This Tree Beautifully Reveals The Relationships Between Languages

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For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer’s go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world’s largest language families.

All of the languages illustrated here stem from subcategories of either Indo-European or Uralic origin, and upon closer inspection many fascinating links are revealed.

One of the most surprising relationships is how distinct Finnish is from the other Scandinavian languages that share Germanic roots — a distinction that Sundberg seized upon with a separate Nordic language comparison chart which you can view here.

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Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden has died at 46

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, addresses the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Beau Biden has died after battling brain cancer.

Biden’s death was announced in a statement from Vice President Joe Biden’s office Saturday night.

Beau Biden, 46, served two terms as Delaware’s attorney general before joining the investor law firm Grant & Eisenhofer this year.

Biden said last year that he would run for governor of Delaware in 2016, but questions about his health loomed, as he had been hospitalized on several occasions since at least 2010.

The statement from Joe Biden’s office reads in part: “The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us, especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.”

Biden suffered various medical setbacks over the years, including a mild stroke in 2010. In 2013, he underwent treatment for what the White House called “disorientation and weakness” at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Doctors there removed a small lesion from his brain.

Biden was also admitted to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center for treatment earlier this month, but the details of that hospitalization were not disclosed at the time.

Biden has been lauded for his dedication to service, which included a one-year tour in Iraq where he served as captain in the Delaware Army National Guard, Reuters reports.

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AP Photo/Pat Crowe IIIn this Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006 file photo, Delaware Attorney General candidate Beau Biden, holds his son, Hunter, as he walks with his wife, Hallie, holding their daughter, Natalie, as they enter a polling place to cast their votes in Wilmington, Del.

President Obama likened Beau to his vice president father, saying

“He studied law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad.”

Beau Biden’s death is another blow to the vice president, who lost his wife and daughter in a car crash shortly after his Senate election in 1972.

The White House tweeted this video of Joe Biden along with the message,

“Our thoughts and prayers are with @VP Biden and his family after the passing of his beloved son, Beau Biden.”

Portable, solar-powered ecocapsules mean you can live rent- and electric-bill free, globally

If you’ve just had it with taking the subway, or sitting in an office, or just generally being around other people, you may be in luck.

Slovakian firm Nice Architects has built an egg-shaped “Ecocapsule” that runs entirely on solar and wind energy, allowing its dweller(s) to live both literally, and figuratively, off the grid.

The completely self-sustaining portable home contains a 9,744 watt-hour battery, a 750 watt wind turbine, and high-efficiency solar sells that can support you for about a year in pretty much any location in the world, provided there is some sunlight.

(It probably wouldn’t work in a cave, for instance, should someone desire to live in one.)

The capsule also includes a rainwater collection and filtration system. Inside, there’s a kitchenette with running water, a flushable toilet, a shower, a bed, and work space.

Nice Architects says the capsule, which is about 4.5 meters (14.7 feet) long and 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) wide, can comfortably fit two people.

The egg-home can be “easily transported” by trailer, according to the company, and can even charge the electric car that’s towing it.

But beyond just nomadic living, the Ecocapsule has plenty of other potential applications, from providing shelter in disaster areas to doubling as scientific research stations.

Nice Architects will unveil its prototype at the Pioneers festival in Vienna on May 28 before taking pre-orders at the end of 2015 for shipping in the first half of 2016.

The company says the price will be released later this year, though there’s already a steep shipping cost.

Sending the capsule from Slovakia to New York, for instance, will cost you €2,200 ($2,383) alone, and the capsule itself is likely to run to tens of thousands of dollars.

Take A Ride On A New Luxury Train From Hungary To Iran Where A Ticket Costs Up To $40,000

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A new luxury train that runs from Hungary’s capital of Budapest to Iran’s capital of Tehran made its first trip on Wednesday, Reuters reports. 

The first branch of the route, connecting Budapest to Istanbul, follows the path of the world famous Orient Express, the early-20th century trip that used to carry Europe’s aristocracy to Turkey.

The new luxury train cars ride on existing railways, leaving from Budapest, heading east toward Turkish Kurdistan and dumping passengers in Iran. A ticket for the two-week trip costs more than $14,000, according to Reuters. 

The route is operated by the private travel agency Golden Eagle, a British company that offers trips on luxury trains across Europe, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. The first train left on Oct. 15, the next one is scheduled for March next year.

