Another Icelandic volcano erupts, makes the ground go alien

Last year, when the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, it brought air traffic in Europe to a grinding halt. This year, another Icelandic volcano, Grimsvotn erupted, sending out a 7 mile high plume of ash. It won’t ground air traffic, but its falling ash offered near-zero visibility to those on the ground, as visible in these images captured by Vilhelm Gunnarsson of the Icelandic news agency Visir.

Via: io9

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The world’s last handwritten newspaper still going strong

In today’s age of technology, it is quite surprising to know that there still exists a newspaper that is written by hand. But it is passion, not necessity that drives the unique newspaper, The Musalman. Probably the world’s last written newspaper, The Musalman is transcribed in calligraphy, and four scribes work to get it all done in time. Published in Urdu, the newspaper has been functioning in India since 1927, and claims it has never had an employee quit. They stay on till their last breath. Quite impressive.

Via: Gizmodo

Chocoshots deliver the tastiest medicine ever

They may come in a scary syringe package, but Chocoshots stay true to their name and are loaded with the goodness of chocolates. We wouldn’t mind having chocolate run through are veins, but this one is supposed to be taken orally.

Via: bookofjoe

Gadget lets the iPhone record 360-degrees video

A new accessory for the iPhone, the Dot promises users the ability to shoot 360-degree videos without having to move or rotate their phones. The relatively unobtrusive accessory snaps on to the iPhone 4 camera, and makes use of the phone’s built-in camera and video software for its advantage. Theoretically, users could carry the phone around while shooting panoramic videos, but manufacturer Kogeto recommends user put the phone on a flat surface and let it do its job. Dot made an appearance on Kickstarter (obviously) and has raised money nearly twice of its initial goal of $20,000.

Via: cnet

Thor’s hammer for us mortals

While the Thor movie is having a run at the box office, us mortals can make ourselves feel better with replica Thor hammer. The hammer measures about 20-inches in length and includes a high gloss polymer finish. Costs $75.

Via: LikeCool

Joulies keep your coffee at drinkable temperature

Coffee Joulies are the magical beans that fight to keep the temperature of your coffee just right. Made out of non-toxic material and covered in stainless steel, the Joulies cool down the coffee when it is too hot, and then give out the absorbed heat as the coffee starts to go cold. Ultimately, this ensures the coffee remains at a drinkable temperature for a longer time duration. The idea first saw success at Kickstarter, and has since gone into manufacturing mode.

Via: Good

Russian pilot shaves a volunteer with helicopter blades [video]

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the badass way of shaving. The pilot apparently got bored of the daily flying routine, and decided to shake up things a bit, and did that gloriously, as these stunts show.

Via: Geekosystem

A taste of edible animation [video]

This foody animation is a short film titled Alimation, created by Alexandre Dubosc.

Via: BoingBoing

Scientists find superbrands and religion have nearly the same effect on brain

Loyalty people show towards brands can be amazing. And it seems their religious devotion to brands may be a lot more literal. In a BBC documentary Secrets of the Superbrands, scientists worked to find the effects of brands on the brain. Alex Brooks, an Apple superfan, underwent an MRI scan so scientists could see his brain’s reaction to photographs of Apple products.

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Advertising agency gets itself a stunning cardboard office

First impressions are important, even more so if you’re into the business of creativity. Amsterdam based advertising agency Nothing has sweet cardboard interiors, that makes it all look utterly impressive, and also says volumes about the creativity involved.

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