At Stanford, a poetry slam took place with, er, programming code

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 7 January 2014

The first-ever Stanford Code Poetry Slam recently took place in November last year, with participants presenting their flowing works of poems in computer code format. The slam was organized by German studies grad student Melissa Kagen and computer-based music theory and acoustics grad student Kurt James Werner, who intend to make the event a quarterly […]

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Returning to Earth from the International Space Station

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Monday 18 November 2013

We’re a few years away from civilian space flights, so the next best thing is experiencing the dramatic return to earth through video. Released this week by the European Space Agency, this video features landing footage and interviews with former astronauts to give you an insider’s look at the ‘undocking, reentry, and landing of the […]

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North Korea’s very first themed water park

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Friday 15 November 2013

When you’re running a small nation of 25 million people, there are a few things that are non-negotiables in your to-do list. A working democracy and proper human rights laws? Nope! Not included. I’ll tell you what is: a waterpark! The Munsu Water Park is the first ever water theme park in North Korea. Here […]

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‘And the Ig Nobel Prize goes to…': Celebrating 2013’s most banal science discoveries

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 22 October 2013

The Ig Nobel Prizes, which takes the mickey out of the real Nobel Prizes as genuine Nobel laureates present awards to those who have made the most banal breakthroughs in the world, is a brilliant, brilliant — and did we say ‘brilliant’? — affair. This year’s Probability Prize, for instance, deservingly went to a team […]

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Generation Moustache: Melbourne

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Friday 11 October 2013

November is fast approaching, which means one thing; it’s about to be Movember in Melbourne. Urchin Associates is spearheading a creative new campaign called Generation Moustache, or Gen Mo, to raise awareness for men’s health by growing (or supporting) a moustache. This new campaign will be revealed at movember.com and across a variety of platforms […]

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Make art, not war: 9000 bodies stenciled on beach for Peace Day

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Two UK artists, Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss, recently etched out 9,000 silhouettes on Normandy’s Arromanches beach to mark international Peace Day and pay tribute to both civilians and military officers who lost their lives during the Operation Neptune landing on June 6, 1944. The effect is both sobering and chilling. Stunning? Yes, stunning.

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Only in India: Man arrested for ‘suspicious’ tea-drinking

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Restaurant owner Vijav Patil was grabbing a half glass of tea in the morning at a tea stall in Kolhapur, India, when he was arrested by police for drinking tea ‘in a suspicious manner’ under a law that allows preventative detention of someone suspected of being about to commit a crime. Thankfully, the judge had […]

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Boeing and US Air Force make drones out of unmanned jets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 1 October 2013

We should have seen this coming: Boeing recently revealed that one of its retired fighter jets, the Lockheed Martin F-16, was turned into a drone and made its first unmanned flight at an altitude of 40,000ft (12.2km) and a speed of Mach 1.47 (1,119mph/1,800km/h) from a Florida base to the Gulf of Mexico last week. […]

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Failed astronaut shoots for the stars, builds his own spacesuit

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Thursday 26 September 2013

A 45-year-old anthropologist who couldn’t cut it for NASA’s aviation program decided to raid his neighborhood hardware store and the Internet for parts to build his very own space suit from scratch. It looks pretty cool. We guess the next step is to actually test it in space, or at the very least, Hawaii. This […]

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Flooded Chinese town finally re-emerges after five years under water

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Friday 13 September 2013

Will the world never cease to amaze us? In 2008, the Chinese village of Xuanping in Sichuan was completely destroyed by an 8.0-magnitude earthquake. At least that’s what everybody thought.

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Sotheby’s Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth House

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Wednesday 11 September 2013

This exhibition is the ultimate juxtaposition of the old and the new. The Beyond Limits contemporary sculpture exhibition on display at England’s historic Chatsworth House features work from artists such as Marc Quinn, Tony Cragg and Bill Woodrow, Thomas Heatherwick, Allen Jones, and Mario Merz.

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The annual Menton Citrus Festival

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By Eugenia Viti in New Events on Tuesday 3 September 2013

Menton, a town on the French Riviera, is famous for its beautiful gardens, but it also has a magnificent citrus festival each year.

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The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Tuesday 20 August 2013

Europe’s largest ballooning event, The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, just recently finished it’s 35th display. Over the course of four days, more than 150 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes floated across the sky over the city of Bristol. This stunning event is definitely something you need to see at least once during […]

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Chinese zoo tried to pass a dog off as a lion

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Friday 16 August 2013

A zoo in China’s People’s Park of Luohe has reportedly been attempting to pass off common species as exotic species. One such attempt involved a Tibetan mastiff masquerading as an African lion, but as you might guess, nobody was fooled. As a result of the lion scandal, the zoo is currently under fire from, well, everyone.

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Kangaroo meets boy in bush, saves him from freezing to death

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Tuesday 13 August 2013

So this is what we learnt about the wild creatures of Australia today: wallabies will lead you astray, and kangaroos will save you. Case in point: a seven-year-old boy followed a wallaby into the bushes, then had a kangaroo eat a flower out of his hand before it fell asleep next to him. Which meant […]

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