The trip covers a total of 4,350 miles across five countries.

The trip covers a total of 4,350 miles across five countries.

The train left Budapest on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Everything from staffs’ uniforms to the design of the cars harkens back to the beginning of the 20th century.

The train left Budapest on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Everything from staffs' uniforms to the design of the cars harkens back to the beginning of the 20th century.

When the first convoy left Budapest, there was even a marching band to salute it.

When the first convoy left Budapest, there was even a marching band to salute it.

The basic ticket costs $14,333, but if you want extras like a private bathrooms and concierge service, the price can shoot up to $40,000, according to Reuters.

The basic ticket costs $14,333, but if you want extras like a private bathrooms and concierge service, the price can shoot up to $40,000, according to Reuters.

Despite the hefty price, the founder of Golden Eagle, Tim Littler, told Reuters that tickets sold out in 10 days.

Despite the hefty price, the founder of Golden Eagle, Tim Littler, told Reuters that tickets sold out in 10 days.

The company had to set up an Australian affiliate in order to apply and obtain travel permits in five different countries, including Iran.

The company had to set up an Australian affiliate in order to apply and obtain travel permits in five different countries, including Iran.

The trip is the vision of two English businessmen: Littler and Howard Trinder, who bought four rail cars from a Hungarian postal service, Reuters said. Refurbishing each car cost $1 million.

The trip is the vision of two English businessmen: Littler and Howard Trinder, who bought four rail cars from a Hungarian postal service, Reuters said. Refurbishing each car cost $1 million.

The dining car is furnished with intimate two-seats tables. Outstanding scenery from the windows is a plus.

The dining car is furnished with intimate two-seats tables. Outstanding scenery from the windows is a plus.

The train also have a full staff of waiters and chefs to accomodate all passenger requests.

The train also have a full staff of waiters and chefs to accomodate all passenger requests.

The piano bar is where passengers can enjoy the vintage atmosphere over a drink while listening to music.

The piano bar is where passengers can enjoy the vintage atmosphere over a drink while listening to music.

For those who prefer a quieter time, the train has private lecture rooms and sofas.

For those who prefer a quieter time, the train has private lecture rooms and sofas.

For an authentic experience, the train is still powered by a coal engine. It doesn’t move very fast.

For an authentic experience, the train is still powered by a coal engine. It doesn't move very fast.

Luxury train travel normally costs between $1,000 and $2,000 a day according to Reuters, meaning the Golden Eagle train is actually sold at an average price. Any interest?

Luxury train travel normally costs between $1,000 and $2,000 a day according to Reuters, meaning the Golden Eagle train is actually sold at an average price. Any interest?

Electric Bicycle By Vela Wants To Ease The Urban Commute

electric bicycle by vela wants to ease the urban commute

The bicycle was the first form of personal transportation before automobiles were even prototypes. Since then car manufacturers have embraced technology into their products at a rapid pace, while the bicycle has been taking its time to slowly evolve.

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Enter vela; a company adopting technology in all its glory, and still sticking to a veteran bike blueprint.

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The classic diamond frame is made of 4130 chromoly steel and encompasses a 370wh lithium ion battery that slides down the main tube and front and rear led headlights.

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Fat road tires are intergrated for better comfort and dodging those pesky tram line tracks.

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The ‘vela bicycle’ also includes a leather wrapped waterproof main panel which has:

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a five volt USB port aimed for charging mobile gadgets;  a LED battery life indicator; and a companion outlet for direct charging without the need for removing it.

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The rear wheel houses a single speed ‘8fun’ 350 W brushless electric motor with a max torque of 35Nm.

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The mechanism detects heavy pedaling situations and automatically helps to ease the driver through tough inclines. The ‘vela’ also has a motion sensor to recognize when its being stolen.

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If it is stolen, the GPS tracker onboard can relay to the companion app exactly where the bike is located.

The whole design weighs 42 pounds (19 kg). The project is currently looking for funding on its kickstarter page with a shipping deadline of november 2015.

Cannes: ‘Son of Saul’ Epitomizes Spirit, Ambition of Hungarian Cinema, National Film Fund Chief Says

'Son of Saul' Epitomizes Spirit, Ambition

At the Cannes Film Festival, Hungarian film “Son of Saul” was one of the standout pics, winning acclaim from critics, selling to buyers worldwide, including to Sony Pictures Classics for North America, and winning both the festival’s Grand Prix and the top prize of the international critics’ body, Fipresci.

