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How To Roll The Perfect Joint. Every Time.
 
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Tony Greenhand has made a career out of rolling joints (https://www.instagram.com/tonygreenhand). You can read our epic profile on Tony here (http://www.voc.tv/tonygreenhand) Vocativ filmed him at his home in Oregon, where recreational marijuana was legalized in 2015. Given all that, it’s no surprise he’s a perfectionist when it comes to the basics, and his step-by-step tutorial walks through the nine steps to a stupendous jay. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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The Artist Behind The World's Greatest Joints
 
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Tony Greenhand is a champion in the newly-emerging field of competitive joint rolling. Vocativ went into the lab to watch him create his smokeable art. You can read our epic profile on Tony here (http://www.voc.tv/tonygreenhand) and learn how to make a living in the lucrative and somewhat-legal minefield of marijuana sculpture. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 4465237 Vocativ
From Suicidal to Scaling Walls: India's Amazing Monkey King
 
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http://voc.tv/1lOtaLc It started as a suicide attempt. Abandoned at a temple as a young child, Jyoti Raj was being abused by the man who had taken him in—and he felt as though he couldn't go on. So one day he climbed up a steep rock with the intention of jumping to his death. But as he reached the top, he realized that a crowd had gathered, unaware of his intentions, and was actually cheering for him as he climbed. That's when he decided to use his talent for climbing to make a name for himself. By watching monkeys and imitating their movements, he became one of the world's best climbers, and soon people began calling him Monkey King. A local celebrity, he now easily draws crowds whenever he performs and has even started teaching young students who want to learn his climbing skills.
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The Bongfather's Greatest Invention Yet
 
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Dave Goldstein has spent decades furthering technology for smokers. Will his patented new bong be a game-changer as legalization sweeps the country? Check out more at http://www.vocativ.com/375686/the-bongfather-using-science-to-get-the-perfect-hit/ Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Website: http://www.vocativ.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Vocativ explores the nexus of media and technology, where science meets storytelling. We use proprietary technology to examine the uncharted space of the Deep Web, covering topics that are vital to our changing world. Follow us for more!
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Life Inside a California Women's Prison: The Real Orange is the New Black
 
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The success of Orange in the New Black has a lot of people thinking about life inside a women’s prison. We decided to visit a minimum security women’s prison in Kern County California to see if reality is anything like TV. Produced by: Sami Abdou, Yoonj Kim, and Mitch Koss Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 1639265 Vocativ
Meet A Real-Life Rambo Who Wants to Destroy ISIS
 
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Abu Azrael, as he is known, is purported to be a legendary commander of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian proxy group fighting in Iraq. He has become a cult figure with Iraqi social media users creating tribute Facebook pages to him and circulating images of Abu Azrael holding axes, waving swords, and abusing the corpses of ISIS fighters. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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The world's tallest slum: Caracas' notorious Tower of David
 
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Welcome to the world's tallest slum: poverty-ridden Venezuela's Tower of David. Squatters took over this very unfinished 45-story skyscraper in the early 1990s, and they've been there ever since. The tower was originally intended to be a symbol of Caracas' bright financial future, complete with a rooftop helipad, but construction stopped because of a banking crisis and the sudden death of the tower's namesake, David Brillembourg. Today, as the government is grappling with a citywide housing shortage, the tower is a stark monument to what could have been in the country's crime-plagued capital. The tower is dogged by accusations of being a hotbed of crime, drugs and corruption. But to residents, many of whom have spent their entire lives there, it's just home. Watch as Vocativ climbs the tower and gains the rare in-depth access to residents' daily lives inside this unique and sinister establishment. Few cameras have been allowed into the depths of the tower. It is an experience not to be missed. We answered some frequently asked questions about our Tower of David video here: http://voc.tv/15I8iPE Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Why Isn't Congo as Rich as Saudi Arabia? Massive Tax Evasion
 
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources, yet the average citizen lives on only 72 cents a day. The foreign mining companies are getting rich while the general population is living in poverty. Many Congolese citizens are diging through the dirt on their hands and knees in search their fair share of the countries natural minerals. While there are taxes on the mining companies who benefit from the countries resources it is proving difficult to actually collect the money that is owed. Vocativ spoke to one tax inspector who explained that tax evasion and government fraud is rampant throughout the mining industry. So it seems that until those benefiting from the countries natural wealth start paying their fare share, many average citizens will have to continue digging through the mud to get by. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 263540 Vocativ
Take This Test and Experience How False Memories Are Made
 
