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Lauterbrunnen: The Valley of 72 Waterfalls ... "Tucked away in the Bernese Oberland of the Swiss Alps, about 70km southeast of Bern, lies the valley of Lauterbrunnen, regarded as one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe. The valley is about a kilometer in width, and lies between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks that rises almost perpendicularly to heights of 300 meters from the floor of the valley. At the bottom, nestled between towering limestone precipices, lies the village of Lauterbrunnen, surrounded on three sides by the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau Mountains. The valley, carved by receding glaciers, extends south and then turns south-westwards from the village to form a U shape.

Lauterbrunnen means “many springs”. The name is derived from the 72 waterfalls that gush down into the valley from the vertical cliff faces, some of which are several hundred meters high. The most famous of these are the Staubbach Falls that plunges almost 300 meters, making it one of the highest in Europe formed of a single unbroken fall.Another spectacular natural phenomenon are the Trümmelbach Falls hidden behind a mountain, and consisting of a series of ten glacier-fed waterfalls that carries 20,000 litres of water per second. It drops a total of 200 meters. These thunderous falls have carved corkscrew-shaped gorges inside the limestone mountain. The waterfalls were invisible until 1877, when a tunnel was chiseled into the mountain. Today, you can ride an underground funicular and hike the walkways to see it. In winter, however, the falls are reduced to a trickle.

Lauterbrunnen’s dramatic cliffs and falls have inspired many musicians and writers, such as Johann Goethe’s poem, “Song of the Spirit of the Waterfalls,” which Franz Schubert set to music. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Misty Mountains of “The Hobbit” is also based on Lauterbrunnen.

Lauterbrunnen became a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2001. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/04/lauterbrunnen-valley-of-72-waterfalls.html
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Sakura Blossoms with Meguro River
I joined +Drink and Click™ Tokyo and went to this famous sakura spot in Tokyo for the FIRST time on Friday.

久しぶりの+Drink and Click™ で 初めて 目黒川の夜桜見物を楽しんだ。まだそんなには咲いていなかったけど、人出もまだ少なかったので、比較的楽に写真が撮れてよかった。

March 27, 2015
Nakameguro, Tokyo
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I've definitely seen worse live action adaptations. cough DBZ, Death Note cough
 
+Emile Morales - are they starting to hype this up over there?
 
Attack on Titan liveaction teaser.
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Didn't even know this was in the works. People are hyped for the DBZ Freiza reboot though.
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LEARNING HUB
a project by Heatherwick Studio
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, completed 2015
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London-based Heatherwick Studio collaborated with local firm CPG Consultants on the Learning Hub, a new eight-storey teaching facility at Nanyang Technological University. To avoid creating "miles of corridors linking box-like lecture rooms", the building was designed as a cluster of tapered towers surrounding an expansive atrium. The idea was to combine learning facilities with social spaces including balconies, gardens and open-air corridors, to encourage as many opportunities for staff and student interactions as possible.

"Heatherwick Studio's first major new building in Asia has offered us an extraordinary opportunity to rethink the traditional university building," explained Thomas Heatherwick. "In the information age the most important commodity on a campus is social space to meet and bump into and learn from each other."

The 12 towers, which each taper inwards towards the base, accommodate a total of 56 oval classrooms. According to the designers, the non-hierarchal round shape – without any corners or obvious fronts or backs – will encourage more collaborative learning. Clad with curved concrete panels, the towers feature irregular horizontal stripes that were created using 10 adjustable silicone moulds. This texture lends each tower the look of a root vegetable, although the designers liken the appearance with wet clay. Balconies extend around the inside of the towers and get larger towards the top of the building, offering views into the atrium. This space is naturally ventilated, allowing air to circulate throughout.

"The Learning Hub is a collection of handmade concrete towers surrounding a central space that brings everyone together, interspersed with nooks, balconies and gardens for informal collaborative learning," added Heatherwick.

The towers are raised off the ground on 61 angled concrete columns, each featuring an undulating surface texture, and small areas of planting surround many of them. Meanwhile, the concrete walls surrounding the stair and elevator cores slotted between the towers have been embossed with over 700 drawings by illustrator Sara Fanelli, depicting images from science, art and literature.

"The new Learning Hub provides an exciting mix of learning, community and recreational spaces for NTU students, professors and researchers from various disciplines to gather and interact," said NTU Professor Kam Chan Hin. "By bringing people and their ideas together, NTU can spark future innovations and new knowledge that increasingly happen at the intersection of disciplines."

The project forms part of a wider campus redevelopment for Nanyang Technological University which, with over 33,000 students, is one of Singapore's largest public universities. 

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Another Muslim has been killed in America over what appears to be a potential hate crime. Why aren't Americans outraged?
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Photo of the Day: "I believe this is what our oceans should look like," writes #YourShot member Jeff Hester of this image, taken at Cabo Pulmo, a marine park of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. #photography
A bait ball dwarfs a diver in Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park in this National Geographic Photo of the Day from our Your Shot community.
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"Supertide" Creates Dramatic Temporary Island Off The Coast Of France ... "A rare "supertide" (caused by last night's post-eclipse supermoon) briefly turned France's Mont Saint-Michel into a completely encircled island. The historic site is located just off the coast of Normandy, and is usually linked to land via a bridge. ..."

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Couldn't phrase it any better than this.
 
If Android Wear had launched with this same exact form and UI, people would have ridiculed it endlessly.

I originally said that in September (http://goo.gl/Qbnim7). Can't help but think the same today.
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