Laszlo Nemes’ Holocaust drama, which was the only directorial feature debut in Cannes’ competition, and the only pic from Eastern Europe to play in that section, is the source of great pride for Agnes Havas, CEO of the Hungarian National Film Fund, as it was a 100% Hungarian-financed project.

“The film is closest to our spirit,” Havas told Variety.

Nemes and the film’s producers, Gabor Rajna and Gabor Sipos, had gone on a tour of Europe trying to find co-production partners, but were unsuccessful.

Havas’ fund stepped in with 75% of the budget — Euros 1.1 million ($1.2 million) out of a total budget of Euros 1.5 million ($1.63 million) — and the rest came from the Hungarian tax credit, which is also public money.

Havas and the fund’s five-strong decision-making committee had great faith in the project and in Nemes’ talent, she says. His route to directing his first feature was not swift, but the time was well spent.

He moved to Budapest in 2003, and was Bela Tarr’s assistant for two years, working on such films as “The Man from London.” He later studied directing in New York, and helmed three short films, one of which, “With a Little Patience,” competed at the Venice Film Festival.

All three shorts were supported by the Hungarian state. During this period, he was able to hone his craft and identify those who would later join his crew on “Son of Saul.”

The film’s cinematographer, Matyas Erdely, and sound designer, Tamas Zanyi, in particular played a key part in the film’s success.

When Havas attended the premiere screening of the film at Cannes, she was struck by the audience’s response and its effect on the director.

“That was a very uplifting moment for us because there was silence in the hall throughout the screening, and then at the end credits everybody stood up and applauded. Laszlo opened his arms to receive the warm reception,” she says.

She describes Nemes as “a very modest guy,” but adds that he is ambitious when it comes to playing his part in world cinema.

“He could have made a feature earlier, but he, along with his co-writer Clara Royer, put together the structure of the script with meticulous care,” she says.

When Havas met with a delegation from Prague’s FAMU film school, she told them:

“This is your film too. It is the only film from Eastern Europe in competition, and we share a common history — especially in this respect,”

referring to the fact that the Nazis took Jewish people from across Eastern Europe to Auschwitz, where the film is set, and the other death camps. Havas is now focusing on the new projects that have received funding from her organization.

These include Gabor Herendi’s period romantic drama “Kincsem,” which is about a champion racehorse.

The project, which received 97.8 million HUF ($344,000) from the film fund, focuses on a feud between a Hungarian aristocrat, Erno Blaskovich, and an Austrian military man, Otto von Oettingen, and Blaskovich’s tempestuous love affair with von Oettingen’s unruly daughter, Klara.

It is set to begin filming in July. The film is produced by Tamas Hutlassa (“Land of Storms”) and is co-produced by Herendi, who had a box office hit in Hungary with “A Kind of America.”

Another highlight of the slate is Roland Vranik’s “The Citizen,” which is set in modern-day Budapest and deals with the sometimes difficult issue of immigration through a love story told with humor and empathy.

The main protagonist is Wilson, who lost his family in a war in Africa, and fled to Budapest as a political refugee. He now works in a supermarket as a security guard and his one aim in life is to become a Hungarian citizen.

The film is based on a screenplay co-written by Vranik and Ivan Szabo (“Land of Storms”). Vranik’s first film, “Black Brush,” won the main prize at Hungarian Film Week, and his second film, “Transmission,” enjoyed success at film festivals around the world.

“The Citizen” is being produced by Karoly Feher at Popfilm. The fund contributed a production grant of 310 million HUF ($1.09 million).

Lastly, “On Body and Soul” is the latest film from Ildiko Enyedi, who won Cannes’ Camera d’Or for “My 20th Century.”

The romantic melodrama “On Body and Soul” is based “around the duality of sleeping and waking, mind and matter.” Speaking about the project, Enyedi has commented:

“What would happen if you met someone, who dreamed the same as you or, to be more precise, had been meeting you in the same world every night for years? Would you be pleased? Or would you feel that you had been in some way robbed? And what if this specific individual didn’t exactly appeal to you? What if you actually hated that person?”

