The Norse myth that inspired “The Lord of the Rings” – Iseult Gillespie


The dwarves were master craftspeople. One dwarf, Andvari, forged marvelous creations. He often took the form of a fish and, one day, he swam to the land of the water nymphs, who guarded mounds of gold. When the nymphs laughed at his appearance, Andvari grew infuriated and seized their gold. With it, he crafted himself a special ring. Iseult Gillespie shares the Norse myth of the cursed ring.

Lesson by Iseult Gillespie, directed by BASA.


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A brief history of banned numbers – Alessandra King

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They say the pen is mightier than the sword, and authorities have often agreed. From outlawed religious tracts and revolutionary manifestos to censored and burned books, we know the potential power of words to overturn the social order. But as strange as it may seem, some numbers have also been considered dangerous enough to ban. Alessandra King details the history behind illegal numbers.

Lesson by Alessandra King, directed by Juan M. Urbina Studios.

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Amazing Dad Builds Mini Rolls-Royce Replica Out of Wood for Son | My Modern Met

By Margherita Cole on January 21, 2022

Best. Dad. Ever.

Woodworker Trương Văn Đạo is one of those parents that goes the extra mile for his son. The Vietnam-based artist runs his own workshop called ND Woodworking Art and has been constructing incredible replicas of cars, phones, and more from discarded wood. His latest creation is a stunning reproduction of the $28-million limited-edition Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, one of the most coveted vehicles in the world.

This life-size vehicle is more than a copy of the real thing. Đạo spared no effort in making his miniature Rolls-Royce a functional toy car. After creating the body of the convertible in wood—including seats, headrests, and a dashboard—he added an elegant glass windshield, working blue-colored headlights and taillights, and a battery-powered motor.[…]

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Why Wouldn’t You Put Your Wind Farm In the Windiest Place?


Wind is an ever increasing source of power worldwide, which means wind farms continue to be constructed. And choosing where to place those farms seems straightforward, but it might not actually be best to place the in the windiest places!

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What is greenwashing? – BBC News

Sustainable, eco-friendly or ethical – the terms are everywhere in advertising but what do they actually mean?

Firms face a backlash for exaggerating their green credentials, or so-called ‘greenwashing’.

The BBC’s Ben Thompson helps you sort fact from fiction with experts from all over the world on Talking Business.



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Campo Grande, Brazil

#south america, #landscape, #brazil, #nightscape

Campo Grande, Brazil
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There Is An Invisible Shield Around Earth Humans Created By Accident

How many layers does our planet Earth have? If you look down into it, you’ll see the core, the mantle, the lava and the crust. If you look up, you’ll see the atmosphere, the ozone layer and more… Scientists have discovered a strange bubble layer around our planet. And it turns out to protect us.

Let’s explore what this layer is and what impact it has on our everyday lives. It was created by accident but keeps on protecting us every single day…


The Earth’s layers 00:00
A strange bubble 00:22
The frequency of a wave 00:59
The waves collide with radiation 01:52
How auroras save you 03:11
Why commercial planes fly high 04:32
The Stratosphere 05:19
The Mesosphere 06:44
The Thermosphere 07:14
The Exosphere 08:00

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Music by Epidemic Sound


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Behind the Scenes at Manchester’s Water Palace

One of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, Victoria Baths is an Edwardian swimming pool, wash house and Turkish bath complex. Opened in 1906, its grand terracotta and brick façade became symbolic of an era of public health and growing civil pride. It’s interior of glazed tiles and decorative stained-glass windows adorned its three public pools and Turkish baths and survive even today in all their former glory. Built in an age of gender and class segregation, Victoria Baths soon adapted to the changing times. This was a public building for ordinary working people as much as it was for the more well-to-do. A place where thousands of local people learned to swim, including the famous cross-Channel swimmer Sunny Lowry.

The Baths was closed in 1993 but this was not the end of its story. A determined campaign to get the building restored succeeded in saving it and now it is a hugely popular attraction, receiving tens of thousands of visitors every year.

In this video we’ll take a look at all of Victoria Bath’s beauty, but I’ll also go behind the scenes to see how the baths operated, including a look at the wonderful water filtration room and a nice bit of plumbing underneath the pools!

A Culture Recovery Fund grant distributed by Historic England has helped to secure the future of this unique piece of heritage. #HereForCulture

Thanks to Historic England and also Victoria Baths for letting me explore!

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Rice Art | Marialynn Family

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Umwelt | Katayama Yoshiyuki

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