Scientific Ads

Here is a series of brilliant billboard ads dedicated to promoting science in Vancouver, by Science World Museum in collaboration with Rethink Canada…

20 Moves for getting a Raise

Do you want a raise, fast? Then here are a few ways you can get a promotion and increase your long-term compensation

"Dear Bruce," writes an automotive executive from the suburbs of Chicago, "My wife wants one of those Lexus hybrids, my son wants to go to the nation's second most expensive college, and my dog needs knee surgery. How do I get a raise, FAST?"

Well, Racing to the Poor House, I can't promise you a fast raise or a quick promotion, but I am able to reveal 20 rules that, when followed closely, will vastly increase your long-term compensation:

Lose the muffin top with one move

Build a strong core for flat, toned abs with the side plank.

How to do a side plank
Step 1: Lie on your left side with your legs straight and then use your left forearm to lift yourself so your body forms a straight diagonal while placing your right hand on your hip. Your right leg will be above your left leg.
Step 2: Hold this position for 60 seconds (if you can’t hold it for 60, try to hold it for 30).
Step 3: Rest for a few seconds and then switch to the other side.

Tips: Make sure your body forms a straight line while holding this pose.

Festival of Music and Light at Sydney, Australia

Vivid Sydney, a festival of light art, music, and ideas, is going on now in Sydney through June 9, 2014, whose founder is a well-known musician Lou Reed, and helped his wife Laurie Anderson.  So it was at first, but now the festival has an impressive team of organizers. It is also noteworthy that the festival has outgrown itself and today is considered a significant event not only for the metropolis. In Sydney attracts thousands of tourists and music fans to take an active part in many related events. We will not focus on the musical part of the festival and offer you some of the most striking images of the light part of the event.

Festival of Music and Light | Sydney, Australia
Image credit Matt Weller

Festival of Music and Light | Sydney, Australia

Festival of Music and Light | Sydney, Australia

The 15 Craziest Things In Nature You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

Mother Nature is beautiful and amazing because we can see many amazing stuff like these 15 things that you won’t believe they actually exist. All these places are real. It is hard to believe in that, but that is true.

1. Volcanic lightning aka “dirty thunderstorms.”

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2. Frozen air bubbles in Abraham Lake.

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The Magnificent Structure of Ancient Step well, Chand Baori

Chand Baori is a stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.  Abhaneri is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan state in India. It is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. It is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and was constructed in 800 AD. Chand Baori is one of the oldest and is considered to be among the biggest in the world, even most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan. It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty between 800 and 900 AD and was dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness upon completion.

chand baori the biggest step well in the world

The Chand Baori is built on a square plan with 3,500+ symmetrically laid out steps going down 13 levels (and likely a few more levels below the water table) to a depth of 20 meters. The steps surround the well on three sides while the fourth side has a set of pavilions built one atop another. The side that has the pavilions have niches with beautiful sculptures including religious carvings. There is even a royal residence with rooms for the King and the Queen and a stage for the performing arts. There is  a pool of green water at the bottom that can be reached by a descending set of steps. Some have described the overall visual effect is that of an Egytian pyramid turned upside down. Chand Baori is now a treasure managed by the Archeological Survey of India ("ASI").  While there is a palace that flanks the baori, it is in a state of disrepair and the star attraction is clearly the baori itself. There is no Entrance Fee to visit this monument. 

3D Garage Door Sticker

To decorate your garage in special way to create incredible optical illusions that would make any nosy neighbor envious of your lifestyle. German company StyleYourGarage makes deceptively realistic garage door stickers that will cause neighbors, friends and passers-by to stop and stare. These garage billboards, as they are known, are made from high-quality material and can withstand sun, rain, wind and cold weather. The designers added some elephants and alligators in there just for fun, this leaving aside the stickers that actually feature cars. There is also a tank in there, a bunch of gold, a horse and a wine deposit. We feasted our eyes on each and everyone of them and we appreciate their subtle humor.

