What can you find in space?

A clever infographic explores the unknown, revealing twenty strange things you can find in space.

Apart from the obvious stars and planets, space holds an astonishing variety of wonders. Solarcentre’s infographic explains what can be found in space and why, such as the LEGO figures set to reach Jupiter this year, the phenomenon of space lightning, and one man’s ashes.

Even Disney has seemingly contributed to life in space: in 2012, NASA captured a Mickey Mouse-shaped silhouette on Mercury (thought to have been created by crater impacts).

Find out what else you can find in space here.

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Hashtag Holidays

Getting your brand involved in trends on Twitter can be a great way to engage with your followers or even a wider audience – especially if the trend or hashtag is relevant to your brand and adds a touch of personality.

Sprout Social has put together a handy calendar of ‘hashtag holidays’, revealing some interesting events that are sure to be trending on Twitter throughout the year.

The suggestions range from the professional (#GetToKnowYourCustomersDay and #NationalProofreadingDay) to the fun (#DressUpYourPetDay and #NationalMartiniDay).

Take a look at the whole infographic here and let us know which hashtag holidays you’ll be looking out for.

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50 years, 50 famous cars

From Knight Rider to Ghostbusters, many films and TV series are known for their iconic vehicles as much as for their plotlines and characters.

Artist Scott Park and website Jalopnik have teamed up to showcase the best fifty cars in film and TV over the past fifty years in a nifty short video.

The cars featured include the famous Mini from The Italian Job (1969), the sleek and imposing Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), and the Gigahorse from last year’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

Watch the video below and tell us which car is your favourite – or which others should have been included.

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NORAD Santa Tracker

If you fancy a more high-tech approach to your Christmas Eve, once again NORAD is tracking Santa.

Most of the time, the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) watches the skies and keeps its airspace safe, but since 1955, the organisation has also set time aside to help children track Santa’s progress around the world.

The NORAD Track Santa website holds hours of fun for children, including Christmas Calendar games, Santa’s Village, and even a virtual theatre and music hall.

On Christmas Eve itself, you can track Santa across the world, watching him deliver presents to children everywhere.

Take a look at the NORAD Track Santa site here and tell us if you’ll be checking in.

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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

This may well be the perfect Friday pick-me up: the winners of the first annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been revealed.

The photographs bring a sense of humour to the beauty of nature, with candid images of an eccentric lemur pulling a Travolta pose and a seal that looks like it’s literally rolling on the floor laughing, all in breathtaking surroundings.

Awards founder Paul Joynson-Hicks explained: “I often enter wildlife photography competitions but I love seeing the funny pictures. Strangely enough, they are harder to come by than you might think.”

Take a look at the images here and let us know your favourites.

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Friday Five: Christmas Songs

It’s Christmas! Nearly.

As this is the last Friday Five before Christmas, what better way than to sing your heart out to some timeless classics?

Here’s our festive playlist:

1. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
A latter-day Christmas classic, Mariah’s tune is still a staple of karaoke bars all around.

2. Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
Combining a serious message with an amazingly Eighties production, the original Band Aid is still the best.

3. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues & Kirsty McColl
A folk-infused subversive spin on the Christmas song, complete with swearing and romance.

4. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
One of the first ‘properly’ Christmas singles, capturing the innocence of the festive period and boasts an adorable children’s choir.

5. Last Christmas – Wham!
A melancholy but catchy tune, this remains one of Wham’s biggest hits.

Let us know your favourite Christmas songs and keep up with our advent calendar here.

Got an idea for our Friday Five series? Tweet us @thinktanklondon.

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The ad where a child drove a lorry…

Volvo’s new ad sees an innocent little girl test drive their new FMX truck.

Sophie Brown, who is four years old, was invited to drive the industrial sized lorry – by remote-control, of course.

Volvo’s new FMX is said to be the toughest truck they have built yet, so why not challenge that by letting a child drive it around an obstacle course?

Looking like she’s having the best time of her life, Sophie drives the trunk through water, into buildings, and even down the side of a hill.

Watch the ad below and see if the truck survives Sophie’s test.

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