Jan 25, 2010

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Jan 21, 2010

Milestones in Photography

World's First Photograph
In 1826, French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, took that photograph, titled View from the Window at Le Gras, at his family’s country home. Niépce produced his photo—a view of a courtyard and outbuildings seen from the house’s upstairs window—by exposing a bitumen-coated plate in a camera obscura for several hours on his windowsill.

Jan 18, 2010

Flying with hawks - Parahawking in Nepal

In 2001 the owners of Sunrise Paragliding in Nepal, Rajesh Bomjan and Adam Hill, quite by chance met up with Scott Mason, a falconer from England. Realizing that birds of prey rely on thermals to assist them in gliding long distances, in much the same way as paragliders do, these three men decided to blend the modern techniques of paragliding with the ancient art of falconry – the result of this collaboration is parahawking.
Scott Mason has been based in Pokhara ever since, training and flying birds during the dry season between September and March. Participants learn how to handle the birds in the correct way and receive instruction on how best to co-operate with the bird to enhance the paragliding experience. The first parahawking flight is tandem with one of the instructors. Participants are shown how the bird guides the paraglider pilot to the thermals and then retrieves an edible reward from the fist of the pilot.

Jan 15, 2010

What is that in your drink?

When it comes to infusing liquor with creepy, crawly creatures, it seems nothing is off limits. In some countries, particularly in South Asia, using venomous snakes to spike or season alcohol is considered a delicacy. The beverage may have healing properties and it may make the mouth tingle. The only way to find out is to try some, so enjoy.
Gecko Lizard Whiskey
Strong rice whiskey infused with a farmed gecko lizard and herbs. Gecko herbal whiskey is used in some parts of SE Asia as a Aphrodisiac; and is also claimed to have medical uses, such as the treatment of back and muscle pain.

Jan 12, 2010

‘Secret of Light’ interactive lamp design

This lamp, designed by Qin Xue, Cao iXiaoxiao and Wei Hangshuai, is a lighting system whose appearance and operation is based on the dandelion flower and our typical interaction with it. Dandelions evoke strong childhood memories for lots of us. The Secret of Light draws upon the dandelion's nostalgic imagery with this inventive new lamp. Simply shake it to turn it on. You can control the amount of light it gives off by blowing on the bulbs you would like to turn off! It is a Red Dot awarding winning concept.