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In Flight Wifi | Never be offline again

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Onboard WiFi is being readily available in aircrafts. The national carriers were the first to introduce this service in their aircraft but now regional and international carriers have followed suit. The airline companies have been considering introducing WiFi services in their complete fleet of aircrafts for the convenience of their travelers. The In Flight Wifi prices are free in some airlines while some others charge per device per megabyte. There are also some that charge $14 and issue a day pass to use unlimited WiFi services. Then there is also hourly per day. A selected few also charge depending upon roaming costs. The following infographic created by the low cost flight portal momondo.com gives a good overview of in-flight Wifi prices:

In Flight Wifi
In Flight Wifi

The coolest airports for a stopover

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Have you ever found yourself trapped in an airport, waiting in a fit of boredom for your next flight? There you are, bumbling around and killing time, searching for ways to distract yourself until you can finally jet off to your dream destination.

If you’re a frequent flyer, it’s pretty much inevitable that you’ll find yourself stuck in an airport every once in a while. And, if it’s a frequent occurrence for you, you might even have found ways to stave off your boredom.

But, now picture the scene – you’re in an airport, but you’re not bored. Instead of a blank, vaguely purgatorial flight hub, you’re treated to a treasure trove of things to do and cool experiences to be had.

It might seem like a fantastical idea, but there are a number of airports in the world that are blessed with the coolest features. They’re almost enough to make your time in an airport a holiday in itself.

Stansted Airport, England

Situated just outside of London, Stansted is one of the foremost airports in the United Kingdom, offering a stunning range of services.

Stansted Airport, England
Stansted Airport, England

Some of the features of the airport include the Stansted meet and greet, a varied array of bars and restaurants, shopping facilities and even a regular showcase of super cars from car competition organiser Best of the Best.

Wellington Airport, New Zealand

Not many people knew too much about New Zealand until The Lord of the Rings films were made there, apart from that it was on the other side of the world. But, now, The Lord of the Rings is everywhere in this beautiful country as it capitalises on its success.

Wellington Airport, New Zealand
Wellington Airport, New Zealand

And, Wellington Airport is no different, with a frighteningly massive statue of Gollum, the creepy cave-dwelling husk of a creature, towering above its visitors.

It makes for quite an architectural surprise to see this limp face peering down at you, and is bound to make any fans of the films yelp with glee.

Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi has long been famous for its opulence and overblown sense of luxury, offering a series of manmade wonders that make it look like the biggest pleasure facility in the world – and its airport has followed that look down to a tee.

Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates

The real highlight of the place is the architecture, which offers grandiose curved roofs with arabesque patterns to allow the natural light in without the crippling heat burning through.

As soon as you’ve entered the airport, you’ve set upon a dazzling journey through this sea of shops and first class facilities as you await your flight.

Hong Kong International, Hong Kong

Hong Kong International is a veritable wonderland all of its own, turning a stress-fuelled layover into a relaxing experience.

Hong Kong International, Hong Kong
Hong Kong International, Hong Kong

Featuring an IMAX theatre, an entire theme park and even a golf course, you’ll feel like you’re tearing yourself away from this airport when your flight finally arrives.

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A huge Chilean lake disappears overnight

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A Chilean lake called Cachet II, two square miles of water area, disappeared during a single night and now continues to do regularly. The apparently strange incident first occurred on March 31, 2012 in Chilean Patagonia. The lake with 200 million liters of water completely disappeared due to rising temperatures caused by climate change. There are many glacial lakes in the mountainous region of Aysen, southern Chilean Patagonia but the disappearance of Cachet II was dramatic. The sun rose on a dry, sandy and dotted valley with puddles and large chunks of ice. A lake whose depth reached 27 meters disappeared within hours.

Lake Cachet II
Lake Cachet II

The disappearance was dramatic but there was nothing mysterious. The lake had vanished just two months earlier, on January 27 and has done a total of 10 times in the last five years. This happens whenever the temperature increase weakens the glacier enough to fall below the water, across the bottom of the lake as if it was a wall of broken ice. Two hundred million cubic liters of water spilled into the largest river in Chile, the Baker, creating giant waves which will lead to the Pacific Ocean.

