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Watch Thousands of Dolphins Chase a Sailboat

“Superpod” isn’t a phrase you see used often, but it’s appropriate here. Mike Horn and Chase Jarvis were filming a segment for Polyform when the 110-foot boat they were sailing off the coast of Cape Town was suddenly surrounded by thousands of dolphins. It’s gorgeous on film, but the real-life experience left the crew in [...]

Replacement Parts

Organ transplants saves lives, but there aren’t enough suitable and available organs for those who need them. There just aren’t enough donors. Two doctors, Joseph Vacanti of Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts and David Cooper of the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa, are looking at ways around the human organ shortage [...]

The First Amputee to Qualify for the Olympics

Getty Images Oscar Pistorius is one of the best stories of the 2012 London Games. Yesterday, the South African double amputee advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 400-meters. He’ll also compete in the 4×400-meter relay. Pistorius, who runs on specially designed carbon-fiber prosthetics called Cheetahs, is the first amputee to compete in track at the [...]

11 Amazing Sharks You Should Get to Know Better

by David Shiffman David Shiffman is a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, where his research focuses on shark behavior, ecology, and conservation. Make him feel welcome! Quick—think of a shark! What did it look like? Most people are only familiar with the sharks that make the news for [...]

100,000-year-old art workshop discovered

Archaeologists have found the tools and remains of a prehistoric workshop in a cave near Cape Town. The workshop would have been used by humans over 1…

UFO over South Africa on Google Earth

A Google Earth user has discovered a UFO in the skies over Cape Town in South Africa. It isn’t clear what the object is or if it is a genuine image, f…

Naked Chicks Flummox Scientists

Penguin chicks, that is. Scientists are baffled as to what may be causing a large number of young penguins to lose their feathers: “Feather-loss disorders are uncommon in most bird species, and we need to conduct further study to determine the cause of the disorder and if this is in fact spreading to other penguin species,” [...]

"The Gift" from Kremlin

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. “The Gift” from Kremlin A mysterious box, a rollicking chase, thrilling direction (by by Carl Erik Rinsch), a beautiful vision of the future: can it get any better than this amazing short film? We don’t think so. Link Today’s pictures & links: Hanging Out We all know that rent can be outrageous, but [...]

Crateman

My mom just returned from a semester at sea (life-long-learner program). The other night she showed us her photos. Good stuff. The most interesting one to me was this Coca-Cola Crateman she spotted in Cape Town. It got me wondering about the artist. So I started researching. And while I didn’t find out who created [...]

The Most Colorful Cities in the World

I live in a bright yellow house in a mostly brown or brick neighborhood, so I am drawn to these colorful neighborhoods around the world. This picture is from Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa. See all 20 colorful cities at Buzzfeed. Link