Milestones in Photography

World’s First Photograph

In 1826, French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, took that photograph, titled View from the Window at Le Gras, at his family’s country home. Niépce produced his photo—a view of a courtyard and outbuildings seen from the house’s upstairs window—by exposing a bitumen-coated plate in a camera obscura for several hours on his windowsill.

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Flying with hawks – Parahawking in Nepal

In 2001 the owners of Sunrise Paragliding in Nepal, Rajesh Bomjan and Adam Hill, quite by chance met up with Scott Mason, a falconer from England. Realizing that birds of prey rely on thermals to assist them in gliding long distances, in much the same way as paragliders do, these three men decided to blend the modern techniques of paragliding with the ancient art of falconry – the result of this collaboration is parahawking.
Scott Mason has been based in Pokhara ever since, training and flying birds during the dry season between September and March. Participants learn how to handle the birds in the correct way and receive instruction on how best to co-operate with the bird to enhance the paragliding experience. The first parahawking flight is tandem with one of the instructors. Participants are shown how the bird guides the paraglider pilot to the thermals and then retrieves an edible reward from the fist of the pilot.

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What is that in your drink?

When it comes to infusing liquor with creepy, crawly creatures, it seems nothing is off limits. In some countries, particularly in South Asia, using venomous snakes to spike or season alcohol is considered a delicacy. The beverage may have healing properties and it may make the mouth tingle. The only way to find out is to try some, so enjoy.

Gecko Lizard Whiskey
Strong rice whiskey infused with a farmed gecko lizard and herbs. Gecko herbal whiskey is used in some parts of SE Asia as a Aphrodisiac; and is also claimed to have medical uses, such as the treatment of back and muscle pain.

Real Scorpion Vodka

This special triple distilled vodka is infused with a real farm raised Heterometrus Spinifer scorpion. The vodka is steeped for several months, which then imparts a unique flavour into the liquor, it is quite an acquired taste.

Real Cobra Snake and Scorpion whiskey

This special whiskey is infused with a real farm raised Cobra snake, black scorpion, ginseng roots and herbal seed pods.

Real Californian King Snake whiskey

This special whiskey (a.k.a. Rice Wine) is infused with a real farm raised Californian King snake, ginseng roots and other herbs.

Giant Centipede Whiskey

Triple distilled Thai white whiskey infused with a highly venomous tropical giant centipede. The centipede infused inside the bottle has been detoxified to make safe for human consumption. It was bottled on a farm in the north-east of Thailand that specializes in herbal drinks.

Mekong River Eel Wine
Laos wine infused with a river eel (caught from the mighty Mekong river), ginseng roots and seed pods.

Real Sea Horse Whiskey from Vietnam
This rare whiskey is infused with a farm real farm raised Sea Horse.

Thai Spider Whiskey
This bottle contains Thai rice whiskey (45% v/v) which is infused with a large non-venomous spider.

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‘Secret of Light’: interactive lamp design

This lamp, designed by Qin Xue, Cao iXiaoxiao and Wei Hangshuai, is a lighting system whose appearance and operation is based on the dandelion flower and our typical interaction with it. Dandelions evoke strong childhood memories for lots of us. The Secret of Light draws upon the dandelion’s nostalgic imagery with this inventive new lamp. Simply shake it to turn it on. You can control the amount of light it gives off by blowing on the bulbs you would like to turn off! It is a Red Dot awarding winning concept.

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Animal Embryos in Formalin Preservation

In the preservation of animal specimens for study, animals are usually preserved using formalin where the whole body would be immersed in the posture in which it is supposed to stay permanently because it will be hardened. The ratio of formalin to carcass must at least be 12 to 1 to ensure a good fixation.
The images were taken over the course of three years at the Royal College of Surgeons, London. They are of 200 year old animal specimens which were preserved by pioneer anatomist John Hunter (1728 – 1793).

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Mobile Phone Battery Charger

The ‘Swing Your Energy Charger’ designed by Song Teaho and Hyejin Lee is a solution in case your phone runs out of power and you don’t have your charger nearby. Just insert your battery into the device and give it a few good spins around your index finger and done you have enough power to chat for a little longer.

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