We don’t want to get too political here, or for you all to think that we’re treating violent conflict with levity, but this is a great, topical intro to present-day conflicts in the Middle East. For more supplementary information on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and answers to the questions you were too afraid to ask, we suggest you check out this Vox article. Keep in mind that this is not a stopping point, but rather a jumping off point for further inquiry.
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We think of astronauts as leading very dangerous and exciting lives when they are out there in space, pushing the boundaries of human exploration ever forward. And, of course, all of that is true, but life in space (specifically, aboard the International Space Station) also offers a lot of downtime. When they are not working, astronauts still need to live their lives, which are actually a lot closer to ours than you might think. Most of the everyday things you and I do at home, they also do them aboard the ISS. However, the lack of gravity surely adds a layer of difficulty to even the simplest of tasks.
Let’s say you’re an astronaut and you just woke up. You would probably want to go through your morning routine, which might include trivial stuff such as brushing your teeth or washing your hair. Here’s where lack of access to running water makes things a bit tricky. Since you are living in a place with billions of dollars worth of electronics, water floating around is probably not a good idea. Therefore, you don’t get the benefits of a running tap or shower.
Astronaut brushing his teeth
The place? Barcelona. The medium? Film. The method? Flow motion — or an incredibly fast-moving short film. Hop from the opera to the Sagrada Familia to the Gothic quarters in seconds. As exhilarating as it is technically immaculate, this video cannot disappoint.
Way more electro–and arguably less annoying–than Deadmau5, these floppy disk and hard drives recreate the quintessential Led Zeppelin song, “Stairway to Heaven”.
Start with four raindrops falling on a few different surfaces. Multiply that sound sequence by itself, and then that product by itself a couple more times. In under a minute you have the sound of a mid-afternoon shower right at your fingertips. Sound artist Yugo Nakamura does just that in his inspired short, “Amaoto no Yurai”, or “The Origin of the Sound of Rain”.
Grant Thompson calls it a Bitty-Q: an aluminum can “grill” that can cook brats just as well as your own gas grill. If you’ve got the patience, you too can have an individual-size grill when in a pinch (or want to impress some of your friends).