The film is produced by Andras Muhi and Monika Mecs’ Inforg-M&M Film. The fund contributed 430 million HUF ($1.51 million).

Amy Childs reveals her sensational shape in a tropical bikini as she puts on a scorching display with new beau Bradley Wright in Dubai

As one of Essex’s best known Mr Wrights gets married off, it seems that former TOWIE babe Amy Childs has her sights set on another.

The stunning reality TV beauty certainly seemed to be getting close to new boyfriend Bradley Wright, 24, recently as they spent time in scorching Dubai for their first romantic holiday.

Amy, also 24, has admitted that things are ‘getting serious’ and their loved-up beach display was nothing short of perfect proof that their chemistry is building.

Beauty entrepreneur Amy couldn’t be missed on the golden sands, having picked out a bright, tropical print bikini for the beach day.

She looked incredible in the halter-neck two piece, which perfectly displayed her ample chest and toned hourglass shape.

Formerly flame-haired Amy looked relaxed walking hand-in-hand with the sculpted hunk, chatting away contently with her golden-tipped tresses twisted over one shoulder and a pair of aviators on her nose.

Getting serious: Amy Childs and her new man Bradley Wright were seen enjoying their first holiday in Dubai together this week

While Bradley may have no relation to former TOWIE star Mark Wright and his cousin Elliott Wright, the builder certainly seemed to share their appreciation for honing a perfect physique.

The hunk kept his beach look simple in a pair of black shorts, appearing to catch a tan as his chest turned red from the scorching conditions.

Scorching: The pair were caught smooching as they lay out on the golden sands
Scorching: The pair were caught smooching as they lay out on the golden sands

He certainly couldn’t keep his eyes off stunning Amy as she lay out on the sand shaking out her hair and lavishing him with kisses.

She's got an admirer: Handsome Bradley certainly couldn't keep his eyes off the gorgeous brunette
She’s got an admirer: Handsome Bradley certainly couldn’t keep his eyes off the gorgeous brunette

Amy and builder Bradley, also 24, have been dating since the New Year after meeting in Essex bar The Bull in Brentwood, but have managed to keep their romance largely under the radar.

Sizzling: The former TOWIE starlet looked incredible in a tropical bikini as she played in the water
Sizzling: The former TOWIE starlet looked incredible in a tropical bikini as she played in the water

Last month, Amy revealed that things are heating up between them, and that she feels ‘lucky’ to have met such a caring suitor.

Picturesque: The stunning backdrop wasn't on a patch on gorgeous Amy in the sea
Picturesque: The stunning backdrop wasn’t on a patch on gorgeous Amy in the sea

Speaking to new! magazine, she explained: ‘Things have serious between us. It’s getting there, massively. I care for him so much, I get a bit of a pain – does that make sense?’

Steady on: Amy used her new boyfriend as a support and playfully pinched at him with her talons
Steady on: Amy used her new boyfriend as a support and playfully pinched at him with her talons

She added: ‘Brad tells me how beautiful I am every day. He tells me he’s so lucky, He always says he much prefers me without make-up on. It’s lovely – I feel really lucky.

'Happiest girl in the world': Amy took to Instagram to share an adorable kissing picture with her beau
‘Happiest girl in the world’: Amy took to Instagram to share an adorable kissing picture with her beau

Captioning a photo of the two of them from the holiday destination, Amy gushed: ‘Happiest girl in the world’

Sight seeing: It may not have been the most cultured of scenes but Amy certainly seemed to find things to point out on the landscape
Sight seeing: It may not have been the most cultured of scenes but Amy certainly seemed to find things to point out on the landscape

Amy’s best known relationship was with Kirk Norcross, which featured heavily in the early seasons of ITVBe’s The Only Way Is Essex.

New love: Amy recently described how Bradley made her feel beautiful on a daily basis
New love: Amy recently described how Bradley made her feel beautiful on a daily basis

The relationship ended in 2013 and since the beauty has only enjoyed a fleeting romance with model David Peters and footballer Adam Smith in the public spotlight.

Catching some rays: The pair appeared to turn golden as they soaked up the tropical temperatures
Catching some rays: The pair appeared to turn golden as they soaked up the tropical temperatures

This time around, Amy appears to have chosen a suitor who’s not a celebrity and appears to be reaping the rewards of his wholesome outlook.

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