Iranian Oil Fields During The Iran-Iraq War

March 30, 2014

Iranian Oil Fields Iranian Iraq War

Elapsing nearly a decade, the Iran-Iraq War is known as the 20th century’s longest conventional war as well as one of the most violent conflicts since World War Two. Indiscriminate ballistic missile attacks, chemical weapon use and oil tanker attacks largely shaped the war, which only ended in 1988 following an acceptance of UN Resolution 598. The protracted affair claimed over half a million lives, sent both countries spiraling into debt and, as you might imagine, failed to produce any meaningful gains for either side.

Given Iran’s pariah status, it had few means to combat Iraq’s wealth of weaponry and resources. Thus, child soldiers tragically entered the fold.

8 Fascinating Plants That Grow Around the World

March 30, 2014
Fascinating Plants Venus

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Given their popularity, it’s pretty likely that you once had a Venus Fly Trap in a tiny, plastic terrarium as a kid. So popular are the perennially hungry plants that their novelty status has made them a threatened species in some areas where it grows wild. While Dionaea muscipula, the plant pictured above, is fascinating as a carnivorous plant that feeds on flies, spiders and other small insects, there are others in the plant kingdom that are just as interesting. Though you aren’t likely to find many of them in a home garden.

Fascinating Plants: The Corpse Flower

Fascinating Plants Corpse Flower Kids

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Rafflesia arnoldii is distinguished as the largest individual flower on Earth. It grows in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra and can reach a diameter of 3 feet, and weigh as much as 24 pounds. But there is another distinct feature that makes this flower of interest: It smells like rotting flesh, earning it the nickname of “corpse flower.” The stench has a functional purpose, as it attracts flies, beetles and other insects for pollination.

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An Extraordinary Time Lapse Of Melting Ice Crystals

March 29, 2014

Cross polarized light and a keen eye for detail have culminated in this remarkable time lapse of melting ice crystals not un-reminiscent of a Kandinsky painting. Enjoy.