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Stunning Time-Lapse Video Shows Beauty of Our World

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We live in a beautiful world, and Reid Gower wants to make sure we know it.

Gower spent six months creating this beautiful time-lapse video, shot in five U.S. states and seven other countries, including Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Canada and the Czech Republic.

“I was rather naive earlier this spring when I thought to myself, ‘Hey, you’ve got a great travel schedule coming up, why not make a timelapse film?'” he wrote on the Reddit post that propelled his video into virality. “I had never shot time-lapse before and I bit off more than I could chew.”

While on an expedition to Alaska that was run by GoPro and Project Aether, Gower was able to capture the footage from near-space using a GoPro camera housed inside a thermal lunchbox with handwarmers and a GPS attached to a balloon. Most of the footage, however, was shot with a more standard Nikon DSLR.

Gower also described his feelings about the meaning behind the video on Vimeo: “Humans are part of the natural order. We’re risen apes that acquired language and learned to use tools. Skyscrapers and spacecraft may seem unnatural, but they’re just as much a part of the natural order as beaver dams and bird nests. Boring electrical lines hint at the energy solution of a mammalian species. Open your eyes to the world you’ve grown accustomed to, and rejoice in the fact that you can participate in the human project.”

BONUS: Beyond the Horizon: 20 Breathtaking Photos From Readers

Action! 15 Jaw-Dropping Videos Shot on a GoPro

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High-Speed Police Chase Caught on Helmet Cam

This policeman’s helmet camera filmed a high-speed chase so heart-pumping that you may just feel like you were there for the ride.

Homepage image courtesy of NowThisNews

Bonus: Genius Ways to Use a GoPro Camera

Pianist’s Classical Cover Is a Modern-Day Masterpiece

The key to a good GoPro video is, well, in D Minor.

Sure, you’re probably accustomed to seeing the POV camera used for recording extreme sports (black-flipping off a canyon or ski flying in Norway). But in a recent YouTube video from ValentinaLisitsa, the camera is used to showcase one pianist’s rapid finger movement in Beethoven’s Sonata No. 17.

“This video just proves that playing piano is just as exciting as mountain biking, paragliding or just doing silly stuff with GoPro camera as a companion,” the video’s description reads.

Now that deserves a standing ovation.

BONUS: 15 Terrifying GoPro Videos to Make Your Heart Skip

30 Skiers Do Backflip While Holding Hands

In what may be a new world record, 30 skiers pull off a major backflip while holding hands on the slopes of Mont-Saint-Sauveur in Quebec.

Homepage image courtesy of Flickr, John Lemieux

Black Friday Prank Dupes Target Shoppers

On Black Friday, the plan was simple for a couple of pranksters — go to Target dressed as employees and have a little fun with shoppers. The faux workers, sporting Target-red t-shirts, pointed customers in the wrong direction and offered everything but a Kindle when asked about the tablet.

While these tricky fellows shouldn’t expect Target to extend job offers, the duo did provide some much-needed tension breaking on the fiercest shopping day of the year.

Watch the video above as unsuspecting shoppers get pranked during their Thanksgiving weekend shopping sprees.

BONUS: Pranks Gone Viral

Bear Cubs Rescued From Dumpster Diving Fiasco

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If you’ve ever experienced the gut-wrenching middle-school pains of accidentally throwing a retainer in the garbage, you can almost imagine how this mother bear must feel.

Three black bear cubs stuck in a dumpster were rescued with help from a couple of good Samaritans armed with a pickup truck and ladder.

According to ABC, which interviewed the clever rescue squad, the mother bear is notorious in the Ruidoso, N.M. neighborhood.

20 Quick How-To Guides to Solve All Your Troubles

If you have a problem and need a quick and simple solution, Jeff Wysaski of Pleated Jeans has 20 of them for you.

Wysaki’s helpful hints range from quirky, like looking in the couch cushions to find your spirit animal, to totally bizarre, such as becoming a cat to avoid paying rent.

These 20 how-to guides may not be entirely practical — but they will leave you laughing at the very least.

Human Rights Watch Urges Fully Autonomous Weapons Ban

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Nonprofit group Human Rights Watch released a report this week calling for a worldwide ban on all fully autonomous weapons.

The 50-page report, called “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots,” acknowledges that while fully autonomous weapons are not quite yet a reality, current trends — like the increased use of drones and unmanned vehicles by governments — are heading down that route.


The group warns that further advancement of autonomous weaponry would eventually lead to a lack of human controls — the kind of controls that “provide legal and non-legal checks on the killing of civilians.”

Watch the video up top to learn more. What are your thoughts on fully autonomous weaponry?

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Image courtesy of Flickr, DrLianPinKoh and ConservationDrones.org

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/20/ban-autonomous-weapons/

‘Simon’s Cat’ Partakes in the Animal Olympics

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A new “Simon’s Cat” video hit the web Saturday, and this one gets into the competitive spirit of the Olympics … with a snail race. Check it out above.

For the uninitiated, “Simon’s Cat” is created by English animator Simon Tofield, who regularly uploads new short films to YouTube. He animates each frame by hand. Twelve to 25 drawings are required to create just one second of a “Simon’s Cat” film.

Revel in some more hand-drawn kitty-cuteness in the slideshow below.