June 11th, 2017 by David Triplet

It seems like a new device comes out every week, and because visual social media is having a moment, many of those devices come in the form of seriously awesome (and seriously expensive) cameras. Beauty bloggers spend hundreds on the latest lenses, and Instagram photographers snap up just about every iPhone photo attachment that hits the market.

But what if you’re a more casual camera enthusiast? Well, this novelty device might be just what you need.

Universe, meet the item that’s clumsily translated into English as the “Paper Like a Digital Camera.”

This tiny device is only 6 millimeters thick, but it can take photos and record what are essentially cellphone-quality videos. Not bad for something that’s the same thickness as a piece of card stock.

Minuscule camera parts are stuffed between retro-style paper components. Each device comes with an LED light that indicates battery life and a microSD card that holds 16 GB of data.

All you have to do to transfer your photos to a different device is plug the built-in USB terminal into a drive. Easy as pie, kids.

And if you want one, you can head on over to this site.

To see it in action before you punch in your credit card number, check out the video below:

(via PetaPixel)

I personally won’t be rushing to get my hands on one of these, but I guess it’s pretty cool that people who have always wanted retro-looking paper cameras that take questionable photos and videos can now have the device of their dreams.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/paper-pictures/

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May 21st, 2017 by David Triplet

While we’re still a few months away from summer, that doesn’t mean that the drought in North America has gone away. In fact, by some estimations, it’s worse than ever.

It’s starting to have some very unexpected effects, especially in parts of Mexico. The prolonged dry spell is causing ancient churches to rise from the dead.

The latest side effect of the drought has to do with this 16th-century church that normally resides at the bottom of a reservoir that was created by the Benito Juarez Dam in 1962. Because water levels in the reservoir are now 40 percent lower, the structure has reappeared.

South of the Benito Juarez Dam, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, is another submerged church that’s made its way back to the surface. It’s the Temple of Santiago, also known as the Temple of Quechula.

The severe drought also caused the water level at the Nezahualcoyotl Reservoir to drop more than 80 feet, revealing the remains of this 16th-century church.

While it’s not a good sign that water levels are so low, local fishermen are making the best of the situation by ferrying tourists to see these structures.

The happy faces of tourists are eerie when juxtaposed with the awful implications of these issues.

(via Coast To Coast AM)

Well, that’s a beautifully disturbing phenomenon. While this year’s rainy season should temporarily help with the drought, I doubt that it will have any lasting impact.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/hidden-temple/

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