This ‘Flow-Motion’ Hyperlapse of Barcelona Won’t ‘Blow Your Mind’… But It’ll Get Close

We’re trying, we really are trying to stay away from the word-inflation, click-bait terms like ‘jaw-dropping.’ But dang it if this hyperlapse by photographer Rob Whitworth didn’t actually have us staring at the screen wide-eyed and slack-jawed.

As he enumerates in the video’s description, the time-lapse took him 363 total hours of work between the 75 hours of logistics and travel, 31 hours of scouting locations, 78 hours of shooting and a whopping 179 hours of post-production.

And those 179 hours were spent dealing with 26,014 Camera Raw files that totaled up to some 817GB of data.

The year’s best drone photography, from eagles to fireworks


While small “drones” have raised controversy in the US, they’ve made a lasting contribution to the world of photography. A light camera and a quadcopter can capture beautiful aerial shots that might once have been difficult or impossible for most photographers. Last year, Dronestagram launched as a place for both amateurs and professionals to upload their work. This year, it opened a contest to find the very best ones.
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The year’s best drone photography, from eagles to fireworks

While small “drones” have raised controversy in the US, they’ve made a lasting contribution to the world of photography. A light camera and a quadcopter can capture beautiful aerial shots that might once have been difficult or impossible for most photographers. Last year, Dronestagram launched as a place for both amateurs and professionals to upload their work. This year, it opened a contest to find the very best ones.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Real-Life Pokémon That Can Regenerate Missing Limbs


In medieval bestiaries, the salamander was a mythical creature of great power, capable of crawling leisurely through fire and even extinguishing it with its body. Leonardo da Vinci, in fact, believed that it even ate flames, though this is unlikely. Everyone knows fire is low on vitamins.
Unbeknownst to these Europeans, on the other side of the world there lives a salamander with powers far stranger than resistance to fire. It’s the axolotl of Mexico, a bizarre amphibian capable of regrowing limbs and even its spine with ease. Scientists have for decades struggled to unlock its regenerative secrets, all while our environmental meddling has nearly driven it to extinction.
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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Real-Life Pokémon That Can Regenerate Missing Limbs

In medieval bestiaries, the salamander was a mythical creature of great power, capable of crawling leisurely through fire and even extinguishing it with its body. Leonardo da Vinci, in fact, believed that it even ate flames, though this is unlikely. Everyone knows fire is low on vitamins.

Unbeknownst to these Europeans, on the other side of the world there lives a salamander with powers far stranger than resistance to fire. It’s the axolotl of Mexico, a bizarre amphibian capable of regrowing limbs and even its spine with ease. Scientists have for decades struggled to unlock its regenerative secrets, all while our environmental meddling has nearly driven it to extinction.

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According to Census 2001, Hindi is spoken by 53.6% of India’s population, mainly in the northern and western belts of the country. For 41%, Hindi is their first language. For the other 12.6%, it’s their second or third language. In other words, about half the country has no connect with Hindi. Here are four charts that drill deeper, drawing from data on second and third languages, and unravel India’s language conundrum and contradictions.
Yo: why the silliest app in tech makes the NSA look ridiculous


Yo represents the radical idea that literally any communication from people in your network is valuable to you — it reduces the actual content of the message to secondary status and lets you fill in the blanks. A Yo from my wife at 10am means something different than a Yo from a coworker at 10:15, which means something different than a Yo from a friend at 11. You can set Yo up to turn your air conditioner on and off. A Yo from Amazon might mean that a package has arrived; a Yo from Netflix might mean that the latest season of Scandal is now available to stream.
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Yo: why the silliest app in tech makes the NSA look ridiculous

Yo represents the radical idea that literally any communication from people in your network is valuable to you — it reduces the actual content of the message to secondary status and lets you fill in the blanks. A Yo from my wife at 10am means something different than a Yo from a coworker at 10:15, which means something different than a Yo from a friend at 11. You can set Yo up to turn your air conditioner on and off. A Yo from Amazon might mean that a package has arrived; a Yo from Netflix might mean that the latest season of Scandal is now available to stream.

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How Apple Commercials Have Changed Musicians’ Careers


With the iPod and the iTunes store – both of which allowed users to discover and consume music like never before – Steve Jobs and his company gave musicians a simple and direct route to listeners’ ears. But Apple’s commercials for these new products also encouraged a similar sense of musical excavation. While tracks by stadium-fillers like U2, Coldplay and Paul McCartney were featured, ads featuring catchy songs by lesser-known artists became the brand’s calling card – and audiences responded.
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How Apple Commercials Have Changed Musicians’ Careers

With the iPod and the iTunes store – both of which allowed users to discover and consume music like never before – Steve Jobs and his company gave musicians a simple and direct route to listeners’ ears. But Apple’s commercials for these new products also encouraged a similar sense of musical excavation. While tracks by stadium-fillers like U2, Coldplay and Paul McCartney were featured, ads featuring catchy songs by lesser-known artists became the brand’s calling card – and audiences responded.

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