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Alien Bar

in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland

The interior of the otherworldly environment that is the H.R. Giger Museum Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle. The sensation of being in this extraordinary setting recalls the tale of Jonah and the whale, lending the feel of being literally in the belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast, or that you have been transported into the remains of a mutated future civilization. Continue »

Soyuz Spacecraft Lands on the Snow-Covered Steppes of Kazakhstan

An aerial view shows vehicles with their headlights on converging on the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft carrying ISS crew members, U.S. astronaut Michael Fossum, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov and Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, after the spacecraft landed near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan on November 22. (Shamil Zhumatov /Reuters) Continue »

Negative Variate Idea

Ballet dancers perform in a variety of scenes during a rehearsal of the Negative Variate idea by Moholy-Nagy in Budapest, Hungary. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Thanks for Tainting

Chalk messages mark the spot where non-violent protestors were pepper-sprayed by police at an “Occupy UCD” rally on campus in Davis, California. (Max Whittaker/Reuters) Click image to zoom.

Want to Join the Jet Set? Water-Powered Jetpack Propels Fliers up to 30ft into the Air… but it still Costs $230 a Go

For years their use has been limited to the rich and famous or wealthy James Bond enthusiasts.

But walking on water with a jetpack is now one step closer thanks to a device which uses water from the ocean to propel users across the waves.

The $94,000 Jetlev uses jet stream technology to propel fliers up to 30ft in the air by sucking up water in a huge hose from the ocean and blasting it back out of the pack.

Flying without wings: The Jetlev jetpack propels fliers up to 30ft into the air by sucking up ocean water and powering it back through the pack. (Chris Parsons / Mail Online) Continue »

Steaming Ahead, the 180-Year-Old Toy Train that’s the Oldest in the World

A rudimentary model of Stephenson’s Rocket that was made by a father for his son after seeing it chug past their home has emerged as the oldest toy train in the world. The simple wooden toy was hand-crafted out of scraps of wood by the loving dad who whittled them into the shape of the legendary steam locomotive.

Made from sight in the late 1820s or early 1830s, the model is almost as old as the first real locomotives. The ten-inch long toy has four wheels attached to a block of wood, a cylindrical piece that may have been a stair banister for the boiler and a chair leg for the iconic blast pipe. (Daily Mail Reporter)

Notorious Nude Photo of Kate Moss Bought by Anonymous Collector for More than $25,000

Today an original print of a nude shot of her taken in her early days of modelling – and said to be one of her personal favourites – sold for $25,000 at auction. The 57in by 45in black and white image was taken in Marrakech, Morocco, by fashion photographer Albert Watson on a shoot for the German edition of Vogue in January 1993. (David Wilkes / Mail Online)

Spectacular Christmas Markets From Across the World

A decorated Christmas tree is lighted up at a Christmas market on its opening day in Dortmund November 21, 2011. The Christmas tree of Dortmund is the largest in the world and is built with a scaffold, covered with 1,700 Norway spruces, 40,000 lights and is 45m (148 ft) high. (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender) Continue »

Artist Highlights Mothers of Victims of Violence in Venezuela

Volunteers put up large portraits of women whose children were victims of violence in Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 19. Close to 52 five-metre high portraits were pasted on walls of poor and commercial areas of the city as part of a project called “Esperanza” (hope) by French artist JR. The project is in line with JR’s world project “Inside Out”, which aims to highlight stories about ordinary people through large portraits displayed on outdoor facades. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters) Continue »

Fun with Foam: Scottish Co-Eds Partake in Yearly Tradition

Students embrace after dousing each other with foam at St. Andrews University in Scotland on Monday, Nov. 21. The tradition dates back to the early days of the university when new students would give senior students a pound of raisins out of gratitude for their help in adapting to university life, in exchange for a receipt written in Latin. Failure to do so could result in a dousing in the local fountain. Nowadays the raisins have been replaced with a bottle of wine and the dousing with foam. (David Moir / Reuters) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Indian Morning

A man walks amidst morning fog in New Delhi, India, November 21. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Top Car Debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2011

The first major North American auto show of the season will see the debut of more than 50 luxury car models, over the 10-day event that started on Nov. 18.

The L.A. Convention Center saw the unveiling of more than 20 vehicles from across the world (and 30 from the U.S.) on Nov. 16 and 17, with a significant number of exhibitors displaying luxury and high-performance vehicles with enhanced features and electric and eco-friendly cars. The manufacturers in question were giants like Ford, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Porsche and Volkswagen.

An Audi e-tron Spyder is seen at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2011. (Reuters) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Foggy Day in England

A couple walk across Victoria Park during foggy weather in Leicester, England, November 20. (Darren Staples/Reuters) Click image to zoom.

Black Friday Shopping: Consumer Group Lists 10 ‘Worst’ Toys of 2011

The consumer group World Against Toys Causing Harm (Watch) has released its “10 Worst Toys” list of 2011 – just in time for Black Friday. The risky features on these toys include having sharp protrusions, requiring high amounts of electricity for function, and projectile issues. (Reuters / Adam Hunger) Continue »

Lumiere Festival Turns Durham into a Fairy City

Pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels are projected onto Durham Cathederal in Durham, northern England November 17, 2011. Projection artist Ross Ashton has collaborated with composer and arranger Robert Ziegler and Imagination sound designer John del Nero, to create a twelve-minute son et lumiere. (REUTERS/Nigel Roddis) Continue »