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New Zealander makes designer coffins in the form of Lego, chocolates, donuts, and yachts

15 years ago, Ross Hall from Auckland was contemplating death. He wanted to be buried in a bright red coffin with flames painted on the sides. The New Zealander questioned several funeral agency staff about the possibility of making a coffin like this, but they were skeptical about the idea. Then Ross decided to give people a choice.

Hall opened his own firm called Dying Art, which creates custom-made designer coffins. Ross and his art team have already designed coffins in the form of Lego, a fire truck, a yacht, and a donut. Customers often order individual prints for caskets: tiger stripes and leopard spots or favorite landscapes.

Hall used to make one coffin every six months, and now he makes a couple of hundred of them a year. This suggests that designer coffins are becoming more popular.

Having gained experience, Ross decided to give up the coffin with the flame. Now he wants to be buried in a transparent coffin, with only one piece of clothing on his body – a leopard thong.

A timelapse feature was added to Google Earth

Google has announced a major update to its Planet Earth service to show how the world has changed from 1984 to 2020. To enable timelapse, you need to follow the link or go to the application itself, click the steering wheel icon in the left panel, and select Timelapse in Google Earth.

The company has combined over 24 million satellite images specifically for the new feature. Now, traveling across the virtual Earth, you can choose any corner and see how it looked 10, 20, or even 30 years ago.

Google has added an innovation to show users exactly how people affect the Earth: they build cities, deforest, and affect entire ecosystems. It is one thing, the company said, when a person hears about the disappearing forests or melting glaciers, and quite another when we can observe this process ourselves.