TV vs Video – in numbers

The faster the internet gets – for the web and mobile – the more mind-blowing the video viewing statistics. Every day more than 20 billion videos are viewed on YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook, meaning each visitor to those sites watches more than 10 videos per day.

Add other video sharing services like Vine, Vimeo, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat, Photobucket, LiveLeak, Flickr, DailyMotion, etc. plus streaming video platforms such as Viewster, Netflix, Amazon, etc. and the online video viewing numbers are astronomical. Read more…

How the Ouija board got its sinister reputation

The Ouija board didn’t always have a sinister reputation. In fact, the Ouija board developed out of Spiritualism, a movement known for its optimistic views about the future and the afterlife.

By now, most have vague notions of the Ouija board horror narrative, in which demonic spirits communicate with – even possess – kids.

Director Mike Flanagan furthers this trope in his film “Ouija: Origin of Evil.” Read more…

5 very spooky places in the USA

43% of people in the USA and 52% of Britons believe in ghosts. 18% of Americans say that they’ve actually seen a ghost and 27% claim to have experienced something “paranormal.”*

There are hundreds of haunted places around the world with more than 200 spooky places reported in the United States.

If you are interested in the mysterious and have a taste that trends towards the macabre then these following 5 spooky places will give you the goosebumps you crave. Read more…

The amazing toughness of spider silk

Spider silk strands are more uniform in diameter that most man-made artifacts. Per same diameter and weight, spider silk is 5 times stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar.

It is one of the most elastic substances on earth. It does not break even if stretched to 4 times the original length.

Spider silk is extremely lightweight. The length of a silk strand weighing only 18 oz (500 grams) can circle the Earth. Read more…

Does tapping a can of fizzy drink really stop it foaming over?

It is one of the distinct sounds of summer: the noise of people tapping the tops of their cans of fizzy drink before opening them. But does this widespread ritual really stop a can of beer or pop from gushing over?

When you open a can of fizzy drink, the refreshing “hiss” is the result of gas bubbles escaping from the liquid as a result of a change in the solubility of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in it. This change occurs due to the pressure inside the can decreasing from ~3 bar (can closed) to 1 bar at atmospheric pressure (can open). Read more…

Beyond Asimov: how to plan for ethical robots

As robots become integrated into society more widely, we need to be sure they’ll behave well among us.

In 1942, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov attempted to lay out a philosophical and moral framework for ensuring robots serve humanity, and guarding against their becoming destructive overlords. This effort resulted in what became known as Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics: Read more…

9 lesser known facts about Australia

The Commonwealth of Australia is the sixth largest country (after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil) in the world, occupying the Australian continent and surrounding islands, the largest of which is Tasmania (68,401 km²). At 7 692 024 km², Australia accounts for five percent of the world’s land area of 149 450 000 km².

Many who dream to go there might think of it as too far, too expensive to get there or too unknown, even uninteresting. There are koalas, kangaroos, summer heat, the ocean and what else? Read more…

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