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I n the last several decades, eyewitness testimony has come under greater scrutiny. Since 1989, some 329 people have been exonerated based on DNA tests, according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal organization. Each of the wrongfully convicted spent an average of 16 years in prison, and 75% of them were put away largely on the basis of eyewitness testimony. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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China's Unmarried "Leftover Women"
 
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There are 20 million more men than women in China. In theory, that lopsided gender ratio should make things fairly easy for Chinese women on the hunt for prime husband material. Economic and social realities, however, alter that equation. Today's sophisticated, professional Chinese woman is unwilling to settle for a man who doesn't earn enough money to support a family (that is, the majority of men). Matter of fact, China now has the highest number of self-made female millionaires. Consequently, many young female professionals find themselves single well into their mid-20s and beyond—a new phenomenon for this once very traditional country. With their eye ever toward social engineering, the Chinese government is none too pleased that so many men are unable to find wives. Laying the pressure on thick, state media has started to refer these single ladies as “leftover women," which is pretty rough. The population is taking the harsh message to heart, though. In Shanghai, for instance, parents of unwed men and women head to People’s Park to list their children in a weekly marriage market. The grounds are littered with posters advertising the eligible bachelors’ and bachelorettes’ age, height, education and income. But despite its thousands of listings each week, the marriage market is not a guaranteed answer. And so, those who can afford it enlist the help of a professional matchmaker to get them on dates. As part of our collaboration with MSNBC, Vocativ visited the offices of a matchmaker who caters to Shanghai’s elite and spoke to Yi Ru Zhuo, a successful female entrepreneur and former model. She is only 25 and determined to find a husband before she is branded a leftover woman. “I have a lot of girlfriends that are leftovers,” she tells us. “They’re beautiful, successful in their careers, own their own apartments in Shanghai…but don’t have love.” As to what she is seeking in a spouse, she says, “I’m looking for a partner who is at least 5-foot-9, makes more money than I do, owns an apartment and is committed to his family.” The matchmaker says these prerequisites are common. "The social structure has changed in China. Most urban women work now and very few stay at home. Because of this they have high expectations and refuse to lower their standards. They won’t go for a younger man, who makes less money and doesn’t own a house.” To better her chances of finding a mate, Yi also looks to the People’s Park marriage market for help. Her parents list her every week, but she has not had any takers thus far. http://voc.tv/1sKTco5 Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 482497 Vocativ
Learn High Valyrian From Game Of Thrones With Duolingo In Time For Season 7
 
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You speak Valyrian? Valyrian is my mother tongue! The language-learning app Duolingo is now offering courses in High Valyrian, the fictional language spoken by some of the most powerful characters from "Game of Thrones." Fan favorite Daenerys Targaryen is particularly famous for her epic speeches delivered in the regal tones of Valyrian. In 2012, HBO hired linguist David Peterson to create the language, which is based on just a few words mentioned in George R. R. Martin’s original novels that inspired the wildly popular series. But Valyrian wasn't always a regular, fictional language. The first time audiences got to hear Valyrian out loud wasn't until the season three premiere. For all the "GoT" trivia fans, the first sentence uttered was, “The Westerosi woman is pleased with them, but speaks no praise to keep the price down. She wishes to know how they are trained.” Fans of the show have even written haikus in the language: Gēlenkon Embār glaeson Dōnon ynot. Like silver A life in the sea Would be sweet for me. Season seven premieres Sunday, which gives you plenty of time to learn a few catchphrases, such as “Dracarys.” Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.vocativ.com/pages/newsletter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com
Views: 36573 Vocativ
The World's Fastest Police Cars
 
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The Dubai police force are the proud owners of a 'super fleet,' a mass of high end sports cars from all over the world. Their latest addition to the fleet is the $1.6 million dollar Bugatti Veyron, cable of doing 267mph and from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. However, these vehicles are not used to chase criminals, but instead as a PR mechanism. Heralded as the most progressive of the Arab police forces, they drive the fleet to various tourist attractions in Dubai as a means of connecting with citizens and tourists. Its also another way for Dubai to flaunt their enormous wealth. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 4446792 Vocativ
South Africa's Tower Of Trouble
 
