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This is so bizarre I don't even know what to say about it. It's from the opening ceremony to the new Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland, now the longest and deepest rail tunnel in the world. And if the pictures and videos at this link are any indication, it was inaugurated with a dance commemoration of the 17-year battle between civil engineers and the ancient spirits of the mountain.

Not that I don't think this is appropriate. Engineering basically requires ritual magic in order to function, and public dance ceremonies have a time-honored history. But if you want to see what this ends up looking like, and the pictures below don't scare you away first, I suggest watching the (silent) video of the dance sped up 2x.

(Spoilers: despite what it looks like is going to happen throughout much of it, they didn't perform any human sacrifices during the ceremony.)

Via +Hugh Dingwall 

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Amazingly executed but the story makes me sad at the same time...
Already, the scarecrows in Nagoro outnumber the living. Gradually, as its human inhabitants die or leave, they are being replaced by straw men in their honor, and Ayano -- their maker -- continually makes the rounds, repairing them and adding new ones.

But one day, she will no longer be there to maintain them, and if there is no-one else to take up the mantle, they have only a few years to live before they fall apart. The last remains of Nagoro will be schoolrooms full of gradually collapsing straw children.

There is only one good way to avert this. The scarecrows need to be taught to maintain one another.

h/t +Rosa Golijan.

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hahahaa amazing technology :p

#funny   #technology   
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Magic Sand or Hydrophobic Sand

Magic sand, Moon Sand, Mars Sand, Space Sand, Sqand or Aqua Sand is a toy made from sand coated with a hydrophobic compound. The presence of this hydrophobic compound causes the grains of sand to adhere to one another and form cylinders (to minimize surface area) when exposed to water. As soon as the sand is taken out of water, it is completely dry and flows freely.

These properties are achieved by covering ordinary beach sand, which contains tiny particles of pure silica, and exposing them to vapors of trimethylsilanol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimethylsilanol), an organosilicon compound. Upon exposure, the trimethylsilane compound bonds to the silica particles while forming water. The exteriors of the sand grains are thus coated with hydrophobic groups.

Magic sand was originally developed to trap ocean oil spills near the shore. This would be done by sprinkling Magic sand on floating petroleum, which would then mix with the oil and make it heavy enough to sink. However, due to the expense of production, it is not being used for this purpose. It has also been tested by utility companies in the Arctic areas as a foundation for junction boxes, as it never freezes. It can be also used as an aerating medium for potted plants.

Magic sand is made in blue, green, or red in colors but appears silvery in water because of a layer of air that forms around the sand, making it unable to get wet.

Earliest reference to waterproof sand can be found in a 1915 book called The Boy Mechanic Book 2 put out by Popular Mechanics. The Boy Mechanic states waterproof sand was invented by East Indian magicians. The sand was made by mixing heated sand with melted wax. The wax would repel the water when the sand was exposed to water.

Text source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_sand

The animated gif has been obtained from this video, entitled Hydrophobic Sand - QI - Series 10 Episode 10 - BBC Two:
Hydrophobic Sand - QI - Series 10 Episode 10 - BBC Two

Watch the video of how to make Magic Sand: How to make Magic Water-Proof Sand (Magic Sand)

Further reading: Magic Sand Experiment from the American Chemical Society
http://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/whatischemistry/scienceforkids/characteristicsofmaterials/polymers/magic-sand-science-for-kids.pdf 

Further video: 'Magic Sand'

#chemistry #hydrophobic_sand #science #sciencesunday
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Haha ang galing!!!
Why multiply Bread and Fish, when we can multiply Chocolate?
My kid is in awe, the only problem is she now expects unlimited chocolate availability.

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A few studies have shown that 60% to 80% of PhD holders had a 50% drop in critical thinking ability, 70% drop in creativity and 80% drop in altruistic (doing things to help people for nothing in return) thought and action patterns.
Buuuuut....
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Haha docu docu. :-P
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