This Palmitas Street Art Project Transformed A City

Palmitas Street Art Colorful

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In 2011, Sony Pictures painted Juzcar, Spain bright blue to promote the release of their new Smurfs 3D movie. Sorry, Sony: a youth collective operating under the name Germen Crew has blown your Spanish Smurftown out of the water.

In a government-sponsored street art project, Palmitas, Mexico has gone from stark white to a kaleidoscope of rich, brilliant colors. Designed by Mibe, a street artist from Mexico City, the incredible paint job took more than two and a half months to complete.

Palmitas Street Art Before After

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What Is Legionnaire’s Disease?

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TEM image of L. pneumophila, responsible for over 90% of Legionnaires’ Disease cases. Source: Wikipedia

Almost 40 years to the day that a mysterious illness broke out at an American Legion conference in Philadelphia — and changed the CDC forever — the culprit appears to be making a comeback in New York City. Legionnaire’s Disease seems to be back, but just what exactly is it?

In 1976, Philadelphia was the place to be if you wanted to think long and hard about America’s history and be aggressively patriotic. The year marked the nation’s bicentennial, and states held parades, celebrations and some of the most intense Independence Day barbecues that the US had ever seen.

July 4th, 1976 was a day for extreme patriotism. A few weeks later, Philly was still abuzz with red, white and blue — and the American Legion (an association of over two million veterans) held its annual conference at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. 2,000 ‘legionnaires’ (as they’re called) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

The convention ran from July 21st to July 24th. The first legionnaire death occurred on July 27th.

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Escape The Summer Heat With This Stunning Iceland Time Lapse

Listen, we understand: it’s the end of July and you’ve sweated through your shirt on the way to work. Here’s something that might cool you off a bit: Gardar Olafs’ splendid time lapse of Iceland’s landscapes.

Traveling across the country over the course of several months, Olafs transports us to Iceland’s verdant, bucolic fields and rocky, remote shores–and sets it to the soothing sounds in Matt Corby’s “Brother.”

We know it’s not exactly AC, but Olafs’ work is bound to cool you down some.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Fighting A Mosquito-Borne Epidemic From Within

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Aedes

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Itchy bites and a whiny buzz aren’t the only annoying problems caused by mosquitoes. The possibility of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks has some researchers fighting back with an unusual weapon: mosquitoes themselves.

Researchers at UK-based company Oxitec Ltd. are testing a new method that uses genetically modified mosquitoes to control outbreaks of dengue fever. Although many cases are asymptomatic, dengue often causes symptoms similar to the flu: fever, rashes, and the agonizing joint pain that gives it the colloquial name of “breakbone fever.”

According to the World Health Organization, the estimated number of dengue infections worldwide has risen dramatically over the past several decades and is now at about 390 million per year (almost all in tropical regions). Untreated, the worst cases of dengue progress to hemorrhagic fever and sometimes death.

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