Nature’s flying jewels

If you liked the video of the dead leaf butterfly, then you'll want to check out this video of the beautiful Archduke (Lexias pardalis dirteana) butterfly in its baby caterpillar state.

Full of spines, its next stage will be chrysalis before shedding and breaking into a restless butterfly. 

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People pot pie 😝

This video of human face pies is a nightmare. The teeth and pies with hair may be the scariest of the lot, while the fact that you can get these customized is haunting.

I know we are still 3 months away from Halloween so apologies in advance.

‘Short sleep predicts a shorter life’

I never sleep/because sleep is the cousin of death.

Nas, ‘New York State of Mind'

Everyone knows sleep is critical few people prioritize it. Some folks think it's a badge of honor to get five hours a night. But your brain literally eats itself when you don't sleep.Β 

Sleep is a ‘non-negotiableΒ biological necessity.'

And why not get a few extra πŸ’€? We're all geniuses when we dream.

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How audiobooks are made

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In this video, she shares some of the tips and trick she uses to record audiobooks, like underlining character names and noting places where she might need to alter her voice to match the verb (e.g. ‘whispering').

“It's this weird mental trick of staying really present and always kind of reading a little bit ahead.”

Take a look into her process for making audiobooks below.

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Thinking aloud in chemical synchronicity

When you can think aloud your own thoughts, you will strip the mind of its own disfluency.

The brain's pen will be mighter than the sword.

“Protect yourself from your own thoughts.” β€” Rumi

At which point it's too late.

7 Teacups Waterfall at Patagonia, Chile

 

 

Talk about a dream place to swim.

Siete Tazas, or The Seven Teacups, is located 125 miles from Santiago, Chile. These natural rock pools stack on top of each other to create a sequence of beautiful waterfalls before emptying out into River Claro.

Add this to your travel list along with the stunning rainbow waterfall at Yosemite National Park.

Coffee made in sand

Fact: Turkey also built the first coffee houses in the 15th century.

Warm coffee β˜•

Meet the Godfather of AI

 

If you want to understand a complicated device like a brain, you should build one…The brain's a big neural network.

Geoff Hinton has been trying to make computers think like humans for over 40 years. In our time, before our time, Hinton the pariah kept pushing the idea that computers could think. The 21st-century rise of the internet and machine learning vindicate his work.

 

How spiders use silk to ride the wind

 

 

Sometimes spiders ride the wind. They spin out lines of silk that are caught by the breeze and carry them aloft. They have been reported to rise a mile or two above the earth, and perhaps even to cross oceans.

It’s called ballooning.

Watch the spider raise the leg to test the wind and then shoot silk up to six feet long to ride through the air.

Read more here

The dead leaf butterfly πŸ¦‹ πŸ‚

Known as the Kallima inachus, or dead leaf butterfly, the insect resembles the veins of a dry leaf when it's in the closed position. This type of butterfly is prevalent from Southeast Asia to Japan.

The upperside of the dead leaf butterfly is beautifully colored, with yellow and dark blue and blue patterns. Check out the two videos after the jump.


Jimmy Chin teaches adventure photography


Still chasing the butterfly in that dream of mine

Think of humans ‘as a little fish out of water’

There's more than one theory of evolution, most notably Darwinian natural selection. But according to LSU biology professor Prosanta Chakrabarty, we're still evolving.

We're not the goal of evolution. Think of us all as young leaves on this ancient and gigantic tree of life — connected by invisible branches not just to each other, but to our extinct relatives and our evolutionary ancestors.

From pond scum to fish to humans

FromΒ fish to amphibians to reptiles to primates with big brains, every living thing today is the product of four billion years of evolution. The shared ancestry may appear linear (e.g. monkeys > chimpanzees > humans) but single cell organisms are still evolving to this day.

Meanwhile, ‘primitive' bacteria and plants will be the ones that survive us all.