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Venice Tests Flood Barriers

Oct 17th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Engineers in Venice have successfully tested a new flood barrier that they hope will protect the city. The BBC reports that the first four flood barriers of a planned 78 were floated in the entrance of the city's famous lagoon. Venice suffers annual floods due to unusually high tides that threaten irreplaceable buildings and a destination essential to Italy's tourism industry. It's also...

Airbnb Produces Short Film Made Out Of 6-Second Vines

Sep 24th, 2013 at 4:15PM: Think a 6-second video isn't long enough to tell a story? How about 600 seconds? Airbnb produced an impressive short film with their Hollywood & Vines project. Screenwriter Ben York Jones, known for the prize-winning film "Like Crazy" about a long-distance romance, came up with the simple concept of the journey of a piece of paper (lots of paper airplanes are involved). After the...

Video Of The Day: London To Brighton In 60 Years

Sep 4th, 2013 at 6:00PM: In 1953, the BBC filmed a train trip from London to Brighton. They did it again in 1983, thirty years later. And now, they've filmed it a third time and spliced all three recordings together, side-by-side. It's fascinating to see what's changed in sixty years -- and moreso, what hasn't. We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with...

Go Outside: Here's Why You Need To Leave The House

Aug 29th, 2013 at 5:15PM: Travel is all about leaving your comfort zone. Even to travel locally, you need to go outside. But with the masses becoming exponentially more sedentary and with staycations on the rise, we're collectively becoming a culture of people who just don't get out enough. This isn't good for our minds –- seeing new places and people and trying new things is integral to a developing mind. But...

Video Of The Day: Phantom Footage

Aug 20th, 2013 at 6:00PM: No, this video wasn't shot with a traditional helicopter and huge video cameras. In fact, neither was this one. Both sequences were filmed using a new accessory for the popular GoPro camera. It's called the DJI Phantom, and it's described as an "aerial drone helicopter" for your GoPro. The videos captured using this expensive toy are breathtaking -- I found myself having to move my head from one...

Will Fatberg Hunting Be The New Glamping?

Aug 7th, 2013 at 10:10AM: It's always good to learn a new word every day, and today's word is fatberg. A fatberg is exactly what it sounds like--a giant mass of fat. In this case, a giant mound of fat blocking up one of the world's largest sewer systems. So what does a fatberg look like? Watch this video to find out, but don't blame me if you can't ever bring yourself to eat a kebab again. The fatberg in question was...

Giant Blue Rooster In Trafalgar Square Leaves Londoners Bemused And Befuddled

Jul 26th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Trafalgar Square in London has a new statue -- a giant blue cockerel. It's the latest work of art to adorn the Fourth Plinth, a nineteenth-century base flanking Nelson's Column. The other three plinths all have statues but the Fourth Plinth never got one, and so in recent years it's become home to a series of temporary sculptures. The giant blue cock, as the British media can't resist calling...

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Tour De France, In 10 Minutes

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Tour De France, In 10 Minutes Jul 12th, 2013 at 8:30AM: The Tour de France Explained in Animation Even cycling amateurs have a thing for the Tour de France; if you like travel and have even an inkling of desire to ride a bike, it's hard not to at least watch a stage or two. The Tour de France is one of those classic events that's as much a sporting event as it is a cultural one, attracting people from far and wide to come and watch in person (or even...

Man Completes First-Ever Cross-Country Wheelchair Trek

Man Completes First-Ever Cross-Country Wheelchair Trek Jul 11th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Gabriel Cordell rolled into his hometown of West Hempstead, New York, Monday night, becoming the first person to travel across the United States in a manual wheelchair. The 42-year-old's journey began 99 days earlier in Santa Monica, California. The Malverne-West Hempstead-Lynbrook Patch was there at the finish of his 3,100-mile quest. Cordell said: "I want to bring inspiration to people...

Scuba Diving Amid The Imperial German Fleet At Scapa Flow, Orkney (VIDEO)

Jul 7th, 2013 at 1:30PM: The Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland offer an amazing variety of things to do, from visiting prehistoric monuments to bird watching and traditional music in cozy pubs. Orkney is also a popular spot for scuba diving thanks to it being the site of the sinking of the Imperial German Navy in World War I. After the Armistice ended World War I, 74 German naval vessels were taken to...

