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A Literary Atlas of Latin America

Continuing his use of maps, Fernando Vicente created a series of images celebrating the literatures of Latin America. It’s as much decorative as it is informative as pages explode out of Cuba, ink pours out of Chile and a writer’s eye peers out of Brazil. View them all at the link. Link -via Ian Brooks

Dusty Spiral Around a Dying Red Giant

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in norther Chile spied something strange around the dying red giant star R Sculptoris: a spiral structure thought to be made of gases being expelled by [...]

What Happened to the Star Dust?

In 1947, the British South American Airways plane Star Dust took off from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with eleven people aboard, destined for Santiago, Chile. But it never arrived. The passenger list certainly does its part to set the stage for conspiracy theories: A Palestinian returning to Chile from visiting a dying relative, two British businessmen, a [...]

How Did the Chicken Cross the Ocean?

At some point in the last few thousand years, someone in India or Southeast Asia decided to try catching one of the wild fowl than ran through the jungles and roosted up in the trees. We don’t know exactly what that person was intending, but the bird probably wasn’t destined to be stuffed and roasted or [...]

Dog Saved Puppies From Burning House

Photo: J. Monsalve As firefighters in Chile battled a house fire, photographer J. Monsalve noticed a dog going back and forth rescuing her puppies. The dog, named Amanda, dragged her 10-day old puppies one [...]

11 Languages Spoken by 11 People or Fewer

Vladimir Korostyshevskiy / Shutterstock.com 1. Ho-Chunk is the language of the Hocák Nation, more commonly known as the Winnebago tribe of Wisconsin and Nebraska. In 2004, there were only 11 living fluent speakers of Ho-Chunk, all of whom also use English. 2. In the jungles of Suriname lives a nearly extinct population of people known as [...]

Astronomers Paradise

(vimeo link) The Paranal Observatory is a Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal mountain in the Atacama desert of Chile. There is no light pollution to interfere with stargazing. This video by Christoph Malin and Babak Tafreshi contains 7,500 images that will make you want to pack up and go! Link -via I Am Bored

Thomas Edison’s Eccentric Job Interview Questions — A Cheat Sheet

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS Thomas Edison had an encyclopedic memory, and by the early 1920s, he had become increasingly frustrated by the fact that college graduates applying to work for him didn’t have a wealth of knowledge comparable to his own. To test the mental mettle of incoming job seekers, he administered to each a series of [...]

The Wine That Tastes About 4 Billion Years Old

Meteorito is the wine with the taste of outer space right in the bottle! That’s because it’s made using a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, that was found in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, to help enhance the flavor with the taste of Uranus. Betcha saw that one coming, didn’t ya? All kidding aside, this [...]

The Helix is Looking at You

This is not the first picture you’ve seen of the Helix Nebula, but it’s the best image so far. The Helix Nebula is a cloud of gas that was left when a star expired 700 light years away from us. This image is in the near-infrared, taken using the European Southern Observatory’s Visible and Infrared Survey [...]