long stretched across a 480-meter deep gorge. The isolated village of Yushan is located in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Hubei, 150 kilometers away from the nearest county town. Surrounded by cliffs and a deep valley, the village is without roads to the outside world. The rudimentary zip line consisting of a simple steel cage and powered by a diesel engine was built in 1997 to help local villagers travel and to bring in supplies.” w/ photos

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Shark Bay Lakes?


Birridas are circular or oval in shape and range from 100 m to 1 km wide. They commonly consist of a central, raised platform ringed by a moat-like depression. The central section corresponds to the level of the water table during the late Pleistocene Period, about 10 000 years ago. Today, during very high winter tides or after heavy rains, when the groundwater level is raised, these moats fill with water to a shallow level. Most birridas retain water for several months following rain. At these times, dormant eggs hatch and the birridas teem with brine shrimp, horse-shoe crabs and other invertebrates. They provide a feast for wading birds such as red-necked stints (Calidris ruficollis) and bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica) that have migrated to Shark Bay from as far away as Siberia.” w/ photos

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