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Watch: Bigbird the Adopted Pelican Learns to Fish

This is an endearing tale. Bigbird, a great white pelican was separated from his flock during a storm and was found by Jeffrey, a camp manager at the idyllic Greystoke Mahale on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Pelicans are gregarious birds who live communally and hunt together, and Jeffrey feared that Bigbird may not be able to feed himself. Each morning he took Bigbird kayaking and fishing. The GoPro footage captures their charming interactions.

[via SA Gamer]

App Review: Ratepop

Some of the less observant amongst you may be asking why we’re reviewing an app that rates people’s properties. I’m sure there’s an app for that, but this one ain’t it (sorry). This one is called Ratepop. So, it’s about rating your dad, then? No, not that either. Rate how well you burst balloons? Well…close. Actually, no. Not close at all. Let me explain–it’ll be quicker than guessing.

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Iridescent Soap Bubbles Under a Microscope

If you need a moment of collect yourself before a meeting or are just preparing for the grind ahead, have a look at this meditative ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) video of iridescent soap bubbles as seen under a microscope. It’s a cosmos of psychedelic colours.

[via Digg]

How to go to Space, Explained in Simple Words

XKCD and Minute Physics team up to create an informative video on how to go to space. Instead of throwing complex terms like gravity, escape velocity, and rockets at the viewer, they use ten hundred simple English words to break it down. You certainly don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand how to get the fire-water filled up-goer into space. Check it out.

[via Popular Mechanics]

Black Holes are Assholes

Black holes are like the most terrifying serial killers in the universe. You shouldn’t need reasons to stay away from black holes but if you’re looking for one, here’s a little animation for you.

In this artist rendering from NASA, a star passes a little too close to a black hole and experiences what is called a “tidal disruption”. The star is torn to pieces and the black hole wears the debris like a memento. Check it out below.

[via The Verge]

All “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Teasers and Trailers in One Fantastic Fan Edit

It seems there is an insatiable thirst for Star Wars. The latest to the epic space opera has had 34 million views. Impressive…most impressive. The film has also notched up 6.5 million US dollars in IMAX tickets sales.

There’s been an awakening, and I’m sure you felt it. But if you hunger for more, sound editor Jacob Smyth has seamlessly blended together all the recent teasers and trailers for the film into a fantastic fan edit. Check it out below.

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Look at This Water Bubble in Space

The astronauts on board the International Space Station have access to a range of sophisticated equipment, including a RED Epic Dragon camera that is capable of shooting video at resolutions to 6K (that is, 6144 x 3160 pixels). Naturally, one of first things the astronauts did was to grow a water bubble, fill it with dye and then dissolve an effervescent tablet in that floating ball of water. The results are superb, check it out below. If you have a monitor capable of displaying 4K, be sure to select the 2160p quality setting for the full effect.

To see more 4K videos from NASA, check out their Ultra High Definition playlist on YouTube.

[via shortlist]

To the Moon in 8,400 Photos

NASA’s Apollo space program is most known for the manned moon landings that took place in the late 60s and early 70s. You’ll remember forerunners like Apollo 7, the first mission to carry a crew into space and broadcast live TV broadcast from the craft, and Apollo 10 the “dress rehearsal” to Apollo 11 which landed the first humans on the Moon. And there was the ill-fated Apollo 13, which you might not have known about if it hadn’t been for Tom Hanks.

Four decades later, we get to see some incredible – and previously unreleased – high resolution photos from the various Apollo missions. Thanks to archivist Kipp Teague from the Project Apollo Archive, 8,400 images from the missions have been uploaded to Flickr and conveniently organized. There’s some incredible details on the space craft, fantastic views of the moon and looking back at the earth, and even some candid shots of the astronauts. Have a look at some of those images.

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Fire Breathing in Bullet Time

This is straight fire! Freelance DOP Mitch Martinez rigs up an array of 48-DSLR camera around two performers as they go about the dangerous art of fire breathing. The bullet-time results are spectacular, check it out below — be sure to watch it in 1080P.

[via Digg]

Speed Across Jakku in This 360-degree Clip for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

To further whet your appetite for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB has created this 360-degree clip that takes you onboard Rey’s speeder as she flies across the deserts of Jakku. You may recognize a little chirp from BB-8 and enormous scale of the crashed Star Destroyer that you saw in the trailer to the movie.

Check out the 360-degree clip below (click and drag to look around) or view it directly on Facebook.

[via @Themoviescoza]