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In the heart of Johannesburg, there is probably no building more notorious than Ponte City. The cylindrical tower with a hollow core was built in the 1970s as luxury apartments only for whites. In the ensuing decades, as whites decamped to the suburbs, Ponte became a symbol of urban decay, overrun by drug dealers and gangs and dubbed "suicide central" because of the number of people who chose to end their lives by hurling themselves off the tower. Today, Ponte is undergoing a renaissance. The building has been renovated over the years and middle class families and young professionals have moved in. A few whites have too, mostly occupying the upper floors. In a nod to its location in what is still one of the most dangerous parts of town, the new Ponte has been turned into something of a fortress. Security is extremely tight and there are severe restrictions on visitors. Vocativ recently went inside the infamous tower, which is the tallest residential building in Africa. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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World’s Fastest Human-Powered Vehicle Hits 89 MPH
 
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Aerovelo broke its own previous world record by 3mph This is the fastest human-powered vehicle in the world. Engineers at Aerovelo created a bike that hit a speed of 89.59 mph, breaking their own previous record. The rider lays in a tight, reclined position, allowing the bike to have a highly aerodynamic shape. The frame and shell are made from carbon fiber, making it both light and sturdy. Two video monitors inside the vehicle allow the rider to see the road. Data is also displayed on the monitors, allowing the rider to perfectly time when to start the final sprint. The bike’s wheels spin three times faster than an average road bike, getting up to 1,200 rpm. Make sure to keep an eye on the left lane. This bike could come speeding past you. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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What Does A Category 5 Hurricane Really Mean?
 
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It's time we talked about how hurricanes are classified. Hurricanes roll up the Atlantic basin every year, but they weren't categorized until 1971. The system, called the Saffir-Simpson scale, tracks wind speed, damage caused, power and water loss expected, and habitability of affected areas. Category 1 storms are usually the least destructive, with the scale topping out at Category 5 storms, which can cause areas to be uninhabitable for weeks or months. There have been 35 Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes in the last century, with four occurring in 2005 alone. As global warming continues to make powerful hurricanes more likely, it's likely we'll see more intense hurricanes in the coming years. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.vocativ.com/pages/newsletter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com
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Junk Science Episode 10: Correlation / Causation
 
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When two data point sync up, it’s seems intuitive that they might be related, but in science that is far from the case. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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These TaoBao Speed Models Strike Two Poses Every Second
 
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This is some rapid-fire posing. There’s no wasted time working as a fashion model in China. These models have mastered speed posing for Chinese clothes catalogs. They average two poses every second and change their outfit 100 times in a single day. Every move is calculated to avoid messing up their hair and makeup. But usually only one photo will be chosen...so don’t blink! Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.vocativ.com/pages/newsletter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com
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A History Abandoned: Episode One (Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital)
 
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There's a growing urban exploration movement in American cities today. People are going into abandoned spaces to reclaim their local history. These adventurers find one another online anonymously to trade information about how to locate and enter these off-limits buildings. Vocativ decided to dig into this world and follow explorer and researcher Will Ellis (creator http://abandonednyc.com) into three deserted facilities to uncover how mental illness and homelessness were handled in the not-so-distant past. In episode one of this three-part series, we go into Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital on Long Island, New York. The hospital was built in 1895 and became a state-run spillover facility for New York City's mentally ill. Kings Park is known for being an early user of frontal lobotomies, and later for becoming one of the first facilities to administer pharmaceutical treatments for mental illness, thereby contributing to its own demise. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Fighting ISIS: Combat So Close You Can Hear Their Voices
 
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The fight against ISIS in Iraq is now centered on the Diyala Province, a the region of Iraq extending northeast of Baghdad until the Iranian border. The Iraqi army, along with Shia militias funded by Iran, have been struggling to push the ISIS militants out of the region for months. Vocativ’s Lindsey Snell and Jake Simkin went to the combat zone in the town of Muqdadiyah. They toured the frontlines with the Badr Organization, a Shia militia fighting ISIS across Iraq, and dodged ISIS snipers who advanced during the course of their visit. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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The Day Police Dropped a Bomb on a Philadelphia Row House
 
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It’s been 30 years since an armed standoff in Philadelphia was ended by an aerial bomb. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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This Mathematician Hacked His Way To True Love On OkCupid
 
