Every year since 1989, the IceHotel has been redesigned and rebuilt in the village of Jukkasjarvi next to the shores of the Torne River.
The 28th version of the hotel has just opened for winter and the whole thing is mind blowing. This year, the artists used 30,000 cubic meters of snow and ice and 500 tons of clear natural ice for glass.
A total of 36 artists from 17 different countries around the world were chosen to help design and build this year’s hotel, which opened on December 15.
It also features 35 uniquely designed deluxe suites, an ice ceremony hall and a brand new frozen playground for children. Also for the younger guests, a creative snow park has been sectioned off from the rest of the hotel where children can make snow angels, build mini ice hotels and even carve their own designs into a special snow fortress.
Dorset-based sculptor and taxidermist Lisa Lindqvist has created another suite called A Wandering Cloud, which features a huge ice-carved cloud hanging over the frozen bed.
A Tennessee woman gave birth using a 24 year old frozen embryo, conceived only 18 months after herself was born. That makes baby Emma the longest known frozen embryo to come to birth.
The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) announced Tuesday that the baby girl was born on November 25 to Tina Gibson, who is 26 years old. Which means that Gibson gave birth to an embryo that was only 1.5 years younger than she was.
Baby Emma was cyropreserved in 1992 and placed in Gibson's uterus earlier this year through "frozen embryo transfer".
“Emma is such a sweet miracle,” Benjamin Gibson, Tina’s husband, said. “I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”
Dr. Jeffrey Kennan, the Director of NEDC, says that he hopes that baby Emma's story inspires others to help families in need and donate their embryos.
Nearly 700 pregnancies have been possible thanks to the center's adoption center with eggs donated from all over the United States.
Emma was about 20 inches at birth and weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz.
“It is deeply moving and highly rewarding to see that embryos frozen 24.5 years ago using the old, early cryopreservation techniques of slow freezing on day one of development at the pronuclear stage can result in 100 percent survival of the embryos with a 100 percent continued proper development to the Day-3 embryo stage,” said NEDC Lab Director, Carol Sommerfelt.
There is no better place to dive into your deepest thoughts than while you are in the shower. As a matter of fact, Reddit has a whole section dedicated to this called "Shower Thoughts". Here are some of this weeks thoughts that might make you go hmmmmm.
Samson motors is releasing the world's first flying sports car in the spring of 2018 and it is called the Switchblade.
Designed by Oregon-based Samson Motors, the Switchblade is a three wheel car that can hold two passengers. When on the ground the car measures 16.7 feet long, but with the wings extended it measures 20.3 feet long.
That means you can drive it both on the streets and in the air.
While in the air, the Switchblade can reach a speed of 200 mph and can fly at an altitude of 13,000 feet. While on the ground, it can reach speeds up to 100 mph.
Unlike vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles, the Switchblade can't takeoff from the road, and will need to be flown from regular airports.
A spokesperson for Samson said: "You can drive the Switchblade to any public airport to take off, and may land at the same, or any other, public airport. You can also take off and land from any private airport where you have privileges."
In terms of engine, the Switchblade is powered by a 190bhp liquid-cooled 1.6-litre V4 engine, which gives the car a range of around 450 miles from the 113-liter fuel tank.
Three versions of the car exist – the Snowbird, for colder climates, the Trek, designed for heavy-duty landing, and the Aurora, which combines the Snowbird and Trek.
As if you needed another reason to hate spoiled rich kids...right?
The following 10 photos are proof that money can buy you a lot of things, but it can't buy you class.
People have cracked jokes about the "man flu" for decades, but a new study suggests that it actually might be a real thing. Dr. Kyle Sue, a Canadian doctor, claims that physiological differences between men and women can lead to different responses to viruses and colds.
“I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu,” Said Dr. Sue.“This is shown in the fact that they [have] worse symptoms, they last longer, they are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die from it.”