Video Of The Day: Holding Hands With Strangers In NYC And China

Jul 3rd, 2013 at 6:00PM: You could call Andrew Hales a comedian. You could call Andrew Hales a people person. No matter what you call him, he has a good thing going: filming himself holding hands with strangers (or attempting to) in different places around the globe. The group he pulls these stunts off with is called Losing All Hope Was Freedom. In this video, Hales is getting to know the people of Chengdu, China,...

Video: Watch San Francisco Be Engulfed By An Ocean Of Fog

Jul 2nd, 2013 at 5:00PM: Photographer Simon Christen spent two years compiling footage of San Francisco's famous fog for this 4.5-minute, piece of Zen, time-lapse video. His "love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area" was written during pre-dawn, 45-minute hikes into the Marin headlands to capture the fog gliding over the hills and under the Golden Gate Bridge. The result is quite beautiful. The fog tumbles...

These Are A Few Of Canada's Favorite Things

These Are A Few Of Canada's Favorite Things Jul 1st, 2013 at 4:30PM: In honor (or should we say 'honour') of Canada Day today, we're taking a look at the top 10 things that make Canada Canada. Hint: it's not just hockey and maple syrup – though those are on the list. Watch this video roundup of the country's most iconic symbols and raise a Molson to the Great White North, eh? ...

Awesome Video That Will Make You Want to Go Hiking In Southern Portugal

Awesome Video That Will Make You Want to Go Hiking In Southern Portugal Jun 28th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Rota Vincentina I don't speak any Portuguese, but this video makes it pretty clear that I want to now go and hike in Southwestern Portugal. ...

Traveling The West Coast: Stop-Motion Video From Amtrak's Coast Starlight

Traveling The West Coast: Stop-Motion Video From Amtrak's Coast Starlight Jun 26th, 2013 at 9:00AM: LocoSteve, Flickr The West Coast might not be known for its train service - it doesn't have the extensive network that the Northeast has - but if you're traveling in Washington, Oregon or California and haven't considered making the train part of your travels, you're missing out. Portland to Tacoma used to be a regular travel stint of mine, and quite frankly, I'll take sitting on a train...

Hot, Tired Airline Patrons Sing R. Kelly's 'I Believe I Can Fly' In Protest To Long Wait Times

Jun 11th, 2013 at 12:30PM: In a now viral video, passengers on an Allegiant Air flight from Phoenix to Las Vegas this past Sunday took matters into their own hands after allegedly being delayed on and off the tarmac for several hours – often with no air conditioning in the hot Nevada weather. Their solution to the high temperatures and tempers? Playing and singing along with R. Kelly's hit song, "I Believe I Can...

Video: A Time-Lapse Tour Of Shanghai

Jun 9th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Rob Whitworth's time-lapses are always a cut above. His unique tracking and morphing shots draw you into a city's routine and accurately sketch its character. His panning and zooming give the sensation of flying around a city and dropping in on its denizens for a look around at ground level before taking to the air again. He's applied his time-lapse talent to other Asian cities before,...

Four Down Two Across: Arrival In Alaska

Jun 6th, 2013 at 2:00PM: A wonderful, if long, start to Robert's and my trip to Alaska – up at 5:30 a.m. in New York City, to bed at midnight in Juneau, which is itself four hours behind New York. A busy day, too. Tim and Phil of the Juneau Table Tennis Club met us at the airport. The drive to our hotel downtown was spectacular, even with overcast skies. Snowcapped mountains rise straight up from the edge of...

Video: Spinning Gold In Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

May 29th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Earlier this year in Istanbul, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a man who spins gold thread at the Grand Bazaar. His noisy workshop is tucked into a courtyard off one of the bazaar's main "streets," past a few jewelry kiosks and before a reasonably clean but squat-style toilet. Huge fan belts crisscross the room and antique machines creak and spin spools of thread in metallic and bright...

Amazing Time-Lapse Video Of Vivid Sydney Light Show

May 24th, 2013 at 4:00PM: "TIMELAPSE - Vivid Sydney 2013 Launch" from Vivid Sydney on Vimeo. The video above captures an incredible light show happening at the Sydney Opera House as part of the fifth annual Vivid Sydney festival. The largest light, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney features lighting installations around the harbour foreshore, live music performances at Sydney Opera...

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