3D Garage Door Sticker | Style Your Garage

3D Garage Door Sticker | Style Your Garage

The Road of 99 Turns, China

The Big Gate Road, Tianmen Mountain - The  Heaven Linking Road, China The Big Gate Road also known as heaven linking road, located in the National Park of  Tianmenshan, in the Hunan province of  China. The "Heaven linking road" rather this is most dangerous road in China. It starts south of Zhangjiajie city 200 meters above sea level and rises to 1,300 meters, with 99 blind turns, Sure, this increases the chances that you might end up in heaven in your car.  It is little wonder then that the road which was started in 1998 took eight years to complete. Its twists and turns are certainly not for the faint hearted. The road climbs Tianmen Mountain just south of Zhangjiajie City (which was previously called Dayong) is very much the must see scenic area in Hunan. 

Heaven Linking Road, Tianmen Mountain | The Road of 99 Turns, China

Image credit Nidhu Kashyap

It is also called the road of 99 turns – nine is a lucky number in China as it symbolizes that heaven has nine palaces. If the road is a little too scary for you, there is an alternative.  A cable car goes from of Zhangjiajie City to the top of Tianmen Mountain.  Sounds like out of the frying pan and in to the fire – the cable-way is 7455 meters in length making it, so the Chinese claim, the longest in the world.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge | A Pedestrian and Cyclist Tilt Bridge

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne in England between Gateshead's Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank. The award-winning structure was conceived and designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre and structural engineers Gifford. The bridge is sometimes referred to as the 'Blinking Eye Bridge' or the 'Winking Eye Bridge' due to its shape and its tilting method. In terms of height, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is slightly shorter than the neighbouring Tyne Bridge, and stands as the sixteenth tallest structure in the city.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge | A Pedestrian and Cyclist Tilt Bridge
Image credit Jonathan Daley

The design of the bridge was lifted into place in one piece by the Asian Hercules II, one of the world's largest floating cranes, on 20 November 2000. It was opened to the public on 17 September 2001, and was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II on 7 May 2002. The bridge, which cost £22m to build, was part funded by the Millennium Commission and European Regional Development Fund. It was built by Volker Stevin. Six 45 cm (18 in) diameter Hydraulic rams (three on each side, each powered by a 55 kW electric motor) rotate the bridge back on large bearings to allow small ships and boats (up to 25 m (82 ft) tall) to pass underneath. The bridge takes as little as 4.5 minutes to rotate through the full 40° from closed to open, depending on wind speed. Its appearance during this manoeuvre has led to it being nicknamed the "Blinking Eye Bridge".  [Source | Wikipedia]

Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Amusement Park

Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park

Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park, The German Nuclear plant transformed into Amusement Park, cleverly combines a never-been-used multi-million-pound reactor with classic fair rides, including a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, carousel and log flume. A swing ride has even been fitted inside the old cooling tower, while a 130ft-high climbing wall features on the outside. 

In Kalkar in 1972, construction was started on the SNR-300, the first large breeding reactor in Germany. The reactor was designed to use plutonium as fuel and be cooled by sodium. These types of reactors, however, have a much higher potential for disaster compared to a conventional reactor. The neighbors became a bit concerned, and the highly controversial construction was continually delayed.

construction was started on the SNR-300, the first large breeding reactor in Germany.
Image credit Daniel Kinpara

When the reactor was finally completed, at great expense, the authorities decided not to put it into operation. Besides concern from the community, the reactor would have left the building contaminated and unusable, becoming both a political and environmental nightmare. Totally unused, the building is essentially one of the most expensive, complicated pieces of trash in the world. Among the more amazing facts about the unused reactor are its cost - "20,000 houses with a value of 200,000 Euro each could have been built with the money;" its size - the total complex being some 80 soccer fields large, made of enough concrete to construct a highway from Amsterdam to Maastricht; and its complexity - with enough wire strung up in the complex to circle the entire globe twice.
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