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Chris McKinlay was just like thousands of other graduate students. He spent most of his nights chiseling away at his PhD thesis—an arcane treatise on large-scale data processing with supercomputers—living on a couple hundred dollars per month, sleeping in his cramped cubicle, and scrolling listlessly through online dating sites in search of love or, at least, a worthwhile diversion. That is, until he hacked OkCupid. McKinlay, frustrated by months of online dating with meager results, began to think about the complex algorithms that OkCupid uses to match compatible users. “The first thing I did was gather a lot of data from OkCupid and mine all that data for patterns,” he told NOVA. But McKinlay’s passing interest in collecting OkCupid data soon evolved into an obsession. “I started using all of my supercomputing time analyzing OkCupid match question data.” Within a matter of months, the unassuming 35-year-old math whiz was the top match for more than 30,000 women on OkCupid. He was receiving up to ten messages per day (most men receive zero) and occasionally scheduling two or three dates on top of each other just to keep up with the demand. Although the project involved pretty heavy statistical modeling, McKinlay says that his general strategy was simple: He first created realistic bots to mine information about OkCupid users in his area, and then used the results to optimize his own OkCupid profile so that he’d be automatically matched with the sort of people whom he wanted to date. But the hack worked even better than planned—catapulting McKinlay to the top of OkCupid’s algorithm. “I was, like, trending globally on OkCupid,” he says. Even after news of the hack broke in early 2014, not everyone was impressed with McKinlay’s stunt. Hacking OkCupid, “reflects a weird mathematician-pickup artist-hybrid view of women as mere data points,” Katie Heaney wrote for BuzzFeed News. “By viewing himself as a developer, and the women on OkCupid as subjects to be organized and ‘mined’, McKinlay places himself in a perceived greater place of power. Women are accessories he’s entitled to.” Regardless, McKinlay does seem to have ultimately profited from what was either a brilliant hack or a relic of the patriarchy. On his 88th OkCupid date, McKinlay met Christine Tien Wang who confessed to him that she, too, had manipulated parts of her online profile. “I spilled my guts,” McKinlay recalls. “I was like, ‘Oh I changed my profile too, in fact I wrote a whole bunch of natural language processing software to optimize it, and then I hacked all the match scores and I’ve been going on a date per day and I’m not sure what I’m looking for anymore but I think you might be cool. Is that, like, weird?'” Perhaps it was—but not too weird for Wang. One year later, the two OkCupid hackers were engaged, and they’re still together to this day. Video courtesy NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/se...
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The Evolution Of Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dogs
 
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Welcome to the evolution of the robo-dog. SpotMini is Boston Dynamics’ newest robot, an evolution from BigDog, which was introduced in 2009. That three-foot robot, designed for military use, was capable of carrying 330 pounds. Next came Spot in 2015, a much smaller version with equally good balance. A year later, Boston Dynamics introduced SpotMini, which has a long neck and head, and can delicately pick up objects. The new version of SpotMini has smoother, more lifelike motions, and a sleeker look. But no word yet on whether it will be available as a pet. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.vocativ.com/pages/newsletter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com
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The Tallest Man in Colombia Calls For "Summit of Giants"
 
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Standing at 7 feet and 7 inches, Asdrubal Herrera is the tallest man in Colombia. He has a medical condition that is known as gigantism or acromegaly. Those who have this disease grow at an alarming rate and require medication to stop their growth. People with gigantism often have many health issues, including heart problems because the heart is not strong enough to pump blood through a body of that size. While Asdrubal may face difficulties with many daily tasks like getting into a taxi or taking a shower, he maintains a positive outlook. Asdrubal hopes to one day be able to have a “summet of giants” where other people like him can get together and share their stories. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Autistic Artist Stephen Wiltshire Can Draw Entire Cities From Memory
 
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British Artist Stephen Wiltshire can draw a huge landscape completely from memory. Wiltshire, who recently drew a detailed sketch of New York after a 45-minute helicopter ride over the city, has a photographic memory and autism, which he was diagnosed with when he was 3. At 5, he started drawing, and was discovered to have a savant-like talent. By the time Wiltshire turned 8, the British Prime Minister commissioned his first work. Now, he's become famous for his skyline drawings, which sell for thousands of dollars each. In addition to sketching New York, Wiltshire has also drawn London, Paris, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, and Florence. But out of all the buildings he's seen, his favorite is the Empire State Building, which he artfully captured in 2015. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.vocativ.com/pages/newsletter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com
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Bosozoku Girls of Japan
 
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America has always been about individuality while, historically, Japan represents the opposite. But lately more and more Japanese women are finding a different path to fulfillment, ditching fairytale housewife cliches for the thrill of the open road. Meet the bosozuko girls of Japan: badass biker girls who play by their own rules wearing kamikaze attack uniform with embroidered gang names. They were given the name, which means "violent run tribe", by the cops who attempted to shut them down in a constant game of cat and mouse. In the 90's these groups changed the name to Kyushakai to avoid trouble by the police. Now, new Japanese law has made it much more difficult for gang organizations to operate. Even wearing the uniform will get you arrested. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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This Barbaric Version of Soccer Is the Original Extreme Sport
 
