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False Motion Notion

These eye-popping autokinetic illusions are actually still images. The false perception of motion is due in part to tiny involuntary eye movements called “saccades” and how the eye perceives light and color. Sometimes your eyes and your mind conspire to create false motion, especially in your peripheral vision.

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The Art of the Romanian Haystack

At this time of year, the green fields of the Romanian countryside are full of new haystacks. Over the centuries, Romanians have refined the method of haystack building into an art. Because of their unique characteristics, this style of haystack exists nowhere else on earth.

During the freezing Romanian winters, the haystacks provide livestock with their much needed food supply. Without it, their animals would perish, putting the family at risk for starving as well. Great care has always been taken in the construction of these stacks, some of which tower over four meters. The skills needed to build the perfect haystack have been passed down the generations for over a thousand years.

These haystacks are deeply embedded into Romanian culture. When the country was occupied by Turkish forces, bandits and freedom fighters would hide in the haystacks. Turkish soldiers while on patrol would often stab into a stack to catch someone hidden inside.

Yet hiding in the haystacks is more associated with love than war. In the past, farmers had to watch their daughters closely, especially with the hired help around. The building of a haystack could lead to an amorous relationship, with the interior of the haystack providing the perfect place for a rendezvous. Suspicious fathers would often stab the haystacks with pitchforks as a warning to scare away would be suitors and to ensure their daughters’ good names remained intact. It is said that many young men in the past bore a scar that was referred to as a “love fork”.

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Extreme heat waves to quadruple by 2040, study says

The type of heat waves that wilt crops, torch forests — and kill people — are expected to become more frequent and severe over the next 30 years regardless of whether humans curb emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, according to a new study.

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What It Really Looks Like Atop the World’s Tallest Building

In January, Dubai photog Gerald Donovan showed us what the earth looks like from the pinnacle of the world’s tallest building, thanks to a 360 degree panorama that was ‘shopped to remove the Burj Khalifa itself. But today, Donovan released the original, undoctored image—and it’s even better than the original.

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High-Tech NYPD Unit Tracks Criminals Through Facebook and Instagram Photos

“Police are searching for suspects’ photos on Instagram and Facebook, then running them through the NYPD’s new Facial Recognition Unit to put a face to a name, DNAinfo New York has learned. Detectives are now breaking cases across the city thanks to the futuristic technology that marries mug shots of known criminals with pictures gleaned from social media, surveillance cameras and anywhere else cops can find images.”

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CIA, NSA contractor admits to leaking secret programs

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A 29-year-old man who has worked for a series of U.S. intelligence contractors acknowledged Sunday that he leaked key documents to The Guardian, the paper reported.

Edward Snowden is a former technical assistant for the CIA, The Guardian reported, and has spent the past four years working for a series of contractors for the National Security Agency, including Booz Allen Hamilton and Dell.

“The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request,” the paper wrote. “From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. ‘I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,’ he said.”

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The Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay

For decades, dozens of forgotten Navy and merchant ships have been corroding in Suisun Bay, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. These historic vessels—the Mothball Fleet—served their country in four wars: WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm. After a decade of impasse, the ghost fleet is slowly dwindling as the ships are towed out one-by-one for scrapping. About 15 retired ships are already gone; by 2017, the entire fleet will be just a memory. 

These ghost ships, part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) overseen by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), were supposed to be ready for duty in the event of a national emergency. Perhaps a few ships are actually “reserve ready” and could be activated, but the vast majority are well beyond their useful lives and rotting away as they wait in line for disposal.

The mothballed ships once numbered close to 400, and in 1959, 324 vessels still lined the waters of Suisun Bay. Although the ships continued to dwindle down over time, approximately 75 remained throughout the 2000s, rusting and leaching toxic heavy metals into the bay as the Bush administration did little to address the crumbling ships.

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