Tag: world record

Sep 12, 2014

Picture of the Day: Angkor Wat from Above

Picture of the Day: Angkor Wat from Above

Photograph by Charles J Sharp Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple…

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Aug 26, 2014

The Clearest Lake in the World is in New Zealand

The Clearest Lake in the World is in New Zealand

Located in Nelson Lakes National Park, Blue Lake—also known as Rotomairewhenua—holds the title of the world’s clearest lake. Scientific tests carried out in 2011 by New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) showed Blue Lake to be the clearest natural body of fresh water known to man. According to the NIWA…

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Aug 10, 2014

Why London is the World’s Most Expensive City to Build In

Why London is the World’s Most Expensive City to Build In

What makes London the most expensive city in the world to build in? The reasons may surprise you (like unexploded bombs for instance). The Economist explores why in this short but informative video.

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Aug 9, 2014

Deep-Sea Octopus Broods Eggs for 4.5 years, Longer Than Any Known Animal

Deep-Sea Octopus Broods Eggs for 4.5 years, Longer Than Any Known Animal

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators. This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to…

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Aug 4, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Largest US Soccer Crowd Ever

Picture of the Day: The Largest US Soccer Crowd Ever

Photograph via Jamie Frank (@jamiefrank87) on Twitter A friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid this past Saturday set the US attendance record for a soccer match with an official tally of 109,318 fans. The record-breaking match took place at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, commonly known as ‘The Big House’. The crowd…

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Aug 3, 2014

Picture of the Day: The First Space Selfie, 1966

Picture of the Day: The First Space Selfie, 1966

Photograph by Buzz Aldrin In a tweet last month, astronaut Buzz Aldrin informed the world that he was responsible for taking the first ever selfie in space during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966. The mission took place from November 11-15 lasting 3 days, 22 hours and 34 minutes. The two-man crew included Aldrin…

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Jul 31, 2014

Picture of the Day: Fluffiest Tail Ever

Picture of the Day: Fluffiest Tail Ever

Photograph by Rona Dennis Seen here is the rare and elusive tufted ground squirrel (Rheithrosciurus macrotis). Scientist Erik Meijaard along with his wife Rona Dennis and daughter Emily Mae Meijaard, analyzed a series photos taken with motion-controlled cameras to deduce that the 35-centimeter-long rodent has the bushiest/fluffiest tail of any mammal compared to its…

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