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Florence, Italy, is largely regarded as the cradle of the Renaissance. And while the city is best known for its artistic contributions to the world, few are aware that it is also the birthplace of soccer. However, the soccer of 15th-century Florence was rather barbaric in nature. They called it calcio storico, and despite the bloodshed it incurs, locals still play it to this day. The Romans originally invented a sport they referred to as harpastum to keep their warriors in shape. Then men in Florence revived the game in 59 B.C. and eventually started calling it calcio, a word meaning “to kick” in Italian. The premise of calcio storico is somewhat similar to modern-day soccer. The men compete on a square-shaped field, running around in an attempt to throw the ball into the designated goals. The rules, however, are a different story. The 27 players on each team are free to use Greco-Roman combat moves, tackle opponents rugby-style and even box one another on the field. None of these acts are considered fouls. Vocativ took a trip to Florence to speak to a few men who are actively involved in calcio storico. As the city is divided into four neighborhoods, each quarter has its own representative team in the league. “It’s a great honor when you show up in the square and there are more than 7,000 fans watching," says Simone Brogliardi, a player for the blue team. "You feel like a gladiator entering the arena and ready to fight.” But the honor does not come without a price. In fact, Alessandro “Ciara” Franceschi, the coach for the red team, says the game is brutal for players. “Violence is an inherent part of this game," he says. "It’s really a war game; out of 27 teammates, at least 10 or 15 are going to come out injured." Franceschi has seen players hide their injuries—broken ribs and hands—to finish a match. Because calcio storico is the most ancient tradition of Florence with a history of more than 2,000 years, players risk it all for the sake of honor. “Calcianti are athletes, strong athletes, courageous athletes, because the game is very masculine, very tough,” explains Luciano Artusi, director of calcio storico. “It evokes the meeting points of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: toughness, chivalry and willingness to proudly demonstrate that you belong to the city of Florence.” After the match, the winning team is treated to a simple banquet in their neighborhood. They do not get paid for their participation in the bloodsport. http://voc.tv/1oosXVC Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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MIT Made A 3D Printer That Uses Glass
 
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This specialized 3D printer, developed by a collaboration between multiple MIT departments, “prints" with optically clear glass. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Interview with a Fangsmith
 
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Meet Ra, a fangsmith and former fang vendor to The Court of Lazarus, a community of vampires based in the West Village of New York City. http://voc.tv/1887rYS Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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A Night With Japan's Highest Paid Male Gigolo
 
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Japan's nightlife is home to hundreds of "host clubs." These are nightclubs where women pay men simply for their attention and affection. The male "hosts" can make as much as $200,000 a night. Not only do they get large tips from the female customers, they're also present with lavish gifts ranging from expensive alcohol to designer clothing. Vocativ went to Japan and spoke to Hikaru Aizawa, who is perhaps the most famous Japanese host of all. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Chinese Kids Driving Supercars: Inside the Secret Southern California Meet-up
 
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China’s ultra-rich are growing in number and in wealth - and are sending billions of dollars out of the country. Much of it is landing up in the U.S. where many children of the wealthy elite are sent to get an American college education — and they’re living large. Vocativ found a sub-culture of these Chinese students in California. They drive luxury cars like Maseratis and Ferraris and flaunt their wealth at discreet private parties and in online groups, like "Super Cars in America”. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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3D Printed House Took 24 Hours To Build
 
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The 3D-printed house prototype showcases a new mobile 3D printing machine. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com Vocativ explores the nexus of media and technology, where science meets storytelling. We use proprietary technology to examine the uncharted space of the Deep Web, covering topics that are vital to our changing world. Follow us for more!
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KKK Claims $20K In Clinton Donations
 
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A Grand Dragon of the California Klan claims to have raised about $20K for her campaign.
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Waste Reused For Cooking Gas With Backyard HomeBiogas System
 
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This isn't a tent -- it's a creative solution to food waste that provides sustainable cooking fuel. HomeBiogas 2.0 blends kitchen waste and animal manure. Bacteria breaks it down and turns it into Biogas, which can fuel a burner and create liquid fertilizer. It accepts up to 12 liters of food waste per day and can light a burner for up to three hours daily. The company says the system is safer than propane, since the gas in it is stored at low pressure. HomeBiogas hit its Kickstarter goal in just one day. Now hopefully the idea doesn't go up in flames. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com Vocativ explores the nexus of media and technology, where science meets storytelling. We use proprietary technology to examine the uncharted space of the Deep Web, covering topics that are vital to our changing world. Follow us for more!
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Don't Worry, Planet X Won't Kill Us All
 
