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Experience Five Hundred (Virtual) Years Of New York City History In A Single Elevator Ride

Elevator rides to the observation deck at 1 World Trade Center will offer passengers an astonishing view historical

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In just 47 seconds, riders of 1 World Trade Center’s ultra-high-tech elevator system will be able to experience over five hundred years of New York City’s shifting landscape and skyline.

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Time Lapse of Magnetic Putty Melting is Oddly Mesmetizing

Watch this video and feel like you’ve stepped into an X-File.

Science, is there anything it can’t do? In the video above by Ian Parks, a simple lump of magnetic putty, when it meets a high-powered magnet, is transformed into a soulless, undead creature of night, “eating” everything in its path. Magnetic putty is special in that it’s both a solid and a liquid, able to attract and engulf metal objects in seconds. Because of its consistency, the putty is able to arrange its particles to evenly distribute over surfaces—giving the aforementioned appearance of creeping death. While the putty may seem like the same variety you played with as a child, it’s actually infused with millions of micron-sized ferrous particles made from iron oxide powder. The ferromagnetic particles of the putty are what propel it forward, and as in the case of this time lapse, out of a mug and onto an object inches away. The folks at Bustle, who were just as horrified as we were, noted: “The magnet shown [...] is a strong neodymium iron boron magnet. It’s a very powerful magnet for its size and could erase magnetic stripes found in credit cards and damage electronics.”

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I’ve never been much of a photography or videography buff, but even a layman like me (and hopefully you, too) can appreciate just how stunningly gorgeous this time-lapse video of Rio De Janeiro truly is. Created by photographer Joe Capra, the footage might seem misleading at first, but don’t be fooled—For each locale, what appear to be separate shots taken at different distances within the same basic frame of reference, are actually all snapped from a fixed point in astonishingly, almost ludicrously, high 10K definition. Put simply, everything you see is part of a single, incredibly-detailed, larger image.

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Intermission: Just Like Star Wars, Iceland's Midnight Sun

Photographer Joe Capra presents the wonder of Iceland in a stunning time-lapse video created over 17 sleepless days and nights.

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OK, so it’s not exactly Star Wars, because even in the strange terrain of Iceland two suns do not shine. But it is definitely unlike any place on Earth. Photographer Joe Capra presents the wonder of Iceland in a stunning time-lapse video created over 17 sleepless days and nights. Blue ice moves across the water, surreal shades of purple play atop fields, and the whole spectrum of oranges, yellows, and reds appear in unexpected places.

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Time Lapse Video Catches Amazing Views of the Northern Lights

Artist and entrepreneur Nate Bolt captures the aurora borealis on a flight to Paris.

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There's plenty of time lapse photography out there but here's a clip that captures something you definitely don't see every daythe aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. Entrepreneur and artist Nate Bolt captured the rare atmospheric phenomenon during a flight from San Francisco to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

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