Torino Dazzles At Dusk

June 30, 2014

Turin Italy

The northern city of Turin–or Torino in Italian–has a rich, regal heritage. The nation’s first capital city in 1861, it was also home to the House of Savoy, or Italy’s royal family. By World War II, its influence had begun to fade. Today, the city still has a significant economic impact, and is home to some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

11 Of History’s Strangest Inventions

June 30, 2014

Swimming Aids

Invented in 1925 by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine, these swimming aids were made from bike tires and allowed the wearer to move at speeds of up to 93 mph. And while they’re a far cry from being fashionable—or even remotely comfortable—at least you could move faster than a running cheetah. Right?

Ice Age-Resistant Boats

Irrationally afraid of an impending ice age? Live in Holland in the year 1600? Fear no more. This boat, which was designed in Holland, had (as the inventors believed) the capacity to transport goods over frozen rivers and lakes.

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The Terribly Inaccurate And Bad Science In 6 Of Your Favorite Films

June 30, 2014

When it comes to scientific accuracy in sci-fi movies, it’s no secret that most filmmakers play it fast and loose, with audience entertainment being the ultimate goal. Luckily, a lot of moviegoers are quite adept at suspending their disbelief for the sake of preserving their fantasy, (and getting their money’s worth out of movie ticket prices) but when you add up all the scientific faux pas -even in films we consider to be groundbreaking – you start to realize why it’s named science “fiction”.

Bad Science: Jurassic Park

Bad Science Jurassic Park Kitchen

Source: Drafthouse

Jurassic Park is a lovable piece of cinema that has a place in the hearts of sci-fi lovers everywhere, but it is ripe with implausibility, as the fact stands that extinction is permanent. Take that out of the equation, and we’d still be fighting to find the dinosaurs’ DNA INTACT. If that fairy tale did indeed come to light, then we’d be taking on the severe improbability of successfully extracting, sequencing, assembling genomes into chromosomes, and finally- the cherry on top of this inconceivable sundae- injecting these chromosomes into a compatible, LIVING egg. So unless someone has an unhatched dinosaur egg lying around, forget it, guys. Also, the species of mosquito shown here in the amber (Toxorhynchites rutilusis) is the only kind in its species that doesn’t actually suck blood. Oops.

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