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Astronomers at Caltech think they may have found a new ninth planet and long time believers of the Nibiru conspiracy believe it confirms their theories.
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Interview With A Dominatrix
 
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It's known in online forums as the "best of the best." It offers "enough torturous treasures to last a lifetime." And it's home to "New York's most sought-after dommes." All of these things are true. Beneath a nondescript entrance in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood lies Pandora's Box—a BDSM dungeon built for latex-clad mistresses and their "subs." It's kind of like 50 Shades of Grey, except that one hour underground can cost up to $500. Vocativ visits the club with Mistress Stella, a professional dominatrix in her late 20s who has been in the business for nearly nine years. She has dommed—her words—an estimated 1,000 men. While Stella visits her clients (including a number of Wall Street execs, she says) all across the city, it's in Pandora's fantasy theme rooms—such as its medical chamber and its "ancient" Chinese palace—that her practice really comes alive. Stella answers our questions about her professional self, and the way her professional expertise can sometimes mingle with her personal life. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Rich Foreigners Buying Up Miami
 
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In the wake of the slowly recovering global economy, foreigners are dropping billions of dollars on US real estate. Many view buying property in American cities as a safe alternative to traditional—but potentially riskier—investment opportunities in their home countries. Since 2011, foreign nationals have invested a whopping $217 billion in real estate in the United States, with Florida leading the charge over the past five years as the state with the greatest foreign investment in real estate. Driven by Latin American and European investment, Miami’s burgeoning real estate market has become a safe haven of sorts for foreigners hoping to keep their money out of harms way. The following video, made in conjunction with MSNBC, takes you behind the scenes of the city’s flourishing property market—where paying for a condo upfront and in cash is not unusual. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Professional Tag! Your Favorite Childhood Game Is Now A Pro Sport
 
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Think you’re a pro at playing tag? These people actually are. World Chase Tag is the world's first professional tag league. There are parkour-like obstacles and the sport features different types of matches with names like, Team Chase Off, Single Chase Off, and Winner Stay On. Matches consist of four 40-second games and tags only count if they are above the waist and below the neck. The new professional sport is being played around the world with matches taking place in India, Japan, and the U.K. Unlike other competitions, prize money is given out based on fan voting, which makes sense because most competitors are just playing for fun. With that said...tag! You're it! Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.vocativ.com/pages/newsletter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com
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Getting High with Russia's Spiderman
 
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Kirill Oreshkin likes taking photographs. Selfies, landscapes, the usual stuff—except his shots are captured atop some of the world's tallest buildings. Once Oreshkin gets as high as the stairs or elevator will take him, he often scales up scaffolding or other parts of the structure. The tallest building he has climbed to date is the Mercury City Tower in Moscow. At 338 meters (about 1,109 feet), it's the tallest in Europe. Oreshkin is one of Russia's extreme urban climbers, known to hang off the edge of buildings by only his fingers. He does all this unsupervised and without any safety gear. "Using safety measures changes something—no one is going to recognize that you really risked your life," Oreshkin says, adding that he knows what he's doing is dangerous. Oreshkin's hobby started in 2008, when he began climbing to the roofs of homes and buildings in his neighborhood. He still doesn't do any particular physical training, since he says it's all about having the right mentality. He claims he was nervous about heights at first, and had trouble standing on the edge, which he now does with ease. "It's no longer about overcoming myself," he says. "I just really like doing it. I like to look and study the city from different viewpoints." Climbing has become second nature to him. "What's going through my head when I'm up there? Nothing special," he says. "I just try to think about hanging tight and staying alive." Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Chess Boxing: The Ultimate Test of Body and Mind
 
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Brains and brawn come together in the sport of chess boxing. Inspired by a french comic where the characters must fight then play chess, chess boxing started off as an art project and homage. But soon the sport gained a life of its own. The contenders must play chess for 3 minutes and then immediately box for 3 minutes. While it may seem gimmicky, once you see the athletes advanced chess skills and intense fighting skills, you may become a believer as well. We went to the chess boxing championships in Berlin to see this hybrid sport for ourselves. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Interview with the Hangman of India
 
