After A Devastating Bomb In Baghdad, A Man Plays Music

After A Bomb In Baghdad

Source: 7 Days

Music has historically provided itself as a form of resistance. By creating beauty in a world that could easily be dismissed as cruel and brutish, or employing rhythm and melody to articulate truths that resist translation to speech, music makes life bearable. It reminds us that in life there can be and is something bigger than death and taxes–or in Karim Wasfi’s case, bombs.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXVI

Sun Rays Field Fog

Sunrise over the small mountain hamlet of Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia. Source: Twisted Sifter

Dazzling Aerial Photography From Around The World

Aerial Elephants Grass

Elephants in Botswana’s Okavango flood plain. Source: Twisted Sifter

The view from on high can be at once elegant and cluttered, clarifying and overwhelming. But, most often, the view from above is absolutely gorgeous. The annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, ending June 30, attracts reams of striking images taken from vantage points you and I will probably never occupy. Perhaps chief among those images–both in terms of beauty and uniqueness–are those taken from the sky. Yes, you and I may never hover above the plains of Africa or the mountains of Indonesia, but the arresting photographs at Twisted Sifter come quite close to bringing us there.

Great Barrier Reef Aerial

The Great Barrier Reef near Hamilton Island. Source: Twisted Sifter

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Impressive Robot Learns To Limp On A Broken Leg

French researchers design a robot that can re-learn how to walk on a broken limb.

Okay, the study of robotics is starting to really take off– researchers at the French Institute For Computer Science have recently designed a robot that is able to diagnose and compensate for its own injuries. Most mobile robots, when faced with a broken leg, will helplessly plod around in circles, unable to continue. These robots are different– they re-learn how to walk with their new limitations.

Source: Nature

19 Things You Should Know About Amelia Earhart

Earhart Famous Pilot

Source: Thing Link

Nearly 80 years ago, Amelia Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe with fatal results. Before that, though, she captured the world’s attention by breaking a score of records, expanding popular conceptions of womanhood and writing best-selling books, among a host of other things.

Newly discovered footage of Earhart was recently unearthed, depicting the pilot a few months before her last flight in 1937. The video appears to be shot at Burbank Airport, and features the pilot walking around her Lockheed Electra L-10E. The son of John Bresnik, one of Earhart’s photographers, found the film after going through his deceased father’s belongings. While this discovery will likely prompt another investigation into the exact cause of Earhart’s death, we’re more interested in her life.

Check out these surprisings facts about Amelia Earhart–we guarantee they’ll blow your mind.

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