During his study, Dr. Sue found that testosterone could dampen the immune system’s response to influenza, while female sex hormones could actually boost it. He also indicated that studies show men can take twice as long to recover from viral illnesses, compared to women.
“There need to be more studies, higher quality studies that control for other factors between men and women before we can definitely say that this difference in immunity exists,” Sue told sources. “Is it that women are more resilient, that they are able to juggle more when they are ill, or is it that they don’t have as severe symptoms? That we are not too sure about. But I think everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt when they are ill.”
Two Tampa area bars have teamed up to make your sweet tooth dreams come true. You will soon be able to purchase a limited edition beer that is made with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Hidden Springs Ale Works and Arkane Aleworks are still in the process of brewing the sugary stout and expect the product to be available for purchase in January.
Just after Thanksgiving, Hidden Springs teased what's to come on its Facebook page with a picture of chopped-up doughnuts.
'We may or may not be putting actual Krispy Kreme doughnuts into the #russianimperialstout,' they wrote. 'Ok, we are. We did. It happened.'
The 12.5 percent ABV beer will be on draft and available to buy in bottles for $25.
'It's going to be roasty, chocolatey, hopefully with some doughnut flavor,' Hidden Springs founder Josh Garman said 'We're actually hoping to get some of the glaze from the Krispy Kremes to come through."
The creators have not came up with an official name for the beer yet, but they say to be kicking around a few names.
A young mother gave birth to the world's fifth "mermaid baby" but unfortunately lost it just hours later.
Muskura Bibi, 23, was the second mother in India to give birth to a child with Sirenomelia or "Mermaid Syndrome".
Sirenomelia is a rare congenital developmental disorder characterized by anomalies of the lower spine and the lower limbs. Affected infants are born with partial or complete fusion of the legs. They may have one foot, no feet or both feet, which may be rotated externally.
"I had never seen such a baby before. It is the first case of Sirenomelia in the state and second in the country.
Bibi had not been able to afford proper prenatal care nor did she undergo any ultrasound sonography during her pregnancy. It was also noted that the fetus had improper circulation and was malnourished.
The baby, whose gender could not be established due to the fused legs, survived for four hours after birth.
“It started as an energy, then became physical,” she told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. “There was pressure on my thighs and breath on my neck. I just always felt safe. I had sex with the ghost. You can feel it. It’s difficult to explain. There was a weight and a weightlessness, a physical breath and stroking, and the energy as well.”A woman in Bristol, England sleeps with a lot of ghosts and she is not ashamed to admit it. In fact, she says that she has given up sex with men, to only have sex with spirits.
Amethyst Realm, 27, works as a spiritual guidance counselor and was featured on "ITV This Morning" to discuss what being "ghosted" really feels like.
She claims that her first experience was about 12 years ago shortly after her and her fiance moved into a new place. Realm's fiance was not home at the time of the incident.
Realm even dressed up in lingerie for the ghost.
Realm said she had an affair with the spirit for three years but that it came to an end when her human husband came home from work early and spotted the shadowy shape of a man through the window.
The next step for Realm is hopefully getting pregnant by one of the ghosts.
“I’ve done a bit of research into phantom pregnancies,” she said. ”There’s a possibility that it is a ghost in you, but people don’t know how to carry it to full term.”
Tuesday night, many Florida residents looked to the sky and were shocked to see a strange fireball streak through the sky before "exploding" behind the clouds.
NASA reportedly received more than 60 reports of the mysterious light in the sky and has confirmed that it is not an alien invasion. The streak was actually a fragment of an asteroid that broke up over the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA determined that the fireball made a water landing just off the coast of Naples and that it was approximately 10 inches wide.
The map above shows the locations in which the reports of the fireball came. Basically, it seems that the whole peninsula could have seen it if they were looking up at just the right time.
Thousands of meteors fall through the Earth's atmosphere on a daily basis, but it is rare to be this large and seen by so many.
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