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At a time when many nations are moving away from the use of capital punishment, some find it surprising that India -- the world's largest democracy -- still uses hanging as an approved method of execution. Pawan Kumar is a fourth-generation hangman, and he is eager to carry on his family's strange legacy. He has quite a notable lineage -- his grandfather Kallu executed Indira Gandhi's assassins in 1989, and his father Mammu was the state hangman for 47 years. Today India has over 400 inmates awaiting execution on death row. Public opinion on hangings ranges widely... some feel that a country known for its belief in the sanctity of life should abandon this archaic practice. But in the wake of several high-profile gang rapes -- including a recent incident where the victims were hung in a tree following the attack - many are calling for those convicted of violent sexual assault to be executed by hanging. Pawan Kumar may soon have a busy roster. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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"Everything You Know About Funerals is Wrong": The Crusade Against Commercial Death-Care
 
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Of the nearly 2.5 million people who will die in the United States this year, 99 percent will travel through a funeral home. That's a big problem, according to Joshua Slocum of the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA), a political lobbying group based in Burlington, Vermont. The $11 billion "death-care" industry, he says, is taking advantage of bereaved consumers at a time when they are most vulnerable—even going so far as to purposely mislead people into thinking embalming is mandated by law (it isn't). The FCA's goal is to change the way Americans deal with the dead, and it promotes do-it-yourself funerals that consist of a cardboard box, family, and little else. Vocativ spoke with several proponents of home funerals, and followed along with one family as it prepared to lay their mother to rest. This is DIY Funerals... Produced by: Samantha Shannon Sam Osborn Emily Wilson Mike Byhoff Edited by: Emily Wilson Paul Ewen Sam Matthews Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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The Turkish Villagers That Don't Speak, But Whistle
 
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Turkish villagers have a secret language. They use a sophisticated system of whistling known as "bird language." The high-pitched whistles help villagers communicate across long and mountainous distances. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.vocativ.com/pages/newsletter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com
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The House That Cocaine Built
 
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Cocaine exports account for roughly 2.5% of Colombia's GDP. It is the equivalent of the mining industry's share of the American economy—Exports of the drug are down—but it's still an $8 billion a year business for Colombian traffickers. That's plenty of incentive to keep production going no matter how hard the government cracks down. Over the last decade, America has given billions to the Colombian military to fight the narco traffickers. In some ways it looks like the U.S. is getting bang for its bucks—Colombian authorities destroyed 2,356 labs in 2012, a serious dent in Colombia's cocaine industry. But producers and traffickers of the drug are finding ever more creative ways to keep this lucrative business thriving. It's like a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, just when authorities think they've got the cartels on the run, their methods evolve and adapt. As a British journalist living in the region, our reporter Toby Muse was curious about the current 'state of the art' for Colombia's processors, traffickers and dealers—what are the latest tricks to outsmarting the authorities? He made a few calls and obtained rare, and potentially dangerous access to a processing laboratory. It's not in the jungle as you might expect, but in an urban center of a Colombian city, which we agreed not to name. It turns out that the latest trend in Colombia's cocaine trade is to move processing out of the huge plants found in the jungle to small, mobile and disposable urban labs. In this new, decentralized world of cocaine production, two men with some buckets, a handful of microwave ovens and only the most basic knowledge of chemistry can take naturally growing coco leaves and turn them into 100% pure cocaine powder. And here's the craziest part...they show us how they do it. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Haiti: Paradise Lost & Found
 
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Once a major tourist destination in the 70's, after wars, epidemics, and dictatorships, Haiti fell off the vacation map. It's still on the State Department's travel warning list, but the Haitian government says it's safe and fun for Americans to visit. Vocativ went to Haiti and talked to the minister of tourism, tour guides, police, to explore what a vacation in Haiti would look like.
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How Mayim Bialik Fuses Neuroscience With Comedy
 
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Mayim Bialik, known for her celebrated roles in the 90's hit Blossom and in The Big Bang Theory, one of the highest rated sitcoms in the United States, is an enigma in both the acting and science worlds. That's because in addition to being an award-winning actor, Bialik also holds a PhD in neurobiology. "I had professors when I was an undergraduate who said, 'Why are you here? If you could have the world of acting, why wouldn't you take it?'," Bialik told NOVA. But she never understood the supposed conflict between science and art. "Being a scientist is as exciting, creative, and interesting as being an artist," Bialik says. "I don't think there's anything particularly spectacular about me that I have both acting interests and science interests." "To me, that's just who i am." Bialik first became interested in science while working as the title character of NBC's Blossom. She had one particularly inspiring biology tutor, who taught her that, "science is for women, science is exciting and you can be as passionate and in love with science as you can be about literature and art." After her acting stint ended, Bialik attending UCLA where she "fell in love with the neuron" and began pursuing an advanced degree in neurobiology. But at the same time, Bialik nurtured her talent for acting and shortly after finishing her PhD she jumped at the opportunity to participate in a casting call for The Big Bang Theory, a comedy sitcom that follows the lives of a group of quirky scientists and their friends. On her acting resume, she craftily tucked her PhD in neurobiology under "miscellaneous". She was hired and cast as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, the show's token neuro-geek, shortly thereafter. Despite her celebrated (and likely all-consuming) acting career, Bialik says that she still thinks like a scientist—and that her scientific mind, influenced by her appreciation for comedy, theater and art, is one of her favorite aspects of her complex personality. "Looking at the sunset, I love that my brain goes to color, wavelength, rotation of the earth, why the horizon disappears...that's just how I see the world, and I love it," she says. "It's like being in love with every aspect of the universe. Video courtesy NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/secretlife/
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Lonelygirl15: Ten Years Later
 
