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Hypnotic Model Trains Spiral Onward

YouTube / James Risner
YouTube / James Risner

YouTuber James Risner likes trains big and small. In the videos below, he set up a spiral track and ran a long series of HO scale model trains along it. In HO scale, the ratio of model:real train is 1:87.1.

The sound in this is a little grating. I suggest turning it down a bit, and watching the locomotive in the front (or pick one of the other locomotives, and just follow it around). It's utterly mesmerizing:

And here's a similar concept, but the trains never leave their spiral track (!). Again, pick out a locomotive, and prepare for some light self-hypnosis.

And if you liked that, here's a quadruple double helix, apparently set up in Risner's living room (I love the stacks of CDs holding the thing up!):

Are you relaxed yet?

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Watch an Antarctic Minke Whale Feed in a First-of-Its-Kind Video
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New research from the World Wildlife Fund is giving us a rare glimpse into the world of the mysterious minke whale. The WWF worked with Australian Antarctic researchers to tag minke whales with cameras for the first time, watching where and how the animals feed.

The camera attaches to the whale's body with suction cups. In the case of the video below, the camera accidentally slid down the side of the minke whale's body, providing an unexpected look at the way its throat moves as it feeds.

Minke whales are one of the smallest baleen whales, but they're still pretty substantial animals, growing 30 to 35 feet long and weighing up to 20,000 pounds. Unlike other baleen whales, though, they're small enough to maneuver in tight spaces like within sea ice, a helpful adaptation for living in Antarctic waters. They feed by lunging through the sea, gulping huge amounts of water along with krill and small fish, and then filtering the mix through their baleen.

The WWF video shows just how quickly the minke can process this treat-laden water. The whale could lunge, process, and lunge again every 10 seconds. "He was like a Pac-Man continuously feeding," Ari Friedlaender, the lead scientist on the project, described in a press statement.

The video research, conducted under the International Whaling Commission's Southern Ocean Research Partnership, is part of WWF's efforts to protect critical feeding areas for whales in the region.

If that's not enough whale for you, you can also watch the full 13-minute research video below:

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Mind-Bending Tape Art
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These surreal installations are made entirely of tape. They're the creation of artist Darel Carey, who has made it his mission to "dimensionalize" flat surfaces into 3D topographies. See more of his trippy tape art on Instagram

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