Global Scan

This is what commuting looks like in Turkey, Brazil, Thailand and Tokyo

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This photo, from a video of a commute in Thailand, will make you question where you live.


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Warning: This story may make you suddenly regret the place that you live.

Instagram last week released a new app called Hyperlapse, which allows users to easily make time-compressed videos. It took off quickly. So The Atlantic decided to peruse some of the early uploads and pick their favorites.

What they found is pretty cool — but it turns out many are just everyday commutes for people on all corners of the globe. Check out the Hyperlapses they found, or download the app, which is only currently available on iPhone, and make your own.

Radioactive wild boar are roaming the forests of Germany

If someone offers to feed you wild boar from the forests of Germany, you'd be smart to think twice. While wild boar are a delicacy to hunters, they're much disliked among mainstream German society — causing trouble on the autobahn and even invading towns, according to The Telegraph. But now boar pose a new, and more eerie, threat to Germans.

One in three are radioactive and unfit for human consumption. The radiation is believed due to the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in the 1980s, which sent plumes of radiation across much of central, and even western, Europe. Boar are believed to be especially affected by Chernobyl — more than 700 miles away — because they feed on mushrooms and other in-ground plants that harbor the radiation. German law requires hunters to have all wild boar tested before they can be eaten, with highly radioactive boar destroyed. The problem is expected to persist for another 50 years.

Scientists think they can bring the passenger pigeon back from extinction

In Jurassic Park, scientists managed to bring dinosaurs back from the dead — something that seemed decidedly sci-fi at the time. But what seemed science fiction could now be science fact. Sort of.

Scientists in Silicon Valley think they've developed a way to bring the passenger pigeon back from the dead, using genetic sequencing and engineering that will enable living species of pigeons to produce carrier pigeon offspring.

PRI's The Takeaway talked to one of the scientists behind the great passenger pigeon comeback. The scientists are taking advantage of the myriad samples of passenger pigeons that exist in museums to build a full genetic code. Once that's done, it becomes a relatively simple exercise to bring back a bird that last flew the skies at the dawn of the 20th Century.

Sex in space ends badly for Russia's geckos

Russia sent five geckos into Earth orbit on a satellite to study the affect of weightlessness on their sexual reproduction. Unfortunately, when the geckos came back to Earth recently, they had all died and the experiment was a failure. The satellite's heating system seems to have malfunctioned, which would have led to temperatures so cold the geckos would have frozen.

The satellite wasn't a complete failure, however. It also contained fruit flies, which did manage to survive and reproduce, according to the BBC. The mission was supposed to last more than two months. Russian officials have not yet explained why it ended after just 44 days.

An American photographer comes home — and turns his camera on us

David Guttenfelder has photographed war zones and disasters, as well as one of the world's most reclusive states: North Korea. But the Associated Press photographer came home to the US and started a new project. Fittingly, it's modeled on a similar one he did to document everyday life in Africa. Guttenfelder's project is called Everyday USA — and it seeks to find the subversive and the unusual in everyday objects in his home country.

Guttenfelder shared a number of his photos during an interview with PRI's The World. He wants to be something of a culturual anthropologist at home, just as he was while stationed overseas. 

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