Oct 19, 2012

Picture of the Day: A Cloud Illuminated By Lightning

Picture of the Day: A Cloud Illuminated By Lightning

A CLOUD ILLUMINATED BY LIGHTNING Photograph by Mike Jones (mrjones131 on Flickr) While on a diving trip in the Grand Cayman Islands this past September, photographer Mike Jones captured this incredible lightning storm illuminating a storm cloud. Featured last week in The Telegraph’s ‘Pictures of the Day‘ gallery, Jones explained: “I…

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Oct 19, 2012

Putting the Size of the Observable Universe in Perspective

Putting the Size of the Observable Universe in Perspective

The age of the universe is about 13.75 billion years. The diameter of the observable universe is estimated at about 28 billion parsecs (93 billion light-years). As a reminder, a light-year is a unit of length equal to just under 10 trillion kilometres (or about 6 trillion miles). The Observable Universe consists of the…

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Oct 19, 2012

The Shirk Report – Volume 184

The Shirk Report - Volume 184

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find the 20 funniest images, 10 most interesting articles, and 5 most viral videos from the previous week of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles typically originate from Twitter, RSS and email; videos come from a variety of sources. Any suggestions? Send a note to…

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Oct 18, 2012

Picture of the Day: The Five Peaks of Tindholmur

Picture of the Day: The Five Peaks of Tindholmur

THE FIVE PEAKS OF TINDHOLMUR Photograph by Arne List Tindhólmur is an islet on the southside of Sørvágsfjørður, west of Vágar in the Faroe Islands. It has its name from the five peaks, which are named Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, and Bogdi (Farthest, Eagle, Small, Broad, Bent). The islet is uninhabited,…

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Oct 18, 2012

21 Epic Photos of the Red Bull Stratos Space Jump

21 Epic Photos of the Red Bull Stratos Space Jump

Austria’s Felix Baumgartner earned his place in the history books on Sunday October 14, 2012 after overcoming concerns with the power for his visor heater that impaired his vision and nearly jeopardized the mission. Baumgartner reached an estimated speed of 1,342.8 km/h (834.37 mph) jumping from the stratosphere, which when certified will make him…

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Oct 18, 2012

Anamorphic 3D Drawings by Ramon Bruin

Anamorphic 3D Drawings by Ramon Bruin

Ramon Bruin is a freelance artist from the Netherlands. After graduating from the Airbrush Academie in the Netherlands in 2010 he launched JKK Airbrush. Ramon also has a passion for other disciplines and materials including: acrylic, oil and water paints, charcoal and 3D anamorphic drawings (i.e., you have to view from a specific angle…

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Oct 17, 2012

Picture of the Day: A Tiny River House in Serbia

Picture of the Day: A Tiny River House in Serbia

A TINY RIVER HOUSE IN SERBIA Photograph by Irene Becker for National Geographic My friend Dan G. emailed me this wonderful photograph by Irene Becker that shows a tiny house in the middle of the Drina River near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia. The capture was highlighted by National Geographic…

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Oct 17, 2012

A Photo Tour of Google Data Centers Around the World

A Photo Tour of Google Data Centers Around the World

Earlier today, Google released a massive gallery of pictures of their Data Centers around the world. In an effort for greater transparency, Google also published a guided tour on YouTube and even a Street View tour of their data center in Lenoir, North Carolina. With 13 data centers around the world (7 in the…

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Oct 17, 2012

The Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

The Top 75 'Pictures of the Day' for 2012

*Update: The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012 have just been published. Click here to check out the most up-to-date post! After the positive reception from last year’s “Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011“, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of…

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Oct 16, 2012

Picture of the Day: A Submarine Surfaces Through Arctic Ice

Picture of the Day: A Submarine Surfaces Through Arctic Ice

A SUBMARINE SURFACES THROUGH ARCTIC ICE Photograph by Tiffini M. Jones, U.S. Navy The US Navy attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) rests in the Arctic Ocean after surfacing through three feet of ice during Ice Exercise 2009 on March 21, 2009. The two-week training exercise, which is used to test…

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