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http://www.vocativ.com/327378/lonelygirl15-oral-history/ Jessica Lee Rose reflects on the legacy of the YouTube cult phenomenon.
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This Robot Is A Roomba For Your Weeds
 
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Meet Tertill, the robot headed for your garden. It attacks small weeds while allowing larger plants to grow. It’s about to launch on Kickstarter, where it’ll cost $299. The inventor of the Roomba created Tertill, which is powered by the sun and is fully autonomous. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com Vocativ explores the nexus of media and technology, where science meets storytelling. We use proprietary technology to examine the uncharted space of the Deep Web, covering topics that are vital to our changing world. Follow us for more!
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Inside Colombia's fight against drug mules
 
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A kilo of pure cocaine, grown and sold inside Colombia, will fetch around $1,500. That same kilo, once it hits the streets of America or Europe, cut up and sold in small amounts, can be worth as much as $120,000. So the incentive to export is strong. The problem for traffickers is getting the cocaine from point A to point B when both point A and B are crawling with trained drug enforcement agents. As police methods become more sophisticated, traffickers have had to get creative. Cocaine smuggling is always evolving; if they get busted doing one thing on Monday, their methods have changed by Tuesday. Authorities worldwide report that smugglers' transport methods run the gamut: from catapults to submarines to ultra-light aircraft. But there is one sturdy vessel has stood the test of time, the human. The drug mule is still the go-to method for many of Columbia's cocaine traffickers. But this, too, has its limits. There are only so many places you can hide a kilo of cocaine on a person's body or inside their luggage. Mules have tried hiding the cocaine inside candles, toys and musical instruments. Then there are places inside the human body itself, what is known as "internal smuggling." Breast implants have been used. Some "larger" mules have hidden cocaine in their rolls of fat. In one well-publicized method, a drug mule swallows large capsules or condoms full of cocaine and "retrieves" the items later. This practice gained attention when a mule died mid-flight. One of the capsules broke in his stomach, and a massive amount of cocaine was released into his body, killing him almost instantly. With risks ranging from hard time in a Colombian prison to death by overdose, you wonder why anyone would want this job. Consider the want ad: a seven-figure salary, a couple days of work—and, oh, yeah, just don't get caught. In a depressed global economy, recruitment is not a problem. With so many methods of evasion and new ones springing up all the time, police have to rely on profiling methods to find the mules. But this, too, is evolving. Poor Colombians traveling to Europe from the U.S. were once prime suspects. Now, with a growing number of foreign mules getting caught, almost everybody is a suspect. Vocativ spent a day at Bogota's Eldorado airport to watch Colombian authorities at work, trying to catch the mules. Beyond the X-ray machines and drug-sniffing dogs, they rely on good, old-fashioned police work. They look for the one thing that is out of place, a well-dressed businessman with scuffed up shoes or a $10 briefcase, a woman pushing a stroller with no child in sight, or an 18-year-old American flying to Spain, carrying enough ketchup and mayonnaise to open a fast-food restaurant. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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DON'T LOOK DOWN: The real Mad Men of New York Advertising
 
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Imagine strapping in, clipping on, and jumping off the roof of a building - every day. In an age with instant communication at your fingertips and digital marketing on every platform, there are those who still get out messages the old-fashioned way, with a paintbrush and some attitude. They call themselves "wall dogs," says one veteran of the trade, "because we are chained to a wall all day by our safety harness, and we work like dogs." Vocativ spent a day with these blue-collar artists as they paint advertisements high above the streets of New York City. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Star-Shaped Droplet Levitated By Sound
 
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Scientists used a powerful acoustic field to float a liquid droplet in the air, and by changing the frequency they were able to make it star-shaped.
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