Fire ants link legs, bodysurf to escape floods in Amazon

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Friday 2 August 2013

Ants are cool. This BBC video footage showing ants creating a living raft from their naturally water-repellent bodies — just so they can sail in flooded waters — is amazing. It’s a curious and marvelous sight.

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Space infographic: bet you didn’t know the universe was this big

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By Annie Churdar in New Design on Saturday 22 June 2013

I bet you have no idea how big our universe actually is. I know I didn’t. This awesome Space infographic from the BBC tries to put it in perspective for us. The universe truly is an amazing place.

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Roaches go sugar-free to stay fit (and alive)

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Cockroaches, apparently, are evolving so quickly, they’re skirting around sugar like the plague. Blame us humans for trying the same trick one time too many with sugar traps. This revelation came about when a team of scientists from North Carolina State University’s recently study on a strain of European roaches had them observed the roaches […]

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These Heart & Mind Tanks by BBC are so zen

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Thursday 11 April 2013

There is just something decidedly zen about these Heart & Mind tanks from the Spring collection of bloke apparel brand BBC (Billionaire Boys Club). Depending on which one you’re looking at, they either scream ‘HEART’ or ‘MIND’, stretched out across the chest where the heart sits. World peace starts inside.

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21st Century Sherlock and Dr. Watson: wit, sex, and style

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By Pony Boy in New Trends on Wednesday 27 March 2013

British. Brilliant. Benedict Cumberbatch. Do I need to go on? The Sherlock BBC series consists (so far) of six full length features put together as one gripping series. Martin Freeman is so good you forget he was in the Office. Shot with wit, sex and style by the talented director, Paul McGuigan who I’m incredibly […]

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Obituary of Common Sense

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 8 March 2013

RIP, commonsense. You were great to have around. Still, nice to know you’re survived by your two step-brothers, Half-Wit and Dim-Wit. Author Lori Borgman crafted this obituary to Common Sense over a decade ago, and the note was subsequently picked up, modified, and broadcasted on radio by BBC presenter Stuart George. It’s practically dripping with […]

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Documentary about the UK synth invasion

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By Night Panther in Video on Thursday 20 December 2012

This is the most in-depth documentary on the synth invasion of the late 1970s in the UK. It shows the growth of the movement with insightful interviews with the pioneers themselves. It also features incredible, rare performance footage.

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The xx play live with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

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By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Saturday 22 September 2012

We love the isolated, insular soundscapes of The xx, so the band’s recent Sept 9 live set with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bridlington Opera House — where they played altered arrangements of tracks from both their self-titled debut album and the recent Coexist, against the odd howl from the audience here and then […]

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Southern Sudan plans animal-shaped cities

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Monday 30 August 2010

Southern Sudanese officials recently announced that they plan to rebuild their region’s cities in the shape of animals and fruit. No joke.

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By Deanne Cheuk in New Illustration on Monday 16 August 2010

Japanese illustrator Symbolon works with his signature ‘shadow graphic’ style to create fashion illustrations for clients including BBC, Polaroid, Macy’s and American Airlines.

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