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Intricately Carved Egg Shells

Carved Egg Shells

Unless you spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours with a tiny electric drill carving intricate patterns into eggshells the last few months, you may have yet to reach your Easter egg decorating potential. One person who clearly has is artist Piotr Bockenheim who uses a reductive drilling technique to transform goose eggs into slitherting tangles of string and various geometric or floral patterns.

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The SS Doctor Who Converted To Islam And Escaped The Nazi Hunters

Aribert Heim

The Holocaust, as you’ll probably know, produced some of history’s worst human beings. The thing is, though, besides those who made it into your textbooks—the Hitlers, Görings and Himmlers—many escaped unscathed, free to live out the rest of their days pretending to be mild-mannered expats who’d moved to Argentina simply because they preferred empanadas and polo to bratwurst and car manufacturing.

One SS member to ultimately escape prosecution was an Austrian concentration camp doctor called Aribert Heim, who later became known as “Doctor Death.” The atrocities committed in the Nazi camps have their very own scale of horror, and Heim sits somewhere near the top (his trademark was injecting gasoline into healthy people’s hearts and keeping their skulls as trophies). Despite his horrific crimes, he managed to mostly evade the authorities, and when they did finally catch up with him, in the early 60s, he had already fled Germany.

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A Majority Of Americans Still Aren’t Sure About The Big Bang

Big Bang

A majority of Americans don’t believe in even the most fundamental discovery of 20th century physics, which 99.9 percent of members of the National Academies of Sciences do: that our universe began with an enormous explosion, the Big Bang.

51 percent of people in a new AP/GFK poll said they were “not too confident” or “not at all confident” that the statement “the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang” was correct.

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Trip Advisor Reviews A Sex Resort

Hedonism

Down in Jamaica, there’s a place aptly named Hedonism II that features a special brand of inhibition-free “adult” resort action. While this all-inclusive getaway offers your usual all-you-can-eat-and-drink beach-side fun in the sun, there’s also a “clothing optional” policy, mirrors above all the beds, and a strong emphasis on pleasure of the “anything goes” variety. Basically, the whole joint is one big swinger soirée. After catching wind of this utopia for the undressed, we checked out their website, only to find it oozing with the sort of over-the-top descriptions normally reserved for bodice-ripper paperback novels with an equally ripped Fabio flexing on the cover. Things like, “It’s what happens when you combine warm water, a white-sand beach, open bars, and open minds,” “In these lush gardens of pure pleasure, the word “no” is seldom heard,” and “Push the boundaries of human pleasure” are standard fare. Heady stuff, right?

Well, when coupled with actual quotes from the Trip Advisor reviews of this carnal Caribbean carnival, let’s just say a picture was painted, and it wasn’t one you’d want to hang above your mantle.

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Are Atheists The New Mormons?

Atheists

It’s a bit like holding the Republican National Convention in Berkeley: This weekend, the American Atheists are gathering in Salt Lake City for their annual conclave. Attendees can hear a keynote speech by outspoken former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, attend workshops with titles like “So you want to debate Christians?” and mingle during a karaoke night and a costume dinner.

The whole event is taking place at a downtown Hilton, just three blocks away from Temple Square, spiritual and administrative capital of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The convention has its official opening on Good Friday. It concludes on Easter.

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A Material That Can Be A Mirror Then A Window

Mirror Window

A group of MIT scientists have created a new material that can be both a mirror and a window, and no it’s not a one-way mirror.

This new material can filter light depending on the direction of the light beams. In the image above light that hits from one angle goes straight through (white beam) but light that hits the material at different angle is reflected back (red beam). For designers it might make for interesting new tricks for walls or new forms of windows.

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The Myth Of The Artist’s Creative Routine

Artist

Charles Dickens wrote while blindfolded. Virginia Woolf took three baths a day, and always with ice-cold water. Stephen King eats a blood orange at every meal whenever he is working on a book. Joyce Carol Oates writes only in Comic Sans.

None of those things is true. Before you go and stock your kitchen with blood oranges or switch the font on your word processor, let me assure you that I invented every one of those writerly habits. But what if I hadn’t? What if you had read them in an interview or in any one of the million aggregations of writerly routines? Would you really stop taking hot showers or start blindfolding yourself when you write?

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What Will Happen When The Earth’s Magnetic Field Switches

Earths Magnetic Fields

The Earth’s magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could completely flip around, or collapse altogether, should cause us to worry, right? Well, yes and no.

The result of electrical currents generated deep within the Earth through dynamic action, the magnetosphere is a fluid force that is constantly changing in strength and orientation.

The very heart of our planet is a solid inner core of mostly iron that is about the size of the moon. It is so hot (9000°F to 13000°F or about 5000°C to 7200°C) that its temperature equals that of the “surface” of the sun, but it remains solid because of the combined pressure of everything above it being pulled toward it by gravity.

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It’s Time To Encrypt The Entire Internet

Internet

The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse. In fact, it’s time for the web to take a good hard look at a new idea: encryption everywhere.

Most major websites use either the SSL or TLS protocol to protect your password or credit card information as it travels between your browser and their servers. Whenever you see that a site is using HTTPS, as opposed to HTTP, you know that SSL/TLS is being used. But only a few sites — like Facebook and Gmail — actually use HTTPS to protect all of their traffic as opposed to just passwords and payment details.

Many security experts — including Google’s in-house search guru, Matt Cutts — think it’s time to bring this style of encryption to the entire web. That means secure connections to everything from your bank site to Wired.com to the online menu at your local pizza parlor.

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Inside One Of The Largest Neon Collections In The World

Neon Collection

Whether you associate the intoxicating visual phenomena that is neon with the world of fine art or the world of strip clubs, there’s no denying there is something strangely addictive about those electric colored lights. London-based neon artist Chris Bracey certainly agrees, given that he’s spent the past 40 years making and collecting all things neon.

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