Now lake Cachet II has begun to disappear several times a year, local villagers have had to learn to master the ‘art’ of the evacuation. A constant alarm monitoring the lake gives them eight hours to flee to higher ground with their herds of animals when sudden emptying occurs.

Famous Parisian pastries

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Millions of tourists flock every year, every season, Paris and flooding indiscriminately picturesque streets, searching for the best shot of the Eiffel Tower and San Elysée. Besides them there are the lovers of sweets that are looking earnestly to find in the city the trademark sweets of Paris. Take a look below and get a sweet taste of the most famous Parisian pastries

Macaron

Based on the meringue and almonds, these small round treats exist in many flavors and colors.

Macaron
Macaron

Paris Brest

Introduced in 1891 by dough shaped bicycle wheel stuffed with cream and then consumed with rage.

Paris Brest
Paris Brest

Tarte au citrons

Refreshing dessert that combines lemon, meringue and cream.

Tarte au Citron
Tarte au Citron

Croissant

One of the most iconic sweets of Paris where the buttery puff pastry combined with numerous fillings.

Croissant
Croissant

By Nicole P.

A small town inside a baseball court

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The story starts with an impressive baseball stadium in the center of Osaka in Japan to become the headquarters of the famous Japanese baseball team Nankai Hawks. The capacity of the land reached the 31.380 people and created based on all the new technologies and included the most modern construction. The fans, in fact, thrilled with the impressive result of step, but their joy did not last long.

baseball court town
baseball court town
baseball court town
baseball court town

In 1998 the company who build and operated the stadium decided to sell the site to a Japanese group of companies and transferred to the city Fukuoka, which built the new baseball stadium. To result was that stage to fall into disuse and be left unused for a long time. By the time it was decided to construct houses in the interior, while parks and green flower beds filled soon the scene.

baseball court town
baseball court town
baseball court town
baseball court town

This created a strange little town on the court, in the center of Osaka, where residents had the privilege to say, and not without a reason, that baseball is deeply in their heart!

By Nicole P.

Converting a building into a Rubik’s Cube

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Rubik’s Cube is considered one of the toughest puzzles in the world. Its power lies in its patience, the way of looking at you from multiple angles and showing insensitivity to be twisted with a gradual anxiety. It does not care about your logic or your sweat and when the world will end, a Rubik’s cube proud will take advantage of the time to play marbles, that make them so graceful of round. Yes, that was about a sense of humor for a cube which is obviously based on geometric insults.

Javier Lloret Rubik´s cube
Javier Lloret Rubik´s cube

The good draft Javier Lloret, however angry, has turned the Rubik’s cube into a building. The most vindictive gesture you can do is paint the front, and no one makes sure that you do not like makeup. Proposed to solve the Rubik’s cube, the Lloret one must be manipulated by a regular cube in the front of the building and this will follow the movements of nature with light quadrants via Bluetooth. This increases the difficulty of the puzzle of course because you cannot look at the building to see all the angles, but therein lies the grace to try to start and finish it.

The last meteor shower of the year is not lost | The Ursids

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Although the Geminids are the most famous star rains of December, the last event of this type really are Ursids that come this weekend at their peak. These are not so famous because they are not as intense as other famous showers. Observers usually see about 10 shooting stars per hour. However, sometimes the Ursids increase their activity to more than 100 meteors per hour. In order not to miss this event near the end of the year and in order to know how to observe the Ursids this time, you can follow the live streams that guide people.

Ursids
Ursids

The Ursids are named after the constellation from which the shooting stars seem to come: the Little Dipper which is Ursa Minor in Latin. The radiant which is the point where the effect seems to converge to the perspective trajectories of shooting stars, of this shower is the Little Dipper bowl, where the orange star is Cochab. The Ursids originate on the trail of dust left by the comet 8P/Tuttle.

Meteor Shower Time
Meteor Shower Time